Toy soldiers have been my thing for a very long time.
Some of my fondest and earliest memories revolve around me sprawled out on a rug surrounded by plastic army men, tanks, sandbags and canons.
Not too much has changed really apart from not being sprawled out on a rug. These days my plastic army men are piled up in my locker, scattered across my work desk or displayed in my glass cabinets.
It’s a sickness people.
I know I’m not alone in this though which brings me a lot of comfort haha.
I’d say 90% of what I do, what I have is based on Games Workshop miniatures.
1. Easily accessible
2. Massive range
3. Plastic (good for conversions)
4. Amazing quality (especially on newer gear from the last few years).
In a lot of ways I am a creature of habit so therefore I know what to expect from GW. Yes they’re pricey but most quality miniatures are. Admittedly I find what I like/want on the GW website and then purchase via eBay because it’s often cheaper. However I love nothing more than going into the candy shop which is my local Games Workshop store having a chat with Matt the manager, who is a pretty cool dude actually, and spending too much money on plastic goodies.
Something GW does very well is marketing. They make me want to buy new things haha.
Now of course I have done many, many searches and purchases of other miniature gear and have found so many equally as cool items. Anvil Industry and Victoria Miniatures are a couple of my favourite miniature manufacturers. The range is nowhere near as big as GW’s of course but for unique conversions they serve me well.
As well as all the plastic miniature companies we also have the metal ones too. Wargames Foundry being one of the greats. In this day and age there are the endless Kickstarter projects as well along with people making/printing their own miniatures and parts etc.
Anyway I know I’m not telling you nutcases anything you don’t already know so let me get to my points/questions?
1. Are you loyal to any one miniature company or do you whore yourself… errrr I mean shop around?
2. Why do I often read/hear/sense a lot of annoyance, negativity or displeasure aimed at GW? – Note that I only came back to the hobby at the very end of 2014 so manybe I missed something. From what I’ve heard GW has got better in the last few years but feel free to enlighten me as to what they’d got wrong before.
I’ll be honest with you, I’m a die hard fan of GW and no other company has impressed me enough for me to jump ship. That being said I wish Forgeworld would open a shop here in Australia.
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