I think I just popped a blood vein. Usually I’m a fair individual, but sometimes in my life I just want to scream at certain people and ask them what is wrong with them. Today’s culprit is Warhammer 40k and Games Workshop who are doing their best to drive me totally insane. I’ve bad mouthed Games Workshop here before, but today is only partly their fault, butit provides a good example of why I will really only buy a few of their products now and then in the future.
Let’s start at the beginning of this tale. I have had some bad experiences with the employees in the Games Workshop stores and their company model. Their raising of prices more than needed to adjust for cost increases and inflation tells me what I need to know about the focus of their business. It begins with a “P” and ends with a “rofit” (that’s profit by the way. Yes, I’m in a snarky mood). Anyway, I pay a boatload of money, buy these damn paints, and after a year finally get together an army that I think will be worth playing. I figure, the best way to learn is to take the army for a test drive against another player. I got online and found some local groups on various forums and websites and sent out some emails and posts that I was a new player with a Black Templar army looking to play a game. I got a few responses and one of them said we should meet up to play tonight. So we set a time, and I arrived at said individuals house with my army in two large shoe boxes. I don’t know if this is some kind of etiquette thing, but the guy just raised his eyebrow thinking “what the hell did I just get in to.” Anyway, we started to setup and he saw that I was pulling Black Templars out of my box, you know Black Templars, the army I said I would be playing.
In a move right out of the textbook of how to be an idiot, the guy starts to put his figures away. I ask what is going on, and he said that if I wasn’t going to be serious, that I shouldn’t waste his time. I looked at him confused, and he said that anyone playing Black Templars is a joke and I should leave. I reminded him that I emailed him saying I was a new player looking for my first game, and that I did have a fully painted army of BLACK TEMPLARS and that he replied that he was willing to play a game. Apparently, he didn’t get the note about, “new player” or “Black Templars” and just got the note “play game”. So as I left this Neanderthal’s house, I decided that I was sick of this crap that I have been dealing with. Sure it was only one player, but the last two people who have tried to “play” with me had been jerks, and one had even been a Games Workshop store employee. So that’s it, I quit before I start.
To be fair, I will give it a try again and I will buy some of the Games Workshop models in the future as they are cool, and I really do like the Warhammer 40k pieces to use in some of my other tabletop RPG’s I run (I do lots of sci-fi stuff). But I decided I would take a stand! Games Workshop you will get but a fraction of what I could have spent on you, for as I was driving home I stopped by the game store and spent $20 on some nice Warmachine models from Privateer Press. I give credit to Mr. Ruffles of Brew City Gamers fame, as well as Agent π for their mentioning and showing me pictures of Warmachine models. I’m not fully convinced on Warmachine, but Games Workshop pissed me off enough recently to let me give Privateer Press a try.
That’s right, I’ve taken a stand. I’m going to throw my money at another wargaming company, but one that has better prices, less need for so many damn models, and some pretty cool sculpts. I’ll give everyone some updates as I start to paint them… though I’ve never been a fan of painting metal minis.Add to favorites
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