The Eldar Wraithknight!
I can already see how that beast is going to keep my busy blogging in the coming weeks.
The new Eldar Wraithknight is part of Games Workshop’s latest release for Warhammer 40K 6th Edition. It is one of the largest kits ever made for the “regular” game of Warhammer 40K. It stands 9″ tall and comes with at least three different weapon-options.
On pretty much every forum I frequent, the announcement that Games Workshop is releasing a GBP 70,- (~USD 115.50) Eldar miniature was met with the inevitable groaning and moaning about Games Workshop robbing people blind with their pricing strategy. GW prices were also the subject of a little discussion in the comments of yesterday’s blog post.
Though I can not say the same for most Games Workshop products, the Eldar Wraithknight, as a hobby-kit of its size in today’s market, strikes me as really, really, really cheap! Think about it!
#1 – Games Workshop and Their Prices
The discussion of GW prices is clearly a bottomless nightmare. I do not want to defend GW’s pricing policy in general. There are enough GW price-tags out there that do seem unjustified (and, yes, Forge World is still far and away the worst offender as far as value-for-money goes).
- Games Workshop’s Limited Edition Eldar Codex essentially asks you for an additional GBP 20,- over the already pricey Codex for a fancy card-board dust-jacket.
- Black Library has been charging GBP 25,- and more for 100 page novellas bound in (faux) leather and other shenanigans.
- Forge World’s much-lauded line of Horus Heresy Primarchs is charging you GBP 50,- and more for essentially a resin Space Marine with a fancy display base, more than twice of what Forge World is askking even for their other fancy Space Marine HQ minis.
#2 – Eldar Wraithknight is the Best Deal in Town!
Still, if you think that Games Workshop miniatures are for the well-heeled hobbyist only, the Eldar Wraithknight begs to differ. Quite the opposite, Games Workshop seems to be throwing down the price-fight-gauntlet to the competition with this one.
- Privateer Press Khador Colossal
I never owned a Colossal from Privateer Press. It is arguable the less ideal comparison as Colossals are resin and metal kits, not plastic. Still, the US Amazon site gives the height of the Conquest as 9.3″ – almost identical to the Wraithlord.
Though the Khador Conquest is bulkier than the Wraithknight, it has no alternative weapon-options.
Official retail price for the Khador Conquest from Privateer is USD 134.99 (GBP ~ 95,-).
- DreamForge Games Leviathan Titan
The more likely comparison is DreamForge Games Leviathan Crusader. Again, a brilliant kit, which I also got for myself one from the Kickstarter. Though my shipment from DreamForge hasn’t arrived yet (as I opted for the combined second shipment), all reviews I’ve seen have been ecstatic. A marvel of miniature design and engineering, standing 8.5″ tall.
But it comes at a price. Wayland Games puts the Leviathan at GBP 95,- (USD 140,-) before discounts (which also apply to GW products). Variant weapons are GBP 28,- (USD 40,-) extra.
- Games Workshop Eldar Wraithknight
Finally we have Games Workshop’s Eldar Wraithknight. Seeing Privateer’s success with Colossals and Gargantuans, one can hardly blame them for hitting a similar niche.
More importantly, Games Workshop seems to run a fairly aggressive pricing policy for this particular kit (and the competitors it faces).
The Wraithknight is 9″ tall, plastic, 2 and 3 different weapon options for each arm respectively, all for GBP 70,- (USD 115.00).
It may well be the cheapest wargaming miniature/model-kit in that class that was ever produced!
#3 – Thoughts?
Of course, the comparative bargain Games Workshop is offering with the Wraithknight is more an exception, not a rule (see the new Dire Avengers). There could be several reasons for it:
- Games Workshop themselves aren’t yet 100% sure if a kit this big will be a hit
- Games Workshop is carefully acclimatizing its customers to the larger, pricier miniatures
- Games Workshop wants to one-up the competition in a field it’s neglected a bit (with Colossals, etc.. moving past)
This may well be a temporary “deal”, and Games Workshop’s 9″ miniatures (if they sell well and more are released) may become more expensive sooner, rather than later.
At the moment, however, Games Workshop is the best bargain in town!