I have a friend who famously once said that whenever he buys anything from Games Workshop, he asks them to wrap it in porn mags so that he’s not embarrassed leaving the shop.
I think he was joking. It raises a point though, why do we hate Games Workshop?
The first issue is probably the one highlighted above; the shame. I popped into Games Workshop today while in town. But only after I’d checked up and down the street to make sure they was no-one I knew around that might see me. I was only after a few paints but ended up having a good chat with one of the guys who worked there, I left feeling a bit better about my GW addiction and stepped smiling into the sun outside. Only to have a woman walking past turn and stare at me as if I was some kind of weirdo. A grown man going into a toy shop? Disgusting!
Let’s back up here a minute though, why was I in Games Workshop buying paints anyway? Well, like many men my age (31) I was into Games Workshop product while at school (Mainly Space Marine (Epic) and Advanced Heroquest) and after growing up looked back on those days with disdain. How could I have wasted all that money? Pah! What a fool I was...
Of course, time passes and I got into playing boardgames a few years ago and then found the Games Workshop Specialist Games website. From this I downloaded the Mordheim rules, ‘just to flick through for old times sake...’ and the rest, as they say, is history.
I’ve now got gangs/teams for Mordheim, Necromunda, Blood Bowl, various paints, rules and novels and I’m being tempted by the new Imperial Guard Codex which I’m sure will lead to me spending lots of money on lots more plastic men. This is of course against my Frugal Philosophy, but I have a plan. More info in the next couple of weeks...
But anyway, the reason I don’t like Games Workshop, is because there product is so damn good. Every single thing they do; rules, miniatures, paints, terrain and ‘fluff’ (novels, etc), has been done better by other companies, but no other company does everything so well together.
So, on reflection, maybe I don’t hate Games Workshop... But my wallet may come to regret meeting them.
Plymouth Scale Model Show
Speaking of things that my wallet hates, yesterday I went to a Scale Model Show in town. It was quite a good show with lots of, erm, scale models on display and lots of stalls selling, erm, scale model kits.
I did get to speak to Orlando from the Plymouth Association of Wargamers, who had an impressive 40k demo game set up. I really must make the effort to get along to the club at some point.
So overall, the show was okay. However, the entry price was £4, which I though was pretty steep. The man at the entrance, pointed out that I could come and go all day with my ticket, but after half an hour I was done.
I did get a lot of pictures of tanks though. I thought they’d come in useful when I make my Imperial Guard army for Warhammer 40k... Curse you Games Workshop!!!