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Games Workshop Increase Depth to Which They Shaft Customers – story at 11

In what many of you may regard as a slow news day I come with a story that will be of no surprise to absolutely nobody. Next month the mudslinging will begin again as perennial gaming bad boys Games Workshop chuck another round of above inflation rises onto their stock.

While one may be forgiven for thinking that this does not impact too much on those of us ensconced within the mighty fortress that is the 6 Inch Move floating citadel it does mean that we will not be bringing you a project we’d been alluding to since the start of the year.

Last year, the Warhammer Fantasy contingent here at 6 Inch Move came up with an idea. We had decided to run our own version of the fan favourite “Tale of X Gamers” while putting our own twist onto the genre. I was planning on putting together a 3000pts force and showing you all, dear readership, that this could be done on a budget if one were to plan appropriately and be clever with what was purchased. We’d have been assembling and painting our way to fully painted armies and we’d have been showing our work here on this very organ. The reason behind this was to show that despite the Sherriff’s eye-watering prices that with a little forethought you could get the army you want for less than you think and I’m not just talking about a 20% discount from online retailers and some lucky purchases from eBay.

Sadly, after reading rumours about price increases around the net today I had the news confirmed by my FLGS. Therefore it is with a heavy heart that I have decided that I can no longer support this endeavour. I’ll be sticking to my other games and enjoying the 3000+pts of Ogres that I already have. From talking to the others involved with this project it looks like they will also be doing the same. I’m saddened it has come to this but belts are tight these days and despite the hobby’s luxury status I can get a lot more for my money from other games systems that I enjoy just as much. I should be able to now make that custom gaming board I’ve been thinking of.

The silver lining to all this is that I don’t live in Australia, if this rise goes on there as well…. that’s not going to be pretty.

GW – Taking the ****

Let me save you the trouble Philip J. Fry, in the case of GW I can almost certainly tell you they are trying to screw you over. Although I am enjoying the new Ogre models I have to say that as time goes by I am less and less enthusiastic about supporting this company! If my friends didn’t play I don’t think I would spent the little I currently do. While not the topic of today’s post I read this and thought id adequately sums up a lot of issues there are with the current incarnation of the Sherriff and his hordes.

Today I want to reference a specific example that sums up to me where GW are heading. If anyone has seen a preview of the new White Dwarf you may have a heads up to where I am going with this. For those of you in the dark about this whole thing let me illuminate you all with the “bend over, take it and like it” attitude we seem to be getting from our northern gaming overlords.

Coming to an overpriced toy store near you is Games Workshop’s new miniature field dressing kit. It’s a model first aid kit of sorts with tools for removing flash and filling small holes in your models…. Hold on a second….. something smells fishy here.

Let’s rewind a few months to the release of something I’m sure we have not forgotten, the QC busting disaster that was Finecast. Trolls and commentators world-wide decreed the end of GW as their new wonder material had more problems than a Greek financial statement. We can all remember the threads about the melting/bits missing/bubbles etc… and the fact a large number of models were returned as they were not fit for purpose. These events even had us commenting on this esteemed unit.

Now, several months later GW are SELLING a product that allows us to fix the problems in their product, passing the burden onto us, the consumer, to make the model fit for the purpose it was bought for. They are doing this under the umbrella that Finecast is a material for experienced modellers, similar to what they used to put on the boxes for the big metal kits a decade or more ago.

What annoys me here is not just that GW put out a new material that is supposed to be cheaper than metal and then they hike up the price, but more when they are shown the deficiencies of their product they don’t really bother to fix it. They come up with another product and pass the cost of this onto the consumer. What beggars belief as far as this author is concerned is that once again some people seem to be buying into this….

The fact you can go out and by a tube of Milliput for the price of a single Polo mint seems to escape people here, there are (shockingly) cheaper ways of doing exactly what GW are charging you a hip replacement for. For starters their product should be 99% free of defects, we are paying a premium here, but GW seem to have looked at the problem, gone *shrug* “looks like that’s going to be a bitch to fix, why don’t we just package and flog the kit to fix them and call it expert modelling” patted themselves on a job well done and now are sitting back expecting money to fall into their laps.

I’m sorry GW but the continuing contempt you show for your customer base is grating. I know you want the kiddies to grab all your overpriced tat but for any of us with an ounce of sense the company that made me fall in love with gaming is now starting to stink. Customers are not there to be taken advantage of, although some of them also seem to be convinced that the mighty GW can do no wrong….

Who wants my soapbox? I think I’m done.