Building a Knight Titan

So I recently came into the possession of an Imperial Knight, but it unfortunately didn’t come with any instructions or decals.  I had gotten some centurions in a similar predicament, but they weren’t as complex of models and I was able to fuddle through their assembly.

wh39kKnightWIPAfter trimming the bits and cleaning up the flash, I was left with a pile of indistinguishable parts (before you suggest it, I didn’t receive them on the sprue–just a bag of parts that were allegedly enough to complete a knight titan.

I did try to figure it out on my own, since I’d had success with assembling the Centurions without directions, and might have possibly had the gray matter to make a reasonable go at it, but I figured it was better to ask for directions before I got myself into trouble.  Surprisingly, I didn’t find them immediately, but I did eventually stumble onto a post from the Plastic & Paint blog that had almost all of the pictures–leaving me to figure out only the “melta” weapon (or whatever you call that thing).

I was pleasantly surprised that the model was designed so that the arms were interchangeable without needing the use of magnets, but found out quickly that the resin was frail enough that it broke while I was fiddling around with it.  Yes, I said resin.  Now you know why I needed assembly instructions, eh?

So, a couple of quick magnets later and I had the arms removable.  I did originally assembly it so he was fully adjustable, but remembered that generally only leads to models breaking or falling limp in battle, so I found a position that didn’t look too horrible and glued him in it.  The arms and head still swivel side to side at this point, but that may change in time.  I also opted not to glue all of the little hoses in place, as that’s just more stuff to break as well.

The armor plates will eventually go on, but I figured they were better to paint them while they were detached.  Likewise, I’m not gluing the top on–in case I need to get into the body again in the future (presumably to salvage magnets?).

Now I just have to figure out how to paint this guy up.  I’ve done some research which indicates that knights have no affiliation with Titan legions and there aren’t any preset required colors for them.  As such, I’m free to paint him in whatever scheme I want.  Of course, BLOO is an obvious choice, but despite the lack of affiliation, I still think I’m going to paint him up in the scheme of a titan legion.  Now I just have to find one that has an appealing scheme and some history of fighting along side the Ultramarines.  Any suggestions?

 

Batrep: Ultramarines vs. Word Bearers (1625pts) – Highlander

So it’s been entirely too long since I’ve played a normal game of 40k (July 14th was the last game for those who are wondering), so Brandon was able to escape the rigors of parenting for a Friday night and we threw down.

Brandon’s a huge fan of 40k podcasts (not that I’m not, mind you, but they’ve just fallen out of favor with me as of late).  Anywho, in a couple of the podcasts he listens to, they talked about a “highlander” format where you’re allowed no more than one of each unit in your codex (with some exceptions allowed for troops choices).  I’m always game to mix things up a bit, so we agreed to a 1625 point game (since Brandon knows I like to pick seemingly random point values).

Brandon’s Word Bearers:

Brandon showed up with two armies this week: Chaos & Tau.  He said that he suspected I’d be playing my marines with Tyranids being gimped even more in a highlander format, and he didn’t want to play paintball.  I’m not sure what was the deciding factor, but he did ultimately go with his Chaos…

  • wh39kUltraIGDemons (2)HQ:
    • Daemon Prince w/ Axe of Blind Fury, Gift of Mutation, Wings, Power Armor, & Daemon of Khorne
    • Chaos Sorcerer w/ Sigil of Corruption, Spell Familiar, Gift of Mutation
  • Elites:
    • Hellbrute w/ Plasma & Powerfist
  • Troops:
    • 15x CSM w/ Veterans of the Long war, Icon of Vengeance, & 2x Plasma inc.
    • 10x CSM w. Veterans of the Long War, & 2x Melta in Rhino w/ Dozer Blade & Dirge Caster
    • 16x Cultists w/ Autopistols inc. Champion
  • Fast Attack:
    • 5x Warp Talons w/ Veterans of the Long war
  • Heavy Support:
    • Defiler w/ Dirgecaster & Warpflame Gargoyles
    • Chaos Predator w/ Combi-bolter, Havoc Launcher, Warpflame Gargoyles & Sponson H. Bolters

When Brandon suggested a highlander list, I didn’t think about what it is he normally runs.  Realistically, I don’t see him run that much different than this in an average game.  I could’ve sworn he had a second rhino, but he assures me that he doesn’t.  In fact, the only things I think he has other than this are a Bloodthirster, another squad of cultists, and another hellbrute.  The only one of those he couldn’t run in this format would be the hellbrute.

