Now that the look of the new Empire releases have been published here and none of this is a secret any more, I would like to take a moment and dwell on what I think about the new direction GW is taking with the army.
I am saddened to say that all the decisions they seem to make lately are made from a pure business decision to make more money. Sure it is a business driven by revenue and they have to make sound business decisions. But there is a line between good business practices and pure unadulterated greed.
Looking at the new Empire models they release three "large" pope mobile kits, which essentially is the same kit construction varied in three different ways. That makes it easy to produce and at the same time they can sell these large easy to produce kits to maximum prices.
And then they add some monstrous cavalry that to me at least does not look that good either, but is a whole new unit = more dough.
Now I applaud new models and new army entries. But the pope mobile kits are so poorly done and so non-sensible and boring. And I hate to think about all the cool things they could have included instead incl. upgrading existing kits. Also the idea of wizards with weird contraptions on tall chariots look vulnerable and silly on a battlefield. What do they really add to the game?
I would much rather that GW had gone back to Empire's xenophile roots and included ogres, halflings, giants and hell even dwarfs. This whole frantic religious xenophobe thing they have going on is boring. The army is becoming more and more bland with each new edition.
A contingent army of Halflings would have been so much more cooler if included as a sub list.
There is just so much wrong with the new models..