Warmachine: Hooch Hauler Up for Pre-Order

Grab yourselves a Hooch Hauler while you can – and enjoy a Northkin list to use it with!

via Privateer Press:

Hooch Hauler $164.99

Hearthgut Hooch Hauler — Trollblood Northkin Battle Engine (PREORDER)

Preorder the Hearthgut Hooch Hauler by January 30, 2018, and receive a FREE Black Anchor Heavy Industries Hooch Hugger.

Preorders ship by end of February 2018. Quantity limited to the first 1,000 preorders. The Hearthgut Hooch Hauler will be available as a normal item in the online store after February 1st.

 

Hey guys, Will Pagani here! The Hearthgut Hooch Hauler goes up for preorder from Black Anchor Heavy Industries today, and boy, is it a doozy! That model makes me wonder why I don’t have more Trollbloods in my personal collection. I suggest you give it a peek below, and see this amazing model for yourself.

As with the Dracodile, preorders for the Hooch Hauler will ship for free worldwide! That’s right, we’re covering all shipping costs on this enormous and beautiful model when you preorder it. While the Dracodile came with a stylish shirt (which will be shipping very soon to those who preordered!), the Hooch Hauler does not. It comes with something far more, um, thematic: a Black Anchor Heavy Industries Hooch Hugger! (That’s an insulated can holder, if you’re not familiar with the term.) It’s yours, for free, when you preorder through our online store.

After the Northkin CID cycle, I became very excited about playing the Hearthgut Hooch Hauler with one of my favorite warlocks in the Faction—Calandra Truthsayer, Oracle of the Glimmerwood. She brings an incredible toolkit to the table and can really make the Hooch Hauler shine. Here is the list I’ve been enjoying playing quite a bit:

Theme Force: Storm of the North

Calandra Truthsayer, Oracle of the Glimmerwood

– Dire Troll Brawler

– Dire Troll Brawler

– Dire Troll Mauler

– Trollkin Runebearer [free]

Feralgeist

Krielstone Bearer & Stone Scribes (4)

– Northkin Elder [free]

Northkin Fire Eaters

Northkin Fire Eaters

Northkin Raiders (10)

Hearthgut Hooch Hauler

The Hooch Hauler’s Cask Bomb is a very powerful single attack, and it’s important that you land it where you need it. Calandra’s special rule Fate-Blessed helps make sure the targets you need covered by Oil get, well, covered by oil. With its multiple sprays and blast damage, this battle engine can put out a large number of attacks that benefit greatly from Calandra’s feat, Good Omens, which allows you to reroll 1s and 2s on attack and damage rolls. Calandra loves higher-defense models like the Northkin Raiders who also utilize the High Proof rule from the Hooch Hauler very well, particularly when stacked with Good Omens and Fate-Blessed.

~Get it while you can – they are only making 1000!

  • Rainthezangoose

    Maybe I’m not understanding something but that model looks like it costs easily 3 times the maximum I’d have thought any sane person would pay for it.

    • Bad Meat

      Imagine how much it would have cost if it had gone through distribution.

      • ZeeLobby

        Kind of hard to say, considering I’d also be getting 30% off. Might honestly have come out the same, lol.

        • Cergorach

          Expect $400+, even with 30% discount that is quite a lot.

          • ZeeLobby

            lolwut? why would it be $400+? No other gargantuans/collosals that have gone through distribution have been $400+

          • Cergorach

            Generally companies sell at around 40% of MSRP to distribution. So if this is the only way to make it feasible, I would suspect that if they sold it to distribution at this price, MSRP would be 2.5 times this price. And while no G/C has cost that much, they are either less complex and thus a lot cheaper or we might only see plastic G/C in the future.

            Of course, PP might be pirate bastards and are price gouging us through direct sales… aka. All your monies now belong to us!

          • ZeeLobby

            Wait, if they sold to distributors at 40% retail, that means distributors would be paying only $100. So if they sold the to distributors at $165, why would distributors suddenly charge $400? Wouldn’t charging around $220 seem a lot more equivalent? $220 with a 30% discount would only be like $154. Dunno where 2.5x appeared from.

          • Cergorach

            No, This price $165 is done through direct sales, because through distribution isn’t feasible. Thus $165 is the price of production + profit that is normally sold to distributors. Normally that is 40% of MSRP, 40×2.5=100.

            And $165 at 40% retail is $66 (it’s not 40% off).

          • ZeeLobby

            Ah, gotchya. Yeah, I’d still say $400 is pretty unlikely. My guess is that PP simply upped the price selling direct to match (or maybe even go above) what they saw their consumers as willing to pay. Had this been distributed there’s no way the numbers would have flatly started at $165, so it’s difficult to tell.

          • CloakingDonkey

            Definitely this. The only reason they’re setting these prices is because they’re going by GW’s US prices. Which is why I complain about it so often, because after they convert currency, add VAT and shipping costs, they end up with prices that are twice as high as practically anything else sold in Europe. f.e. this thing I presume, judging by past conversions, will cost about 140-150€ AFTER 10-15% off from retailers. Whereas the Lord of Change or Great Unclean One cost about 70-80€ from those same retailers. But of course compared to the 140$ of LoC and GUO these 165$ don’t look so bad. 😉 They’re simply banking on their US market at this point.

    • Apocryphus

      And you can field 2 of them….

    • marxlives

      It is an amazing looking model but you are right battle engines usually run 90 bucks abouts.

  • Bad Meat

    Pretty sure the 1000 refers to the Hooch Hugger, but 1000 seems really low for for a ‘top tier’ game.

    • Apocryphus

      Limited edition bonuses are limited. Even GW only makes about 1000 of their LE codexes and they’re “top tier”.