Well, he does have some daemons he could throw in the list as well.  All in all, maybe I got bamboozled by the idea of highlander (not that I would mind, nor do I honestly think that was his intent).  It’s good to mix things up now and again…

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Ebay 2014: the Aftermath

Two weeks ago, I wound up selling a bunch of stuff on ebay.  So, with another round of auctions ended, and I have to say that I’m pleased with the outcome. Before I interject some possible reasons for it, I’d rather look at the facts to start with.

First I wound up selling only my leftover IG that I was willing to part with and a couple of auctions for leftover inquisitors and flagellants that I had in my IG bin. In total, there were 66 auctions (well, it started at 67, but someone quickly pointed out a duplicate, which I then cancelled).

I didn’t do any research originally into the MSRP of the models before hand, so I had no idea what to expect. As always, my goal is to hit between 40-60% of MSRP in my final total, but I’m not sure where I landed. What I do know is the dollars and sense that ebay/paypal spit out to me:

Auction Totals $1734.44
Shipping Fees Collected $237.95
USPS Costs -$196.43
Ebay Listing Fees -$36.10
Ebay Final Value Fees -$199.03
Paypal Fees -$68.59
Final Value: $1472.24

The Numbers:

EbayBurstWithout doing the numbers in advance, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I was hoping for about $1,000. I know that back in the day I’d tally’d up the MSRP on the lot at somewhere north of $7,000, but I also know that I’d traded and sold a bunch of stuff over the years, so I had no idea what was left. I also wound up selling over $500 to local players in the week leading up to it, so really, I wasn’t counting on anything.

One thing that I found interesting on the numbers is just how close I came to getting the shipping costs right. Of course, that’s not real, since fees are taken out of the shipping costs as well from both EBay (10.1%) and Paypal (3.4%), and I was fortunate to have some extra shipping supplies on hand from my mom’s adventures in online scrapbooking supplies, as well as some extra from previous auctions. So, if I actually assume there’s something like $50 in packing materials and cut out the ebay fees, the actual shipping costs are more like $279.94.

Drat. I missed again.

Another thing I found interesting is that every bidder paid within two days of the auction—with only one exception. In fact, after 24 hours, I only had five people left to pay. The other winds up going in the “deadbeat” column and I’ll eventually try to recover the costs (or better yet, sell to the next highest bidder). I haven’t had much luck with second chance offers though, so we’ll see.

Tracking:

One thing I haven’t done much of in the past is tracking my auctions progress over the week. I watch them constantly throughout the week, but I decided that this week I was going to keep daily track of auction totals as the week went on to see if there was any consistency of how auctions were affected by the total number of bidders, watchers, and if there was any correlation in last minute bumps.

I have all of that information saved on my computer, but it’ll probably take a while for me to format it and try to figure out what it means. Granted, it’s also just one auctions worth of data points, but if I find it interesting, maybe I’ll do it again in the future.

MSRP:

Ok, so I broke down and did the numbers, and here they are:

