Privateer Press: Reeling In The Big Ones With Black Anchor Heavy Industries

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Privateer Press announces a new line of large-scale, direct-order-only models that’ll help bring those truly behemoth models straight to your tabletop.

Just announced from Privateer Press: Black Anchor Heavy Industries is the new production label for Privateer Press’ biggest models. Named after an in-game manufacturing consortium based out of Clockers Cove that specializes in creating massive machinery, vehicles, armaments and more–including the Galleon colossal, Black Anchor Heavy Industries will be responsible for producing the massive models that Privateer Press loves to create. They’ll help bring beastly behemoths back, and ensure that your games always have a centerpiece. Check it out:

via Privateer Press

It’s no secret that we like to make big models. WARMACHINE and HORDES are games about massive robots and humongous monsters, and we’re constantly trying to push the envelope on size and scale with models like our battle engines, colossals, gargantuans, and even some upcoming structures. We like to call these “centerpiece” models because of the presence they have on the tabletop and within your army. But our vision for these centerpiece models doesn’t always conform to traditional practical means of manufacturing and distribution. And so, we have created Black Anchor Heavy Industries (BAHI) as a new label to identify models offered exclusively through the Privateer Press Online Store and at select convention events where we have a retail presence.

Most BAHI models will be large resin pieces. By offering them exclusively through our online store, we will be able to control costs and production numbers to keep them economical to produce and deliver to WARMACHINE and HORDES players. Each new BAHI model will be made available to preorder in limited quantity approximately 4–8 weeks before they ship, and most BAHI models will ship for free. Best of all, anyone preordering before the cutoff date will get a sweet piece of Black Anchor Heavy Industries swag along with their model when it arrives. After the preorder window closes, BAHI models will be available as normal items through the Privateer Press Online Store, so if you don’t preorder before the cutoff, you’ll still be able to get the model whenever you’re ready.

We also got a good look at the first offering from the newly crowned Black Anchor Heavy Industries: The Dracodile gargantuan. It’s been through the CID testing, and is available to both Gatormen and Skorne, and you can absolutely pre-order it right now. It’s certainly interesting to see how they handle this kind of production–they’ll do a limited pre-order run, and then after that, whoever wants it can pick it up whenever they want, though they’ll have to wait. The Dracodile, for instance, will be limited to 1,000 pre-orders. And following that, I imagine that the Northkin Hooch Hauler and Skarre 3 and her Ghost Ship will be similarly limited. It helps them gauge how many of these models they actually need to produce, while still leaving them available for collectors who really, absolutely must have them.

Stay tuned for more massive models, coming in the not too distant future (la la la) from Black Anchor Heavy Industries.

  • I_am_Alpharius

    “And so, we have created Black Anchor Heavy Industries (BAHI) as a new label to identify models offered exclusively through the Privateer Press Online Store and at select convention events where we have a retail presence.”

    It appears part of that has been lost in translational. Let me correct:
    “And so, have created ‘Forge World 2.0’, as a new label to identify models offered exclusively through then Privateer Press Online Store and at select convention events where we have a retail presence”

    Oh and Jebus that models is a really bad design…

    • ZeeLobby

      Huh. To each their own. I think the dracodile looks great.

      My guess is you’ll slowly become the new wibbling/Randy though and feel the need to poo poo on PP releases of all kinds tho. Feel like it’s only a natural thing for any GW fan.

      • I_am_Alpharius

        Looks like it should be in a Spiderman cartoon….

        • ZeeLobby

          I mean it’s a giant crocodile/dragon summoned from the wild. Dunno what else it’s supposed to look like.

          • Richard Mitchell

            Don’t you know Zee its missing a Chaos symbol.

        • Matthew Pomeroy

          its basically just a monster from the bestiary in the rpg, a giant half dragon/half crocodile that harasses river traffic (steamboat style) 😀

        • Jon Ow

          Doesn’t come with a lab coat but comes with a T-Shirt if that helps ;P

        • Richard Mitchell

          Sorry G-Dub cultists, that dracodile is hawt. Hate to break the news to you but there are plenty of companies that I play (Malifaux, Dark Age, Infinity) whose minis are on par with G-Dub. But when you are in a bubble and blindly venerate…

          • af

            I don’t know what GW has to do with this. One can dislike this model regardless of anything GW does. One can even dislike *both* GW *and* this model, or like Malifaux models and dislike this dracodile — the possibilities are endless! No need to disqualify anyone’s opinions so lazily.

        • Richard Mitchell

          Oh Marvel burn? Wait are we in middle school?

      • I_am_Alpharius

        This is literally the first thing I said negatively about PP. For sure, they’ve got their own style I find their kits all abit 80/90s cartoon for my taste, which becomes a little more pronounced when on larger size kits. For the most part PP are solid enough. They produce some gorgeous character pieces.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah, my bad then. I just know a lot of people excited for the Dracodile sculpt. I’m glad it’s not covered in tokens and bobbles. I like the idea of keeping it all-natural, as it fits the fluff really well. I mean maybe they could have done more to jazz up the base, but I’m sure there will be some awesome jobs up on coolminiornot once this drops.

