Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Death of GW Australia

Or how I found new game systems.

In a rather sudden move, GW has locked down it's regions and is preventing independent retailers from selling GW products outside of their regions.  What does this mean for me?  Well GW Australian RRP is currently running at almost 100% markup vs the UK or US RRP's.  Why is this so? Well GW hasn't bothered to pay any attention to Australia and NZ, and kept on hiking up our prices along with everyone elses despite our stronger dollar.  This was okay since we just went and bought our goods overseas for a reasonable price.  This avenue is now closed to us, so I either have to stuff around with mail forwarders, or stop buying from GW.  I'm leaning toward the later as I just can't be f#@ked dealing with GW's crap anymore.

My gut reaction is to start selling off some of my armies to fund purchases into new gaming systems, so what should I invest in?  I'm looking for something to replace my current Warhammer 40k addiction so it will need to be a bit bigger than your average skirmish game.  Any suggestions?


Monday, 9 May 2011

Inducted Guard Platoon WIP

I'm trying to get my I platoon which have languished in their base coated state for about two years now, up to scratch.  I need to get them to at least the same kind of level as my sisters which is painted to at least three colours with shading/highlighting, etc.  I've touched up some of the base coats and have all 25 of them washed with devlan mud, ready for the highlight/dry brush of skull white.

Thankfully I have Thursday off due to working the public holiday on May Day so I should have them smashed out for Quartermaster 2 this coming weekend and hopefully a few other bits and bobs done.  I also have a university assignment due on Friday that is calling my name so we shall see how it all goes.

In other news, I managed to get my arse handed to me by a local player at the club the other weekend.  I went down hard to his Blood Angels and was wiped off the board by about turn 6.  I made one tactical mistake bunching up several units that let him pull off a multi charge with his Death Company and also made the error of not discussing the terrain properly before the match.  This second mistake led to my guard platoon going down due to not being in cover.  It was a good game and Nick is a great opponent, so I shall look forward to further thrashings in the future.