This week we are celebrating the 25th anniversary of 40k with a huge announcement of missing models the community has wanted for the past 2 years. There is a ton of excitement over this release and GW has done an amazing job with this. It really is the biggest news piece we have for 2012 thus far.

Presence of Faeit is my weekly editorial. I generally report during the week what is going on, and today is my day to comment on what exactly it is that I am thinking of.

Does GamesWorkshop Listen?
One thing that is quite accepted in the community (well, mostly the whinny forum community), is that Games Workshop turns a deaf ear to its customers. That they really do not care to listen to them, and that they are going to do what they want to, regardless of what the world wide hobby thinks.

Take this scenario. (especially you parents). You have a whinny kid, throwing tantrums, crying and whinning. Sometimes there is nothing you can do to break through to that kid, so you tune out. You might hear the basics, but beyond the reason they are upset, you tune out the rest. (This is for sanity for you non-parents, just wait).

Our internet community at large is like this kid. In fact it is exactly like this kid. Whinning and complaining about anything that does not go their way. Would you listen to them?

Of course you would... However, you would also tune out 90% of the whinning that our hobby likes to throw out.

I believe that Games Workshop does indeed listen to its customer base, and this last release is a clear indication of that. They know the community was upset that this release was not done some time ago. We need to start acting like adults, and not 3-5 year olds. I know this is not going to happen, but its my two cents.

Tervigons and Thunderwolves
What an amazing release we have on our hands. The models are incredible. So much that I am considering starting a tyranid army. I sat down with the codex and pondered what I would want, and what I would like to play. Of course, I would want Tervigons. They really are just that cool.

I am glad they did a Thunderwolves model finally. We have needed one for all the Spacewolf players out there. It is a strong codex that many people love, so giving the space wolves their bone, is an excellent idea.

Of course, now that the models are here, I expect to see them on the tabletop almost immediately. The entire release was so much more than we expected, it was a nice surprise.

I was able to get my first game in with the terrain I built, and it worked out amazingly. There was just enough area terrain and line of sight blocking that the game was very interesting. I did manage to snap a tree out of its base though. I am sometimes very rough with terrain, and overall it held up great.

What happened was this. I was putting my head down for line of sight, and smacked myself in the side of the head with a very obvious tree in the side of the face. Easily fixed though, and because of the incident, I am reinforcing all the trees bases with low heat hot glue.

Overall though a great experience with the my first terrain set built in the last decade. It was durable enough for everything but the full weight of my head. It looked great on the table, and worked well within the rules.

Grey Knights
Since last speaking about them, I have gotten in several more games with my Grey Knights. My love of Purifiers will not go away. They are expensive, and probably one of my favorite units out there now. They perform wonderfully.

Now to my inquisition units. My Psykers of course ( I have been fielding a unit of 8) lost their heads the very first round again. Now I dont know what kind of evil forces are at work here, but its been very consistent that I am getting perils the first time I use them. The odds say that someday I will be able to use this new unit, however, experience lately has dictated that I will rarely if ever have them survive their first attempt at using a psychic power. I will keep trying though.

Another thing I am loving, is techmarines. Armed with a Nemesis Force Staff and some grenades, I am loving these guys. Perhaps even a little too much, because I just might need to get me a second one.


  1. Have to agree with you comments about GW. I am a little glad a little that they just get on with what they are good at, and those tyrannids are da bomb baby! The tyrannofex is just awesome.

  2. Models like those just prove who produces the best stuff in the business in my opinion!

  3. Ya but GW is sometimes like the parent who keeps asking you for money to bail him out :P and steals from yor piggy bank

  4. Clientside quality is represented by two factors:
    -efficiency of the product (composite attribute in this case: beauty of the model, difficulty of assembling it, difficulty of transporting it, availability of alternatives, efficiency on the gaming table (sadly that is considered too, very sadly since it's extremely like a 5 year old kid considers his toys)).
    -cost of the product.

    Note that while everything else is part of the efficiency cost trumps the other aspects of the product. Because if you don't have the money you don't buy. Sooner or later this will harm GW terribly. Just like the two years of wait created a lot of low-cost alternatives, thus decreasing the efficiency of otherwise very nice products. That's why I say that GW is stupid. I don't care at all about Tervigons or the wolfkin marines. I'd like to get my night scythes out for the Necrons, but I guess I'll have to wait. And maybe keeping an eye open for another vendor.

  5. GW finally releasing these models has nothing to do with listening to the community. It was due to legal advice from their IP lawyers.

    Glad as I am that they are here, if GW hadnt dragged their ass to the finish line on releasing these models in the first place the chapter house issue would not have happened. 3rd party companies have been making after market parts for GW kits for years. Their lack of industry awareness put themselves in a position to be taken advantage of.

    Please dont start implying that GW have been benevolent 'parents' simply enduring their whiny kids tantrums. They are a listed company with little understanding of their market, and a history of ignoring honest customer feedback. We the players might not be able to change anything, but dont insult people by comparing our voluntary market research to whining children.

    -100 cred points.

    1. There was no mention of 'benevolent' parents. Nor do I understand what voluntary market research you are referring to.

  6. For me the big issue is that there is no treatment of the fans as adults from GW. No official explanation, press release, or other statement about the delay.

  7. ahh natfka, you hit it on the head there matey, well said sir. I could not agree more.

  8. cant really blame games workshop the british economy is in the shits. right now customer opinion is the least of their worries. i will say that they are ignorant about their position though. they recon they are so far ahead of their competitors they can do whatever they want but sooner or later GW players will be sick of their price raising and downsizing of kits

  9. Unfortunately, of course the player base is viewed as a whiney kid by GW as such a large proportion of them are kids / young teenagers (under 16).

    I went into warhammer world on lenton lane to see the commotion over the 25th anniversary of 40k. Maybe, 10am on a saturday morning. I would be willing to say that about 50% of the people there were under 16, nearly all of them running around in an overexcited state. Maybe another 25% of those people there were those young gamers parents.

    Within 20 minutes I had seen 2 kids throw loud tantrums for one reason or another, and a few others rolling around on the floor of the hall of miniatures forcing others to step over them. Its this behaviour that they take home and go on the internet with, essentially making most requests, suggestions and rational discussions null, void and ignored by GW.

    It reminds me of turning down a job in one of their stores, as the manager wasnt interested in hiring someone for a job in a retail hobby store, he was more interested in having someone who would fit the role of child minder for when parents would essentially "dump" their kids at GW for a day unsupervised.

    Now I am not saying that all of those young gamers were immature, I saw some being very sensible and mindful of those around them, those are the ones I imagine who contribute to the community in a proper manner, but unfortunately they are so heavily outweighed by the ones who would rather roll around on the floor kicking and screaming until they get their way.

    1. Turns out that comment was quite long actually :)

  10. My parents have a saying:

    "I want never gets."
    Meaning you have to ask calmly and nicely.

    I have my own saying:

    "Life's full of disappointments; get used to it."
    Meaning you shouldn't complain about that which you cannot control.


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