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The past is back (at today’s prices!)

Games Workshop’s previews from the Las Vegas open were interesting, and even exciting.

But thinking through the previewed models I was struck at how most of the previews are re-presentations of older models from the 1990s or before.

Look at these High Elf spearmen:

They have a different name of course, but to me they look like a stylised version of the classic Warhammer spearmen, and it makes me wonder if these scuplts were done with half an eye on the upcoming Old World expansion. Maybe.

These elven cavalry remind me of the old Lord of the Rings range, but upscaled of course. I like the cavalry models a lot. Finally for the elves we have Eltharion in all his ghostly glory:

I have seen in years past a couple of versions of the armoured ghostly warrior, though not by Games Workshop. But I’ve never seen them done as well as this. That armour is unoccupied, and it looks great!

The next model is a real blast from the past. The zoat:

Here is an image of the original versions – from the 1980s! – courtesy of Stuff of Legends.

Something tells me the new one will cost a little more than £2.50 this time around.

It wasn’t alla look into the past through, a few of the previews were decidely futuristic, like these Adeptus Mechanicus:

Some are reminded of the Empire’s Pistoliers, or of their steam horse, which I get, but these are more than re-presentations of classic models.

The Lizardmen (sorry – Seraphon) get something we haven’t seen before, and very much a continuation of the new terrain we’ve been seeing for Age of Sigmar:

Mind you, looking at this terrain I was reminded of how long it has been since the Chaos Dwarfs were a proper part of the game. Sure, we have the expensive Forgeworld range, but I would love to see a re-imagining of that old line for Age of Sigmar.

See all the previews at Warhammer Community. Which are your favourites?

15 comments on “The past is back (at today’s prices!)

  1. John@justneedsvarnish
    January 25, 2020

    Ooooh, I like the zoat and the Adeptus Mechanicus figures! Very nice! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

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    • davekay
      January 25, 2020

      No worries John – there’s plenty more on the official page too!

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  2. Wudugast
    January 26, 2020

    £2.50 for a Zoat! Those were the days eh – if it comes in at 10 times that we’ll be lucky! Hadn’t thought of the Empire steam horse/Serberys cavalry connection but that’s an excellent point, I always liked that side of the Empire (the crazy contraptions, the fantastical beasts, the fact that they weren’t just ordinary late-medieval humans in a fantasy realm). That Eltharion model is very clever as well, they seem to be taking the techniques they developed with the Nighthaunt and pushing them even further. I don’t think that picture they’ve used really does him justice actually, it’s not immediately apparent that the helmet is hollow as well and when I spotted that in the video it blew me away. That’ll be a challenge to paint mind, but well worth it.

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    • davekay
      January 26, 2020

      Eltharion will be interesting to assemble, from the image I can’t tell what his right leg armour is attached to!

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      • Wudugast
        January 26, 2020

        I think, and I could be mistaken, that his right leg isn’t attached to anything. The weight of the model is taken by the left leg, with balance and support from the grass-stems that touch the hem of his cape. Could be wrong though as there aren’t any pictures of the model rotating yet. Whilst I was looking through the video though I spotted the trees in the background of Teclis – they look like big versions of the trees on his base. Wonder if they’re part of a new scenery kit – one of them looks like it’s from the old wildwood kit and I’m pretty sure the rock formations are homemade but I’m suspicious some of those trees might be part of something new.

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  3. imperialrebelork
    January 26, 2020

    Good post mate and thanks for keeping us up to date. I’m not familiar with the old Zoat but the new one looks pretty cool. I definitely think the new elves are for the new old warhammer fantasy aiming soon.

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    • davekay
      January 26, 2020

      Yes I like the new elves a lot – along with those new Chaos Warriors from late last year

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  4. backtothehammer
    January 26, 2020

    I’m probably showing my age but I remember when the Zoat was an option for my Wood Elf army (back in 3rd ed.).
    I love the new high elves horse and spear and definitely feel they may well be a crossover range. What with the night goblin and warriors of chaos updates ‘recently’ it seems a few of the old world ranges are now getting revamped models

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    • davekay
      January 26, 2020

      Crossover range might be the best way of putting it – these recent models could easily grace an Old World tabletop.

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  5. Coronasan
    January 31, 2020

    Zoats and mechanical horses, what is not to like! Will the Zoat be priced the same as the Ambull…or more?

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    • davekay
      January 31, 2020

      Yes, I really couldn’t justify paying the Ambull price and I expect the zoat will be the same. Great models though

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  6. Azazel
    April 3, 2020

    For all their faults and flaws, GW do make some beautiful models. Even their reimaginings of the past few years have been absolutely top shelf, even for an old grognard like myself.

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    • davekay
      April 3, 2020

      True – also thanks for taking a look through the website today, hope you had fun!

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      • Azazel
        April 3, 2020

        No worries Dave – t’was a pleasure and helped motivate me to get back to the brush a bit more again.

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      • davekay
        April 3, 2020

        great to hear!

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