During last week’s Warhammer Wednesday I went to town on Games Workshop for their Kill Team: Pariah Nexus shenanigans. I was especially salty about the price point and Games Workshop’s tendency to gate products behind boxsets. Out of the blue they go and announce the darn Royal Court. I think somebody better slap my chops and give me a stern telling off, because GW is doing their best to prove me wrong. Specifically me. Nobody else. Obviously.
The Indomitus box was a staggeringly good set. It’s arguably the best box GeeDubs have ever released. By a long way to boot. Unfortunately, the plastic-crack dispensary that was Indom is no longer in production. As a result, this has left a bit of a gap in both the Space Marine and Necron line as a few models were only available in that box. Me being a “whining manchild” (thanks Reddit), I obviously went in a right paddy and did a fair amount of huffing, puffing and stomping.
What’s In The Box?
This desolate portion of the Necron Codex is about to be filled. Soon any budding Overlord will be able to mount these models like a mighty-mechanical-mare and ride them into battle. For the low, low price of ‘unannounced’, you can pick up the Royal Court box. This bad-lad comes packed with:
- 1 Plasmancer
- 2 Crypto Thralls
- 1 Skorpekh Destroyer
- 1 Canoptek Reanimator
Whilst I’m over the moon at the overall idea that Necron players can get their mitts on these models, it’s a shame that none of these synergises with…well…anything else in the kit. Kinda. Let’s address the obvious elephant in the room: The Plasmancer synergises with the Crypto Thralls. Other than that though, each of these models just doesn’t interact with one another. The Skorpekh wants to run around with other Skorpekhs, the Reanimator wants to buff warriors and REALLY wants to get shot and killed on Turn 1. Heck, the Plasmancer just wants to cosplay as Zeus for a couple of turns. It’s just a strange collection hodge-podge of a collection.
Will It Be Worth It?
It’s very unlikely a Necron player would want all of these models, but there is a very real possibility that they probably want one of them. I, for example, want more Crypto Thralls. I have no use for anything else in this box. Assuming this costs around £40, I just can’t justify grabbing it for 2 40pt models.
Don’t get me wrong, I love that GW is releasing Indomitus gubbins for a wider audience. I do wish it was less hassle to release these separately though. I suspect the reason they haven’t is that they all share the same sprue, which makes splitting them a pain in the rear. Clearly, this set isn’t for me, and the Big-G maximising the money they make off their moulds isn’t something that I can wail on without sounding like a bit of a doofus.
All that being said, this is a bit of a mixed bag. On the one hand, we are getting Indom models. On the other, the models on offer are a tad underwhelming. The biggest upside is that eBay will have a healthy restock of these minis which should, in theory, drop their price for individual purchase. At the end of the day, this is mountains better than the Pariah Nexus set, and hopefully, we get more stuff like this in the future.
Check out the Space Marine equivalent of the Royal Court: the Honoured of the Chapter. It’s another ramble if you want more coverage on the Indomitus re-release.
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2 thoughts on “The New Royal Court Set Is Strange”
Indomitus was a great deal, this… this is shit, paying around half the price for 5 models….
Nexus is a much better offer, you only really cared for the models in nexus and slanted it for that reason alone. You’d have to be stupid to buy this or the Marine set without checking ebay first.
GW are the scalpers.