Forge World: Gundabad Orc Upgrades Arrive

The Gundabad Orcs march to war with their own upgrades sprues from Forge World.

via Forge World

Gundabad Orc Upgrade Set £15

The Orcs of Gundabad are powerful fighters, regimented and trained to a high standard that few other Orcs aspire to. They have become the hated foes of the determined Dwarves who have spent many years and lives waging war against them.

This is a set of resin components with which to upgrade Gundabad Orc Swordsmen, Spearmen and Captains. It includes 6 swords, 6 trophy poles, 8 heads, 4 shields and a banner.

Please note, in order to attach the heads and weapons from this kit to your models, you will need to clip off the original heads and hands.

 

That’s all from Forge World this week – Bad Guys need love too!

 

Where there’s a whip…

  • SilentPony

    …this is still a game? Really? You spent time on Lord of the Rings before you do plastic battle sisters?!

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Well given it is FW that look after the whole of the LotR and Hobbit range and licenses. I’m really not sure how that affects the GW Design Studio ability to work on all main game products…

    • Prospero 4life

      LOTR is GW’s most balanced game system, it is responsible for bringing in a huge wave of hobbyists too when the first trilogy arrived. The Hobbit was half assed and as a result kinda failed, but FW has recommitted to it and they are doing a fantastic job. Plenty of people enjoy this game myself among them, so maybe instead of droning on about Sisters (even though the majority of folks who whine about them wouldn’t even collect them) and passively putting down this game you should stay in your lane? Idk.

      • ZeeLobby

        Agreed. One of the best systems GW ever developed. No shocker it came from their FW side. I really hoped AoS would have implemented it to be honest.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          I as well, I swore it would be the way to go, and or take elements from War of the Ring as you scaled up!

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah, SO cool. I really wanted my group to get into the Hobbit or LoTR games, but it’s really hit or miss as an IP people want to get into. Fantasy with those rulesets though :O.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Yeah, I was so disappointed when they did not reuse the engine. The core rules could have been a great and simple re-skin for Necromunda or Mordheim. Oh well.

          • Prospero 4life

            Ya know, I heard WOTR was the single best game GW ever made but I never had the money when I was younger to field an army and play. Really makes me sad lol.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            Eh.. they hyped it up hugely but as a Fantasy player, it did not appeal. I was fine with LotR though, that was great. Most people grew to dislike WotR and called it War of the Bling, as it went from cheapest to most expensive game in a heartbeat. But some of its concepts I swore they would repurpose for AoS when it was announced it would kinda go from skirmish to ranked up well and so forth.

        • I_am_Alpharius

          Erm what are you talking about? The rules of LotR was written and developed by the Alessio when he still worked for the GW studio and baring a few tweaks have not changed since the Return of the King version!

          • Prospero 4life

            Alessio, Jervis Johnson helped, and Matt Ward was actually a huge part of it. Honestly I play all GW games but LOTR ir by far my favorite to play, unfortunately it just fell out of relevance due to GW half assing The Hobbit releases and making bad kits after the first two films. They whiffed so hard on the Battle of Five Armies, but I still love it and play whenever possible.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            He meant it is currently being handled by FW, he never stated who wrote it or assumed as such.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. As others have mentioned I never said they left. Just that it’s being bogarted by the LoTR/Hobbit IP.

      • Richard Mitchell

        I wish I saw this game played in the States, but honestly, it isn’t even on the shelves.

  • Richard Mitchell

    I have never seen this game played in the U.S. played…period. I have seen the Heroclix version though. Bilbo vs. Captain America? Hell ya!

    • ZeeLobby

      It was popular back during the LoTR movies, and maybe during the Hobbit. Sadly when the movies popularity went, so did the games. The rules are actually pretty unique and fun.

      • D. B.

        I remember GW actually made commercials for cinema screenings (at least for Return of the King).

      • Richard Mitchell

        I wish I had seen this game played in my area. I haven’t heard anything negative about the rules for this game. And it has positive praises for its Hero system. It is one of those things that while IP wise people will see it one the screen when it comes to the table top and specifically wargaming, there is no traction. I wonder if this has to do more with the traditional fantasy being seen as outdated. Not a personal critique, but I wonder if this is the trend. I mean even the DnD of today is not the one I played as a kid. I don’t think that is a bad thing. I love pulp fiction or weird fiction which tends to genre blend. But it does seem that while traditional fantasy is good on the silver screen it doesn’t get traction in war gaming.