          (I’ll edit my original post to sound less harsh, it’s just annoying when they dump in every thread, as clearly the PP vs GW aesthetic is just different)

          • Richard Mitchell

            I feel the way, its big and intimidating without a bunch of needless detail. It a creature found in the wilderness and the sculpt itself is sold looking. As far as the cartoony feel…the PP aesthetic has never been true realism. Dark Age has a true realism aesthetic just as Infinity has an anime feel. Neither is bad, because it has a specific feel.

        • Richard Mitchell

          “This is literally the first thing I said negatively about PP.” Really man, really.

          • I_am_Alpharius

            Yes.

      • Matthew Pomeroy

        yeah that dracodile is awesome, it looks just like it should from the bestiary. now lets see if they finish of the bestiary creatures for us dual rpg/tt folks 😀

      • af

        I don’t like this dracodile either, even though I agree with you that less is more (and for the record, while I tend to like GW, I think their latest designs are overdesigned and too exaggerated).

        What I don’t like about this particular model is mainly the head. If they replaced the head, made it less cartoonish and more animalistic, I think I’d like it better.

        • euansmith

          That Joan of Arc Dragon is going to be hilariously huge and bad a$$; especially in 15mm scale.

    • Richard Mitchell

      Well Forge World seems to be a business move that has worked for GW so it doesn’t surprise me that both business are borrowing the pieces of their business models that work.

  • ZeeLobby

    This whole web order only is pretty whack. I’d honestly only consider paying Gargantuan/Colossal prices at the expected 30% discount. This just clearly a money move. Not a fan.

    • Cergorach

      Of course it’s a money move! It’s just that producing such large resin pieces is expensive and if you want similar margins on this as on the smaller releases, the prices would be very high. This is cutting out the middleman, both distribution and retail, possibly reducing the price 60%+.

      Also keep in mind that their Warmahordes ranges are already pretty huge, expecting retailers to stock everything is pretty nuts, especially high priced, slow moving items. It would be wise to limit the amount of gargantuan high priced models in retail. They already made the plastic kits fit two configurations, the resin ones are still two seperate kits. Expecting a retailer to stock 18+ such kits is nuts!

      • ZeeLobby

        I mean I get that, but it doesn’t just hurt brick and mortar retailers. It hurts many online distributors as well. PP just flip flops between throwing stores a bone, and then taking it away, all at the cost of the consumer.

        • Cergorach

          I think it’s the reality for any long term miniature manufacturer. To stay relevant you have to keep expanding your miniatures line or go bust. GW had to do the same, relegating just about everything that isn’t plastic to direct order only. Rackham is an example where they didn’t understand that game retailers only have a limited amount of shelf space. Make to much different products in to large a package for the margin and you’ll go belly up eventually. It’s the same reason why retailers don’t stock deluxe game tables.

          This is a win for consumers because I suspect that if they didn’t go this route, you’ll never have had this and other products for this price. This thing is clearly not expected to move a lot of product and I agree with that assessment…

          I like the model. But not $110+shipping+21%VAT+€13 administration fee = €150-€170

          With their new policy of publishing the cards for free I’ll probably find a similarly sized action figure for a third that cost… Something like this:

          https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00164S0MO/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B00164S0MO&pd_rd_r=AKVNRKR3K0W1JWA7WC0D&pd_rd_w=vYrfZ&pd_rd_wg=PYP6L&psc=1&refRID=AKVNRKR3K0W1JWA7WC0D&linkCode=sl1&tag=mcfarlanemilitary-20&linkId=577628b74faf93b3d0a98a4fd389fd1a

          • Matt Razincka

            Free shipping. Even international. 😉

          • Richard Mitchell

            That is pretty boss. I think any orders over 100 dollars get that free shipping deal.

          • Richard Mitchell

            Well reading it over, it says that the range will be available through the online store for preorder initially, but nothing about excluding retailers. If this is a program where they can run limited preorders (1000 models) for a huge model to gauge interest and take the left overs or make additionals to sell through the online store and retailers, it will be a good move. With smaller companies, I do see a more print on demand approach to large modles to keep the costs down. Alliance orders so many huge base models, PP casts them, retailers order them from Alliance. GW essentially did this with FW and it worked because it allowed huge models to be produced without casting so many and then holding onto unsold stock.

            Sucks about Europe though, unless you have a distribution warehouse in a country it is just really hard to get your product to certain places.

            Until that gets fixed…Proxy the heck out of that bad boy!

    • gregweb8

      Do you not think $110 for a giant gargantuan is a discount?

      • ZeeLobby

        $90 ain’t bad, which is what I pay for em now.

  • khegrow

    How will the prices be for customers outside the U.S ? europe etc.
    It’s currently a pain to obtain models in the EU because of…god knows why..
    I didn’t mind FW back then because these models were “optional” outside the “regular” game but being forced to obtain regular models via BAHI makes me curious whether I will develop the will to complete a faction..

    • Richard Mitchell

      110 U.S. dollars with free shipping.

  • Nosebleed

    Wow what a sculpt!

    Best sculpted gargantuan has to be the Storm Raptor and the Archangel.

    • Richard Mitchell

      Ya Storm Raptor was sick.