Games Workshop Shuts Down a Major Chinese Recaster

piracy recaster recast site forge worldA major recaster in China is closing up shop after being contacted by Games Workshop regarding their Warhammer…

The China Warhammer recaster known as CDR recently announced that they are:

“shutting down business for good and that a handful of people are buying all their master molds”.

A check of their website shows that it is indeed down, and from the looks of it not coming back.

Games Workshop Shuts Down a Major Recaster

Back in 2018, we saw a similar scene as well:

So it appears after raising their prices on Forge World overnight by 20%, or more in some cases, Games Workshop may have started to go after Warhammer recaster companies located in China directly this holiday season.  A quick check of eBay appeared to turn up way fewer listings for “Forge World” than last week at this time. However, it is unknown if sellers have been similarly notified or if there is just a lull in listings.

This also isn’t the first time Games Workshop has gone after recasters in China or otherwise, and recently hired an “infringements assistant” or, in military terms, a targeter to help with the task:

“Would you like to assist in protecting Games Workshop from risk through removing infringing and counterfeit products, ensuring that our customers can continue to enjoy our products for years to come?

Reporting to our Senior Legal Counsel, you will be part of our Legal team which handles a wide range of legal matters which affect Games Workshop including infringements, trade mark and copyright protection, competitions, dispute resolution and litigation, to name but a few!

As Infringements Assistant, you will assist with all things relating to infringements. In this role, you will be monitoring websites and sales platforms to identify infringements and counterfeit products and then you will follow a structured process for removing those products, reducing counterfeit products available across all sales platforms and websites. You will create reports for the business to be discussed at monthly infringement meetings.

We are always keen to ensure continuous improvement of our processes, so you will be involved in researching and identifying new ways for Games Workshop to approach infringing and counterfeit product removal and implementing improvements to the infringements process.”

Recasts and piracy, in general, is suddenly on the rise across the hobby as a whole, as other manufacturers and independent artists are also starting to take a hit.

dark eldar

A movement has started to help raise awareness about the loss of income these folks have started to experience recently.

Don’t get confused. We aren’t saying you shouldn’t buy alternate versions of models that you can use in your tabletop games. We are saying to watch out for recasts of other artists’ personal work.

Recasting Isn’t Just For Forge World Anymore

Manufacturer SCALE 75 minis, have put their foot down and advocated an anti-piracy message into the hobby world.

Recasting Isn't Just For Forge World Anymore

New Privacy awareness image 

Lately all brands have seen how our creations are being reproduced illegally and without any scruples in a massive way.

There are many families, people and brands that struggle hard every day to bring you new and spectacular figures and products.

OUR EXISTENCE IS IN DANGER! It is not a matter of victimization or educating anyone, but it is about making all our followers understand that the illicit practices of the recasters are causing us to be little by little in danger of extinction if we continue to feed them.

Check out their full message on their Facebook page.

These artists work hard. From the beginning thought of a new model in their head to putting it on paper, and into real life. They are the backbone of the operation and have done this for years to create wonderful minis as well as a great line of paints.

Artists aren’t Making Enough to Survive

From Artist Raul Latorre:


 Yes, this is a business for me, my only job since 25 years, the way I have to pay my bills and keep doing what I love…

Let explain with the simple aim of making you understand it the true depth of your act. The figure in the picture (Nash) Sold 32 uni. during the month, more than 5 times the quantity that me (the creator, designer and fighter) sold the same month.

Recasters are selling multitudes of more models than the actual creator. Of course, cheaper things are always more attractive, but it comes back to the principle of “supporting your local business”.

These artists may not be local, but they are the ones putting all of their time and effort into bringing you these wonderful creations, only to be outdone by a random recaster.

What do you think of the latest Warhammer recaster to get shut down by Games Workshop ?

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About the Author: Rob Baer

Virginia Restless, Miniature Painter & Cat Dad. I blame LEGOs. There was something about those little-colored blocks that started it all... Twitter @catdaddymbg
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