Fall 2015 Ebay Results

EbayBurstAnother round of eBay auctions have completed and, as always, I’m going to do a little wrap up for my record-keeping.  I had a total of 76 auctions available this round, all of them were Eldar related, all started at $.01 and all wound up selling (big surprise).

The best sellers really should come as no surprise: things that are great in the Eldar codex (jetbikes and tanks) and old Armorcast stuff that’s in great shape (I couldn’t believe that the falcon grav tank went for $76–nobody locally wanted to buy it at $25!).  Other things that I found fairly surprising were that old style guardians (From circa 1990) still sell relatively well–which isn’t so surprising, but their arms alone sell for more than the guardians do!

Things that didn’t do well include:

  • High quality painted models (they never do–at least not in this format)
  • Weapon platforms (all four auctions for 2-3 guns with full crew ended under $10 each)
  • An old school farseer sold for $15.27.  That same model with four extra warlocks attached to him sold for $17.50

What I wound up selling was:

  • 1 Bitzbox
  • 101 Guardians
  • 16 Rangers
  • 199 Aspect Warriors
  • 1 Heavy Weapon Sprue
  • 22 Wraithguard
  • 19 Weapon Platforms
  • 4 Warlocks
  • 36 Jetbikes
  • 2 Farseers
  • 10 Phoenix Lords
  • 3 Eldrads
  • 11 Vypers
  • 5 Warwalkers
  • 2 Avatars
  • 5 Wraithlords
  • 4 Falcons
  • 3 Armorcast Scorpions

Doing the math, that comes up to $4085.47 in retail cost.  My historical goal of selling is to get 60% of retail (but that’s probably not terribly realistic), so my “actual target” in the past has been more like 40% of retail value net.   So how did I actually do?  Not bad, but not quite that amount.  See the number below:

  •  ebay-logoEbay sales: $1915.52
  •  Auctions Paid: $1759.48
  •  Outstanding Auctions: $156.04
  •  Ebay Listing Fees: -$34.2
  •  Ebay Final Value Fees: -$256.94  (13.07%)
  •  Paypal Received: $2071.48
  •  Paypal Balance: $1999.41
  •  Shipping Collected: $312
  •  Paypal Fees: -$72.07  (3.48%)
  •  Shipping Total: $249.08 + ??? (to be determined)

So the final auction price was 46.88% of retail, so it’s almost 50%.  I’m attributing the lower total this time to the excessive cost of Eldar models by GW.  Seriously, they’re asking almost $7 per aspect warrior combined with the fact that most of my models are the older style.  So, I’ll never make the 60% goal, but it’s possible I’ll be able to pull off the 40% MSRP net goal (as long as shipping comes in under $261.32).

[Edit: The first wave of shipping (for all auctions except four) came in at $249.08, so it’s unlikely that I’ll hit that total, but it’ll be close).]

By the way, if you’re doing the math on the numbers below, things won’t add up.  This is because not everyone has paid yet, so I’m extrapolating the outstanding unpaid auctions into the total.  (For the record though, after just one day, all but four people have paid in full, so that’s pretty great).

In total, I’d say it was a successful round of auctions though.  I didn’t do the math in advance to have a target in mind, but my initial rough estimate was that I’d pull in between $1000-1300 for this round, so I was pleasantly surprised to see it almost crack $2k.

So, I’ll be shipping out most of these tonight, and my goal is to try to bust my hump this weekend to put up another round of ebay auctions next week.  The goal?  Epic & Battlefleet!


Rogue Trader Era “Oldhammer” Eldar For Sale

Why am I selling my Eldar?

I’ve loved Eldar since 3rd edition because they’re such great specialists.  With the more recent editions, they’ve become more well-rounded and just overall better.  Frankly, they’d be an upgrade to either army that I have and use–but those armies are painted, and my goal when I play isn’t just to win.  Besides, I picked up a bunch of Eldar off a friend of mine, so I combined his models with what I had left of my own and put them up on ebay this week.

Ok, well not all of my models went up.  I am still holding on to some key models that I may wind up using for an Exodite force that I have been kicking around over the years (though that was in 2009 when I made the only concept models, so I should probably just let it go).

tempestAnywho, I figured I’d post some of the more unusual models that I’m selling this week in the hopes of drumming up some interest in the bids.  Today, I thought we’d look at some of the “oldhammer” models from the days of 2nd edition and beyond.

It’s worth noting that I’m not going to post links to all of the models that meet these qualifications.  After all, there are 200ish aspect warriors, almost all of which are from that era.  So, feel free to poke around and look at everything I have for sale here.

