|It took 4 weeks to get this Codex, lets hope its worth it|
Week 1: Gorkanaut/Morkanaut
|The Orks answer to the Imperial Knight|
Week 2: Flash Gitz
|Thats not a Codex|
Week 3: Mek Gunz and a new (ish) Mek with Shock Attack Gun
|The Orks answer to Imperial Artilery|
Week 3 was confusing. Firstly we had the clearly new Mek Gun (that could be made into 4 different guns) as well as White Dwarf rules for them, and the questionably new Mek with Shock Attack Gun. At first i didn't know that the Mek with Shock Attack Gun was a new kit as the 2 models looked very similar, but i eventually worked it out. For some reason the new kit is 46 NZD and the old kit is 73 NZD, why? Only GW knows but i have done a side by side comparison below so you, dear reader, may decide for yourselves if this really is a new kit or a update to a old one.
|"New" on the left, Old Mek on the right|
|The Limited Edition Ork Codex|
Week 5: Mega Nobz and
This is the rumoured week 5 releases and firstly, Why did GW wait until week 5 to release 2 kits in one week and secondly, oh look Day 1 DLC. Once more GW takes one of the video games industry's most hated tactics and brings it to the table top wargaming scene, where its wanted even less. I know there are those out there who would tell me that i am wrong to make this comparison but to me it feels accurate.
So thats the Ork release in summary. To answer the question i posed at the start of this post i think the reason why this release has felt so dull is because GW stretched it out over 5 weeks. In 5 weeks Ork players have had 7(ish) new kits including their codex and the supplement but the excitement hasn't been there. Compare this to the Wood Elf release (again) where there was a 2 week release with 5 new kits including the Army Book, i think all Wood Elf players enjoyed it and most WHFB players in general probably found it to be an interesting release. Hopefully going forward GW will change how they release their armies and structure them more like the Wood Elf release.
I think i am on safe ground when i say that most of us want our armies codex/army book in week one of the release, what we don't want is weeks on weeks of models with no word on how the rest of the army will function from now on. Before i finish this post i wanted to talk about the Looted Wagon going White Dwarf exclusive. This is a unit that existed in the last Ork codex without a model, it encouraged players to make their own model. However because of reasons that remain unknown to the rest of us GW made this unit WD exclusive. Now i think this is a bad idea, mainly because Ork players have to buy the White Dwarf issue with the Looted Wagon rules if they want to continue using the the unit (whilst is only 7 NZD its the principle that i disagree with).
The next army due to be released is Bretionna for WHFB, an army that i am keeping a close eye on for second army purposes. I hope that Bretionna players have better luck release wise than the Ork players. Until next time.