Description QTY MSRP Total Ebay Total % of MSRP
Warhammer 40k – 10x IG Imperial Guard Veteran Kasrkin Astra Militarum w/ Plasma 1 $47.00 $47.00 $75.00 159.57%
Warhammer 40k – 20x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops GW OOP 20 $2.90 $58.00 $42.00 72.41%
Warhammer 40k – 2x GW IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Special Meltaguns 2 $7.50 $15.00 $14.53 96.87%
Warhammer 40k – 2x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Tank Commandesr OOP WH40k 2 $10.00 $20.00 $7.50 37.50%
Warhammer 40k – 2x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Officer Power Fist B 2 $5.00 $10.00 $12.01 120.10%
Warhammer 40k – 2x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Officers Power Fist 2 $5.00 $10.00 $12.61 126.10%
Warhammer 40k – 2x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Snipers Sniper Rifle 2 $7.50 $15.00 $12.61 84.07%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Special – Plasma gun 2 $7.50 $15.00 $20.50 136.67%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Special Meltaguns GW 3 $7.50 $22.50 $27.01 120.04%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Heavy Weapon Squad Mortars 3 $13.17 $39.50 $15.00 37.97%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Heavy Weapon Squad on Sprue 3 $13.17 $39.50 $20.50 51.90%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Heavy Weapon Squad SEALED 3 $13.17 $39.50 $29.00 73.42%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Weapon Sentinel Squadron GW 3 $30.00 $90.00 $41.00 45.56%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Weapon Squad Heavy Bolters 3 $13.17 $39.50 $16.00 40.51%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Weapon Squad Mortar Bolters 3 $13.17 $39.50 $12.50 31.65%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Cadian Heavy Weapon Squad Mortars WH40k (B) 3 $13.17 $39.50 $15.11 38.25%
Warhammer 40k – 3x IG Imperial Guard Veteran Kasrkin Astra Militarum w/ Melta GW 3 $7.50 $22.50 $46.04 204.62%
Warhammer 40k – 4x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Snipers Sniper Rifle 4 $7.50 $30.00 $14.50 48.33%
Warhammer 40k – 4x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Heavy Weapon w/ Autocannon 4 $13.17 $52.67 $16.00 30.38%
Warhammer 40k – 4x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum w/ Vox Casters – Chaos Cult 4 $2.90 $11.60 $4.25 36.64%
Warhammer 40k – 5x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Ratling Snipers Metal (B) 1 $20.00 $20.00 $18.30 91.50%
Warhammer 40k – 5x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Ratling Snipers Metal MIB 1 $20.00 $20.00 $17.50 87.50%
Warhammer 40k – 6x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Special Plasma & Melta gun 6 $7.50 $45.00 $32.11 71.36%
Warhammer 40k – 9x IG Imperial Guard Veteran Kasrkin Astra Militarum Metal OOP 1 $47.50 $47.50 $45.00 94.74%
Warhammer 40k – Adeptus Sororitas Arco-flagellants INQ Grey Knight OOP WH40k 10 $6.58 $65.83 $45.00 68.35%
Warhammer 40k – Adeptus Sororitas Female Inquisitor INQ – Grey Knights OOP GW 1 $16.00 $16.00 $15.50 96.88%
Warhammer 40k – Aegis Defense Line Fortification Imperial Guard Astra Militarum 1 $29.75 $29.75 $23.50 78.99%
Warhammer 40k – Forge World – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Chimera WH40k 1 $37.25 $37.25 $31.00 83.22%
Warhammer 40k – GW 20x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Shock Troops OOP 20 $2.90 $58.00 $41.75 71.98%
Warhammer 40k – GW 3x IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Special Meltaguns 3 $7.50 $22.50 $20.50 91.11%
Warhammer 40k – IG – Creed & Kell Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Cadian Primed 1 $40.75 $40.75 $26.00 63.80%
Warhammer 40k – IG – Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Sanctioned Psyker – Metal 1 $5.00 $5.00 $14.50 290.00%
Warhammer 40k – IG – Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Col. Iron Hand Straken Metal 1 $15.00 $15.00 $12.09 80.60%
Warhammer 40k – IG – Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Commissar Gaunt WH40k Metal 1 $13.25 $13.25 $10.50 79.25%
Warhammer 40k – IG – Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Creed & Kell – Cadian Metal 1 $40.75 $40.75 $21.00 51.53%
Warhammer 40k – IG – Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Guardsman Marbo WH40k Metal 1 $15.00 $15.00 $6.50 43.33%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard – Astra Militarum – Massive Bag of Bits Bitz 1 $20.00 $20.00 $52.00 260.00%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard – Destroyer Tank Hunter – not Forgeworld WH40k 1 $78.75 $78.75 $61.00 77.46%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard – Thunderer Siege Tank – not Forge World WH40k 1 $78.75 $78.75 $66.00 83.81%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Leman Russ Battle Squadron 4 4 $49.50 $198.00 $142.50 71.97%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Leman Russ Battle Tank (B) 1 $49.50 $49.50 $18.00 36.36%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Leman Russ Battle Tank (P) 1 $49.50 $49.50 $31.00 62.63%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Leman Russ Battle Tank (W) 1 $49.50 $49.50 $36.00 72.73%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum – Mordian Commissar OOP Rare 1 $13.25 $13.25 $10.50 79.25%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian At Ease Models RARE OOP 1 $10.00 $10.00 $9.99 99.90%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Command Squad – Metal 5 $5.00 $25.00 $14.50 58.00%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Command Squad – Painted 4 $5.00 $20.00 $11.50 57.50%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Command Squad – Plastic 5 $5.00 $25.00 $14.01 56.04%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Cadian Command Squad OOP WH40k 5 $5.00 $25.00 $46.50 186.00%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Commissar Yarrick – Metal UBER 1 $19.25 $19.25 $31.00 161.04%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Female Commissar Games Day GW 1 $19.25 $19.25 $15.51 80.57%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Imperial Commissar Lord Metal 1 $13.25 $13.25 $11.50 86.79%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Basilisk WH40k Barrage 1 $49.50 $49.50 $36.00 72.73%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Chimera – Painted (A) 1 $37.25 $37.25 $16.84 45.21%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Chimera – Painted (B) 1 $37.25 $37.25 $15.55 41.74%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Chimera – WH40k – MIB 1 $37.25 $37.25 $16.01 42.98%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Chimera – WH40k on Spru 1 $37.25 $37.25 $19.50 52.35%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Griffon Mortar OOP GW 1 $49.50 $49.50 $24.50 49.49%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Hellhound – Assembled 1 $49.50 $49.50 $21.11 42.65%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Hellhound – Painted (A) 1 $49.50 $49.50 $16.50 33.33%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Tank – Hellhound – WH40k – MIB 1 $49.50 $49.50 $21.50 43.43%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Weapon Armored Sentinel WH40k 1 $30.00 $30.00 $12.50 41.67%
Warhammer 40k – IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Weapon Sentinel MINT Plastic 1 $30.00 $30.00 $19.50 65.00%
Warhammer 40k – Inquisition – Inquisitor Gideon Lorr INQ Grey Knight OOP WH40k 1 $16.00 $16.00 $42.00 262.50%
Warhammer 40k – Inquisition – Inquisitor Witch Hunter INQ Grey Knight OOP WH40k 1 $16.00 $16.00 $23.50 146.88%
Warhammer 40k – OOP IG Imperial Guard Astra Militarum Female Commissar Games Day 1 $19.25 $19.25 $26.00 135.06%
Warhammer 40k -More Ratlings for JJ 1 $20.00 $20.00 $17.50 87.50%
Total $2,369.6 $1,734.44 73.20%

