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I have some choices to make with the expansion of my army. At present I have just a battleforce, a hive tyrant and some second-hand termagants, genestealers and ripper swarms from a local shop. But I'm building my army (pretty slowly, as it's my first and because I have plenty of other demands on my time!) at the moment with the aim of competing in a tournament at Easter that my gaming club will attend.
The thing is that although I'm not in a fix for money, I am not rich and so I do need to make sure that I choose cheap ways of getting models. A local shop sells things at a 10% discount, but better deals still are available online. A friend from the club I attend has recommended to me this site, Tyranids . (This post is emphatically not any kind of advertisement for the site. In any case most of you will be unable to use the site as it ships only within the UK. I get to the point in a moment, I promise!)
As you will appreciate (if you are acquainted with UK prices for Games Workshop stuff - you can take a look at uk.games-workshop.com if you aren't of course) the prices are very good. If I were to come across the site while searching in the normal way, I would feel a little suspicious and that it was "too good to be true", particularly given the slightly unprofessional way in which some parts of it are presented (spelling etc). But my friend assures me that he has used the site several times and that it has been able to get from it what he expected. The main point is that if you look, you will see that they do not charge for postage if the order is more than Â£150. As I am intending to get three Battleforces (cost from these guys: Â£120), that leaves Â£30 to take advantage of their prices with. Possibilities include:
- Gargoyles; I could get 12 of them for that Â£30
- Raveners; I can get 1 for Â£5
- Lictors; I can get 1 for Â£8
- some combination of the above.
What would you go for, in my position? Or would you avoid buying from these guys for some reason, or stick to just getting the Battleforces? If you want to know what type of army I'm leaning towards, then well the answer is I'm not quite sure, but I do quite like the idea of an army consisting of a horde of creatures with a little backup from monstrous creatures (so the HT would end up being included). The tournament I mentioned is not the only thing I am collecting the army for, of course! I should like eventually to be able to field a 2000-point or more force, indeed a variety of forces.
Well that's along post. Everybody shops online these days. It is likely you will get a receipt for you order in a email. If the thing has been sitting there for some time itis probably real. I do suggest you look up online various watchdog and information sites about shopping online, they may be very useful.
If you decide to go with it I suggest you get yourself some raveners. Three battleforces will leave you rather lacking in easy to control fast moving assault broods. Use spare Genestealer arms to give the Raveners rending claws, they are lethal when they have rending claws.
I agree...raveners are your best bet as lictors are very pricey and rarely make back their points and gargoyles are super fragile.
Raveners I'm not a fan of. They're terribly fragile for their price (Gargoyles at least have the advantage of a lot of wounds). Lictors can be worthwhile, but there's really not a lot of use in fielding more than one (they come in handy in tournaments where you might see Escalation rules).
Thinking about it, I'd probably order 2 or 3 Raveners and some modelling stuff if I did go with DWHS. Gargoyles are still just too pricey for me at the moment. I wish they would come out with plastic ones, having metal models that you have to get in those kinds of numbers is mad.
Thanks for the advice and the links. Looking through them, Maelstrom has quite good prices, but a local shop here in Sheffield offers a 10% discount to my gaming club anyway so there is no reason to prefer them unless you regard getting the items delivered as a major advantage in itself, but I don't feel that way... Miniatures By Post looks fairly professional and I will consider using them. I may have to pay for postage but it seems less of a risk on a quite large amount of money.
When you say that you've had problems with deliveries not being made from DWHS - can you give me any more detail? They've not sent deliveries they were supposed to? Is it your experience, or a friend's? Did you get your money back?
The city of "get a brew on and have some fish and chips"?
You're talking about wargames emporium aren't you? And you're 10% discount is with the uni wargames soc?
No way man, I live in sheffield too. Cool.
Anyway, DWHS, my mate really wanted to do a Golden daemon entry, but had to change all his plans because some of the stuff was really delayed. We did a joint order.
I got my stuff, although it came in two batches and was quite late.
What i like about maelstom is that there aren't any hidden prices, the price includes delivery 1st class.
DWHS eventually paid up ok.. but it took a while, and after postage, they're not always the cheapest, so just go for best service.
Good luck which ever path you should take
yeah go maelstrom.
i really wouldn't trust that other site.
i've used maelstrom for a while now and have never been let down. In some cases, I've been shocked (in a good way) at how fast my orders arrive, even when advertised as not in stock at that time.
maelstrom is user-friendly, prices are all genuine, and they offer many special discounts for loyal customers including an awesome moneyback scheme, and online vouchers.
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Yes I am at the Uni society. Small world!
I am leaning towards Wargames Emporium, (that's the local independent GW retailer if you weren't keeping up)... The security is a nice thing to have, and 10% isn't bad.