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…but I won’t. And here ends the article on whether or not I’ll use the Betrayal at Calth board game to springboard into Horus Heresy gaming. You can stop here if you like.
It was something I put some thought into when the game came out. It was all about the models (there’s already a Horus Heresy board game if that is what you want).
After some thinking about the various legions I decided on the Word Bearers. I’ve enjoyed reading about them in the book series, and they offer a varied Legion. From ‘normal’ marines through to their possessed, along with many vehicles and chaos cultist tag alongs, even a demon or two, Word Bearers have a lot to offer.
It was also entirely likely that this would become more of a painting/diorama project than a gaming one, which is fine too.
Without looking, I figured around $1,500 would get me going, so off to the ForgeWorld site I went.
The site is easy to use and easy to navigate, so it wasn’t long before I lined up what I wanted. With the exchange rate this came to just over $1,500.
2 Beatrayal at Calth Word Bearer conversion kits
1 Samus the demon
1 Kor Phaeron
2 Gal Vorbak
1 Heresy missile launcher pack
This would give me 60 marines, 10 terminators, 2 dreadnoughts, 10 terminators, 4 characters, 10 possessed (the Gal Vorbak) and some additional heavy weapons in the style of the times.
No vehicles though, and no cultists. In fact adding those would be another $1,500.
That’s when I started thinking seriously about the $1,500.
The same amount of money can mean different things to different people. For me that represents about a year’s spending on various gaming hobby items, including paints, scenery, interesting crowdfunding projects, models, board games and even computer games.
It’s not an amount of money I have ever spent in one go before.
The Horus Heresy isn’t the only setting I could go all in on, there are other miniatures games out there.
I decided to see what else that $1,500 could buy me. I decided on two comparisons; Star Wars X-Wing, and Perry Miniatures. The first is a game I already play, the other is a range I like (the medieval line) and plan to buy more just as soon as I paint what I have.
Star Wars X-wing
I headed over the The Combat Company website to see what they had. My list came to 52 ships, so fewer models than I would have from the ForgeWorld option.
1 of each starter set (new film, old film, Most Wanted)
Imperial Assault Carrier
2x Mist Hunter
2x Imperial Aces (love the TIE interceptor!)
4x TIE Fighter (classic)
3x TIE interceptor
3x TIE bomber
2x TIE fighter (new)
2x TIE Punisher
2x Rebel Aces
2x X-Wing (classic)
2x X-Wing (new)
These 52 ships give good (not not complete!) coverage of the game’s three factions. All the large ships are there allowing for some scenario play. There’s enough money left over for a 4×4 gaming sheet with a nice space design on there. I suspect I might want two though! The collection also allows me to take a Scum and Villainy fleet consisting of each Bounty Hunter from that scene in Empire Strikes Back. You know the one.
This selection has fewer models but offers IMO more options than the Word Bearers. It’s also the kind of seleciton I might build up over time. We’ll see.
For this one I headed to War and Peace games, my local webstore when it comes to historical miniatures. This website allows me to look specifically at the entire Perry medieval range, and also offers bundle deals on the plastics, which is nice.
A few calculations later and I had this list:
2x Medieval mega menagerie
4x foot knights
4x European mercenaries
2x War of the Roses infantry
This comes to a massive 832 miniatures!
Here’s the ‘mega menagerie’ bundle deals:
Not only is this over 10 times the next closes in terms of model count, it was also the cheapest. The boxes listed above came to just over $1,300 leaving me with options in terms of character models and banners, shield transfers and the like. Unlike the first two, there would also be postage to pay here.
On the downside I would also need to purchase back five years of my life to have time to paint it all!
I could have investigated other options, including the recent Bones III Kickstarter where I have confirmed my order, but still have the opportunity to go back and add more things.
Ultimately I’m not going to spend $1,500 in one hit on anything. Of the options above… probably Perry. From using as test models in any new game rules I want to try out, from scenarios to dioramas, to mass painting techniques, this has the most options. As with the Word Bearers order though I would probably spend the same again though this time not on additional models but on paints supplies, and scenery.
The real lesson here is that money will buy things but it won’t buy the time to use them. Stupid money!