Nobody is claiming GW invented Scifi, far from it, but GW did invent warhammer and 40k, face up to the fact mantic are unlikely just to pump out a "scifi wargame", they will and many others have since 1987 have tried desperately to emulate 40k, not emulate scifi,not emulate star wars/buck rogers/Geiger or Arthur c clarke in a war game, mantic will release a 40k "clone" thats clear from the choice of races alleged from the reports floating around, space dwarves is jumping on the band wagon so much the bearded little buggers are driving the wagon.
Also back in 87 didnt GW produce a scifi wargame based on "fantasy" archetypes? such as space elves and dwarves etc? and im fairly certain they were the first to do that and even if they were not the first people to do that, they were the only one that was successful, and they have been successful with that format to the point were mantic are now jumping on the band wagon.
But again, if every single sci fi game is disparaged as 'emulating 40k' then its no wonder we are in the mess we currently inhabit, as customers we deserve it.
Being of the same type of game shouldnt be a negative, take videogames, if everything post doom was disparaged for being a fps clone, how many truly fantastic games would have been missed in the last 20 years?
GW dont own the hobby, nor did they create it.
Someone releasing a sci fi wargame should be something anyone who enjoys the hobby itself welcomes, not pours negativity over, because the only way the hobby is going to gain is through expansion of choice.
GW have shown they cannot grow the hobby further, their actual customer base is shrinking, their financials show it, thus the endless critcicsm of anything new is just hurting the hobby as a whole.
If ONE person starts miniature wargaming because of Mantic, thats a good thing, and I despair if people cannot see that.
Its a social hobby that relies on others to enjoy, more people is better, and I for one couldnt give a toss how they get into the hobby.
Its ironic you use space dwarfs an example of why this game is going to be a copy of 40K.
I hope you dont need an explanation as to why.
Me? I've never even seen a mantic mini outside of the pictures on beastsofwar, I think they are variable in quality, but they seem to improve with each release, and offer decent value for money.
The 'resin is so much cheaper we are doubling the number of minis for the same price' schtick is pretty much marketing genius at this time, and people , even staunch GW supporters, should be applauding it.
Anything that puts pressure on GW to stop treating customers with contempt is good for everyone.
Now, I havent seen the rules, so I dont know how this game will play, I'd much rather see a game similar to 40K second edition in terms of game size and scope than a copy of current 40k, and reality is I probably will never buy a mantic product in my life, but I welcome the fact people are putting money into the hobby I enjoy , because I'll benefit indirectly at some point.