Some caveats here before I really do the numbers:

  1. Prices are listed at current MSRP, though none of these figures were purchased at that price (most weren’t purchased at all, and were instead traded for)
  2. For models not currently available, I listed the closest MSRP I could find on GW’s website (Example: Commissar Gaunt can’t be purchased solo, so I priced him as I would a normal commissar)

Normally, I strive to get in the realm of 40-60% of retail value for my auctions, and these came back at 73.2% (on average)–which is on the high end after you figure in Ebay/Paypal fees–almost exactly 60% MSRP.  I certainly can’t complain about that

Let’s take a look at the outliers to see where I can improve in the future.  First, let’s look at those that didn’t do exceptionally well (any auctions that went for less than 40% of MSRP):

  • wh39kAuction2 (2)4x Assembled/Painted Heavy Weapons – 30.38%
  • 3x Assembled Heavy Weapon Teams (bolters) – 31.65%
  • 1x Painted Hellhound – 33.33%
  • 1x Leman Russ (dusty) – 36.36%
  • 4x IG w/ Vox casters – 36.64%
  • 2x Tank Commanders – 37.5%
  • 3x Assembled Heavy Weapons (mortars) – 37.97%
  • 3x Assembled Heavy Weapons (mortars) – 38.25%

Realistically, I don’t find any of those to be surprising.  I would generally gague that assembled/painted models tend to sell for less than those that aren’t.  Half of those lots include heavy weapons teams that largely fit that description, and none of them have what I would consider the “good” weapon options.  Of the other auctions, there’s a sub-optimal lot (who needs four vox models), one with poor comparisons (2nd Edition metal guy poking out of a tank is not the same as Commander Pask), and two tanks that weren’t in great condition.  Actually, the only thing that I think I can take away from this (aside from a general feeling of the overall prices these go for) is that that for particularly dusty models, it would behoove me to wipe them down before posting them.  Seriously, the only thing wrong with that Russ is that it was dusty.  The rest of the russes sold for between 62-73% of MSRP.

