When I saw the Apocalypse Bloodthirster Bloodbath formation, I thought: That would be an awesome formation to field. Just imagining the spectacle of 8 Bloodthirsters suddenly appearing on the battlefield, led by Forgeworld's Bloodthirster Ann'ggrath is just fantastic. While Ann'ggrath is both huge and expensive, I can almost justify getting him...as the centerpiece to my Bloodthirster Bloodbath. The problem is, I hate the current GW Bloodthirster.
The current one is dated, expensive...and limited. I really wish GW came out with a new Bloodthirster model, preferably a plastic one. If GW made a new model, that looks better than the current one and in plastic with options to provide some variety, I'd have a very hard time resisting picking some up. The temptation to field a Bloodbath would just be too great.
I dislike the current model enough that I got a fantasy model instead to represent a Bloodthirster, Bel'Akor the Dark Master:
In the meantime, the closest substitutes for Bloodthirsters are:
- Soul Grinder - This is something of a stretch, with its Defiler lower half, but the upper half has possibilities.
- GW Daemon Prince - Also a stretch--the model has a great head & claws, the but the rest of the model is too obviously a Chaos Space Marine to really work as a Bloodthirster in its own right.
- Forgeworld's Daemon Prince -Great model, and would serve just fine as a Bloodthirster. Only downside is that it's somewhat expensive, about ~$100. If he was $50, this would be a no brainer.