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      IT gets its day in the sun here and there. A couple of our FLGS have peeps who play it, surprisingly (or not) its one of the few gw games to actually see play outside the gw.

  • D. B.

    Lovely minis – but my first thought admittedly was “Wait… this is supposed to sell? Huh”

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Must be a newer player. This game was ultra huge for the entire company in every region, when the movies were fresh and relevant. Basically dating back to 2001-2005

      • Prospero 4life

        It got me into the hobby (and my dad) but yeah early 2k this was what kept GW in business, it was sooooo popular.

      • D. B.

        I started playing WHFB in 2000 and 40k in 2001, so that depends on your definition of “new”. And I remeber the bis LotR craze, when everyone and their uncle had an army (usually Rohirrim).

        I am, however, less than sure that the Hobbit line of minis had the same kind of initial success.

        • Prospero 4life

          They did not you are right, they sold decently but The Hobbit wasnt big scale enough for a model range until the 3rd film. And when it got there, GW dropped the ball and totally blew it lol

          • D. B.

            Were there even actual releases for “The Battle of Five Armies”? Specialist Games released a standalone Warmaster-scale game for that, but that was in 2005. Lot has happened since.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Nope, moves lost relevance, and GW just didn’t market it as well, it is also their most expensive line and is not very appealing to new gamers or parents as well as the LotR sets were. As for when you started and not seeing more, anecdotal I suppose. Not all games fly in every area, but their sales cahrts and reginal data stated everyone played lol! I had Urak hai, and Dwarves (still do)

          • Richard Mitchell

            I don’t think it was very popular amongst WHFB and 40k players. Not a critique of the game itself, all I hear is praises for its system. But there is a wierd trend where most GW consumers do not only refrain from playing two systems or more with one being non-GW, there is also a refrain from playing products that are not geniune GW IPs even if they are produced by GW.

            Wargaming is so niche I don’t really look at the parents and kids who are not into it as being a factor. Most people don’t know wargaming exists.

            I think it is the consumer culture for most (not all) people who play GW games.

            I know because I used to be a part of it. If you are not GW all day, all the time, then you are almost a race traitor. There is a cultish undercurrent, where GW thought this game was going to be a slam dunk with a draw from 40k and WHFB players who would give presence to the game and draw in new consumers. But the cultish sort of Apple consumer culture they endorse and create shut down their own game.

            That said I know people who play 40k and other games and they don’t seem to have this sort of attitude. They are relaxed and there to gain, not to gain or shun followers.

          • Severius_Tolluck

            The weird thing is, it was LotR that created many of those consumers. It drew in so much fresh blood at low price points. It really helped build the empire in the west. So many of those consumers then saw 40k and then gravitated to that. I mean I was already a dedicated Fantasy player and anyone can tell you 6th was my bread and butter. I dabbled in Lotr and realized it was a pretty darn good system. However it faded, as I said, because movies lost their place and popularity. To a lesser extent the other two out sold it, and as any business will do, you dedicate more content to what sells. You are maybe right to a degree, about GW Fans, but the same can be said of any kind of fan, can develop a toxic environment and become cult like.

          • Richard Mitchell

            Ya I feel, I guess that is why I am not so much product critical (I mean unless it is just so bad it is unplayable) but community critical. A toxic community can limit a game even if the rules, setting, and models are solid.

      • Richard Mitchell

        Even during the movies era, never saw this game being played state side. Maybe with home gamers but nowhere with public visibility. Again, not a critique of the game. I have heard great things about it but with out of all of GWs large wargaming lines WHFB/AoS and 40k, why this never took off in a big way. Or even replaced WHFB in popularity when WHFB sales were waning. Maybe it wasn’t seen as GW enough by being a licensed IP rather than an in house IP? I haven’t seen many games of AoS in the three major stores in my town played but I have never and I mean NEVER seen a game of this played locally. And like I said, I live in the U.S. and I have seen more games of Deadzone played than AoS.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          No clue man. This game was the bread and butter of GW in the States. It is what allowed GW to so rapidly expand stateside! It was so much so that one whole third of their floor space in each of their own stores for many years was dedicated to it, as well as a whole third of content in WD was for it. Usually anywhere from 10-25% of games being played in a GW store at any given time were also LotR through out most of the US, especially the Midwest. Granted in your FLGS it was decidedly less so, which is where the core games resided. You also at the time had players split playing things like Confrontation, Flames of War, and this brand new thing coming out called Warmachine. So yeah, I mean it is interesting that you never once, saw a single game.
          But yeah as the movies faded out of pop culture the popularity of the game waned, and GW went back to focusing on 40k + WHFB which both got new editions, and then it died a slow death, mainly as GW stores started to rapidly close as fast as they had come in and opened everywhere.

