There is a whole community of people dedicated to building and painting miniatures for fun. This group includes Superman and Geralt de Riv himself, Henry Cavill. One of Hollywood’s biggest stars, a man so tall he looks like a real superhero, spends his free time carefully building and applying paint. Warhammer 40,000 rooms. But there are other ways to show your love for these miniatures without wasting hours to complete one. Like the person who showed their appreciation with their wallet. They spent a record $35,0000 on a rare Warhammer 40,0000 miniature.
Emil Nyström and the gang behind the Squidmar Miniatures YouTube channel have shared news of what they consider to be a very unexpected, albeit much appreciated, boon. They assembled a rare 1997 Games Workshop Warhammer 40,000 miniature. The Thunderhawk Gunship model is one of the hardest to find. It is also one of the most complex and expensive. The company only produced three during its first run in 1995. In 1997, it brought the total to just 500 units. The 204-piece model, which came in a wooden box and weighed 22 pounds, was also priced high at the time: $649.99. And getting an unopened one now costs a lot more.
That’s peanuts compared to what it ended up costing an Australian buyer. Buying an unopened kit and completing it was more than money and time well spent.
After the team put it up for auction (a sale we first heard about at Polygon), they hoped it would go for a few thousand dollars. They knew building it might even bring the price down. Instead, it sold for more than any other Warhammer 40K miniature ever.
Squidmar Miniatures has shared the full story behind the expensive gunship’s construction, its history and its surprising sale in a series of videos.
Building and painting miniatures is a fun activity for many people. For some of us, it seems like the most stressful thing in the world. It takes patience and a steady hand.
But we’re betting even Superman himself might get a little nervous applying paint if he knew the miniature in his Kryptonian hands could potentially sell for an all-time high.