On the higher side (I’d say anything that sold for 80% or more of retail value–since 20% discount on GW isn’t hard to get elsewhere), we have:

Rare / OOP Models:

  • wh39kIGAuctions (2)1x Female Commissar – 80.57%
  • 1x Chimera w/ Forgeworld parts – 83.22%
  • 9x Kasrkin – 94.74%
  • 2x Cadian “At Ease” models – 99.9%
  • 1x Female Commissar – 135.06%
  • 10x Kasrkin – 146.88%
  • 3x Kasrkin w/ Melta – 186.00%
  • 1x INQ Giddeon Lorr – 262.5%

Again, this shouldn’t be surprising.  Older models that are hard to get are more valuable.  Of course, the caveats are that they still need to be at least fairly good in game, or at least be really cool to look at.  Those that are both, tend to sell incredibly well.  The Kasrkin are a good example of this.  The only other two weird things to note here are that of the two female commissars, the one without a base sold for $10 less than the one with one.  That could just be a fluke coincidence, or the base might actually have some effect on it–they’re cheap enough that I’ll throw one in next time.

Otherwise, Giddeon Lorr also looks like an outstanding sale, but he’s really in about the right ballpark.  Some have sold for as much as $65 in thee recent past, but $40 is about right.  The problem here is the baseline I used for comparison was another witchunter that sells for about $16.

Finecast Backlash:

  • wh39kIGAuctions (1)1x Iron Hand Straken – 80.60%
  • 5x Ratlings – 87.5%
  • 5x Ratlings – 87.5%
  • 5x Ratlings – 91.5%
  • 1x Witch Hunter INQ – 136.67%
  • 1x Commissar Yarrick – 161.04%

This category isn’t one that holds universally true, so it’s hard to say if there is much value to a finecast backlash.  I sold other models that are also only available in finecast, but they didn’t come up with the same sort of value that these did.  Honestly, I’m not sure why these faired so well, unless it’s a combination of cool models, poor materials, and good rules?

Good in the Game:

  • 3x Cadian w/ Meltaguns – 91.11%
  • 3x Cadian Meltaguns – 120.04%
  • 3x Cadian Plasmaguns – 135.06%

This is a no-brainer.  People want special weapons.  I attribute these to the idea that if you’re going to pay GW direct for them, you might as well try to get even a minor discount online.  For the pure melta/plasma auctions, GW requires you to buy one of each at a time, so naturally it’ll be more tempting for people to buy just the type they want.

Paint Job?

  • 1x Female Inquisitor – 96.88%

This might also get thrown in with the metal models, or the hard to find ones.  I’m not exactly sure.

No Idea:

  • IMG_2435 (Medium)1x Thunderer Siege Tank (not forgeworld) – 83.81%
  • 2x Cadian Snipers – 84.07%
  • 1x Lord Commissar – 86.79%
  • 2x Cadian Officers – 120.1%
  • 2x Cadian Officers – 126.1%
  • 1x Metal Command Squad – 186%
  • 1x Bits Bag – 260%
  • 1x Sanctioned Psker – 290%

Ok, this one is all over the map.  I’ve sorted them by the categories that I feel are the driving forces for them to go so high.  Granted, there is some bleedover between categories (for instance, Yarrick is both no longer available in metal–and is out of stock in finecast–and fantastic in the game).  Those in the “No idea” section I have some idea, but I’m not sure how accurate it is.  I mean, many of those are no longer available, but is there a need for metal cadian officers/command squads?  Can’t you make everything out of the plastic unit?  The biggest head scratcher though?  The sanctioned psyker, wherein someone paid about the same price for that model as the MSRP for three of them direct from GW.  One really never knows.

The lessons to be learned here are that people pay quite a bit for older/rare models, for those that are good in the game, and really seem to dislike finecast still.  Furthermore, there’s always a few auctions that really leave me wondering.

Final Thoughts:

Somehow this seemed to be my most profitable sale to date.  I’m chalking that up to the following:

  1. The codex had been released recently and proved to be quite good
  2. GW’s making more and more of their models direct only (so you can’t get a 20% discount on many of them) and their continued use of finecast

Another thing that made this a pleasant experience was that everyone paid quickly.  I think that’s a fluke really, as I’ve done nothing that I consider would have any effect on the speed to which people would pay.  And sorting through the lots to figure out who got what wasn’t all that painful.  This is because I took time to prep things in advance, and so many people had paid at the same time, so I was able to lay them all out before packing them up.  Those are two things that I plan on doing again in the future.

