November 22, 2014 by brennon
Games Workshop seem to have not forgotten about The Hobbit with a whole host of releases for the Elves of Mirkwood that will be playing quite the part in The Battle of the Five Armies. Let’s kick things off with the characters of Legolas, Thranduil, and Tauriel…
Each of the new miniatures looks quite good and after some debate elsewhere online people believe that the fault may lie with the painting of these miniatures over the actual sculpts. Tauriel still looks like a man and Legolas an even older man!
One of the big questions people have also raised is why is Thranduil riding a horse? He rides his Elk/Moose in everything we’ve seen and it’s come down to people believing that these were sculpts put forward a long time ago and since then Peter Jackson has edited the film so much these old choices have become a little redundant.
Why these couldn’t have been plastic clamp pack characters akin to the Warhammer Fantasy marvels they’ve created in the past I don’t know.
The standard foot troops for the Mirkwood Elves with their Captain, Cavalry, Spears, Swords and Bows look decidedly better and I would love to start a little warband of these. The only thing putting me off is the price and for once I’m going to have a little rant about it. I cannot for the life of me understand why all of these are coming along in Finecast for ridiculous prices. Games Workshop have dropped Finecast everywhere else so why continue to make sure poor decisions when it comes to The Hobbit?!
People are drifting away from the game as it is so surely the right course of action would have been to make some nice plastic kits that would have drawn people back in through ease of construction and a little cheaper on the pricing side of things. Instead you have people maybe coming in for the big finale film and being met with this massive pay wall.
Regardless at least it bodes well for us who still play the game that Games Workshop are at least paying it some attention as the final film approaches.
What do you think?