|It does look utterly bloody brilliant if you ask me!|
Right first things first, I wasn't going to talk about this quite frankly because I just looked at it, thought nice model, bit expensive. However, I've had a lot of you email me outraged at the price of the miniature and asking me what I think. So it would be pretty dumb of me not to talk to you all about something that interests you, when I've explicitly told you to let me know what sorts of things you want me to cover. Hows that for peer pressure! So then where do I start? Firstly I think it's an absolutely brilliant looking miniature. Honestly I fracking love it to tiny little bits, and seeing it painted and in pictures just gave me a little hobby nerd rush. I guess you could say I swooned! Rotating the 3D image and pouring over every detail I have to say the design team and sculptors deserve a big old pat on the back and a bottle of Champagne. It's also got me really excited to see exactly what the Retribution Colossal will look like when completed.
|I don't know who did the paint job, but it's cool.|
So it generated a fair bit of hobby 'buzz' for me and I started getting a little bit psyched about the new add on book for Warmachine. We all like a bit of hype, right? Well... then I scrolled down the page and nearly choked on my cup of Earl Grey tea. Well I am British! The price looks pretty darn hefty at $135USD, and in real money that equates to £85, or given the way the Privateer Press prices seem to work here in the UK on average probably £89.95. Holy cow, what a buzz kill! I had to take a pause and let that price point sink in. Honestly, I was expecting Battle Engine type prices of £59.95, and at that price I'd have probably grumbled and sold my left nut for one. But £89.95? I almost certainly won't be saving up for it, nope it'll be the sort of purchase I make IF I get a job and don't have anything else that month to spend my fun money on. Now what I'm going to say next might annoy some of you lot, and if it does I'm sorry , but bear with me and I'll explain... I'm OK with it. Privateer Press aren't holding a gun to my head and telling me to buy it. Plus HoMachine is just one of many games that I play so it's not like I can't get my hobby fix elsewhere.
|The pistols and engine and gubbins looks brilliant. This is a highly detailed piece of kit.|
Plus when I look at comparatively sized miniatures from the likes of Forge World or indeed the recent Banelegions range it's actually not too badly priced, and is pretty much in keeping with other peoples pricing policy. So to me it's like any other really big nice miniature painting project, worth it if I want to paint one and probably a bit of a treat if I do. I am not however the worlds most avid HoMachine player, and if I was I'd certainly view the release ever so slightly differently. Now I say the following with the caveat that we really don't know what these bad boys can and can't do yet on the table, OR how many points they'll cost. But, I'm going to be brutally honest here and say if someone drops £135USD or £89.95GBP on a fracking miniature to play in a game then:
- It better be bloody awesome in the game or you can go whistle Dixie if you think I'm spending that much dosh on a chocolate tea pot!
- It's likely to be pointed so they can indeed be used in a standard sized game of say 50 points, I'm not so sure they'll be squeezable into 35 points!
This means that market forces dictate they better rock the Casbah and then some. Or Privateer Press might need a really big warehouse to store them all.
|But will you buy one?|
So Privateer Press leave themselves with a bit of a commercial quandary I guess. Do they balance these Colossal's and run the risk that they won't shift that many and only sell them to collectors who would buy them any way... OR do they make them ever so slightly 'bent' so that more people feel the need to splash huge sums of cash to remain competitive? My friends we have a moment of truth time on our hands I think. One that will tell us much about Privateer Press as a company and what we can expect from them in the future. If they go down path 'A' and point Colossals fairly, and have them as a personal choice rather than a no brainer necessity, then yes I'll applaud them for maintaining their games integrity. And for giving us such awesomely cool models as options. If they go down path 'B' and pretty much say to their loyal following you have to spend the money to stay competitive, then I'll not be far less impressed. I want to trust them to do the right thing by their fans, I really do, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't have a nagging doubt. I don't think the Battle Engines came out too bad in the end (Cryx aside) so perhaps we should all show a little more faith in them. I suppose as always we should wait and see before we all break out the pitchforks and torches and go on a witch hunt. Right? Peace out!