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AGPO last won the day on February 1 2018

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  1. This is pretty much my point. Every company screws up from time to time, it's how you respond to it that makes the difference. In my case it was a matter of fact that they didn't fulfil the order, and their records showed it. The basic polite thing to do in that situation is apologise, even if you can't do anything further, not act like the customer is the one in the wrong. They've not lost my custom because of a messed up order, they lost it because they responded like a**hats.
  2. Yeah, that's what really got me about it. A simple apology, maybe some small gesture would have resolved the situation easily. Everyone gets supply chain issues from time to time, it's how you communicate it and handle it that makes the difference. The fact they were instantly defensive and confrontational and wouldn't even apologise meant they've lost my business, that of my club and family. A few thousand euros a year spent with them gone over bad attitude.
  3. I know GW has come in for lot of flack recently, but one thing I've never had any issue with them for is after sales service. A couple of times in the past 20+ years I've had mispacked or mispacked minis from GW, and it's taken seconds to resolve, with them normally going above and beyond. In the past I've had a whole new kit shipped out just for one missing part. Unfortunately this doesn't always seem to stretch to the 3rd party sellers mny of us use for discounts. I recently I had to get in touch with Dark Sphere regarding the contrast paints I pre-order for a birthday gift. Half the order was shipped almost a month late, with two paints never arriving at all. When I contacted Dark Sphere the customer service attitude couldn't have been more different. They were confrontational and just complained about It being GW without lifting a finger to resolve the situation. Turned out they'd cancelled my order without informing me. They couldn't even muster a basic apology. As a result I'll not buying from them again. I'll suck up the price difference and order direct from GW. Any one have any good/bad experiences with GW or other online sellers?
  4. Out of curiosity which primers did you use for your zenithal prime? I've found mechanicus - grey seer works for darker colours but falls down on some of the warmer and paler paints. Planning on trying Zandri-wraithbone soon, but it'd be great to get your input since your results are great!
  5. Given the community has said this about every price increase for at least the last 20+ years, I doubt it'll have much effect. Warhammer is an expensive luxury good, if we don't want to buy more of it we all have existing armies we can play with. I've never seen the oft-predicted mass exodus after a price rise.
  6. Okay, vacation is over and I'm back at my painting desk. With contrast out, I'm going to try and break the back of my backlog in a single month. I'm waiting to pick up all the Contrast Paints when back in the UK (It's about 100€ cheaper with discount retailers and the shoddy exchange rate) so the first half of the month will be assembly and zenithal priming, with a production line of backlog minis to follow: This month I pledge: 80 clanrats 40 grot stabbers 40 freeguild guard (Perry miniatures) 10 daemonettes 5 assorted test minis. 8 Scuttlings 7 Stormcast 1 griffhound 1 daemon prince 5 hellstriders 3 character minis 40 Saurus Warriors 50 Skinks 10 Ungors Tl;dr: That should take me to 300 battle ready minis this month. Time to see if contrast is worth the hype in terms of speed painting. I thought 4 bloodthirsters in a month was bad.
  7. So I didn't get round to making a pledge this month, since I was away on holiday for a month, but I do need to post the (almost) finished minis from last month's pledge. 4 bloodthirsters and Scyla. I'm waiting to do the flames until I get my hands on Contrast paints, which look amazing for wet blending.
  8. I love this basing scheme! How did you achieve it?
  9. As @ManlyMuppet88 says, spruce composition is one factor, achieving dynamic poses whilst minimising mould lines are others. That last point is huge when comparing the newer models to the older ones. I put together some seraphon recently and the mould lines were horrific.
  10. The edge paints are re-formulated versions of the dry paint colours. People were thinning the edge colours to use as layers anyway so GW decided to just give the people what they want.
  11. Short answer - I work with refugees. My best friend and gaming buddy works in paediatric intensive care. Perspective is a wonderful thing when it comes to almost all frustrations in life. Long answer - when I'm playing with the right people, the way the game goes doesn't matter because the principle thing I'm getting is time with these great people who share my hobby and passions. I enjoy being around them and gaming is a great vehicle for that. Win or lose ive got what I came for, which is fun. On the other hand, if I'm spending my hard earned free time playing That Guy, those little gaming frustrations are gonna bubble up because you're already frustrated by the social side of things. This applies regardless of your style of play. Some of the best people I've met in the hobby are hyper competitive players who I thoroughly enjoyed playing even as they tabled me in two turns flat. Likewise as an avowed narrative player, we have more than our fair share of That Guy in the narrative scene. Find the right people to play with and those frustrations disappear.
  12. Scyla is done, just haven't posted him yet.
  13. Bloodthirsters are almost there. One more needs wings finishing then it's just a matter of highlighting weapons, armour and the wee details.
  14. If it were me it would depend on how much painting time you're going to have over the next 2-6 weeks. If it's going to be enough to make a decent dent in your collection then maybe make a start? You could always on those minis or sections of minis that you wouldn't use contrast on anyway, like centrepiece minis or metallics. It'd also depend on the army. I've painted huge numbers of zombies and Nurgle minis by giving them a Corax White spray and two coats of Athonian Camoshade. Some armies can do very well with just washes. On the other hand if you're working on Witch Aelves I'd definitely wait on these.
  15. @dekay is 100% on point with this. Synergy is vital in a game like AoS, and the number of possible combinations is almost infinite, especially since you not only have to manage internal balance within your own army, but external balance against every army you could possibly take. There's a famous legend about the inventor of chess being offered a reward by their ruler. They took the chessboard and asked for a grain of rice on the first square, two grains on the second square, double that for the third, double that for the fourth and so on. The emperor agreed only to be told that this was more grains of rice than currently existed in his empire. That's what you're facing. That's without taking into account that a big part of the hobby for competitive players is list writing, which is about trying to make the game unbalanced and giving yourself an edge going in. You're never going to get a vibrant, actively expanding game that's 100% balanced when a large part of your player base is dedicated to rowing in the opposite direction. The best balancing mechanic you could introduce would be to limit the game to only use certain pre-made armies. That's going to be deeply unpopular with a hellva lot of players. The number one issue affecting game balance though is always going to be the existence of competitive, casual and narrative play alongside each other. Competitive players will always try to break whatever balancing mechanic you can come up with to get an edge. Narrative players want lots of cool options to keep things fresh and casuals just want a system that's simple, easy to pick up and means they can show up with their collection and not be stomped into the ground by an optimised list. You can't please all of those groups at the same time. You could try and limit the options and update all points every time there's any new release or shift in the meta, but that's going to eat up tons of resources. It'll also p*** off any narrative player waiting on updates or wanting expansions, as well as casuals who need to get new rules set and write a new list every time they want a pick up game. Thankfully, there's a neat solution - talk to your opponent. If you both go into a tournament setting knowing that trying to build a better army than your opponent is part of the game, great! You're all picking from the same books after all. If your casual or narrative games are always one sided because of a certain combination, maybe speak about leaving that at home. If you're playing someone scraping together their first 1.5k points from the starter set and minis they thought were cool, don't bring a fully optimised list. This game didn't have any points for the first year and a bit and it worked just fine. tl;dr - the best balancing mechanic in this or any game is an adult conversation between you and whoever you're playing with.
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