Oh gods, in a moment of madness I had a friend pick up an OLD Warhammer Orc Battalion Box from Vagabond Takapuna. Hey they were 20% off! That’s $136nz! How’s that for a good deal? Plus I already have a handful of painted Orcs and a box of bits from my Mordheim warband.
Now you’re probably wondering why the OLD Battalion Box and not the NEW one? That’s simple. I think the new Spider Rider Forest Goblins are patently ridiculous looking and much prefer the older Goblin Wolf Riders. I mean c’mon compare the poor squashed spider figures here (images from the Games Workshop online store):
To these ferocious ravenous wolves:
At least the wolves look like they’d actually be able to carry their riders into battle. Hmmm pretty mediocre paint job by GW Studios there though. So Now I have another 50 figures in my possession that I’ll need to assemble, base and (horrors) paint at some stage…or maybe my three year old son will get them reboxed for his 16th birthday.
Update: A little more research and it looks like the OLD O&G Battalion box is actually a better deal than the NEW one?! The old box contains:
- 1 Orc Warboss on Boar
- 19 Orc Boyz (including command group)
- 18 Orc Arrer Boyz (including Standard Bearer & Musician)
- 10 Goblin Wolf Riders (including command group)
- 1 Orc Boar Chariot with 2 crew
While the new box contains:
- 20 Orcs
- 20 Night Goblins
- 10 Forest Goblin Spider Riders
- 1 Orc Boar Chariot
So more Goblins, less Orcs and no Warboss for the same price! What’s up with that Games Workshop? Surely the Orc and Goblin army list hasn’t changed so much that Goblins are more useful than Orcs on the tabletop!