Sunday, 19 July 2015

My non-rage quit email to GW CEO

Below is my email to Kevin Rountree CEO of GW.

It was quite cathartic to write and send.  I doubt I will get a reply but I did manage to get a couple of references to the mighty chaos dwarfs in.

Dear sir

First let me introduce myself, my name is Hayden and I have been playing GW games since 1989.  This email may be unlike many you have received recently with your decision to end Warhammer Fantasy Battles (WFB) and introduce the Age of sigmar, in that I wish to thank you and all the GW staff for your efforts over the last two and a half decades of enjoyment your games have provided me.

However, like in many relationships I think it is time we had a break.  This is not a rage quit but as I have said above it is to say thank you as I now realise I was part of the decision making that led to end of my beloved WFB.  The last new miniatures I purchased were the spectacular chaos dwarf war machines from warhammer forge.  It is my love of chaos dwarfs and my existing nine (yes nine) WFB armies that I did not continue to purchase new miniatures apart from the aforementioned chaos dwarf war machines, and instead searched second hand forums and eBay for other classic relics of the 90s and early 2000s for my collections.

I am not alone it would appear the reluctance of many in the WFB community to continue to purchase and replace their miniature collection that instead of a slow and painful death of a thousand cuts, death came quick for WFB through the end times books.  This is understandable, GW is not a co-op but a company with share holders to answer to.  I have accepted this reality and in fact after I remove the emotion of my investment in the old world, it does make perfect sense to reboot a game in an attempt to gain a new fan base who it is assumed will be more prepared to enter the game as it will involve less miniatures with less complicated rules.

I however, have decided to take a break and will not be purchasing or even downloading this game at this time.  Perhaps in the future I may but as I have come to realise my actions contributed to WFB's death I will focus on finishing collecting, modelling and painting my big hat era chaos dwarf army.  I waited over ten years for the tamurkhan book for an official chaos dwarf army list so I am sure I have the patience to survive a break.  I hope you can too.

So finally after 20 odd years, countless games with friends of WFB, the high and lows of tournament games, unfair prices for Australian and New Zealand customers, fine cast and now finally the age of sigmar it is time for me to take a deep breath away from active GW participation. 

I wish you and all GW staff the best for the age of sigmar and perhaps we all may be pleasantly surprised that the WFB community will keep 8th edition alive as it truly was the best version of the game I have ever played.

Feel free to write me back as I hope you find this email from one middle aged WFB fan in Australia worthy of your time.

Best regards

Thursday, 9 July 2015

Photos from recent WFB game

A few weeks ago me and a couple of bros had a team game.  2000 points each.

I took the mighty chaos dwarfs:
Sorcerer-Prophet (420pts)  Armour of Bazherak the Cruel, Blood of Hashut , BRB - Talisman of Preservation, Level 4 Wizard, Lore of Hashut, Pistol

Hobgoblin Khan (80pts) Potion of Toughness, Giant Wolf , Light Armour , Shield , Spear 

Hobgoblin Khan (64pts)  Potion of Strength, Light Armour , Shield  

Infernal Castellan (207pts) The Mask of the Furnace, Battle Standard Bearer , BRB - Ironcurse Icon, Great weapon, Shield
40 Hobgoblin Cutthroats (232pts) [Musician, Standard Bearer, Bow, Shields

22 Infernal Guard (331pts) Deathmask, Musician, Standard Bearer War Banner 

Iron Deamon War Engine (340pts) [Hellbound, Skullcracker] 

Hellcannon (210pts) 
7 Hobgoblin Wolf Raiders (116pts) Musician , Standard Bearer, Wolf Boss] Spears 

My bro Simon was rocking a fully mobile beastmen army:

2 x Minotaur lords.   One on magic carpet and one with 1+ rerollable armour save who gains an extra attack for each successful save.
8 x chariots, 1 with BSB
2 units of 2 razorgor
2 units of scouting harpies. 
Lvl 2 wizard on foot. (Dispel scroll)

Our armies were kind of opposite but we up against a mobile empire and ogres with a couple of stone horns, mournfang and a couple of ogre blocks.

The chaos dwarfs and a couple of chariots ready to roll - well the chariots and the iron daemon anyway.

Hobgoblins get some brown pants when they see the size of he inner circle knights in front of them.
The beast chariots start their engines in the target rich environment of mournfang, demigriffs and bulls.
Hobgoblin wolf raiders prepare to control the extreme right flank.
And promptly fail their animosity test and flee of the board- at least they look good
The hobgoblins go long range on the stone horn who is already wounded thanks to the hell cannon needing 6s to wound.
The stone horn dies to the hobgoblin horde bow fire
The iron daemon smashes into the empire bowmen leaving a bloody mess
Later on the iron daemon crashes into the knight bus who held but the next turn saw the hobgoblins rear charge the knigts who flee from the combat.
Overall we had a blast with the slow moving chaos dwarfs letting the beatmen chariots charge and soften up the empire and ogre.
True to the dawi zharr way the beasts were slaughtered before we moved in for the kill. 
A fantastic game with a great bunch of bros.

Selling space dwarf squat and imperial guard rogue trader collection

Pics and list is available here: ... ?tid=15879

Please pm me if you are interested either here or on CDO.

I want the whole lot gone so all reasonable offers considered.