Perhaps the most unusual of the models I’m selling are some of the classic Armorcast tanks.  This includes not one, not two, but three “polyurethane resin model kits.”   For those of you who are unfamiliar with Armorcast, they (along with another company called Epicast) used to have a license to produce 40k IP from the “Epic” line of models for use in games of 40k.  This was before the days when GW really made many vehicles, and long before the days of Forge World.  The most sought after models are certainly the titans (of which I did actually have one each of the Reaver and the Phantom, but sold those to local friends).  What I have left are the three “Tempest Grav Tanks,” which are not in the game anymore.  I’m not sure what the official history is, but they seem to have been replaced with Forgeworld’s Scorpion Type II Heavy Grav Tank.  Both feature two giant linked cannons and a smaller pintle-mounted weapon.

falconAnother armorcast tank that I’m selling is the Falcon Grav tank.  Like all of the armorcast tanks, it is brand new, unassembled and has never seen paint or primer (which is fairly absurd to think about, seeing as they’re in excess of 20 years old).  Unlike the others, this one doesn’t have the original box.  It’s the classic style/shape, which is longer and skinnier than the more crescent shaped line that’s currently in production.  By the way, I also have a bunch of Epic versions of these models if someone is looking to pick those up (in fact, I have a bunch of Epic Tyranids, Squats, Chaos, Eldar, & Imperials that I’m currently taking photos of for the next round of Ebay).  Of course, there are plenty of newer style models for those of you who are into that too, including three primed (but unassembled) falcon grav tanks.

Otherwise, I have two Harlequin Jet Bikes from yesteryear.  These guys have seen better days though.  The good news is that their canopies are in great shape, but I sadly can’t say that about the rest of the models.

I also have a couple of select auctions for really old style guardians, including one lot of 10 and another lot of 20.  Both lots come with anti-grav platforms that I think might be the oldest variety ever produced.  The vast majority of these models are unpainted/unprimed, and a good number of them are still in their original blisters (although, to be fair, the blisters are from 2nd edition).  GuardiansThere’s even a few blisters/sprues of extra arms and weapons for Eldar from back then (actually if these interest you, I also have an entire bits box of these weapons–though they’re missing all of the powerfists and chainswords).

And though not Rogue Trader era, I figured I’d also point out that there are a good number of older models from over the years that are still in their blisters, including Wraithguard and Dark Reapers.

In other news, I’m officially at the break-even price for these auctions as of this morning, so now I’m at the point where I’m no longer losing any money on the auctions (well, assuming I estimated the shipping costs correctly).  This morning, the auctions were up to a total of $127.44, and the break-even price is officially $123.52 (based upon a 15% ebay/paypal fee estimate).  So, I’m sitting on a pretty $3.32.  That’s almost enough for me to make a run for the border!

If you would like to fund my ill-advised, pseudo Mexican fast food habit, you can:

Check out my auctions here!

The Great Eldar Sell-off of 2015!

It’s that time of year again, when the garage is overflowing with stuff and I have to move things.  Enter eBay, and yet another mass exodus of models from my garage.

This time, the auctions are all Eldar related (at least for now).  The auctions all went live last night and includes a ton of models, including:

  •  AvatarPainted (1) (Medium)35+ Jetbikes (most with Scatter Lasers or Shuriken Cannons)
  • 15+ Vyper Jetbikes
  • 200+ Aspect Warriors
  • 100+ Guardians
  • 15+ Weapon Platforms
  • 25x Wraithguard
  • 3x Eldar Falcons
  • Assorted Characters (at least one of each Phoenix Lord, etc.)
  • 4x Armorcast Tanks (Tempest/Scorpions & Falcon)

I’m having a hard time thinking of what isn’t included.  There are Wraithlords and War walkers, Warlocks & Farseers–just about everything you could possibly want.  There are a bunch of old rogue-trader era Guardians, Harlequin Jetbikes, new in the blister stuff, multiple Eldrads, and more.  HawkAutarch (1) (Medium)Off the top of my head, I know I don’t have any Fire Prisms or the Support Weapon Batteries included, but everything else you could want.  Seriously, go check it out.

As always, I’ve started all auctions at $.01 and will let the market dictate what things are worth.  I expect that the prices will mostly be reasonable at the end, but every time I do this, there’s always at least one auction that goes for pennies on the dollar–so if you’re at all interested, feel free to make a crazy low-ball bid.  Someone’s bound to win something at those prices.

The pictures in this article are of some of the better painted models I’m selling (ok, they’re the two best painted models).  These are some of those that I know will likely wind up going far to cheaply at the end.

Also, if you keep watching, I need to do a couple more of these mass auctions before the end of the year.  Still to come?  I need to sell of a bunch of marines, IG, skaven, WHFB chaos, Epic, and more.  If there’s anything specific you’re looking to pick up from that stuff, ping me and I’ll let you know if I have it.

Thanks for dropping by!

Check out my ebay auctions here!


