Man, how many times are you going to post you don't like SoM. Really we get it....Geekiness and childishness are different things. I can only assume the 'LI' there is 'lacks imagination', which I feel is itself rather an immature jab. Because I don't like the idea of wizards climbing on platforms made of skulls to hurl the latest UberMegaDeath spell at enemies means I have no imagination? It's the kind of thing a child under 10 would come up with.
I disagree. Wargaming is largely not a children's hobby (given the nature of some of the materials used, neccesity for knives/drills/other dangerous tools, the patience and time required for assembly and painting etc), and WH certainly was not this child-friendly not that long ago. Designing 'terrain' that makes no attempt to look remotely serious (have you *seen* the comical reapers on one of these new 'fulcrums'?) goes against what I have always percieved WHFB to be.
Not among actual wargaming terrain, no. If I went looking in a toy shop, however, I almost certainly would find comparable pieces.
I certainly used to before I stopped playing it. Which was, coincidentally enough, about a year ago.
I fail to see how anyone could look at that Manticore and say it isn't objectively bad. The pose is laughable, the face is flat and frankly comical, the legs break even the most basic anatomical laws, and being pot-bellied doesn't exactly lend it any kind of threatening appearence. I won't even mention the conspicious hair tuft.
The Chimaera is better, but not by much. The pose, again, is uninspired and unthreatening, the dragon head looks more like some kind of frog, and the third head is just a goofy mess - I can't even tell what it's meant to resemble.
The Sorceress, which everyone seems to be going nuts over, is horrific. Female Elves, and DE Sorceresses in particular, are supposed to be beautiful and feminine. The 'Storm in a Teacup' one is neither, with the worst female face sculpt I have ever seen.
The Chaos Sorcerers are alright, but decidedly average, and given the 'premium product' advertising and pricing, I hold them to very high standards which they do not meet.
Ditto on the Dragon, though it's certainly better than the atrocious 'tripping over' HE Dragon.
The Necromancer and the Cockatrice are both much better.
Again, I fail to see how anyone can look at these pieces and not find them laughable. As I've said, they'd look more at home with a childs toy than on a wargaming table, as they are overly exaggerated and comical. The giant skulls and grim reapers look cheap (there's irony) and tacky. The kind of thing that's continually making WH look like a parody of itself, albeit without the self-awareness.
The quality of the products should speak louder than the hype generated. With 'Storm in a Teacup', it is not.
I see nothing but a desperate attempt to offload gimmicks and poor sculpts. Which sadly seems to be working.
Only for the armies that have said options. The very idea behind 'Storm in a Teacup' is to provide these monsters for every army, and is promoting that idea. What do you think will happen to players who are convinced to buy these monsters for an army that cannot usually use them when the hype dies off and 'Storm in a Teacup' becomes the rare LGS event?
I expect they'll feel a little silly for spending cash on a subpar monster, then.