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  1. Tbh, you can more or less guess the answer to all those questions just by looking into their business model (where are there stores located, sales % around the globe, etc...) and understanding how basic demographics work ( @Kyriakin gave a good hint). Add a little research such as reading their annual report. Heck, it's clearly state what donations they make (spoiler alert: none). On top of that, see what consequences might occur if JP Morgan or BlackRock saw the miniatures company using funds to make sociological studies instead of churning out even more money. Or make announcements that could could imply legal complications such as actively recruiting a specific type of person instead of the usual "recruits and employs staff regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religious, cultural and ethnic backgrounds or disabilities", etc... It's quite simple to understand.
  2. I wouldn't consider prices to be the reason that made me stop buying GW products, but it is a factor. A minor one probably. There are more minis/hobby/wargaming companies than ever (a true golden age) and it gets to a point that others are doing more interesting things than GW (imo, of course). So I'm more inclined in buying non-GW models simply because I prefer them way more. If they are cheaper (which is the case 99% of the time), well that's a sweet bonus. Same goes for gaming systems: I find other games to be more enjoyable and don't require constant book recycling (some of them are even in free-pdf format, great!). I guess my purchasing habits just evolved along my tastes, beyond what GW offers, which is no longer worth it for me. The price is more of an underlying annoyance that deters things even more but not a deal breaker by itself (I have other hobbies that are waaay more expensive...). However, I do draw the line of pricing for painting material. If I can get pots that cost less and have more quantity than Citadel products, yet have similar quality (or sometimes even better), no point in giving money to geedub in that department. Never liked brand loyalty for anything.
  3. Well, whfb always offered the possibility to go very high/low fantasy and anything in-between. Varied from games and editions but it was varied enough for everyone to accommodate their own individual vision of the Old World. You could go from extremes of super-magic everywhere (storm of magic) to quasi-historical battles (that old WD article that explained how to recreate low fantasy lists by leaving out wizards, magic items, monsters, etc...). I think it's safe to say that giving that liberty in a setting made it attractive and is still part of its great popularity. From what I've read/heard, I think the concern for some people with TOW is if it ends up being 8th cracked up to 11. Basically: massive emphasis on the super magical aspects. Obviously, I consider it too early to jump to conclusions but for now we have only seen magic-weapon-guards and war-bears. Rather high-fantasy ended, but this can be addressed by kossars/winged lancers for Kislev, for example. What I basically mean is that a lot of people would be happy if TOW retained that balance and flexibility the old whfb offered, and not push a particular direction within the fantasy-themed spectrum. m2c of course.
  4. I try to keep the pile of shame low, but there is always some. The consequences of switching between projects, I guess! For all the folks that are drowning in sprues and have rooms full of untouched boxes, if you don't have the will to control impulsive purchases, I'd recommend one simple thing: at least unsprue the minis. This step is really fast (don't bother in cleaning/removing mold lines for now) and get rid of the box and sprue. You save a lot of storage and psychologically, reducing 90% of the space it takes really helps to keep you motivated (it's no longer a mountain of boxes twice your size...). That's what I do. Unsprue and arrange in small bags until I get them done. A huge box with a load of sprues (pic1) suddenly becomes a "small" amount of plastic (1/5 of original size) that seems fairly reasonable to go through (pic2):
  5. Sooooo AoS28. I painted this SCE I had lying around to try out a paint scheme. Wanted something grim, testing some paints on the metal for a dark look. Would have preferred it to look MORE grimdark, but this will do.
  6. Those massive helmets could easily snap their neck. So goofy. The models vastly improve without the cow theme (below, from reddit/dakka).
  7. It's Specialist Studio. So most likely following the same formula as Middle Earth, Blood Bowl, Necromunda,... Plastic unit kits on GW site + resin characters on FW site. Also, Age Of The Three Emperors period seems more or less confirmed by this comment of the AoS FB Page: This article might give you a hint what time The Old World plays in *link to the previous article* Kislev was founded during this time.
  8. I'm ok with Kislev being back. Still have some good ol' kossars and winged lancers. This could be interesting if they concentrate on the uncharted/less common areas of the Old World: Kislev, Nippon, Cathai, Albion, Araby, etc... The art reminds me of Sisters of Avelorn. I could do without the magical ice bits, but let's see where it goes. No info about game format/scale yet, maybe something else on the weekend previews? Surely they must have at least decided by now.
  9. IDK are the new Dark Elves. Left alone in the dark whining about Teclis being a bad boi. Can't wait till Malekith shows up a teaches those pesky water elves who is the true master crybaby with daddy/mommy issues.