  • Ghachii

    Long live Warhammer Fantasy and the oh sorry – wrong article.

  • ZeeLobby

    Still think the Tolkien line of models are some of the best GW does.

    • Severius_Tolluck

      Certainly, although not their first wave, those were rough plastics, but it did make the game way more affordable. IT was arguably their best and most modern rule set, and we are starting to see some of it’s elements used in current gen of AoS and 8th, although not enough to make it work quite right.

      • ZeeLobby

        Yeah. The originals were meh, but they’ve definitely picked it up as they’ve gone along. I just love the simplicity in the models, and their natural looking postures. Some of the newer AoS and 40K stuff just look super awkward and over-designed.

        I REALLY wanted them to take WHFB and just use this rule system. I mean heck it even had rules for creating rank and file units. I was REALLY hoping that’s what AoS would be. But they watered it down too much. Oh well. Who knows, maybe more stuff will be added. I think it’d be really cool.

        • Severius_Tolluck

          Well it is making a huge come back in my area, and many stores are restocking it. Had not one, but Two Smaugs on the table (and they were not recasts) last week. I agree totally on many of your points. Part of the awkwardness is mainly because you no longer have the Perry Twins sculpting them!

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah man, loved the work the did. Was SO good.

        • Hagwert

          Good call …I would have loved to have seen WHFB redone in the naturalised sculpt style of LOTR as well as using those rules. It could have been a great direction to take the Old World in .

          • Richard Mitchell

            True, not really drawn in to the Sigmar: The Gathering style of AoS.

        • Prospero 4life

          I haven’t played LOTR in about a year now and this makes me wanna get back into it full force. I am still holding out on FW releasing some BOTFA elves that dont look so bland. If any of yall are ever in Houston hit me up I got plenty of armies lmao.

  • Vepr

    I was tempted to buy into this one after watching a few games played because as everyone mentioned it seemed fun and balanced but I was worried about the longevity and unfortunately at least in my area it has died out at least as a regularly played game.

    • ZeeLobby

      Yeah. It struggles to stay anywhere long.

    • Dan

      But that’s just where it all goes down in the streets, man.

      “seems good but I worried about longevity” is what sinks most wargames that I can see. If you find something you like you gotta just go all in and be the hypeman your community needs. It’s actually amazing what a single person can do to sway a gaming community towards a new product.

      • Vepr

        True but as a long time gamer I have a room full of games that did not make it. I still miss Chronopia, Void, VOR, a mech game I cannot remember the name of, and about a half dozen others I am forgetting lol. With some of them it becomes increasingly hard to find a game other than the odd convention and the expense becomes better focused on ones you know are likely to be around.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          I still play Chronopia, Void, and Vor 😀

          • Vepr

            Nice I wish I knew people that played down here especially Chronopia.

          • Matthew Pomeroy

            I have elves, firstborn, some scattered dwarves and stygian.

          • Vepr

            Dwarves and Sons of Iron is here. Still love the maidens figs.

  • Dan

    I only ever managed to play the store demo but War of The Ring was really fun. Im sure the smaller scale games were great too.

    Sadly I didnt have time or money for it but when the GW closed in the small town I was going to college in a friend and I were given the good and evil store armies, respectively, as we were “the only ones who showed any interest”

    To this day I have a massive store army of all the bad guys, minus Mumakil or any massive blingy monsters, just sitting packed away… Man those Easterlings are cool though…

  • Shadowstrife

    What the hell happened behind the scenes on The Hobbit? The gundabad designs were pretty underwhelming- just proto-Uruk Hai with weirder helmets.

    It’s as if all the production designs were rushed in a new direction after GDT left the project.

  • LOTR. The best game system ever that no one wants to play. It never registered as more than a wet fart in my city, and thats criminal because the system is really the best GW has ever done.

    I wish WHFB had turned into LOTR system.

    • surfpenguin

      Hmmmm, pre-AoS Warhammer with the LOTR rules? You may well and truly be on to something here…

      • That was one of the rumors back then and a lot of us were excited for that.

  • Mike Tbone Green

    hmmm i would use these guys as beastmen bestigors

  • Rainthezangoose

    The lord of the rings game is the best GW has ever done, Its nice these have been released along the much needed rebundle of Gundabad Orcs for 12 for £40. I might have to pick some of these up later down the line if I vist warhammerworld and a box of for the warband.