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“A Fool and His Money Are Soon Parted” – Sheriff Laughing All The Way to The Bank

OK, I think this is going to be my last rant about the recent shenanigans coming out of the Sheriff’s Lenton-based uber-palace. There has been a lot of reporting on the web about Finecost/Failcast/Finecash or whatever derogatory term you are using for the grey, bendy army men that GW are pushing onto their addicts right now.

My own personal opinion about this goes along the lines the of; “ARE YOU PEOPLE FREAKING MAD??!!?????”

This stems primarily from an odd behaviour that I am seeing more and more as I peruse forums and see people’s reactions to the material change. As I am sure our well-educated and astute readers are already aware, the release of Finecast hasn’t been without hiccup. We’ve all heard of the heat issues and the problems where stores have had batches of miscast blisters and yet what is startling to me is that outside of the really malformed stuff people are actually brushing this off as acceptable!

I was reading a post by a chap yesterday about a terminator model in Finecast, apparently after he had been painting it he noted that one of the legs on his model was actually cracked but “with a little greenstuff it was OK” and there are many more stories of people performing repairs to stuff to make them useable. I’m sorry, but maybe I am getting old or something but the stuff we get from GW is expensive, we all acknowledge that fact. Now, irrelevant of how we feel about the justification for the pricing, when you purchase goods, irrelevant of what those goods are, you enter into a contract with the manufacturer. You agree to remunerate them in order to gain possession of something and that something is therefore supposed to be fit for purpose and free from defects. It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure their product is free from defects and to replace faulty goods. Wear and tear is natural and not a part of any replacement but in all other respects you are paying for something and expect a level of quality, especially when you are paying a lot of money for it, after-all generally the quality of something increases with its cost.

Games Workshop are the most expensive hobby company in the world, nothing else comes close really, so you should expect a top-notch product. My problem is, that if you are willing to accept sub-par product when you are paying through the nose for it then not only is the Sheriff not getting an accurate set of data about defects in their product but you are just going to end up accepting the inferior stuff they are now producing. Sure there were problems with metal casting, but I bet you took that back to the store rather than shave 1mm of offset casting and then resculpting details huh? If GW do not know their stuff is cack they are under no obligation to improve things.

For all you naysayers also harking on about “this is just the first run, it will get better” I say bull-hockey! I work in a manufacturing environment, we do R&D and rigourously test the processes involved with creating a product before it ever goes anywhere near a consumer. If it isn’t to specification modifications are made that do that, we pride ourselves on quality and will not ship sub-standard tat. GW should not be ironing out problems with the product after it has been released to market! A proper QA and R&D system should have removed the problems before a proper release. Now, of course some anomalies do slip through, such is the nature of things but the scale of people’s acceptance of things boggles my mind.

As the maxim at the start of this thread states; “a fool and his money are soon parted” and this is how I am feeling about Finecast. Sure the detail might be better and the models more durable, but when the consumer is willingly covering the manufacturer for their mistakes and inferior goods I am almost happy that you are willing to fork out massive wads of cash for this stuff. It’s really quite an odd scenario that in general people seem to show qualities of addicts, that despite how bad things are you need that hit of a new model so badly you are willing to put up with a lot that you shouldn’t have to else you might miss out on that endorphin rush!

Again, I’ll reiterate that I don’t own any Finecast models yet, with their cost I am not likely too but I would not rule it out. However, I’ll be damned if I am going to accept poor quality goods for more money than the, already over-priced, metals were. If other companies can produce goods in the same mediums and do better quality casting for lower prices, then I am much more likely to give my money to them. People decry GW for the constant price rises but their products seem to be like Crystal Meth to some people. No matter how much they want to break away their money flies out of their wallet month after month.

If you ever really want to make the Sheriff listen there is only one way it will work and you already know what that is.

As a wise man once said “It’s time to nut up, or shut up!”

Games Workshop – Worth It Depending on Your Point of View

Now, I have to admit that there are few topics as likely to be as vociferous as the conversations around the Sherriff’s pricing strategy. Often lamented as going off the slots that particular units fill from a force organisation or army list point of view. At least that would go some way towards explaining why 10 White Lions cost you the same as a college education. This “myth” is debunked by the awesome Arachnarok that I think is well priced for the size of the kit.

However, what I don’t want is another rant against the Games Workshop massive and their inflation (and wallet) busting decision-making. What I actually want to say today is that perhaps I can start to understand the other side of the fence right now.

Way back when I first started getting into Warhammer Fantasy I looked through the armies and ended up with a load of stuff for the Tomb Kings. I’ve long been a fan of the Undead in the Warhammer universe and the Egyptian styling was an aesthetic that had great appeal to me. My enthusiasm for the army was only blunted after a brutal crushing at the hands of the floating citadel’s very own Wood Elf hippy-meister Gribblin. I sold the Nehekharans and my Beastmen in 2005 and never looked back, however they will always be my first army and now, as many of you will know, they are the next in line to be released.

Plenty of shiny new models are splashed across the Internet as every Tom, Dick and Ramses is linking and reposting the images. Now, I have to admit to being super-impressed with the new items. I loved the imagery before and they’ve done a really great job of updating things and adding in stuff that I like. The Sphinx are obviously the stand-out models for the new range and as it follows the same kind of pricing as the Arachnarok I would be happy to part with my cash for that.

The real reason for the post though is to talk about the Tomb Guard. These guys were one of my favourite units in the original book, OK the models weren’t all that hot really but I liked them. The new models look amazing and yet they are stuck in the new GW scheme of “elite unit requires you to sell your soul to afford them” or the £25 for 10 models bracket. I in no way agree with GW stinging people for that much money and as Warhammer is now a game of large infantry formations the marketing staff must be laughing all the way to the Ferryman as they no doubt have the funding for the bribe to take them to their infernal destination.

£50 for a starting unit of 20 (who uses normal infantry units in lower numbers than this really?) is the same as a battalion for most armies and you tend to get way more than 20 models in one of those (with the possible exception of the Beastmen one). Yet, now I see one of the armies I have always had a soft spot for get one of these plastic sets and I can honestly say that I would actually part with the cash for this unit. Now, I’d use a discount retailer to save as much as I could but if the only place I could get them charged the full amount I reckon I might pay it!

I’ve pre-ordered the book for Tomb Kings so I’m going to give them a look, I will more than likely look at the possibilities for making unit fillers if I choose to do an army but the Tomb Guard would need to be two boxes strong at least for any unit even with a filler anyway, 10 models on their own would not be enough to do this allowing for wounds to be taken without ruining the ranking of the unit. I like unit fillers for their opportunity to reduce the cost of a unit to purchase and they can look really good too, however, if I were to use fillers I’d expect my opponent to be able to tell how many were left in a unit by totting up the ranks and files from the movement tray without anything too abstract.

So here I am, annoyed by the prices GW want us to pay but then also looking at something that to me is a fantastic piece of design work and my heart overriding my head. Watch out Gribblin I may need to get some more sand, after all, how could I not want to field one of these?;