Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Alston, Cumbria
It's all very subjective, but I'll make the following points:
- You criticise the old WD more than once for the models contained within it. The advances in sculpting, molding, casting and CAD have nothing to do with the quality of WD. Barely anyone complains about how new models are worse than old models, because the new models are simply better. More dynamic, more parts, more 3D, more detail. However this has nothing to do with the monthly magazine.
- Scenery. You call it crap, but don't give any reasons why. Some of us preferred using buildings like the Firebase that were impossible to knock over, had surfaces that you could fit an exact number of models on with no risk of falling, became flatpacked when you put them away, were impossible to stab yourself on because they had no spikes lining the tops, didn't break when you dropped them, completely blocked line of sight (as opposed to CoD stuff which is full of windows) and could be repaired on the spot with sellotape instead of glue. There is a lot to recommend them which you just ignore.
- You didn't mention that you used to get vouchers in WD such as "Buy three blisters, get the cheapest free" or "Buy one, get one free on plastic box sets". When was the last time a WD gave you money off something?
- You don't look at the ratio of pages within the issue. 46 pages out of a 150 page magazine is 33% of the entire thing spent entirely on pictures of new models which you can easily see in store for yourself. As compared to 6 out of 100 pages, which is... 6%. Even if you add in a dozen pages at the back with catalogue pieces in (which you don't mention as a plus, the ability to order specific parts of models was much mourned when it went away) you only get ~20%.
- In your price comparison, you compare a plastic box to metal blisters, which is misleading at best, idiotic at worst. Try comparing them to the very first plastic Chaos Warriors box, which retailed at, what, 16 models for £12? 80p per model?
- You don't cover the fact that WD used to give you great ideas about how to use everyday items and bits from all over to make cool models and scenery. They showed you how to make stuff from pipe cleaners or giant pieces of foam. Anyone else remember that 16-storey Necromunda board? Or the Chaos Marines with long necked lizard heads by Andy Chambers? Now it's "Buy this GW product to change this other GW product, to get a slightly different looking GW product".
Like you say, the new WD does have some good things to recommend it, and the old one did have problems. However your writeup makes me question as to whether you actually were a long term player during the 90s, or if you're looking back without having experienced it. That's how it reads to me, but like I said, all subjective.
90% of people think they are above average.
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Last edited by Sethis; 01-27-13 at 05:31 PM.