GW’s Best Deal Yet? Death Masque Review

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 Come see all the new Deathwatch minis in GW latest Starter set bundle deal of savings. Death Masque is on shelves, will you buy it?

Like Stormclaw, and Deathstorm before it Death Masque offers hobbyists the chance to get some new minis that have not been released yet early buy picking up this bundle deal. However this time there is over $250 in savings by doing so right off the bat!

Plus it comes with a Warhammer 40,000 The Rules book which is never a bad thing either. So its a win-win for GW to pehaps get new players to jump into the Warhammer 40k pool, and give veterans the sweet savings they crave to keep supplying their grey legions of plastic!

The rules supplement for Death Masque also contains datasheets that currently are available no where else, so this box fills the savings, new miniature, and new rules prerequisites that seems to entice so many hobbyists into making the purchase.

It’s almost like Games Workshop knows what we want, before we want it…

Warhammer 40,000: Death Masque $150

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Eldrad Ulthran, the most skilled of the Eldar’s prophets and one of the most powerful psykers in the galaxy, whose existence has spanned ten millennia, has put into motion a series of incredible events. Descending upon the planet of Port Demesnus, his intention is to seize its crystal moon, Coheria, for a forbidden ritual capable of awakening a slumbering god…

Watch Captain Artemis – born into violence, recruited into the Mortifactors, his talents in the art of detecting and slaying the merest hint of xenos taint saw him plucked from his Chapter and sworn to lead Kill Teams of the Deathwatch. The first to respond to the distress signals from Port Demesnus, and the first to realise Eldrad Ulthran’s motives, he has diverted his strike force to Coheria.

The battle for this moon, and the events that transpire, will send shocking reverberations throughout the galaxy.

In the Death Masque boxed game, you’ll find two forces of Citadel miniatures with which to re-create the tense battles set upon Port Demesnus. The included booklet contains 3 Echoes of War missions which allow you to play through the story, with full background explaining each battle. Full rules for all the miniatures are included, with an exclusive formation for both forces. Also included is a 208-page softback copy of Warhammer 40,000: The Rules with an exclusive Watch Captain Artemis cover.

Included miniatures:

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Deathwatch:

– 1 Watch Captain Artemis
– 5 Deathwatch Veterans
– 5 Vanguard Veterans
– 1 Venerable Dreadnought
– 1 Deathwatch Upgrade Frame

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Eldar

– 1 Eldrad Ulthran
– 12 Harlequin Players
– 1 Death Jester
– 1 Voidweaver
– 2 Skyweavers
– 1 Harlequin Transfer Sheet

That’s nearly a $440 retail value at known pricing structures!

Overall another great bundle deal from Games Workshop. Press play to go close up on the new set and the mini rules supplement with all the Death Masque datasheets as well.

 

  • dinodoc

    Better than Overkill?

    • Iconoc1ast

      Depends on what you are after. If it is the deathwatch then probably death masque would be your best bet. But i was waiting so long for the hybrids to be released again and the cool deathwatch minis included in overkill are a nice bonus.

    • Statham

      Difficult to judge; we know about the value of the Death Masque box because the Harlies and DW are nearly all available in separate boxes except Eldrad and Artemis; we know the Deathwatch characters from Overkill are going for £40, which isn’t bad for that many individual character models, but I really doubt that the entire Genestealer stuff would go for £60, especially given the size of the Patriarch.

  • ultraspike

    Even the Deathwatch chaplain that’s up for pre-order is a really good deal at £15, including a full Deathwatch upgrade sprue.

  • benn grimm

    Kind of sad that this is considered a good deal, where a couple of years ago this amount of models in a box set would have been about half this price. It’s not a great deal, it’s just cheaper than the insane prices they charge for box sets and clam packs these days.

    Just compare it with dark vengeance; less models, 31 as opposed to 49, both have a mini rule book, yet DV is half the price… Don’t get me wrong, I have eyes, I can see how nice the models are and its cool to have two such niche armies in a 40k box set, but don’t pretend like it’s a good deal for the consumer, it’s really not.

    • Aezeal

      For me it’s not 2x the price and this set includes more larger models and better models (maybe subjective) but it’s indeed not the same value for money, but still good I’d say.

