GW Grognard: One pose does not fit all

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The models produced by games workshop today are one of the best in the industry. Sure, there are plenty of other manufacturers than make some good models as well. Mailifaux and Infinity are the first ones that spring to mind (don’t even try to sell me on Warmachine). There is a recent trend, however, from Games Workshop where they have you build the models a certain way. As much as it seems like an easier way to build the models, I\m not sure if it is something I want to see done to the whole line, where you can only build a few poses. this has actually made me a bit hesitant to jump all in on a few other game system, like the Song of Ice and Fire, and Legion, because they do not allow conversions to the models.

What I loved best about the Games Workshop models over the years was the ability to customize their models. The Space Marine tactical box is a great example of the amount of versatility one can have with a unit. The instructions were fairly simple and the pieces fit in a mix and match way. I don’t have to really worry about the instructions as they are all built the same way. The ability to swap arms, heads and torsos easily give you unit a variety of looks and allow your imagination to run wild. 30K still has those elements but are limited because that conflict mainly deals with hot marine on marine action. If you are a chaos player, like me, the ability to pull from other kits and create a unique model very appealing. The move towards more monopose models, or models with very little easy conversion opportunities, seems to me that it will somewhat limit what people can easily do.

Now I know that conversions are still possible. there are still kits out there that are the old models and are still easy to convert or use as a base to make a conversion. Right now, it seems that some of the newer models are designed so that it is difficult to convert them. Maybe it’s to discourage people from using third party bits. I don’t think that would work as people can be very ingenious if they really want something. I really want to be wrong about this and hope Games Workshop is not going full monopose. I have seen that there are different ways to build your Canoness for Sisters of Battle but the pose looks the same. I could be worried over nothing. I still enjoy the game and building the models. Time will tell if I was right to be worried or not. In the meantime, keep building those models and doing cool conversions!


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Adam, aka Latin Gandalf, has been gaming since the early eighties and has played 40K since Rogue Trader (among a number of other games). He listens to more podcasts than any healthy person should and is currently the host for TFG Radio. He also is one of the head judges for LVO and other major 40K Grand Tournaments.

3 Responses to “GW Grognard: One pose does not fit all”

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    Jace March 14, 2020 5:17 am #

    Most satisfying conversions for me were always from the monopose. Love my starter set guys who are completely different from original! Although I admit that relies on bits from traditional multipart kits so also hope monopose doesn’t become the norm.
    Have always been disappointed by the “rules only for what’s in the box ” approach as it really limits cool stuff (wouldn’t a terminator captain with crafted assault cannon just be swell?)

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    The Apothecary March 14, 2020 10:07 am #

    Well you may call them monopose, but those poses are much more dynamic and varied than what you could have built using, say, a tactical marine box.

    Just have a look at an average squad of intercessors on the gaming table and then at an average tactical marine squad. In most cases, it will be the tac squad which appears to be monoposed and the intercessors who appear varied and dynamic.

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    Rob Butcher March 14, 2020 12:52 pm #

    All of the models produced (SM and Primaris) have the same size heads, arms and weapons so it’s easy to swap between them. Many of us are doing this now using power fists from the IF Primaris upgrade set or storm hammers from the Salamanders Primaris upgrades. I found that the old 2000s SW fists and storm hammer axes also fit.

    Listen to Wade on Warhammer Tv – he’s always talking about chopping off a weapon at the wrist and adding a sword or axe. That’s the way they’re designed and converted now.

    To be honest getting the weapon arms to stick was always an issue with basic SM. They’d always start sliding down and need some form of miracle to support them. (Just made 40 kabalite warriors from the old boxed sets. Urgh!) They also all look the same. I’m much happier with the newer Primaris range, especially the shaped stubs that means the arms stay in one place on the shoulders. It can be harder to fit different shoulder pads; but that’s what the snippers are for !!

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