Warhammer 40,000 – Battlezone: Fronteris – Nachmund

Today is the release day of the latest terrain box for Warhammer 40,000 - the Battlezone Fronteris Nachmund. It was originally announced in January as part of War Zone Vigilus and now is finally here.

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It went on pre-order last Saturday for 175 EUR and Games Workshop was kind enough to send me a copy for a review. The Nachmund boxed set is a bundle of the individual kits, shown below.

Warhammer 40,000 - Battlezone: Fronteris – Nachmund

It covers four individual plastic terrain sets (vox antenna and auspex shrine, landing pad and twice the STC hab bunkers and stockades) and a two-piece double sided card board battlefield, giving you an advantage for the 175 EUR bundle price compared to 285 EUR of buying them separately. That's an impressive 38% off.

I have covered some of the Kill Team Killzones on here in the past, like the Sector Mechanicus or Sector Fronteris (which included the STC Hab Bunker back then and went OOP with the release of the Nachmund set). And as we've already went into a broader region of what is properly readable and not too much / too long (ending at ~100 pictures on some of these reviews), I decided to split the Nachmund coverage into the individual sets, with this "just" being an introduction.

The Nachmund boxed fills my work space almost completely, making it a bit harder to take a proper picture. The box itself is sturdier (and made of thicker card board) compared to the Battlezone Mechanicus Charadon.

Warhammer 40,000 - Battlezone: Fronteris – Nachmund

Once opened up, you are greeted by a pile of grey sprues. With the "regular" Battlezones kits, other than the Kill Zones or Conquest / Imperium releases, the sprues are not tinted but produced in the standard grey, that you mostly see with injection moulded plastic nowadays. This box comes with a separating artwork, used in many larger boxed sets, to protect the printed products in these sets from punching damage from the sprues. In this case it is an artwork showing the Blood Angels, but with the image being having a blue tint over it, it not directly clear, that it is the 9th legion, that is shown here. Below that, you'll find the assembly instructions, combined for all kits, and the two battlefields made from card board.

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And the sprues pile high. A total of 10 sprues is included in this kit, along with the card board battlefield. For comparison, the older (first run Kill Zones) covered these stacks.

Warhammer 40,000 - Battlezone: Fronteris – Nachmund Warhammer 40.000 - Killzone Sector Fronteris Warhammer 40.000 - Killzone Sector Mechanicus Warhammer 40.000 - Killzone Sector Munitorum

I'll be going into detail with this box, kit by kit, in the next reviews as mentioned below. I am honest with you, considering the spring price raise, the Battlezones went from 140 EUR to 175 EUR - that's an increase of 25% percent. That's steep, there's no way around this. Yes, the savings of this box is not bad, with almost 40% compared to individual buying among the biggest savings that you can get from a bundle at Games Workshop, but that comes mostly from the individual sets being sold at 50+ EUR each, and prior to spring these boxes would probably somewhere in a 40-ish EUR range. Still, in direct comparison, the Nachmund provides a bit more foot print compared to the Charadon kit, if you see these side by side.

Update April 15th 2022

I honestly forget that I did a review of Battlezone Vertigus in October 2020. And to add to the comparison of the price increase on Battlezones above, where I meantioned Charadon with 140 EUR - Vertigus was 120 EUR. So we not just went within a year from 140 EUR to 175 EUR, we went within 18 months from 120 EUR to 175 EUR for a terrain setup.

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My biggest "problem" is, that Games Workshop did such a great job with the initial Kill Zones, that gave you 110 to 130 EUR of content for 65 EUR in 2018. So that is like the bar, everything following those kits was measured with. And as the company cut the content of these in 2020 roughly in half, but adding another 15 EUR to the RRP, didn't really help, along with this Battlezone being almost triple the price, but only roughly double the content.

Never the less, 10 sprues for 175 EUR RRP aren't that bad. For those who bought Conquest / Imperium magazines that covered terrain, you would usually end up around 13-15 EUR per sprue, so that's not far off and again, the 175 EUR is the RRP, your local FLGS might give you 10-15% off making it a better deal.


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Posted by Dennis B.

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  1. You hit on my exact problem with this set – the price. The price in the US is $220. One of our electronics retailers is selling a decent 3d Printer for $100, and you can produce this much terrain with a couple of rolls of filament for $20/each. That leaves $80 to buy STL files if you don’t want to use some of the many free models out there. Then you can print table after table full of terrain for the cost of the filament. I get that costs for materials, labor, and shipping are going up, but when you are at the high end of the market you might need to eat some of those costs to stay competitive. At these prices, you can even buy a table full of pre-painted resin terrain that doesn’t require assembly or painting. I just don’t get it when other companies in the UK can produce injection molded miniatures and terrain at a much more reasonable suggested retail price – and that is after recent price hikes.

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