      • benn grimm

        It’s great compared to the all the individual box prices for sure, is it good value in of itself? I’m not so sure.

    • shiwan

      DV has models for DA and a bunch of useless chaff.

      • benn grimm

        Nice models though.

        • shiwan

          I don’t think that unipose DA look good.

    • AnomanderRake

      Death Masque is full units rather than the single-pose push-fit starter models in Dark Vengeance, and more of the models are vehicles.

      On top of that GW’s pricing tends to take into account points costs of units, and at current pricing Dark Vengeance is $130 for about 750pts a side compared to Death Masque’s $150 for about 750pts a side.

      Quantity of plastic is lower, but ten bucks a point puts them a leg up on the old $90 battleforces that had 5-600pts in them if you stretched on options.

      • benn grimm

        It’s true they are multi pose standard spruce kits rather than monopose snap fit, but tbh, monopose does allow for some pretty awesome models and you can always get creative with a knife n glue if you want to repose them.

        As a long time Ork/chaos player I would beg to differ on the points to currency ratio; I can buy 300pts with 30 dollars (daemon prince)or 300 dollars (big gunz)depending on which army I’m buying for so its pretty meaningless. It was the same in the old boxes; Orks get far fewer points, as do IG, Marines/Dar etc get more. That’s fine, because those armies cost less points, it makes sense. But when you start saying there are less models only because they cost more points in the game, not because of any physical feature of the model, I’d say you’re on dodgey ground (not you personally of course, they, universal you etc). Especially as they claim to cater to collectors not gamers.

    • DaveWeston

      I’m in agreement Benn, I thank Dark Vengeance is a much better value. I know there’s less options but you can still be creative with the set. A few plasma pistols and you can convert the Ravenwing to Ravenwing Knights making it even better value. A Deathwing Knight kit and you can convert the Terminators to Knights too (it only takes a YouTube search to see how it’s done).

      There are limitations with both sets but value wise I don’t think Dark Vengeance can be beaten.

      • benn grimm

        Totally agree; It’s a great set and already at the top end price wise of what I would consider reasonable for a product of its type. If you’re new to the game the in game effectiveness/ weapon load outs are not going to be that important, if you’re a vet you know how use a craft knife, glue and eBay to make them look more like you want.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          to think black reach was 50-60 dollars usa when it came out. Return of the king box set was 40 when it first came out! Talk about deals.

          However the 3e 40k box was so not worth it’s value at the time. As it cost 85 dollars usa circa 2001. Ten marines, a land speeder, and 2 dark eldar. must have been them trees and barrels to make it a better value no? I think the price back then was so high since the full rulebook was included so that can change opinion.

          I feel one of the better values that they did aside from Black reach was the WHFB 6th ed starter, was a full 500 point armies of orcs and empire at the time with mordheim terrain and the full rule book for again 80 dollars usa in 2001.

          After inflation adjustment a couple other sets were ok.. battle for skull pass for example was fairly good too, and less than 80 dollars and had nearly 500 points each side. Problem is, they never have hq’s till now.

          • benn grimm

            Wow, was the 3rd box that pricey? That’s crazy, I remember a guy who had a tonne of dark Eldar he got from that box and various swaps.

            My favorite was the 4th ed fantasy box; loads of goblins and some high elves, with eltharion and grom the paunch in card form. The 2nd ed 40k starter was pretty cool too and cheap enough at the time.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Yeah second ed was probably when things were at a very good value point when plastics first hit in mass. Third Ed was pricy but again it gave the full sized and complete rule book which was 35 on its own, so i think that was a good chunk of it. You did alsos get some other minor terrain like tank traps and a ruined building. But was pricey for sure.. I balked at first but I couldnt find the rule book on its own so i got it. It put a bad taste in my mouth for playing DE which is why DE went into direct order for a long time! It was so one sided it was beyond logic! It really made people love marines.

            My first marines were blood angels and a bit of SW in the end of second. I really didnt do much due to no opponents until stores started springing up in the area after third ed came out! Where I painted my marines in crusade force of BT, DA, BA, and SW! But I loved the art of Sisters in Second, but took them forever to get a third ed compatible codex… like nearly 4th ed!