    • ZeeLobby

      LoL. Really? Seems high to me. Being ‘top tier’ in tabletop wargamming isn’t like a massive percentage of the population. I’d have thought 100 would be more realistic. The total population is probably only 10s of thousands spread across 13 factions. Then assuming you actual want this model or to run a northkin list, etc.

      • Bad Meat

        In that vein, if you figure none of them get sold internationally, that is only 20 per state. That seems like a pretty low number for a centerpiece model that people should be planning armies around. I would be surprised if the WM/H is more than 10k currently.

        • Cergorach

          #1 It’s not a mainstream centerpiece model and it isn’t priced that way. At the 30% discount someone mentioned earlier, you can buy an entire Trollkin force!
          #2 Warmahordes might not be as popular as it once was. Many people are extremely disappointed with the slow progress of the product line. Metal to quite crappy PVC to metal/resin hybrids with a smattering of full plastic kits… 3rd edition wasn’t exactly well received… GW and FFG are on the rise in tabletop miniatures land. And there’s more competition these days due to Kickstarter…
          #3 Not every Trollkin collector/player likes the sculpt.

          I have quite a big collection of Trollkin and Cygnar, but I doubt that this will be added anytime soon… So much more cool stuff to get in better materials before this shows up on the list…

          • ZeeLobby

            I totally agree with #1 and #3. #2 you’d probably struggle to support with facts. It’ll be interesting to see when the independent sales rankings come out, but locally 3rds been pretty successful. WMH is just more pockety than GW (as it’s always been).

          • Cergorach

            There’s currently far more choice in the miniatures market then has ever been.

            There have been a LOT of complaints at GW for making hybrid models (metal/plastic), do you suspect that the Warmahordes customers hold PP to a different standard? I’m shocked Sir! Troughly shocked I say!

            Are you saying the PP PVC isn’t complete sh!t at that price? Is anyone else?

            Take the above and if people had a choice, wouldn’t they buy something else instead? I certainly have an many with me. Whether that is a big impact, I’m not sure.

            What I do know is that 3rd Edition has been badly received. Having those cards on a website now is something they should have done at release! And people have walked away from PP because of it.

            GW has sold a ton more last year, that means significant more sales. FFG is selling a LOT of Armada and X-WIng and the new fantasy miniatures game also looks like it’s being well received. Add to that all the miniature games on KS. Mythic, Conan, Fire and Ice, that new 15mm plastic game. And that’s not even looking at all the great miniature boardgames…

            PP has never officially released sales figures and the last numbers are quite old. So NO, no hard facts. Just indications that can not be ignored.

          • ZeeLobby

            I mean the same kind of indicators people used every year to say GW was doomed, etc. etc. In 2016 WMH was 2 of the top 5 in independent retailers. I’ll comfortably wait for those stats again before I start making claims.

            I mean locally WMH is on the uptick. People got fed up with 8th edition. There’s more options, models, games, heck video games, etc. Does any of that mean 8th was a failure? No, of course not. Even if they didn’t release their numbers.

            I mean I get it’s a heated topic for you, but it’s not necessarily a heated topic for everyone, and i’ve seen new players enter MK3 who are very happy with the game they walked into. I’ve seen disgruntled players leave as well. But it’s foolish to say that there are “indicators” of the overall health of the game, cause there really isn’t any clear ones. Some people point to all the top players leaving at the start of mk3, but theres still many there, and the same thing happened when mk2 launched. Etc.

        • marxlives

          That sounds about right, you can visit the Privateer Press if you want. It is a small office and a warehouse. How big did you think they were?

          • Bad Meat

            About 1/3rd the size of Matt Wilson’s ego?

        • ZeeLobby

          I mean it’s 16 pts, with OK rules that shine with only 1/2 builds/casters. Hardly a centerpiece people would “build armies around”. More like a centerpiece model hobbyists would paint for their shelf.

          As for the 10k, we just don’t know, but it wouldn’t shock me if it was greater. Internationally WMH is still pretty popular.

  • euansmith

    Polar Bears hauling booze? Evidently Cresta Bear’s children turned out to be a disappointment to their Dad.

    http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/700a67f985a21fd8cc3d464db9f19ae6494dc205a6477249f8dc146c244ba797.jpg

  • Apocryphus

    I thought the whole point of Black Anchor Heavy Industries was to release these models for a CHEAPER price. PP, I love ya, but this is outrageous.

    • marxlives

      I agree, price point on this model is way to high. Especially with most battle engines costing 90 bucks.

  • CloakingDonkey

    Lol, their prices get ever more absurd, I see. I know it doesn’t look so bad by US standards but this thing and the Northkin Raiders are just a joke in terms of price.

    • marxlives

      Well the prices have been pretty good. This one however is a big jump. PP doesn’t have warehouses across the world so the game is going to be cheaper in the U.S. than other places because they are based here.

      • CloakingDonkey

        These models aren’t worth the US prices either. It’s more that your perception of what is acceptable has been warped by years of GW price gouging in the states.

    • 415Native

      I mean, its not like its a $1400 Forge World titan or anything. But it is a big jump from the other battle engines.

      • CloakingDonkey

        Oh yeah Forge World is just as insane and I wouldn’t advocate anyone buy that either. But they’ve really been cranking the prices up for a while now. Ever since they started adding Resin pieces that make their miniatures look as they’re supposed to and treated that as some kind of groundbreaking achievement 😛 Megalith was already ridiculous what with being just about 10€ cheaper than the new Lord of Change.

  • Brandon Sharitt

    So GW is making more and more big centerpiece models for thei main brand and normal distribution while PP starts their own Forge World?

  • Koen Diepen Van

    Holy hell that is one UGLY model. And i even play trolls. Yuk