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The Price of Wargaming – Spring 2011

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May 26 2011
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Its that time of year again.  Lets look at some sample armies from the popular gamesystems and see what wargaming costs these days.

Warhammer 40,000

First up is a pair of sample 1500 armies, one smaller and elite, the other more on the horde side of things.  Lets see what Games Workshop is running these days:


Grey Knight Army – 1500 pts

HQ: Grand Master, Master Crafted Psycannon, Master Crafter Nemesis Force Sword, Blind Grenades, Psykotroke Grenades
Elites: Purifiers X 10, Halberds X 5, Daemon Hammer X 2, Psycannon X 2, Incinerator X 1, Rhino Troops: Grey Knight Strike Squad X 10, Psycannon X 2, Psybolt Ammunition, Rhino
Troops: Grey Knight Terminators X 5, Psycannon, Halberds X 4, Daemon Hammer X 1
FA: Storm Raven Gunship, TWL Lascannons, TWL Multi-Melta, Extra Armor
Heavy: Dreadknight, Personal Teleporter

Cost to build
Grey Knight Strike Squad Box X 4 = $132.00
Grey Knight Terminator Box X 2 = $100.00
Storm Raven = $66.00
Dreadknight = $53.75
Rhinos Kits X 2 = $70.00

Total cost = $421.75

The extra Terminator kit is so you can make your Grand Master and have enough guns.  They do not make a Grand Master with a Pyscannon at this time.  Plus it also gives you more options for your regular guys with Halberds and other choices.

Ork Horde – 1500pts

HQ: Warboss, Power Klaw, Attack Squig, Eavy Armor, Cybork Body, Bosspole
HQ: Big Mek, Kustom Force Field
Elites: Lootas X 15
Troops: Nobz X 5, Painboy, Power Klaw X 3, Big Choppa X 1, Eavy Armor X 5, Cybork Body X 5, Waagh Banner, Bosspole, Battle Wagon, Big Shoota X 2, Deff Rolla, Grot Riggas
Troops: Boyz X 20, Big Shoota X 2, Shootas X 17, Nob, Power Klaw, Bosspole
Troops: Boyz X 12, Nob, Power Klaw, Bosspole, Trukk, Reinforced Ram
Troops: Boyz X 12, Nob, Power Klaw, Bosspole, Trukk, Reinforced Ram
FA: Warbuggies X 3, TWL Rokkits X 3
Heavy: Battle Wagon, Big Shoota X 2, Deff Rolla, Grot Riggas

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Cost to Build
Warboss – Black Reach – $10.00
Big Mek – $20.00
Loota Box X 3 – $75.00
Nobz X 1 – $25.00
Boyz X 5 – $145.00
Trukk X 2 – $66.00
Warbuggies X 3 – $75.00
Battle Wagon X 2 – $132.00

Total = $548.00

WARMACHINE/HORDES

Next up is a pair of standard sized armies – one elite and one more horde-ish as well.

Khador – 35pts

Khador Battlebox
pButcher
Great Bears
Greylord Ternion
Kovnik Joe
Winterguard (full sized)
Winterguard UA
2x Rocketeers
Widowmakers

Cost to Build
$237

Legion – 35pts

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Lylyth
Carnivean
2x Shredders
Teraph
10x Swordsmen
10x Hex Hunters
Bayal
Strider Deathstalker

Cost to Build
$193 

Warhammer Fantasy


Same deal, two armies at the rulebooks’s suggested point value, one smaller model count, and one larger.

Skaven – 2250 Pts – “Bell, Skitterleap, HPA List”
Grey Seer- Screaming Bell, Warpstone Tokens, Dragonbane Gem, Other Trickster’s Shard 
Chieftan BSB- Halberd, Charm Shield, Talisman of Preservation 
Warlock Engineer- Level 1, Brass Orb 
Warlock Engineer- Level 1, Doomrocket

Skavenslaves x100 
Clanrats x40, FC, Sh Warpfire Thrower W.T. 
Stormvermin x40, FC, Stormbanner Warpfire Thrower W.T.

Hell Pit Abom
Hell Pit Abom
Warp Lightning Cannon                                                                                                                     

Cost to Build:

2 Battalion Boxes: 110.00 x 2 =  220.00

2 Stormvermin Boxes:  49.50 x 2 = 99.00
1 WarpLightning/PlagueClaw: 33.00
1 Screaming Bell:  57.75
2 Warpfire WTs:  15.00 x 2 = 30.00
2 Engineers:  13.25 x 2 = 26.50
1 Chieftain BSB:  15.00
Total:  $580.25
Note:  The 100 Slaves come from the Batallion Boxes using Plague Monks, Clanrats, Giant Rats and Rat Ogres as fillers.
Also, this is based on current prices for Metal Models still listed on the GW site.  There is no information on FineCast prices for  these models yet.
Dark Elves – 2250 Pts – “Dual Hydras – Razor List”
High Sorc- Lvl 4, Sac Dagger, Talisman of Pres 
Sorc- Lvl 2 
Hag Queen- Cauldron, BSB

RXBs:   14, Muso 
Warriors:  24, FC, Shield, Std of Discipline 
Corsairs:  30, FC, AHW, Sea Serpent Standard
Black Guard: 18, FC, Banner of Hag Graef 
Cold One Knights: 6, FC, Banner of Eternal Flame 
Hydra x 2 

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Cost to Build

1 Battalion Box:  105.00

1 DEW Box:  35.00
1 Corsair Box:  24.75
1 Dreadlord on CO:  20.00  (use as COK Champ)
1 Cauldron:  40.00
2 DE Sorcerors:  15.00 x 2 = 30.00
2 Hydras:  57.75
Total:  $370.50
Also, this is based on current prices for Metal Models still listed on the GW site.  There is no information on FineCast prices for  these models yet. 

So there we are folks, common sized armies for the three top systems out there. I’ll let you all decide on value as that is an individual consumer decision.  Note that this is just minis, with no rules, books, or hobby supplies. Have at it.

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