A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away...well, a few years ago anyway, the Eldar Codex had a supplement for each of the Eldar Craftworlds, as did many other armies. Supplements back then were pretty normal and I remember needing three rule books to play my 13th Co. Space Wolves (Eye of Terror, Space Marines and Space Wolves), which to be honest was a right pain in the back side!
Then GW got sensible and started putting all the units and rules together in one Codex. Like the previous Eldar Codex. You could still play a fluffy Saim-Hann army if you wanted, but then you had the option to take whatever units you wanted as well. Although not everyone liked this method, no one can deny that it's a lot easier to flick through one Codex than two or three!
Judging from the recent release activity, it's pretty obvious that GW has gone back to supplements! Now, I can see how this is a good thing, injecting some excitement into our armies and bringing new things to old Codex's. I for one would love to have a Genestealer Cult supplement that sorts out the current Genestealer rules, and I can see a lot of potential for supplements from that point of view....
BUT, why are the suppliment the same price as the original Codex? I don't do the download thing, so what I buy will have to be the paper version. Do they really have to make the supplements hardback covered? Surely a £20 soft back book would be fine for a supplement?
We all know that GW could have easily put all the Craftworld rules and extra fluff into a single Codex, but lets give them credit for not doing that, so that they can help out older Codex's and make a few extra pennies at the same time, but why are the supplements so expensive?
I don't actually own one of the new supplements, so maybe I am missing something here, maybe they are worth the money. Maybe I am just looking it from my point of view, where I have painted my Eldar army in my own colours so that I can pick and choose from any themed Craftworld I want. Sadly though, if I want to do that now and get the best from the rules, I will need to buy a Codex for each Craftworld?
What do you think of Supplements? Where will it stop?
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