Seriously, does anyone? Or even Lord of The Rings for that matter.
Now let me start by saying I LOVE The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings movies and the books, they're all excellent and certainly you could see them making a great miniature Wargame.
So why do so few people actually play either of these systems? Is it because people who enjoy Games Workshop products do so for the well established worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000? The beauty of Warhammer is that GW has the IP for these products and so can develop stories, races, and unique products to immerse me into their created worlds.
The same isn't true for their grasp on Middle Earth where they can only create what has already been produced and well established elsewhere - any attempts at expanding or changing anything with regards to this IP will see them having Smaug breathing down their neck (or a team of Lawyers). Now the game system isn't that unique or special for LoTR or The Hobbit, I can get that fix from Warhammer or any other of the many quality game systems out there, so do I play it to immerse myself in Tolkiens world? Well there's the books, movies, figures, Lego and video games for that and all of them do a better job at that immersion - and cheaper too.
|Seriously, what the fuck do I do with this? And for £40!?|
From an outsider looking in the only reason I see to buy any of these miniatures is purely from a collectors or painting point of view. If you really enjoy Middle Earth then there's a charm I suppose in being able to create a collection from these models or to create dioramas for display - the models produced are for the most part a great quality. You don't have to look far for examples of this, GWs latest releases has a load of Dwarves and a Hobbit in barrels, what am I meant do do with that other than paint it and put it on a shelf??
I'm not alone in these thoughts, Games Workshop themselves seem to be putting very little effort outside of their contractual obligations into this System. A few pages in White Dwarf now and then, one or two Warhammer World events each year and the models have a tiny portion of shelf/display case space which tells you alot about how well these things are selling. I'd be very interested to see how much money they actually make from them.
My parting thought on this subject is that the resources put into creating these models could be put into churning out more Warhammer for me to enjoy, the conspiracy theorist in me could even relate the seemingly never ending price hikes to the failure of this poor investment decision from GW. And will GW drop LoTR/The Hobbit the second their contract runs out? They certainly seem to have bitten off more than they can chew.
Are there any defenders of The Hobbit or The Lord of The Rings game systems out there to stand up for them or convince me it is a system worth playing? Do you own any of the models, if you do - do you get to play with them regularly or are they sat on a shelf somewhere?
Let me know!