Eeek! A Rat!

Games Workshop starts off this new year with a new pre-order for all your Warhammer Fantasy players. This one’s the new Verminlord.
It’s… $90. That’s… a lot.
It’s a pretty nice looking model, though, and does come with accessories.
But… $90.
I know I try and keep the editorializing to a general minimum, but … wow.


From the website:

The mightiest of all the Verminlords, Skreech Verminking is a legend amongst the Skaven. Possessing phenomenal magical ability, allied with the best traits of the Skaven clans, he is the master of ruin reaping death wherever he walks.

Towering over the rest of the Skaven range, this is a fantastic centrepiece miniature that oozes menace.

Skreech Verminking is armed with a plaguereaper and a doom glaive and has a unique half rotten face.

This multi-part plastic kit can also be made as one of four other Verminlords. Whichever one you choose to assemble the legs and body are used as the core to then add the following details to:

Verminlord Warbringer is armed with a doom glaive and punch-dagger and is notable for featuring a spiked helmet.

Verminlord Warpseer is armed with a doom glaive and scry-orb.

Verminlord Deceiver is armed with a doomstar (in the shape of the Clan Eshin rune) and a warpstiletto. It’s head wears a mask and hood to hide its features.

Verminlord Corruptor is armed with 2 plaguereapers. It has a skull head with broken horns and a mane of long hair.

Skreech Verminking has 61 components and is supplied with a 60x100mm monster base.

  • cybogoblin

    I can do you one better. The Jezzail web bundle is NZ$294 for 9 models.


    9 models.

    That makes the NZ$149 price tab on this model seem almost reasonable.

  • mechaace

    Will we be treated to this kind of editorializing when any other company brings out a large expensive model?

    • estrus

      I hope so!

  • wadders

    I find that editorial a little biased and anti gw also. I’d love to see what other gaming compaines build plastic multiple use kits of that size with that price point.

  • Killraven

    I’d say that any game company that has GW’s purchasing power, production levels, and sales volume is certainly subject to identical criticism.

    Let us know whenever any other such company exists.

    To be fair though, it’s a significantly better value than Nagash is.

  • Dan Paddock

    So in Warhammer land, male rats have 6 horns, 2 tails and no testicles?

    • No, but Vermin Lords do?

  • surprize

    PB wasn’t comparing it *to* anything to be fair. Just saying $90 is a lot of money. Which it is.

    Personally I think GW have gone down a strange route with their giant kits, in that they make like it’s a great deal to be able to make multiple things from the same kit, but it’s really not, as you can only make one. The kits are bundled together to save on product space, then they charge a premium, over and above the likely cost of a non – flexible kit, it’s a weird misinformation, false benfits thing.

    You see the same thing with Star Wars toys, lego, Disney merchandise. They’re a corporation and they have to maximise their profits every 3 months. Ultimately it’s great to see fantasy being played in my FLGS though, so good luck to them and whatever works.

    • KelRiever

      Lego’s are at least 10 times the fun per dollar over any GW product on its best day. Just sayin.

      Price does matter. But if one person in the world would pay $1 million for this thing and argue about how it really is worth it, Games Workshop should take their money. In fact if say it is their duty to remove them of their funds immediately! 😀

      • Funny you should say that. My kid just recently got into Legos so I had to follow suit. I’m having TONS of fun. I have 44 year old eyesight and not much time for gaming so it’s a perfect match. Agreed, much more bang for the buck. $100 buys me at least 10 pounds of Legos. More if I buy in volume.

    • mathieu

      “PB wasn’t comparing it *to* anything to be fair. Just saying $90 is a lot of money, which it is”

      True, however saying it about one particular models and not on other similarly large and expensive is an implicit comparison. This miniature is on a 100x60mm base, so the diagonal is almost exactly the size of a huge base from PP. The model is definitely skinnier than a Colossal or a Gargantuan, but it is also generally taller, with more pieces, more complex volumes, more fine details (whether they are better or worse is another question…), and 5 different assembling options.
      Yet the Colossals/Gargantuans are roughly 50% more expensive than this kit and, at least as far as the last few ones are concerned (which so happen to be some of the priciest of the bunch), the high price wasn’t brought up by a TGN staff member, especially not in the text of the news itself…

      I don’t particularly care for this particular model either, nor for GW for that matter, but I feel that this way to report the news is biased and inappropriate.

      • The detail on GW plastic kits is not more fine than Privateer Press’ recent works in resin. If you want an even better 1-1 comparison, the new Convergience battle engine will be made out of ABT (Malifaux style) plastic. That will make it a kit similar to a GW kit.

        Honestly, I think I agree with you overall.

        I looked at this and said, “Huh- $90 doesn’t seem so bad for a mini that large.”

        I think GW get a bad rap for overpricing everything- when they only overprice a lot of things. It is often hard for us to see the times that they’re not being silly.

        $90 rulebooks, $50 codecies and $30 character models make us expect that whatever they charge, it is unreasonable. But their large plastic kits and core trooper boxes tend to have fairly reasonable pricing on them.

  • estrus

    It’s kinda like Marvel Comics… when a formerly neutral entity like the Watcher starts telling you you’ve gone too far, you know you’re fucked.

  • Sisyphus

    To be frank… I like the old metal Vermin Lord more… he was a pumped up vermin rather than some god-freak bouncing about. Most of my FLGS game players are looking about for a new set of games to get into… only the hard-core and money-backed few are still proponents of GW anymore. Sad to see… but with higher and higher prices compared to peoples’ salaries… and rules and army builds that leave people shaking their heads… well, people are moving on…

    I’m sorta okay with GW myself… but yeah, I can see the writing on the wall. Locals are looking at Infinity, getting back into Warmahordes, or even Bolt Action…

    I hope GW figures it out… that they need to get back in touch with their customers.

    • elril

      I thought PP’s colossals were expensive too. Got shouted down by people who like them too. What scale is this model? Is like dreadnought sized? Still no way I would pay 90$ anyways, as I don’t think it is an interesting model. Lots going on, but not interesting.

      • Sisyphus

        Agreed… just outright grandiose and busyness just for the same of selling. Fair enough… but people got to think how long it will take to put thing together much less how long it will take to paint it.

        And what is it that this and Nagash have these crazy-horns going on? Next model gonna have the same?

  • The Beast Rampant

    I again state that I don’t understand the ever-increasing grandiosity of GW’s stuff. There is an ever-widening gulf between this junk, and simple, cool-looking WARGAMING miniatures. Remember those? When greater demons used to come in blister packs. When somebody wanted to wargame with a neat-looking army, and not take out a mortgage and spending a month assembling a figure and worrying that if you didn’t spend another month painting it, it wouldn’t live up its kewlness potential. “The Games Workshop Hobby” is now more like having a gold-digger girlfriend that a pass-time.

    If I ever run my beloved skaven again (at this point unlikely), it would be with the original verminlord.

    And hyphenated words were BOGO today.

  • nighthaunter666

    Seems like they are creating premium models for collectors, with appropriate price tags, rather than value-for-money gaming pieces. Sure there is a market there, but it will raise comment (read: ‘outcry!’) from those customers who would rather they go the other direction.

    • One of the troubles that GW has going on is that their business model is inconsistent.

      I hear all of the time that they want to make premium models for collectors, but then they make games where you need sixty goblins (or termigants, Imperial guardsmen, skeletons or skinks) and release paints specifically labeled for drybrushing skin tones.