I would go with the alternate minis for a VC army, particularly as there was the Vampire Coast pirate army. Its easy for GW to make a few key models than it is a whole new army of minis + rules book. Hell, they make unique, not for sale, minis for use as gifts for staff/celebrations that the general public rarely sees.
I dunno, that’s either a skeletal foot or a wierd pegleg for that pirate lord. The face doesn’t look undead though, but nevermind, what a nice model. I may even buy him just to paint, or have him lead some pirate dualists in my DOW army.
The other two, meh, less great. The worst offender being the first, with an ugly (and hardly piratey) metal yamika and a spike sticking out of the puff and sash that seems to have been added as an afterthought to make the model more spikey, and irgo in the eyes of GW, more evil. I don’t see why zombie pirates can’t wear their own hats without the aid of a stick either.
the last pirate dosen’t look dead to me but chaos dwarfs should have an amry book or at lest an army list why are they making new armys when they should update the old one such as chaos dwarf ,tomb king or skavan
i cant imagine they would make a sartosan army, as in warhammer sartosans are always portrayed as pirates. more likely a DOW unit, or a mordhiem warband (pirates and undead pirates would be cool for that).
reminds me a lot of the dan abnett book fell cargo
These same minis were shown on warseer on display at a games day somewhere in europe. They were test sculpts/submissions from the sculptor(I think maybe Juan Diaz and it was spain?)
Anyway, they siad there that they were models he either trained on, or did as his “application” (I don’t KNOW, that was just what they said from the games day).
I think the collared guy was supposed to be luthor harkon? but he doesn’t look like the artwork…
And kera, it was for Vampire Coasts Pirate armies…and it was about the time of Lustria (according to warseer) so they were made with that in mind. (they also had them at the warhammer world store in nottingham at some point.)
You can understand their reasoning with all the pirate hype from the three PotC films, and little kids just lurve pirates (no offence to Kera and all the other piratephiles who frequent these forums). When they released the Vampire Coast list during Lustria the only thing they did (that i can remember) was do a little deal that combined militia and zombie sprues, at least these make hobbyists such as Father Grumpas happy, as well as having a wide ranging appeal (undead, dogs of war, marienburger armies, pirates, one off painters.)
GW is a corporation, a corporation in somewhat financial trouble. As a publically listed corporation, it bows to it’s shareholders, and releasing all encompassing miniatures that have already been sculpted (by somebody not on the pay register at the time i assume) is another quick buck that they can sell for a few months, stop casting, pop them in the collectors section and charge what they please.