  10. Thank for the extra unofficial infos @RuneBrush. Im eager for more news, hopefully adepticon will show they already have some meat on the project. As for the scale or type of models, one can only guess the consequences. Its impossible to control what everyone wants and how they enjoy their toys. So a compatibility between TOW and AOS models can very well mean a cut on sales if someone decides to drop one in favour of the other. Similarly, it could also increase sales if that person sees value in using models accross multiple systems (it is my case ) and buys even more (ex: instead of just having 1 army for each separately, I might directly buy 3 armies knowing that I can use them regardless and have more value in variety and compatibility). So you never know! Plus, I suspect GW is just happy if you throw them your money, regardless of the game you play. I dont see them complaining about the huge amount of KoW or T9A players that use AoS/WHFB models, so this should be no different IF it is actually the same scale. Moreso, it might suck out players from those systems back into the GW-R&F world instead of looking at other companies. I'd be fine too if they went 6-10-15mm anyway, I might simply buy less stuff if it were the case.
  11. I'm a huge fan of the Malazan series. When AoS was released, the whole concept of mortals ascending into godhood or being able to be consummed or just killed (like during the ET) made me think of how similar it is to the way it works in the Malazan world. Particularly how the Pantheon in AoS are ex-mortal that retain much of their mortal characteristics (personal ambition, agendas, feelings, etc). So not immaterial/untouchable type of gods such as the Chaos Gods (created and maintained by belief and worship), but rather mortals that accumulated so much power that "ascended" (to use Malazan terminology) to a divine status. I like the concept of godhood not being linear and having both that kind of ominiscient/impossibly powerful immaterial/invisible gods and also more grounded/mortal types of gods. I could be cool if they expanded on these concepts, such as an azyrithe scribe discussing about the nature of godhood in the mortal realms or something like that (Γ  la liber chaotica?). Also making the regular gods such as Sigmar or the others vulnerable and subject to being replaced by others (again like in the Malan series). It makes the barrier between mortals and gods unclear (some mortal do possess poeers rivaling with gods after all), and the mortal realms seem to be a setting fitting this concept. As for god models, I have the impression we will only see a Teclis model for the elf release. A dual diorama with Tyrion would be cool, but Teclis always seemed more active often taking the battlefield around the Old World instead of chilling at home. Plus a model with 2 gods, one a beast in combat and the other being the most powerful wizard alive would be kind of OP in game .
  12. To answer your questions: They did the same for Slaves To Darkness back in 2018 (I think?). Along other STD merch such as a mug or tshirt (that was cool!). I wrote GW to see if they could at least make it available through online order to GW stores for us suckers far from WHW, but they said no. Exclusive WHW and limited run only. Thank you GW. If you cant find someone to get you a copy, there is FB group called "40k warhammer and general wargames trip loot sharing" that can maybe help you. I dont use FB but on Dakkadakka there is a guy who also contributes to the group (check the news thread about this topic there). I'd love to get the physical copies, as the books are amaaaazing but I cant be bothered with this exclusivity nonsense and seeking an unknown person just to grab a freaking book. I found digital copies since, and thats enough I guess.
  13. There was an interview with R. Priestley were he mentioned that plans for making massive changes to the old world since the end of 7th ed. And that he wrote about advancing the timeline with Karl Franz getting murdered and the Empire wrecked by a Nurgle invasion. Ironically, it was considered too extreme back then Those ideas were later recycled into Tamurkhan as an alternative series (also cancelled). So it is safe to assume that during 8th (2009-2010 onward) they were already working on big changes, whether it was an initial version of AoS or a 9th edition with heavy modifications. Or possibly the later first, and then getting scraped for the former somewhere along those 5 years.
  14. Yes, the Manfred point of view is interesting and clearly shows in how he refers to some of the characters... For some reason I thought the book would resemble more an old grimoire with crazy necromantic artwork and stuff (leaving out the gibberish!). Closer to a study on the undead, sort of like the creepy artwork found in the 6th ed VC (my favorite undead book): I should also pay more attention to new releases. The Genevieve series are indeed re-released! Still prefer an omnibus for convenience.... About TOW: Hoping we'll get a news schedule or something next time they mention it, with punctual updates every 5-6 months for example. I bet there will be further news at Adepticon since it is supposed to be the biggest and best preview ever (so certainly at least a little bit for every GW game?).
  15. I've recently read Liber Necris and loved it. A bit too short, could have been developed much more. But I liked how it delves into details not found in other sources, like the Vashanesh figure (even if at times, it contradicts previous fluff ). I now started Blood on the Reik, can't think of a better book to get into the Old World mood! Also got The Life of Sigmar on the waiting list. I think these purely background books publications by Black Library are their true gems, more than the novels. Fascinating stuff. Regarding novels, I'd love if they re-published Genevieve The Vampire just because an omnibus is so much more convenient than tracking down 4 out of print books. Maybe at some point in the Warhammer Horror line it could fit.
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