What's wrong with the unhelmeted faces? I quite like them.
Honestly, if GW allows a range to lay dead for as many years as SoB have, I see no reason why someone else shouldn't pick it up and make models if there is a demand. Of course GW's legal team doesn't see it that way.
So is Russia like China in that it's a giant copyright black hole or something? I mean, I suppose the stereotype held in the US is that laws in Russia are rather more fluid than here, but it can't be that bad. This is rather blatant IP infringement.
Weird that this should be my first post back after nearly three years, but with Russia under sanctions from the west, they would likely do all they can to infringe on western ip. And the comment about GW pretty much forfeiting any claim the range is pretty valid. Not like they have done anything at all to maintain it. GW might try and fight it, but I am pretty sure they will fail. The Sister superior does have an unappealing face, but it might paint up ok. The trooper with the bolter up looks ok though.
I disagree with your sentiment. The idea that they would actively and deliberately try and infringe on as many copyrights as possible purely in order to get back at the West for sanctions is a little far fetched.
They have their own counter sanctions against EU food produce which is doing well enough (it cost the EU 9 billion Euros in lost revenue last year).
The truth is less exciting than your suggestion. They simply just don't care.
But actually, now that I think about it, they have been chasing down websites which illegally stream films. They have always been quick to take them down if they had been streaming films under Russian copyright, but more recently they've also been issuing take down orders to streams of films owned by Sony, 20CFox and the other main companies. So they do often act in favour of non-Russian companies when they feel there is a strong case.
Anyway, some little model company copying models from a bigger model company is really not an issue they really care about. It has nothing to do with a nefarious plot to bring down the West by copying their Warhammer 40k models.
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