Bukkake’d with Stupid: Games Workshop and Storm of Magic

As alluded to in Episode 38, I have a LOT to talk about for a Stupidity Check from our lords and masters. As a result, this will be part 1 of the “Bukkake’d with Stupid” segment on this blog.

I was going to start on a different tangent but due to all of the “In your face!” directed to my co-host on the Facebook page, I thought I would start part 1 on this topic: Second Wave Releases.

The reason for the friendly ribbing on Facebook is entirely because of Lange’s Stupidity check on Episode 37. Lange stated that GWs failure was not releasing any additional models for Storm of Magic. GW (just to be dicks) decided to release models anyway.

The list of models GW is releasing can be found here but I will list them below in case they ever get moved from the Pre-Orders page:

  • Albion Truthsayer
  • Dark Emissary
  • Fen Beast
  • Great Taurus
  • Lammasu
  • Cold One

Looking at the above list, I fucking agree with Lange. GW isn’t releasing any new models. Every fucking thing on that list is older than my kid. Half that list is from 2001 and the rest was 1997. What the fuck Games Workshop?

The greatest models ever made!

This is where Games Workshop fucks it up. As I said in Episode 37, GW had the chance to create beautiful new character models for armies which have received some major neglect. Instead they choose to take models which are so old, the vast majority of gamers weren’t in the hobby when they were released, and turn that shit into Finecast. Are you serious?

 
I could understand if GW wanted to make their (undoubtedly large) collection of metal casts for these ancient models available but Finecast!? Not to mention the fact that none of these models can be fielded in an army unless you are playing Storm of Magic. Do you seriously think that people are going to trip over themselves to shell out $45 for a monster they will field once (my prediction for the average number of games of Storm of Magic people will play before not caring)?
 
These releases only get more hilarious when you remember GW’s circle jerk announcement regarding Finecast with the comment of “…the highest quality miniatures the world has ever seen…”
 
Even more non-sensical is this line:

“Due to high demand, each Citadel Finecast product is limited to three (3) per customer.”
 
That is directly from the pre-order page on the Lammasu. Sorry everybody, GW is crushing your dreams. You can only have 3 Lammasu’s for your army.
 
Good Lord. Just writing this post makes me want to drive down to my local GW Hobby Centre and punch one of the employees in the dick.
 
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3 thoughts on “Bukkake’d with Stupid: Games Workshop and Storm of Magic

  1. Hey Nathan I fully support you idea of punching a GW employee in the dick for obvious reasons now. It is totally there fault!

  2. I understand why you say it’s stoopid, but…

    GW are currently engaged in a law suit, one of the issues being that they have not provided the models/conversion pieces that the third party is supplying.

    Then there is the issue of the 25 year rule of copyright. Yes these moulds are old, but with companies essentially – if not technically – plaguerising GW IP they are placing their marker as a protection for the future. Example? Space Hulk – sure GW made money on the rerelease, but the wider issue was more to stop other companies from knocking out their version of what is an important game in the company’s history.

    What is overlooked is that the current events are related to the declared intention that GW return to it’s roots of being a figure manufacturer. It is to be applauded that they are going through the mould catalogue and reviewing what can and can’t be released. If they were trying to sell the old one piece Chaos Warriors then it would be a different story to testing the water with the Lamasu.

  3. GW hasn’t been supplying a lot of stuff that third parties can (resin models that don’t melt for one)

    and sure it’s their company and IP but if they haven’t done it its fair game. They could drop lines that make little sense (Lord of The Rings) & concentrate on making what they have better. they proved they could do that, look at the Dark Eldar range and see. they also proved they are going to ignore common sense and keep charging a premium in a market that is soon about to fill up with a multitude of choices.

    Warpath, Warmahordes, Battletech, among many others are more in my price range to start checking out than the basic troop selection from GW these days.

    now there is no metal figs in their stores. if it is not in plastic i won’t buy it. i will look for other venders to fit what i need. (not like i go to sanctioned events anyway)

    most of the players that made the company have left to start other companies which will be in direct competition. if the accountants are still calling GW’s shots, they will loose.

    if they want more people to play the games they need to cut their prices to about 20% above actual cost of MFG. this should bring the price of kits somewhere into the neighborhood of reality, hell we can always hope.

    it will result in GW stores being closed. i hope they would let us vote on which stores … but i hope the store i like won’t. they should start cutting in areas that have more than one store every 50 miles. they seem to want to go to mail order anyway. should let the mom & pop hobby shops get back into selling their products.

    the one thing they really need to do is standardize their pricing regardless of currency. the Canadian dollar & Australian dollar has been at or above parady with the American dollor for over a year. no reason why i should be paying 5 – 40 dollars more in Can$ than the guys in the US. Auzzies are getting fucked hard over this. in spite of that there is a horde who want to play the games but will do something else instead.

    in short it is more than a simple lawsuit they have on right now. they have to get their shit together.

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