Games Workshop has gone crazy digitally. I tend to miss a lot of these small digital releases, and every so often spend a little bit of time digging through all the ones I missed, like the Librarians and Volcano Cannons.

The latest is Index Astartes: Tactical Dreadnought Armour, and Munitorum: Quake Cannon.

Here is a link to find out what you may have missed.
http://www.blacklibrary.com/games-workshop-digital-editions



14 Comments:

  1. $2.49 to download a wallpaper?

    What the Hell are they thinking? I mean these maybe nice pieces of artwork they had payed money to have done but to offer this for money when everyone else gives these out for free since 1998 is nuts.

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    1. Honestly as someone who has several professional artist in his family this irks me bad. Commisioned pieces like these have simple contracts where the artist is payed once and then signs over legal rights to the art work. There are no backend royalty deals so any money made will go to the party that commisioned it. GW most likely has it built into the contracts that prohibits the artist from distributing the work themselves.

      So they take a piece of work that they make money off of by selling the books, it is part of the profit, and turn around and try and sell a digital copy of it on the web? Physical copies I can see but digital copies are an insult to the artist and community.

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    2. A piece of art I like in different sizes from large to small that covers my iPhone to my TV for $2.49 isn't bad in my opinion. Especially when the images can't be found online.

      Honestly, couldn't care less if the artist doesn't see profit. He does the art, sells it, gets a commission. Find a new profession or build a name up if that's not good enough.

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    3. That's life!
      I'm engineer. I will never see a royalty from all the things my company sells. Worse, if i invent something, it is automatically the property of my company.

      So what? Get over it. The artist got paid when he delivered the picture. It's a fair deal.

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  2. Yeah GW is selling info you can get on a wiki, I don't really get the market, I wish they would publish NEW artifacts though. Maybe 1-2 new daemon weapons, restoring some of what we lost in the transition to 6th? Some new SM weapons maybe? But not articles describing terminator armor.

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    1. Moar money for the money god!

      On the topic.
      Well, GW was always greedy, but with those digital things GW turned to ultimate money hungry monster of greed.
      5 euros for some text that is free in teh internets? Hell no!

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    2. And nobody forces you to buy them. They're offered digitally because digital is free to host. Some people will buy them, in which case; cool! If not, no real loss.

      People need to stop whining about things that don't affect them in the least.

      It's like if the males on the forums all started bitching about the price of Tampons increasing, because "Guys, what if I wanted to buy Tampons!? I don't need them but damn Kotex, that's just evil money hungry business ethics right there!".

      "teh internets" part of our warhammer hobby as a collective needs to grow the hell up.

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    3. Brilliantly said my friend. I was even considering writing a post about these whiners on my own blog. It seriously has to stop!

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  3. I love how people are blasting GW for charging money for these. Guess what? You don't have to buy it... Crazy, right? And if it's found free elsewhere, then go get it there and stop letting this bother you.

    As to contracts: they can't force an artists into anything. Said artist can just decide to take their business anywhere if it smells funny to them.

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    1. I agree 100% about how people shouldn't be dumb enough to buy the information tidbits that can be found for free elsewhere but the artist thing I'm so so on.

      I agree calling GW greedy is just daft, the financials have just come out and GW are still throwing everything they have at just treading water. Plus greed is technically an attribute of an individual. To say a corporation's greedy is like saying water's wet so trying to call GW out like they're some unethical minority is frankly a little ridiculous.

      But when there's loads of aspiring artists at any one time and only so many opportunities, GW knows they've pretty much got creatives by the short and curlies. Not giving artists royalties is pretty low overall and a lot of the time, artists can't be too fussy about the work they take on. It's just good policy to encourage retention of exceptional artists by paying them royalties but knowing how GW treat those who work in their stores ("we can replace you at any time") I'm really not that surprised.

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    2. McD the point is not that we should be suprised GW is a Greedy corperation, that is a given, it is the fact that theg are trying to sell an unsellable product that has already been sold once. (The art work on the cover is to be considered sold when the book sells.) So they are trying to double dip on a product they already sold that not me nor you nor anyone else on the forum is going to buy it becuase the concept is bad bussiness.

      It is an unsellable product trying to be sold for an unintended prupose.

      So while I can see what you are saying to me, trust me not I or anyone not clinically insane is going to buy this, but just the blantant bad idea to offer this is a mistake. Serriously it is like trying to sell air conditioning to those living in Alaska in the winter at a premium price. What's the point? Instead of trying to sell a product they already used hire the artists to do original works. That would be worth the $2.45.

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    3. @ Calistarius - I don't know what financials you read, but a 25% increase in profits is hardly a sinking ship where I am from. Sales were essentially stagnant due to the large price increases that caused those gains.

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    4. I am also going to mention I have no issue with the increase of cost for the new Codexes and Core book. I am happy to pay that price for the great quality they put into the covers and great art work and look of the new books. Does all that art in full color need to be in there, no, but its great to have it there. I just would like to see more new work released and not rehashed items, even for the digital section. What about short stories, new rules for new weapons (friendly games of course) or new scenarios. Not just items ripped out of a Codex that was nothing more than a copy and paste.

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  4. So there is no new info in these mini books about equipment? Is it just a collection of stuff from other fluff.

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