New Miniatures for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Strategy Battle Game

By Polar_Bear
In Fantasy
Mar 24th, 2014
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Games Workshop is taking orders for new The Hobbit sets based on The Desolation of Smaug.

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  • pduggie

    “I order them to cost less”

    Nope? then nope. 🙂

    the licensing fees for these must be more than LOTR, i’ll hazard.

  • surprize

    Don’t really follow what’s happening at ‘Workshop these days so hadn’t seen this range before – none of the models look like the films!? The metal LoTR models I have from GW from about ten years back are pretty good likenesses so not sure what’s gone wrong. Bard the Bowmen looks like John Cleese in Monty Python & the Holy Grail. I really hope The Pythons don’t send them a Cease & Desist letter.

    • AccessDenied

      I really hope they do.

  • Soulfinger

    Sometimes I like to imagine that I know nothing about this stuff, look at the figures, and say to myself, “Hmmm, a bear and a dude with no shirt.” Then I look at the price, and then I beat myself up for being a huge nerd.

  • 4tonmantis

    The scale on that guy is a lot closer to standard 1/48 or whatever.. than 28mm heroic. I got a good deal on the newer plastic Chaos Sorceror and he’s very similar in scale.. It makes me wonder if GW are going to start reeling in some of the beefiness of their “heroic” scale and head towards a more realistic appearance.

    • Soulfinger

      Their LotR line is true 28mm, not heroic. I seem to recall it being a licensing issue, but also they wouldn’t want people intermingling the lines.

      • 4tonmantis

        I recall the Orcs being more fair (if you could truly say that) but I think the bigger point is that the WHFB and 40k stuff is edging in that direction as well. The skeletons I was talking about in the Heroquest topic are another example.. and the Fenrisian Wolves seem to be more realistically scaled than the goofy looking wolves the goblins are riding around on. The horses for most WHFB stuff has been sliding towards more realistic for years.. All of this is rather comical though because the guns are still ridiculously huge compared to the guys.. WHFB’s weapons are only a little more reasonable. Accessories like binoculars and canteens for 40k tend to match up to 1/35 accessories while the hands they go in are closer to 1/48.

        Sorry I rambled and ranted a bit but I’ve been working on an army that is trying to marry some “true scale” 28mm to GW and it’s been a real headache..

      • Borzag

        I was under the impression it was 25mm true scale?

        • Soulfinger

          I think you are right.

        • 4tonmantis

          hm.. well he’s not heroic.. but the base is presumably a 25mm.. so I don’t think he’s 25 either.. hell he might be 32.. or 25 but really flippin tall.. (it’s still measured to the eye right?)

          • Soulfinger

            Quick peek at Wikipedia says 25mm, and actually looking at the elf figure I got with some lot of eBay crap, I’d say 25mm. Forgot that I had that guy, but no way he is 28mm.

          • 4tonmantis

            Ah, I forget that Beorn is actually a massive guy outside of bear form. It makes sense now. The figure looks like it is rather tall for a 25mm but that fits with the character.

  • KelRiever

    I’d get it. But it doesn’t cost enough.

    I don’t want to game with peasants. The best way to block them out is by raising the price.

    Really, that is why Polo is the best sport in the world. And why soon Games Workshop will have the best miniature games in the world.

    So sick and tired of hearing people wanting better rules. Rules are for those who want to be ruled!

  • Marauder

    We had lots of fun with the LOTR game back in the day. It was nice to play skirmish with reasonably proportioned minis. We even had some really big games that took forever to play but looked very much like real swarming melees!

    I also recall it being the most reasonably priced. I guess it has been 10 years – but you could get a box of 24 plastic troops for $20. Now I see that for 10 elves its $50. They look higher quality, and are multi part – but really going from less than a dollar to $5 each in 10 years seems a bit drastic.

    It makes me kind of sad really. This could be a popular game – but I think the price is a huge barrier to anyone getting into it. It doesn’t have the level of dept that 40k and fantasy have that attracts more hardcore gamers either.

    • Soulfinger

      Don’t worry. If it works out like LotR did, these figures will be on massive clearance very soon. As I recall, GW basically forces their Chapter Approved vendors to purchase a certain proportion of LotR product. Eventually, the movies fall out of the public consciousness and everyone is struggling like mad to get rid of them.

      • KelRiever

        Blasphemy! Support your FLGS by purchasing these figures at full price! Then remember to bring them to your limousine where you will have your servant paint it while you dine on caviar.

        My goodness, buying things second hand. What are you thinking!

        • Soulfinger

          Second hand! Good sir, I protest such a scandalous assertion against my good character. I say to buy them at your Friendly Local Game Shoppe while your Bentley (limousine, hah! Are you ‘new’ money?) and hired man stand idle outside. Added to that, you don’t trust the servants with your good silver? Would you really trust them with your best plastics? I merely suggest that one should purchase them at a discount, because isn’t frugality and keen money management how we accumulated our wealth to begin with? It’s not like we spend our idle moments playing children’s games or . . . waste money . . . on little, plastic . . . oh yeah, I’m poor as hell. I think I see why.