I've been pondering other things, one of which is the frequent GW rants that appear on TMP. Usually I browse them out of interest and then just skip to reading something more interesting, which (as a forewarning) some of you might want to with this blog post. But then I got an email from GW this morning about a new campaign book they have launched. I do rather hypocritically get emails from GW as I often find their offerings either interesting (this campaign) or ludicrously entertaining (like the offer of buying a complete Space Marine chapter for a mere £7,000!!!).
Anyway, my eye was drawn to the Sigmar's Blood campaign because one of my favourite aspects of the Warhammer setting is the gothic Late-Medieval/Renaissance styling of the Empire. Add to this that they are frequently pitted in battle against Skaven, Chaos or Undead and you've got a winning combo in my book. And in GW's book, apparently, as the campaign is Empire versus Undead.
|The image on the GW site conveniently comes with a present symbol to show it is a good gift. As does most of the other stuff on their site at the moment...|
There is lots in its favour, including the usual stunning presentation, lots of detail and a focus on the 'narrative' of the campaign rather than strictly competitive play. The email also included links to 'one-click' collections with all the units the sides used in the campaign and a terrain set. This got me thinking, what if I wanted to take up the current edition of Warhammer and start with this awesome looking campaign. I am happy with 3rd and 4th edition (you see, I'm not a full on hater!), but this is just a what if, exercise.
I like to do things properly, so I'd want both the armies:
|Whatever else they are, GW figures are stunning to look at.|
|I wonder what it would cost to do this in 15mm.....?|
Also the terrain collection, as they seem to be pieces which feature heavily in the campaign.
|The towers I'm indifferent about, but I genuinely think the graveyard looks beautiful.|
The page for the campaign book politely reminds me that I'd need the rulebook and the relevant army books, so I'd better get them too. I'll assume I've got enough terrain, paints etc that I won't need anything else. The final decision is if I want the lovely looking limited edition campaign book set, which is limited to 1000 copies and comes with copy of the novella in a similar format, both books fitting into an attractive slipcase. Gosh! How could I not?!
|Production quality is excellent. But when does a wargame supplement become over-produced?|
Credit card at the ready, I place the items in my basket...
- Warhammer Rule Book: £45
- Empire Army Book: £27.50
- Vampire Counts Army Book: £27.50
- Sigmar's Blood (Limited Edition): £50.00
- Sigmar's Blood scenery collection: £70.00
- Undead campaign army: £304.00
- Empire campaign army: £261.50
As a comparison, if I just wanted to buy the items promoted by the email, it would come to £685.50.
Obviously there is a subjective element to what something is worth, and there is no denying that this is not a usual way to get into 'The Hobby' (that would be a 'mere' £61.50 for the Island of Blood box set). Also, starting any substantial campaign in any new period or setting would result in a large outlay. In addition I won't find the cheapest 'alternative' and demonstrate how much cheaper it is to 'do this some other way' as ultimately you either want to play the current version of Warhammer, or you don't.
But, you know, these emails from GW always make me laugh.
For me the sad part is that the campaign itself sounds quite interesting and I wouldn't mind getting the basic version of the book and importing it's ideas into other rules or older editions of Warhammer. But even that would be £25 for a 64 page book.
On the plus side, I now want to add my Warhamer figures to my 'must paint' list. It's nice and cheap buying them second hand from eBay...
Merry Christmas everyone!