    • luke snell

      As has already been said, Death Masque is full of extras and actual load-out options with a greater quality of minis than DV. You’re lack of bargain point is entirely subjective, but the truth of the matter is, these boxed-game sets ARE a good deal. Just because they don’t match your ‘what you believe their pricing schemes should be’ doesn’t mean that the customer who actually wants said product is not saving money according to the current price structure. I hate the fact that I am shelling out $7 for a pint of beer most places I go these days, but I’ll certainly take 4 x $5 happy hour beers at $20 over $28 normally. Yes, $7 for a beer is rather ridiculous, but I am also willing to pay it because I do ACTUALLY enjoy said $7 beer.

      • benn grimm

        Like you said, it is subjective entirely, I just don’t look at this and think it’s so much better than DV that it warrants the price tag. I can see it’s nicer, but twice as nice at twice the price? Not sure about that.

        • Ben_S

          Where are you getting twice the price?

          In UK, it’s £95 compared to £65 for DV – so almost half as much again, but well short of twice the price.

          Someone quoting $ prices above gave $150 to £130, which isn’t much difference at all (about 15% extra).

          • benn grimm

            I did a quick search and found a bunch of them for 50 quid/75 dollars, but I see its 65/85 on the gw site, so fair point, it’s not quite half, but not far off.

          • Aezeal

            For 50 and 75 dollar they are certainly very good priced.

    • Douglas Burton

      I was just sitting here thinking pretty much the same thing. I’m not sure which is more sad, the fact that $150 for this box is being called a bargain or the fact that the contents have a so called “value” of $440 in the first place.

      • benn grimm

        Probably the latter, but both pretty sad.

    • blackbloodshaman

      I’d rather get a full faction from malifaux or a whole napoleonic army from perry.

    • petrow84

      Look up “abusive relationship” in the dictionary… we still keep coming back, hoping, it will change.

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    Eldar players of a sensitive disposition be aware, the fluff utterly sh@fts their whole race.

    • AnomanderRake

      We’re used to it. The only time Farseers ever appear in the fluff they’re being uncommunicative ****heads who get their faces exploded by heroic SPESS MAHREENS after a brief rant on how they should have listened to what we weren’t telling them beforehand.

    • georgelabour

      Or does it?

      From the way I read it The #$#@$%#@^&S may have pulled a @#$%@ one over #$#!^% and sent something off somewhere for their own reasons.

      After all #$%^^$ @#%$#&% never grin for no reason.

  • Daniel

    Not getting it. I’m just really bored with putting Space Marines into every boxed game. If it was Eldar vs anything else i might have considered it.

    • Victor Hartmann

      Fortunately, all of the Harlequin models are already available and the new Eldrad will be shortly. So no worries!

  • Spacefrisian

    Its almost as if GW knows what we want…..

    No far from it, what we want isnt provided by GW. And this is different for every player so i leave it up to everyones interpretation.

  • euansmith

    Wasn’t Betrayal at Calth the best deal ever?

    • zeno666

      No, no. The latest box is always the best deal ever 😉

  • frankelee

    There are barely any models in that box. It’s just a sad state of affairs. But fanbois can go spend their kids’ college funds on a literal handful of spindly plastic miniatures.

  • GiftoftheMagi

    Price vs Cost wise, this is a pretty good deal. The fact that these are mutlipose models instead of clamshells, and the models off the shelf and not smaller, cheaper version adds in the value. And while I am like most sick to frelling DEATH of Space Marine in EVERY STINKING BOXSET, I do like a lot of what I am seeing in the Deathwatch rules and design. The Harlequins are an odd choice, but they are also fantastic models and I do not think get enough attention.

    Overall, not sure if it is the “Best Deal Ever”, but it is a very good one.

  • Rick Adams

    I am this box’s target audience – a returning player who got this as a starter set to get back into 40k (after buying Overkill – my first GW purchase in 20+ years).
    One thing disappointed – though Overkill was a fully self-contained game – DM is just models and the rules. No dice or templates are included. So as a starter set it feels incomplete.