Wednesday, July 1, 2009

An entire unit ruined by Games Workshop

Whelp, an entire finished unit of 25mm Federals, ruined by Games Workshop varnish.

Can is in the garbage now. Screw you, Games Workshop, and your crap product.

And to top if off, Barnes and Noble sends me "Classroom Assessment for Teachers" instead of "Armies of the Napoleonic Wars," and because of the stupid holiday I won't get it until next week.

I am so, so, so very angry. I went ahead and smashed the unit with a hammer and then threw them at a big stone wall. It made me feel a little better. Then I tried a hammer again. That worked well. They should have used THOSE in the Civil War.

Screw Games Workshop. And screw toy soldiers, I'm done for a while.

18 comments:

Chris said...

And that's why I switched to a brush-on varnish. It takes time, but not as much time as stomping around the house, moping for a day or two, stripping the paint with Simple Green, and repainting the unit. I've used Floquil Polly S brush-on as well as Future Floor Treatment. Neither one has had the problems I've run into with the various spraycans out there.

Author said...

Yeah, I never thought I would consider brush on, but I certainly seem to be heading that way...

Gunfreak said...

Well I kinda have to give it to you for keeping the post PG, I sertenalty would have gone NC-17 on my blog, mabye even XXX for the hell of it.
But you beeing a teacher have to keep up the aperance.

Author said...

Yeah... I guess I can't tee off here like I want to... trying to keep it SOMEWHAT friendly.

Just so, so, so, so very angry. These guys looked GREAT; just so sharp. And this just basically takes away 10 or so hours of my life that I will never get back, 10 hours I don't mind spending if I have something to show for it, but I don't, and it is so infuriating...

Ozvortex said...

You don't say how the GW spray affected your miniatures. Was it more of the 'fogging' you seem to have been plagued with in some of your older posts? Are you experiencing problems only with GW spray varnish or have you had similar problems with other brands? Once sprayed, do you give the miniatures a day or two to fully dry to see if the effect is permanent? This was a very sad post. All those casualties - oh, the humanity!

Behind_The_Wire said...

The white misting of death?

The only way to get around that is to (very quickly) spray on a coat of gloss if/when it happens. That's worked for me in the past, and then dull it down with matt. It's not ideal, but better than nothing.

When you prepare to use the varnish, tip it upside down, spray it away from your figs (that should clear the nozzle) then use it on your models.

That said, I've been plagued with this from GW for years and have never been entirely satisfied with their explanations. Rather like their brushes, which are horrendous for the price, it's a flawed product from them unfortunately. If it's any consolation though, I feel what can only be described as 'the rage'.

Author said...

It has been a bunch of hours and I still want to kill.

And the worst part is that I am on summer break and this is supposed to be toy soldier time, and yet a part of me doesn't ever want to see a toy soldier again.

*sigh*

Very unhappy.

Author said...

Oh and yes, it was the white fog of death:( I didn't give them time to cure... I've seen this before, and once the white shows, they are done for:(

Gary Dombrowski said...

I can understand your anger, but why destroy what look to be metal miniatures instead of stripping them down? I could understand if they were plastic. Oh well, as long as you feel better. ~Gary

Author said...

Yeah, once the red heat of anger cooled, it was a bit of a loss, but after seeing them wrecked I am not sure I wanted to go through the pain of going out, buying paint stripper, stripping them down and scrubbing them with a toothbrush and so on and so forth. The anger was just far too much:(

muzik212 said...

Down to 9 units now. Being OCD that simply would not do for me. How can youhave one battalion of 5 and one of 4! :)

When we spoke on the phone and you told me to check this post I didn't quite believe you. I feel your pain but must admit knowing you and seeing this made me do a spit take on the keyboard and double over in laughter. Not b/c of your loss but all due to your reaction. The casualty in the pic is what did it. Was he upright and in the march position before you dispenced justice?

Hang in there this shit happens. Now you can say your federal army has actually taken casualties! Can you save me some of the limbs to scatter around my hospital vignette?

Chad Sikes said...

I hate to laugh at anyone's misfortune, but I have to admit that I got a bit of a chuckle when I saw the box of smashed figs. They were smashed to hell!!

I had a similar experience with GW sealer with a unit of Space Marines. They were painted black, and hi-lited, but looked very dusty and opaque after sealing.
I have since shied away from any of the GW primers and sealers, except for the black. I have had really good success with Wal-Mart brand primers, and with the Testors line of sealers.

I empathize with your situation.

Jason said...

I prefer to use a brush-on varnish (not GW!) to avoid this. I do use a spray once in a while and have never had problems with the Krylon brand.

Peeler said...

Hey, I had a similar experience with GW varnish on a 36 fig unit of 15mm MiniFigs italian Guard that I'd spent hours on. Sympathy to you!!

James said...

Unfortunately, I have to say you were doing a sharp job. You really had the shading and highlighting down and they looked REAL NICE.

Jim

Author said...

Hey!

Yeah, they were about the nicest unit I had done in a while... not sure why, but they just looked sharp. Unfortunately...

It is okay; next time!

Faust said...

I've used Testors gloss, semi-gloss, & matte spray varnishes for 28 years on my wargame minis with no troubles whatsoever. Give it a shot and see what you think.

Allan (AJ) Wright said...

Testors Dullcote works great as long as you make sure your paints are good and dry before you over coat them and you don't apply it on a damp rainy day.

I can appreciate your frustration though. I've ruined a couple units with the white fog of death and it's a real kick in the pants that's for sure.