Games Workshop is back at it again pushing their hobby standards. Is GW getting a little out of line in the hobby community? Let’s take a look.
You might have heard of some talk about GW cracking down on models and players at their events. They essentially said that if a hobbyist’s models aren’t 100% Games Workshop right down to the base that it’s on, they can’t go on-stream.
Well, it looks like the talk we’ve heard is finally coming true and it’s very real.
Editor’s Note: While there are a ton of very talented folks at (Games) Workshop that bring a lot of enthusiasm and hobby love to everything they do for the company, there always seems to be these continued PR missteps that really cast a shadow over the Warhammer Hobby.
Long story short Hobby Strong, don’t let anyone on this site or anywhere else tell you how to have fun with your models!
Go Home GW: You’re Hobby Drunk
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It can be said that when you hobby well enough, not even GW can tell if the model is standing on their base or not. But that’s not the point here. It’s actually frightening that GW is following through with this “standard” of only-GW product.
It was all initially just cheap talk, but after these comments on Facebook, it really seems like the GW team will be cracking down on models at their events, and perhaps even the ones they sponsor.
This is surely going to leave a bad taste in people’s mouths. But let’s look at this from a different angle for argument’s sake.
What does “Sponsor” Mean?
As the story goes, GW won’t allow non-GW models on camera at events they sponsor. We first saw this at NOVA. Now the question is…What do they mean by Sponsor?
If Sponsoring means that they will be paying for space, paying the judges, providing the terrain and tables, etc. etc. Then we would say that GW may have some ground to stand on as to what they allow in the tournament. Otherwise, if they’re just talking about some prize support (which is cool but is hardly worth the trip to the events), then they’ve got a reality check in store for them.
I mean heck bracket winners at NOVA got a small box of troops for their efforts, reportedly donated by vendors in exchange for their booth space in the basement floor of the event.
Is There a Double Standard?
GW may be harboring a double standard. There was a NOVA event that happened a year ago where a player brought a fully-converted 1988 Squat army as Imperial Guard. The Army used legit pewter rogue trader era Warhammer 4ok Squat models and bases but still wasn’t allowed to go on camera. Technically, the player with the Squat army followed the rules and his list was completely legal.
Perhaps GW only likes their model’s part of the time when they still have them on the shelves to sell?
How Far is Too Far?
If GW is starting to get serious about their models right down to the plastic that their models stand on, what’s to say they’ll stop there? Will they start enforcing a “scratch & sniff” test for the paints that hobbyists use? What about a litmus test for resin scrapings to see if models are “authentic” Forge World or not.
Where does it end?
What are your thoughts on GW’s hobby enforcement? Is GW holding the Warhammer Hobby hostage at all of their events and venues? Let us know in the comments of our Facebook Hobby Group.