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Why doesn't GW sell individual bitz? Doing WYSIWYG is a pain in the butt when your commander needs item X and the only way to get it is to buy a box set worth $35 and steal a part from there.
...mate you answered your own question
anyways, there are a lot of places that you can go out and get specific bits from, for example, my favorite, battlewagon bits, from the warstore, its a great website.
Sometimes the bits are a bit pricey, but other ones are dirt cheap there, it is a little confusing but it's a great place, with good customer service. Trust me, I'm building a 150 man Ig army that uses backpacks, heavy bolter arms, pig-iron heads and all sorts of other sprues from there, I order a lot...
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I hear you on that one. Terrible for the game, great for business. That's GW's motto! (I'm kidding GW, really! You know I love ya.)
If you've got a store near enough, that is going to be your best option. Check with players you meet if they might want to trade for some other bitz (mutual benefit FTW). The store might even have a bitz box if you ask.
There is also an online store at bitsandkits.co.uk, but just about everything there is always out of stock.
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Because the warehouse they needed to store the thousands upon thousands of different bits (most who no one ever bought) cost them £200k per year.
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The biggest problem I think is you can't really pour just part of the mold. If some particular model's sword arm is a really popular bit, you end up being stuck with piles and piles of totally un-sellable 'bodies' that are just lost labor/materials and dead stock.
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Warhammer Fantasy armies do NOT have Codices. They have Army Books.
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Well, they have started to sell bitz packs, and I can see them expanding upon this to include popularly used bitz (certain marine heads, powerklaws, etc.) in the near future.
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