Playing with Models

I’m really not a miniatures gamer. I don’t collect models — well, apart from a short phase a few years back where I picked up a few beanies (don’t laugh, the chinese dragon is cool!). Actually, I always did wonder what the appeal was of collecting models. I can understand it if you want to play a game like Warhammer with them, but go into any specialist game shop and there will be piles of models for just about any fandom imaginable.

I never did quite get it.

War Hydra

War Hydra

I say this as a prelude because I never spent much time (read: any time) looking at the Games Workshop model range. It’s just that I’m subscribed to the White Dwarf email newsletters at the moment, to keep up to date with what’s going on at Games Day and they previewed one new model a few weeks back that really made me sit up and look.

OK, war hydra, cool looking figure, right? Well yes. But I saw that picture just after we’d started testing closed beta and it was the same day that I’d tried my first public quest, in the High Elf starting area. And it has a hydra and it’s keeper as the boss mob in the third phase.

And it looked just like the model!

I know this is not rocket science. Naturally a game based on a set of miniature rules will have characters and monsters that look like the miniatures. But it was only after I browsed the models that I really figured(sic) this out. I realise that at this point the warhammer grognards are probably thinking ‘she’s a moron’ but bear in mind that like lots of other people, I’m coming to this from the MMO side of fandom 🙂

Archmage and Mage

Archmage and Mage

I’m quite lucky because I’m going with an Archmage for my main, and that’s one of the few figures that GW make as a female model (also, you can’t always tell with elves).

I know I’ll no doubt make a rubbish job of it but damn if I don’t want a model of my character now! I can imagine people picking up minis to paint as their character, or making dioramas based on public quests.

Anyone else tempted by the figs?

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2 Responses

  1. My Fiancée and I are tempted to pull something off with the models. More on that later.

    I’ve never been hugely into the Fantasy side of the models, but I get the nice effect of being both a WH40K collector and an MMO fan here. That said, I’d love a Gyrocopter or two, or hell, if GW comes out with a Gyroharness (beercopter \o/) model, I’ll be all over that.

    …That’s a run on sentence.

  2. My flatmate used to play a great deal of Warhammer TT, and during my week in closed beta he would sit in with me and name all of the models (basically everything) for what they were, having never heard of Warhammer the MMO before.

    Apparently they stuck remarkably close to the IP, as they promised. =)

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