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Thursday, December 20, 2012

What Grinds My Gears

Howdy guys. Been awhile since I’ve been of a mind to blog, but the upcoming Dark Angels release got me thinking down a track that has me really annoyed.  I was looking at the new models that are on deck, and it got me thinking about the various model/codex releases over the last few years and I came to a conclusion. That being that Space Wolves (my pet army) got seriously screwed by GW on models.

The Space Wolf Codex got exactly two new kits when it was released, the Space Wolf Pack, and Space Wolf Terminators.  And ignoring the independent characters that was it.  You had Canis Wolfborn there to tease you with the idea of a unit of Thunderwolf Cavalry (at $50 per model), but otherwise nothing.  It was 2 ½  years later before GW released kits for those models.

So Codex: Space Wolves got a grand total of 4 plastic kits (and I only count the Fenrisian Wolf kit grudgingly), and had to wait nearly 3 years for their big splashy kit.  Contrast this with the following model releases.

Imperial Guard – 10 Kits
                Catchan Command
                Cadian Command
                Ratlings (Resculpt)
                Sentinels (Recut)
                Leman Russ (Recut)
                Demolisher (Recut)
                Chimera (Recut)

Tyrannids – 8 Kits
                Tyrand Guard
                Hive Guard

Blood Angels – 4 Kits (All with Codex)
                Death Company
                Sanguinary Guard
                Baal Predator

Dark Eldar - ~ 15Kits
                The Whole Damned Army

Grey Knights – 3.5 Kits (All with Codex)
                Strike Squad
                GK Terminators
                (Access to Stormraven)

Necrons – 9 Kits
                Ghost Arc
                Night Scythe
                Command Barge
                Tomb Blades

Chaos – 6Kits

Dark Angels – 5 Kits (All With Codex)
                Niphilim Fighter
                Land Speeder Vengeance
                Knight Terminators
Ravenwing Bikes (Recut)
Ravenwing Command

This bugs me.  Now I know that power armor codices all piggy back off the Codex: SM model range, but I can’t help but feel annoyed that Space Wolves got so markedly little, and had to wait so long for it.
On top of which is my pet game-play complaint. Space Wolves are the only codex released since 2006 that doesn’t have a flyer/flying MC within their codex.

The 6 following codices have them (including DA), and 4 preceding codices have them thanks to WD updates.   I know I can get the odd flyer with allies, but it would be nice to have something in my codex.  Even if it were only access to the crappy, crappy Stormtalon, at least it would be something I could take more than one of.

The only other codices with that problem are Templar, Eldar, Tau, and Sisters of Battle and which are all on deck for the next couple years.  Space Wolves likely won’t see another codex for another 4-5 years.  And in my book that’s way too damned long.

To sum up.  Space Wolves got fewer kits than anyone but GK (and the hell with them); had to wait almost 3 years to get two of them; their big fancy kit (TWC) was one of the late kits; and their codex is completely shut out of one of the main mechanics of the new edition (fliers) and is likely to remain so until a new codex arrives.  And that Gentlemen, really grinds my gears.