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Batrep: Ultramarines vs. Black Legion (1850pts)

We had a pleasant surprise this week as Simon managed to show up and finally play a game.  I think it was partly because it was his birthday and he got to do what he wanted for one day, so I’m super flattered that playing 40k with me was right near the top of his list (I’m sure I wasn’t the #1 option, but I’m more than happy to be his backup plan).   So we set to the task of playing an 1850 game:

Ultramarines Strike Force

  • Wh39kUltraChaos2015 (1)Decurion Detachment:
    • Captain:
      • Cato Sicarius (granted Infiltrate to a tactical squad)
    • Demi Company:
      • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Lascannon & Plasmagun
      • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Multi-melta & Meltagun
      • 10x Tactical Marinse w/ Plasma Cannon, Flamer, & Powerfist
      • 6x Assault Marines w/ 2x Plasma Pistols inc. Vet Sarge w/ Power Axe
      • 10x Devastators w/ 4x Missile Launchers
    • 10th Company Task Force:
      • 10x Sniper Scouts w/ Camo Cloaks inc. Missile Launcher
      • 5x Sniper Scouts w/ Camo Cloaks inc. Missile Launcher
      • 5x CCW Scouts w/ Vet Sarge w/ Powerfist & Combi-melta in Landspeeder storm w/ H. Flamer
    • Librarius Conclave
      • Librarian in Power Armor w/ Jump Pack & Force Staff (Iron Arm, Warp Speed, Smite, & Force)
      • Librarian in Power Armor w/ Force Sword (Prescience, Forewarning, Misfortune, & Force)
      • Librarian in Power Armor w/ Force Staff (Objuration Mechanicum, Invisibility, & Force)
  • Officio Assasinorum Detachment:
    • Eversor Assassin

So, my goal was to try out the Decurion detachment, since I had a little longer to make a list and familiarize myself with the rules.  I wanted to go infantry heavy on my list on a lark.  Originally the plan was to go 100% infantry, but I overlooked it to add a storm to my list since I had so many scouts.

From a compositional standpoint, the list seems kind of weak, seeing as I didn’t put much in the list that I would truly consider competitive, but on their own, there are some reasonably strong choices–and the fact that I really don’t have vehicles makes most heavy weapons less effective against me.

For psychics, I tried to mix things up and only rolled with one Divination psyker.  This was partly because I see that as a crutch, because I wanted to test out the other powers, and because I’m not sure how great prescience was going to be in my list (especially because I was going to start the game with so many tactical & devastator doctrines).  So, I opted to roll the jump pack libby on Biomancy, figuring he’d make it into combat eventually, and the third librarian went with a mix of Telekenisis and Telepathy.  I started with the former, but when I rolled the one power that I actually wanted (Obj. Mechanicum), I shifted to telepathy and somehow managed to roll the other power I wanted. Continue reading

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Batrep: Ultramarines vs. Salamanders (1800pts)

With Labor Day being a long weekend, we somehow managed to get two games in.  Since I normally average about a game per month, sneaking two in the span of four days is quite an accomplishment.  Since we started early, we were able to play a larger than normal battle, but Brandon didn’t want to spend all day playing, so we capped it at 1800 points.

Ultramarines Forces

In the last game, Brandon walked away telling me that he was going to play his Deredeo next time to kill off my flyrant, so I opted to go without her (or bugs altogether).  This list, like most, started off completely differently, as I initially wanted to use a Decurion detachment.  In fact, the last game I wanted to use one, but I put it off because it meant learning something new and I didn’t want to delay the game by doing so.  For this game, I had plenty of time leading up to it and started off filling it up with infantry: 40+ marines, 30+ scouts, 3 librarians, etc…

But I really didn’t like the way it was heading.  I liked having 30 scouts, but I felt I needed more landspeeder storms for it to work, and I just had too few overall vehicles, so that the few that I did add were just victims.  So I scrapped it all and started over.

  • Wh39kUltraSala1800 (1)HQ:
    • Terminator Librarian w/ Force Staff, Storm Shield & Auspex (Prescience, Misfortune, Precognition)
  • Elites:
    • Ironclad Dread w/ Heavy Flamer & Hunter Killer in Pod w/ Deathwind Launcher
  • Troops:
    • 10x Tactical Marines w/ Lascannon & Plasma gun
    • 5x Scouts w/ Bolt Pistol & CCW, inc. Vet Sarge w/ Powerfist and combi-melta in Landspeeder Storm w/ H. Flamer
  • Fast Attack:
    • 1x Attack Bike w/ Multi-melta
    • 1x Attack Bike w/ Multi-melta
  • Heavy Support:
    • 3x Centurians w/ Hurricane Bolters & Grav Amps inc. Sarge w/ omniscope
    • Whirlwind
  • Skyhammer Annihilation Force:
    • 5x Assault Marines inc. Vet Sarge w/ Power Axe
    • 5x Assault Marines inc. 2x Plasma Pistols
    • 10x Devastator Marines w/ 4x Missile Launchers
    • 10x Devastator Marines w/ 2x Multi-meltas & 2x Heavy Plasma

My next thought was to try out the Skyhammer force, for the ultimate in alpha strike, but I didn’t have two full assault squads.  Well, it turns out that you don’t need them, so I opted to go that route.  Then I started adding some of my usual suspects, and came up with the list you see above.  By the time I’d finished it, it was almost 2am the day before our 9am game.  It wasn’t until the next day when I discovered that the list seemed unusually rough to me.

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