Anywho, I know most people aren’t terribly interested in this sort of thing, but I like to have it documented for my records.  Additionally, I think prospective ebay sellers can garner quite a bit of info from these posts: how much you can expect to make, where you can help improve your process, etc.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping to learn from documenting this…

 Image Credit: Ebay Logo trademarked/copyrighted by Ebay.

 

 

Spring Cleaning

IMG_2328 (Medium)As of late, I haven’t had much opportunity to play any games (or really do much of anything hobby related). Our babysitters are on hiatus, and with Spring officially sprung, I’ve been doing a lot more chores around the house. I s’pose that’s not such a bad thing, but it would be nice to get a little more gaming in. I am hoping that next week that changes—at least a little bit, as my “honey do” list has gotten significantly shorter this week.

What extra free time I have had has been spent on my Ebay auctions (as any visitor to the blog this week can surely attest to), so I guess you can attribute that to “Spring Cleaning”. With this week ending, so too are my auctions for Imperial Guard (or Astra Militarum, if you must—I’m not sure I’ll ever come around to calling them that).

There are still a ton of great deals to be had (at least for the moment). Earlier in the week, I talked about a few auctions that I suspect will go cheap (including Marbo & Straken) simply because people aren’t watching them, but I’m really surprised that there are quite a few auctions for relevant new options that just aren’t getting bids. For example:

  1. 3x Cadians w/ Meltaguns – $1.25
  2. 3x Cadians w/ Plasma Guns – $1.25
  3. 2x Cadians w/ Meltaguns – $1.25
  4. Creed & Kell (metal) – $7.50 (not too bad price wise, but the ones that are primed gray are going for almost twice as much).
  5. Commissar Yarrick (metal) – $8.50
  6. Female Commissars ($6.50 & $7.50) – There are actually two of these models up in separate auctions

IMG_2454 (Medium)By and large, those are special weapons, and the prices just seem insanely cheap to me (heck, if I saw auctions at those prices, I’d snap them up in a heartbeat—and I clearly don’t even want/need the models).

Who knows though, there’s still plenty of time, so maybe they’ll go up (well, from my perspective—hopefully they will). If they don’t though, that’s my loss—why not make it into your gain?

Check out all of those auctions and more by clicking here.

Astra Militarum Models for Sale

wh39kAuction2 (3)Ebay week continues with more Astra Militarum models for sale up on ebay.  Granted, there’s not all that much change in auctions since I originally listed them on Sunday (except I dropped the price of the “At Ease” Cadians, and removed a duplicate auction of a Female Inquisitor (thanks to the person who informed me of my mistake).

What I can offer today is a little insight to you bloggers of some of the lesser known auctions.

As you may or may not be aware, EBay’s seller dashboard provides some fairly detailed information to us about how many people have viewed and are watching auctions (presumably to stop us from worrying and/or cancelling bids before they end).  In my experience, those with fewer watchers, tend not to go as high by the end, so I figured I’d let you know about the auctions that just don’t seem to have a lot of interest.  That way, you can get the best deals possible.

As of right now, the following auctions have only 3 watchers:

wh39kAuction2 (1)While these auctions only have 4 watchers:

By far, the most interesting of these auctions is the one for Straken, as he’s metal (so, in my opinion, worth more than the GW equivalent), normally a direct-only model (so no discount from local/web retailers), a nightmare on the battlefield (he still gives me nightmares since the first time I faced him on the tabletop and he demolished my best assault troops in hand to hand) and only going for a measly $0.16 at the moment.  That’s an absolute steal.  I know I’d considered keeping him, but I worked up a pretty nifty Cadian conversion so he more closely matches my Ultramar PDF models.

He’s not the best deal that’s available at the moment in terms of raw value vs. price.  There are a bunch of tanks that have never been painted going for far too low, like this Basilisk for $2.25, this Leman Russ for $1.50,  or this Russ for only $1.25!  Considering all of those tanks go for about $50 retail, those are pretty screaming deals–but I’m not so worried about them going too cheaply, as they all have between 10-18 watchers already.

This isn’t to discourage you from bidding on them, as the number of watchers doesn’t have any direct correlation to final auction price, but there are enough people looking that I expect to see some jump in price before they end on Sunday.

Anywho, hopefully that shines a little light into some behind the scenes Ebay workings for those of you who don’t sell.  If anyone has any questions about ebay, please let me know–I’d be happy to answer any of them.

Until then, you can click here to check out the rest of the auctions.