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Are ForgeWorld Products Worth The Money?

By now you know I’m a huge fan of Warhammer 40,000. What began as a way to get my mind off a troubling event in my life, became a full blown hobby. I don’t know how much money I’ve sunk into it this past year alone, but I know some would consider it “too much.”

Let’s get things straight: it’s not a cheap hobby. You can get some things cheaper depending on where you get them, sure, but there are some things you absolutely have to get at the official stores or websites. The opinions on the products from ForgeWorld are varied. Some sing high praises of the product lines available, while others think they are overpriced and of a lower quality than the price tag reflects. To a point, I’d say both parties are right.

The quality on the ForgeWorld products I’ve had the chance to work with have been sublime. For me, it’s not the quality that’s in question. But sometimes the costs can get… pretty out there.

A Legion Fellblade costs about $275. It’s a mostly resin kit, with parts from the plastic Baneblade from Games Workshop that retails at $140 that make up the interior frame of the Fellblade. It’s a solid, sturdy kit with an incredible amount of detail and it’s a meaty addition to any Adeptus Astartes force. It’s also not that great during the current 8th edition.

For me, building and painting is 3/4th’s of the fun, so the price tag doesn’t make me waiver much. To someone trying to make a competitive list, though, the cost of a Fellblade in both real-world price and in-game points may make people feel like it’s not worth it.

It’s a common theme with a lot of ForgeWorld products, where more often than not it seems to favor the hobbyist side of Warhammer over the tabletop side. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing if the gameplay side of things is secondary to building and painting your army, but the fact of the matter is most people are here for the game. Those who play Warhammer 40k’s tabletop counterpart Horus Heresy may feel differently, as many of the units that can be used in both tend to fair better in Horus Heresy.

The only time I find ForgeWorld’s pricing to be gouging is actually in its smaller items.

Do you want a special set of doors for your tanks? You’ll likely be paying $22.

A set of shoulderpads? 10 of them will set you back another $18.

Individual weapons for Contemptor Dreadnoughts cost $16 to $21 a piece, with the bodies of the Contemptor being $56.

Selling bodies and weapons separately, in my opinion, is a bit shady, and I don’t care how awesome the end product looks, I could never see paying potentially over $100 on a single dreadnought. To put that in perspective, that would make a single dreadnought cost 2/3 of the cost of most Warhammer 40k box sets, which usually have a generous amount of units in them.

This same method of pricing weapons and bodies separately shows up in ForgeWorld’s massive Titan line, but I let that one slide only because of the overall size of the bodies and the weapons, each making themselves individual over-time projects to work on.

I’m not hating on ForgeWorld. I love their product lines and I think they’re of an outstanding quality. But there are some aspects to their pricing that do feel predatory and most of those are centered around the extra bells and whistles that can be added onto kits you already own.

In the case of the Contemptor Dreadnoughts, I can’t abide that pricing method. If there was a base kit with starting weapons at $56, that’d be one thing, but the body alone and then buying all the weapons separately is something I frown upon. ForgeWorld is for those with money burning a hole in their pocket–it’s not always practical purchases. You can build an entire army without ever even looking at the ForgeWorld line.

For as much as I enjoy the building and painting sure, it’s worth the cost on most items, but for the people showing up just for the game–absolutely not.

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  1. Forgeworld units are hit or miss in current 40k. I think their models got toned down rules wise because of how OP their stuff was in the previous editions.

    As for pricing, with all of the cheaper alternatives out there for smaller things like tank doors and shoulder pads, FW should take a second look. Additionally, recasters on the internet are running their model line out of business.

    Should the current state of forgeworld go on as I described, I don’t see it being around that much longer or if it does, in a very diminished capacity.

  2. ForgeWorld make a lot of stuff that would be insane to try and make for mass consumption which was their whole reason for being. But now with the game being a bit more mainstream and kits being sold at a much higher volume than ever before with higher quality sculpts they have sort of shot themselves in the foot in theory at least.

    Sure FW has its place with its massive super expensive items like Titans and other Superheavies that you would not be able to bring onto a generic table but for the rest the prices are way too high and the quality of the resin is inferior to that of plastic.

    Further to that are the price hikes which basically equate to ‘because we can’. GW and FW by extension don’t seem to consider themselves a games company but a model company and the customer base has shown all the willing enough to pay what prices are asked.

    So no I wouldn’t say FW is worth it unless you have more money than you know what to do with.

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  4. I don’t play 40k competitively, I just make fluffy armies so the rules one way or the other doesn’t matter terribly much to me. Forgeworld stuff is pricey for sure, but what Salamanders allied Imperial Knight house would settle for anything other than having a Knight-Acheron lead the charge?

  5. Forgeworld has some lovely models but it’s true that they are very expensive. Take a look at FW’s Bloodthirster (£160) then go look at 3rd party models like Creature Casters King of War (£102) Lord of Slaughter (£56.40) and Warrior Demon (£75.60) all of which I reckon most players wouldn’t mind as a bloodthirster proxy.

    One thing to remember is that some events don’t allow proxies, especially official games workshop ones like the Warhammer Grand Tournament that require a certain amount of a model to use official parts. Just checked the warhammer world event requirements – all parts of models including shoulder pads/ weapons to be produced by either Games Workshop or Forgeworld.

    This means if you want to field a squad of the new chaos havocs all with the new rotor cannons (only one provided in each box) in the Warhammer GT the cheapest way would be to buy the proteus rotor cannon set from forgeworld.

    I’m wondering if Forgeworld survives off the tournament players who often pick up a new army for each event and may need to pick up official parts in order to compete.

  6. For under $300 you can get a very acceptable 3D printer, and have access to everything.

    Ender 3 is a great model, but some assembly required.

    Monoprice Mini works great out of the box, but it can’t print as large as the Ender 3.

  7. True North on April 5, 2019 at 12:01 pm said

    As someone who played 40K for over a decade I think Games Workshop products are overpriced for how poorly balanced they are. They’re staggered release schedule ensures nothing is ever being worked on in parallel and thus by no one with a complete picture of all the rules for all the armies for that edition.

  8. I have long resigned from making competitive armies, it would cost too much in my opinion. If you can’t afford to buy new army every edition i reccomend collecting the army that looks the best in your opinion. You can’t win every battle but at least you can look amazing.

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