My FLGS has a clean-cut strict 'Games Workshop MODELS only' policy. I was also told I couldn't use a GW model on the same base size as another model (Though in fairness, I looked it up and a Doombull is significantly taller than a Rhinox ). However, the store also has an "
" rule. If you don't have sufficient models for a game in the shop.. They give you them (Temporarily) for you to have a game, but you are not allowed to do this any more than once. This is for EVERYBODY. Me and my friend went into the shop. We're both 17, but he looks more like 19 (At 6'6) and I look more like 14 (At 5'7) and we've both been given around 2000 point armies in the past. We've seen the same happen for the younger members. The store is very kid-friendly, but normally things will try and be arranged so you get like all the under 14s on one table, young adults on another and then proper adults on another. The only exceptions to this rule are veterans night (You only have to be 10, according to the assistant manager, to attend.. But it starts at like 6pm, so the one time I went I was the youngest in the club). At veterans night, it was one of the best environments ever... I was probably lucky to get the more mature people, but they were happy to lend me a measuring tape (Which I didn't have) and didn't mind when I knocked their models over three or four times (I hadn't eaten in around 24 hours, so I was shaking like I had parkinsons) as I was very apologetic.. And only knocked over the same annoyingly placed plastic guardians from the top of a building right next to my troops. We compromised with rules (Which I must say, I'm getting better with) and there was no arguments over "NO! YOUR BLAST TEMPLATE DOESN'T TOUCH THE BASE" "YES IT DOES, THAT'S ANOTHER ENTIRE WOUND!!!". I like to promote this attitude in our school club.. We've even promoted scratch builds to some players (Orks), but iterated that they must be accurate representations. By the time we're done explaining how you need to model them, they're intimidated enough to cough up the £20-30 for the real thing.
As many have said in this post, we only have one side of the story. I would very much like to see this paper tank, hopefully scaled next to an actual land raider? Then maybe we could reach a little bit of an agreement on whether or not this was acceptable. Someone said earlier that they used a command barge box as a doomsday ark in a game. I would have been a little iffy on this, but probably wouldn't have any quarrels. I proxy stuff all the time in school when trying out new lists, as long as they've got the same bases and roughly the same size. I had four flayed ones pretending to be Immortals the other day, and my opponent (Who I believe is 13 with learning difficulties) was completely fine with it (And it was a bloody close game too! - Fun). Did the uncle of the boy ask in advance if it would be okay, or for that matter did the boy ask the GM? I can easily see a stressed out GM (Having to sort out a large game and such) getting quickly irritable with a stubborn child and snapping. It's no excuse.. But we can't presume that this guy is a complete asshole who instantly began raging at a child for the simple suggestion that he might be allowed to use a Land Raider made to near-perfect specifications, simply out of paper. Just my input.