The release of the new Citadel Tool Kit is approaching this weekend and there has been a lot of grumbling about the price and quite rightly so. The full kit will leave your bank account $150 lighter for what is essentially a 'Designer Label'. I admit the tools look swish in their steel and bronze but it really isn't worth the price tag. To remedy this let me the present the Talk Wargaming Tool Kit, it might not be as pretty but it does the job for a fraction of the price.

Now before I continue let me point out that the following are not the cheapest options out there, I have tried to source tools from other hobby suppliers in order to get a relative baseline in which to compare the Games Workshops prices. There are cheaper 'no-name' brands out there.

So lets begin with the Citadel Fine Detail Cutters which retail for $30. Instead you can pick up a Tamiya Modellers Side Cutter for $13.94 (LINK) for a saving of $16.06.

Next up is the Citadel Drill which retails for $26 and comes with 3 sizes of drill bit. The Army Painter Miniature & Model Drill on the other hand comes with 5 sizes for $15.57 (LINK) for a saving of $10.43.

The Citadel Sculpting Tool Set comes with three tools for $25. Alternatively you could get the Army Painters Hobby Sculpting Tool Set for $8.98 (LINK). Admittedly this doesn't come with a rubber shaper but you do save $16.05.

The Citadel Knife retails at $25 and comes with 5 spare blades. However, so does the Excel Grip-On Knife which you can pick up for $8.02 (LINK) saving you $16.98 in the process.

In the Citadel File Set you get 2 files for $18. Whereas the Tamiya Basic File Set comes with 3 for $9.99 (LINK) and is still $8.01 cheaper.

A finally we have the Citadel Mold-line Remover which retails at $17 and comes with no spare blades. Instead you could get a Precision Carving Knife with 5 Blades for $5.74 (LINK) and still be $11.26 better off.

So lets tally up the costs:

 The Citadel Tool Kit: $150. The Talk Wargaming Tool Kit $62.24. 

So that's a saving of $87.76! Remember that these aren't even the cheapest options available. These are just the items that other Wargaming and Model Making suppliers are offering. If you went for no-name brands then you could save yourself even more money. 

This does highlight how over-inflated the Citadel hobby range is, the products may be of a better quality than some but that does that really account for the close to 240% price increase? The simple answer is no and the sad thing is, a lot of people new to the hobby will probably fall for it.

Let us know what you think of the new Citadel Tool Kit in the comments.

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