MiniWarGaming Closing Shop, Games Workshop Retailer Policy to Blame

Well some of you have might have heard about this site called MiniWarGaming who have been selling Warhammer miniatures for a long time. Not only do they sell miniatures but they release tons of videos on modelling techniques. Really these guys are hardcore and pretty awesome.

Well they recently announced they are closing

But the real story is not so much a company that has been in trouble but more like a company who has been doing good but because of recent policy changes at Games Workshop, they essentially are killing this company and probably many others.

So your probably wondering how are they doing this? Well for one, only Games Workshop is now allowed to sell their products online…period. Which pretty much alienates everyone. Both businesses and customers. The idea behind this all seem’s to be corporate greed.They are sugar coating it all under the illusion that they are offering a better service, more streamlined, better for retailers. But really when you buy your Warhammer miniatures online you can generally get them at a little discount. I think we can all agree that Games Workshop products are absurdly expensive. But they were the big kid on the block for so long that people are generally used to the high prices. But now they absolutely want you to buy it full retailer price.

I get they want to make money. All companies do and I don’t blame them. But I don’t think that this is so detrimental to their sales that they need to take this action. I also have a feeling they are a bit full of themselves. If you read their retailer policy provided by MiniWarGaming here, it comes off as being a bit smug.

To make matters even worse, Games Workshop has disabled their Twitter, Facebook and ability to post via YouTube on their channel. It’s like they know they are being assholes and decided the best way to avoid criticism is to close their eyes and pretend everything is all right.

In the end I don’t think that Games Workshop is going anywhere anytime soon, but stunts like this only damage their image and looking at a lot of comments around the internet, it sure looks like their competitors will be having a surge in their sales thanks to them. A bit ironic all considering.

But I highly recommend you look at the MiniWarGaming video explaining the situation of their closing and their thoughts on all this.

New Heavy Gear videogame

Stompy Bot, the aptly named and newly formed development studio out of St John New Brunswick has announced that they’re going to be adapting the beloved little Canadian wargame/RPG Heavy Gear to the world of videogames again. It’s been awhile since the Activision games came out, so this is cool to see. I look forward to seeing what they produce and am already excited by the concept art they’ve shown as part of their press release.

Check it out here.

How to deal with the Warhammer launch day

Games Workshop has quite an amusing post on how to deal with the upcoming Warhammer launch day for their latest edition and accessories. It is a pretty big day all around from miniature fans. I have to say though the prices on the accessories at the very least are reasonable. Unless you get the uber edition of the Warhammer core book I always found the price a tad too high. But at any rate to find out how to deal, check this out

Warhammer Goodies Alert

Ok so probably most people interested in this have already gone and pre-ordered these and probably knew more in advane then myself that these items were on the way. I tend to be late to these types of things. I am like the last kid picked in gym. But there is a wicked Warhammer Fantasy limited edition swag over on the Games Workshop page. Among these awesome items are

Limited Edition Rulebook: This is freaking awesome looking. I cannot justify getting the book myself but just wow

Limited Edition Ivory / Bone Dice: These are pretty sweet and I could not help but grab them.

Limited Edition Templates: Finding your average templates quite dull these are just mind blowing cool

Limited Gamers Edition: This includes the wicked rulebook, the dice, the templates, the markers, the engineers ruler set and a bag whic you would find on  a empire’s soldier. I will give it to them on making such a sweet package.

Limited Edition Engineers Ranging Set: Rulers and compass. Nuff said

Limited Edition Counter Set

In all some very cool items. The price are reasonable for most of the items and your sure that your book will be the sweetest on the table but practicality wise not sure how well it would hold up with people paging through it.

Miniatures Sale!

In case anyone out there has been thinking about starting up a new army, or even starting their first army, for games such as Warhammer Fantasy, Warhammer 40K, or even Warmachine. Then now is your chance!

Those awesome guys over at miniwargaming.com have announced an awesome sale that starts on Monday Feb 22nd at 12:00pm EST. You can get 25% off of army books, rule books, and Battleforces/Battalions/Battlegroups for just about every playable army. The only army I did not see available for the sale was the new Beastmen for Warhammer Fantasy, sigh…c’est la vie. I really want to build a Beastmen army. I digress.

So if you like war gaming and like to save money then check it out!!!

Go here! —-> http://www.miniwargaming.com/content/MxqrryozDgyR

Mini War Gaming goes nuts this Black Friday

Holy carp! Do you love sales prompted by holidays? We love sales so we figure you should too. So check out this lovely promotional video from Mini War Gaming hyping the event. There are lots of good sales going on and they apparently have free paint brushes. Now that’s a steal. You can also head over to their store and start your gifting ideas.

Only One Gamesday in 2010

Sadly for many gamers, Games Workshop has decided to reduce the number of Gamesdays in a year to one. In this case, it’ll be in Baltimore and that’s that. I’ve only been to one Gamesday in Toronto in 2008 and it was fantastic, so I’m sad that I won’t be going to another unless I take a jaunt down to Baltimore or something.

[W]e are redesigning the template for the Games Day experience and while we are keeping the time honored traditional bits that work as they are, we will be improving and updating many areas as well as adding new and exciting features. We have also made the difficult decision to only have one Games Day in 2010, which will be held in Baltimore on August 21, allowing us to focus our energy into one amazing event.

via Games Workshop.

The Daily Wizard

Well it’s been awhile since we posted some Wizards of the Coast news. So here is a recaps of some recent activity including todays. It looks like it has been pretty busy over there at WOTC and cannot blame them at all with what I see. They are just churning out product after product and taking the time to tease us along the way.

– You can find an excerpt from Draconomicon: Metallic Dragons. In this excerpt WOTC discusses a dragons lair for 7th level adventurers. How iconic is that? Been awhile since I slayed a dragon.

– Holy stat card Batman. WOTC has posted all Dungeons & Dragons Miniatures RPG and skirmish stat cards. Pretty wicked eh? They are totally printable and legal. Catch is you need the actual mini’s but I think that was a given. Still good to have extra support.

– To celebrate the release of The Ghost King novel, WOTC has some cartoons which are really hilarious to look at to celebrate. Well I am not sure if it’s celebrating or mocking but it’s still goofy and funny.

– For those into D&D miniatures WOTC has a third preview and fourth preview for Savage Encounters.

– The maps for Dragon 170 are out now so go grab them fast

– There is a look at what is coming in November and beyond featuring Bart Carroll

Oil Paint Weathering

Honestly, I’d never once thought about using oil paints on miniatures. Then again, I’m still a bit of a newbie when it comes to painting miniatures overall, anyway, so most of what I read is news to me! The Painting Corps posted a very cool little article today about using oil paints for weathering effects.

For some time now, I’ve known about using oil paints for use on scale models. It’s one of the many tools in the military modelers repetoire that are used quite frequently and quite commonly. So what’s so great about it? What can this do that I can’t do with a wash? I decided to sit down and find out a couple of weeks back and was extremely surprised, and happy, with the results.

Check out the article at The Painting Corps