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Tragic to Triumph: GW’s Most Improved Minis

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Mar 9 2017
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Today we look at the GW minis that went from terribad to works of art. This is going to be fun.

These days GW is know for well deserved top-of-industry quality. One of the common comparisons you will see of new companies in the market is how their minis stand up to GW’s quality. But we should all remember that GW, like every other company had to learn the ropes and their quality went up over the years. Today we look back on some minis that we think saw the biggest improvement over the years.


#5 Archaon

Ahh yes, NOW Archaon is the “Exalted Grand Marshal of the Apocalypse.  But back in the 90s, he was just some punk Chaos Lord with aspirations of grandeur. Oh the glory days of multi-part metal horses…

#4 Tree Men

I’m not sure exactly what was up with the original Warhammer Fantasy Treemen, but I have NEVER seen a tree that looked anything like these two.  Luckily the newest Sylvaneth Treelord gets the job done.  Everyone just put down your axes and back away slowly…

#3 Lord of Change

The original little guy was as full of magic as it was bereft of clothes. Luckily the brand new one is loaded down in the jewelry department, grabbed a loincloth and has clearly been hitting the gym.


image via Ninjabread

#2 Marneus Calgar

I’ll let you decide if that dude in the back of the original is a honor guard, or a chamberpot steward… The current Marneus is off his “throne” and into the fight.

#1 Nagash

Hands down the posterchild of GW’s 30 year scramble up the mountain of quality.  I have no words to describe the original, but the modern Nagash is truly a masterpiece of design, detail and style.

Bonus Round – Tree Kin

Again, I have no idea what was going on with the original other than suddenly imminent deadlines… Luckily the Kurnoth Hunters have grown into the role with grace.

~Did we miss any? Let us know in the comments.


Author: Larry Vela
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