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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian07 Jul 2012 4:14 p.m. PST

In your opinion, what's the best action Games Workshop has ever taken?

Mako1107 Jul 2012 4:25 p.m. PST

Switching to Finecast (aka Failcast).

Maddaz11107 Jul 2012 4:31 p.m. PST

Stocking D & D and AH games.

Chocolate Fezian07 Jul 2012 4:34 p.m. PST

Jez Goodwin's figures

Wellspring07 Jul 2012 4:59 p.m. PST


Don Manser07 Jul 2012 5:03 p.m. PST

Their business model. Many may not like it, but it certainly works.

leidang07 Jul 2012 5:08 p.m. PST


darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2012 5:22 p.m. PST

As leidang said, the first Space Marine box + Rogue Trader. That got me into miniatures wargaming.

Wolfshanza07 Jul 2012 5:38 p.m. PST

Yeah, that set opened up a black hole that sucked 4 digit numbers outta' my wallet ! evil grin

MarkRyan07 Jul 2012 5:39 p.m. PST

Space Hulk

Splintered Light Miniatures Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jul 2012 5:54 p.m. PST

Warmaster. Very fun game.

Uesugi Kenshin Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2012 6:04 p.m. PST

Not sure if they are the ones that released Rogue Trader. If not, Space Hulk.

Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jul 2012 6:18 p.m. PST

Original Space marine game

Toy Soldier Green07 Jul 2012 6:24 p.m. PST

Warmaster and Mordheim

Dr Mathias Fezian07 Jul 2012 6:34 p.m. PST

Necromunda. That game was a lot of fun, and a jump off point for many other cool skirmish games by GW and other companies.

WeeSparky07 Jul 2012 7:27 p.m. PST

Plastic regiment boxes.

CorpCommander07 Jul 2012 8:15 p.m. PST

Toss up between Space Hulk and RTB01.

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP07 Jul 2012 8:39 p.m. PST

The LotR stuff.

For the most part the sculpts were beautifully done and the line was thorough. This was all backed up by sets or rules that were well thought out, physically attractive, and playable by just about anybody.

FoxtrotPapaRomeo07 Jul 2012 8:40 p.m. PST

The original beaky space marines and most things Eldar and Tau.

Personal logo Dentatus Sponsoring Member of TMP Fezian07 Jul 2012 8:47 p.m. PST

Space Hulk and Necromunda for me.

Tacitus07 Jul 2012 9:52 p.m. PST

LotR and tons and tons of pictures of wonderfully painted minis, complete with effective tips on how to improve one's own painting skills.

yorkie o107 Jul 2012 10:03 p.m. PST

The original space marine game, followed by space hulk and WH40k Rouge trader….. But then…warmaster is good….but so is Necromunda….hmmm


Calico Bill07 Jul 2012 10:58 p.m. PST

Epic Armageddon.

bsrlee07 Jul 2012 11:33 p.m. PST

Continually increasing their prices while lowering the quality of their product (just like their cousin like Foundry).

It has provided so much opportunity for other manufacturers to make a living in the field, all the fluff & glitz is effectively free advertising for the hobby in general.

Twilight Samurai08 Jul 2012 12:01 a.m. PST

Creating 'The Hobby'.
Where would we all be without them?

Frothers Did It And Ran Away08 Jul 2012 1:42 a.m. PST

Bleached Bone.

Personal logo martinjpayne Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2012 1:53 a.m. PST

Paint & tools.

Muncehead08 Jul 2012 2:01 a.m. PST

Opening their shop in Hammersmith (back in the day….) – their stock of all things wargaming got me engrossed in this hobby.

Personal logo x42brown Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2012 2:31 a.m. PST

I liked their games day when it was at the Horticultural Halls.


Patrick R08 Jul 2012 3:05 a.m. PST

For GW, it can only be Warhammer, not sure if it was that good for the rest of the world.

Regards08 Jul 2012 4:34 a.m. PST

Hard plastic regiments/units.


Samulus08 Jul 2012 4:35 a.m. PST

second vote for LOTR SBG, best game and miniatures they've made, that and some of the specialist games.

Ivan DBA08 Jul 2012 7:18 a.m. PST

Warmaster. It's an excellent game, and the command roll mechanic has influenced several other games outside of GW.

And Rogue Trader. It is hard to overestimate its importance, and impossible to overstate its awesomeness.

David Manley08 Jul 2012 7:26 a.m. PST

Putting game shops on the average UK high street and shopping centre.

The Beast Rampant08 Jul 2012 8:06 a.m. PST

Necromunda was huge in our shop when it came out, was a relatively cheap investment that ultimately got lots of newbies into 40K, where they spent lots more money.

But then they stopped supporting it, so they clearly didn't get that aspect of it. All of you who keep harping that "GW is a business, and they do what makes money" don't seem to get this.

Pijlie08 Jul 2012 8:59 a.m. PST

Producing their Battlemats

religon08 Jul 2012 9:02 a.m. PST

Third vote for LOTR line of miniatures.

corporalpat08 Jul 2012 9:35 a.m. PST

They provide a great "gateway" game into more traditional "hardcore" historical gaming.

CeruLucifus08 Jul 2012 9:46 a.m. PST

For me, plastics, though some might argue that is an inevitable result of advances in modeling technology.

For the hobby (that's with a lower case "h"), probably it's establishing retail stores in malls. No other company has done more to recruit the next generation of gamers, although Wizards tried and couldn't make it work.

Probably equally important is setting the pricing standard for quality miniatures, and raising it as high as the market will bear. That sets a price mark which other figure companies can follow, which means GW helps the revenue picture for the whole industry.

For game design, staying with D6 bucket of dice mechanics for everything. Personally I don't like this, but a lot of people find it attractive. The probabilities are certainly easy to calculate.

Feet up now08 Jul 2012 11:31 a.m. PST

Put the hobby on the High street and help a lot of gamers in the entry level area.

striker808 Jul 2012 12:27 p.m. PST

Taking what was an extremely small niche hobby and turning it into an almost mainstream one. You might not like them but GW has opened the visibility of the whole miniature wargaming hobby and acts as the largest recruiter of people that will later move on to other games.

By John 5408 Jul 2012 1:34 p.m. PST

Space Hulk, fantastic game.


freewargamesrules08 Jul 2012 2:48 p.m. PST

Working with Milton Bradley on Space crusade

Lost Wolf08 Jul 2012 2:50 p.m. PST

Their skirmish games: Space Hulk, Necromunda, and Mordheim

Gennorm08 Jul 2012 2:52 p.m. PST

Paint – it's often the nearest thing to a model shop around.

The Beast Rampant08 Jul 2012 3:23 p.m. PST

Working with Milton Bradley on Space crusade

Which, as near as I was able to find, didn't ship stateside. I'd have killed for a copy.

So, no points from me, there! grin

John Switzer Supporting Member of TMP08 Jul 2012 3:59 p.m. PST

Hard Plastic figures, Necromunda, and Mordheim.
I do not play any current GW games but I still love their figures (excluding finicast or any resin models.)
I use their figures in other games.

mad monkey 108 Jul 2012 5:58 p.m. PST

"Producing their Battlemats" +1

Beowulf Supporting Member of TMP Fezian08 Jul 2012 6:41 p.m. PST

Plastics, Necromunda, Space Hulk, Mordheim

MST3Klover08 Jul 2012 8:36 p.m. PST

The original Space Hulk.

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