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Ludicrously Overpriced Tiny Replica

When they first announced this I was pretty stoked to get it. First off it comes in a very small box and it is a fairly expensive kit. I expected to box to be around the same size the High Elf Warlord on Dragon but this kit comes no where near that size. I wouldn’t recommend this kit to anyone who isn’t a LoTR fan. For a $57.95 kit, there’s not much plastic here.

When they first announced this I was pretty stoked to get it. First off it comes in a very small box and it is a fairly expensive kit. I expected to box to be around the same size the High Elf Warlord on Dragon but this kit comes no where near that size. I wouldn’t recommend this kit to anyone who isn’t a LoTR fan. For a $57.95 kit, there’s not much plastic here.

What’s In the Box

Comparing this kit to other Games Workshop kits, this doesn’t even come close. As for option parts, it is very limited and only consists of three very bare sprues. There are a few option parts which enable to you change the rider and the head of the Nazgul. I suspect the high mark up is due to the royalties paid to Mr. Peter Jackson. Sometimes Games Workshop will also tend to charge more of the more valuable units for their games compared to the common infantry. When I compare this kit to the Ork Trukk which I had recently built, this kit definitely fall short on parts. With the Trukk, there’s at least three times the amount of parts compared to this. The kit itself is also a lot smaller then what I thought. From looking at the pictures of it online I was hoping for it to be around the size of the High Elf Warlord on Dragon but it is actually about ½ the size at a slightly higher price.

Fortunately this model does not sit on a standard air unit base like other units. It does come with a unique hard plastic base.

Two different heads are available for slight customization.

Quality of the Kit

Being a recent Games Workshop kit, this model does not disappoint. The detail is very crisp and sharp. All of the parts look like they fit very well. There are not a lot of parts so assembly should be a snap. One thing which I did notice is that the reigns are molded very thin and look to scale with the rest of the kit. One of the problems of models with wings is that they tend be a lot thicker then should be.

The reigns of the Nazgul

Final Thoughts

 

For the price you pay it’s not worth it. Only for True LoTR fans, this is highly recommended. For a casual modeler, there’s lots of other kits by Games Workshop which have more detail, parts and options.

Painting

When it came to painting this kit, I took a different approach from my usual. Since the monster and rider are in overall dark gray or black, I decided to change the colors a bit. First I primed the whole kit flat white. From there I used black Citadel inks and washes to darken the finish. Because the base color was white, there was a high color contrast between the raised and recessed areas. I then used a Vallejo Air dark gray to darken the overall kit.

Overall, it was a very different painting experience considering that the white tones still can be seen. I’ve never really tried using washes/inks as a tint to change different tones of certain colors. Hopefully the next one will come out even better.

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