I went into the local GW store (Which is fast becoming the CLGS) because I had a few hours to kill. I brought the CSM Iron Warrior Rhino to seal it (more on that in a later post!) and a few painting projects to kill time with. I brought my own brush because GW store has only crappy brushes for general use. What they have had is paint for use.
So I slide up the painting table and ask if I can paint something. The Black Shirt says that of course I can paint something. I ask where the paints are and he says that they have discontinued that service. I was a little shocked at this but I'll get to that in a bit. I then ask if there are some of the new paints to try out. He says of course there are (I should hope so since the GW Blog said that you could go in and try the paints in the stores. I ask to use those and the Black Shirt (Ayrec maybe) says that I can use them but I can not use them to paint my own minis. I can only use them on test minis they have.
Ok says I. Let's paint a Blood Angel. I was curious to see how the new reds work. He tells me they only have a red Base paint and a red Wash available to try. Not enough to do the full progression on the website. I then ask him if he has the conversion chart printed out to help me navigate the paints. He tells me that they are in the White Dwarf this month. I ask him to look at it and he tells me that I have to buy one if I want the chart.
|You can use any paints you see except these.|
Now I get why this is policy. Every time I am in the CLGS, there was a legion of snotty-faced kids clustered around dried out paint pots trying to ream the store for all the free paint they could. They globed paint on models like it was free and why not. It was free to them. They were loud and obnoxious and I am glad to see them gone.
The problem I have with this is that they are eliminating reasons for me to come into the store anymore. I have an awesome paint station at home. The only reason for me to come in and paint was to try out new colors and techniques. Now that is taken away from me, I have no reason to paint there.
I know I should not be too mad that the guys did not offer to let me borrow some paint. I could have asked and didn't. In truth, I am just disappointed in them as people. What really bakes my cookie is the Company. I went in there with the intent of seeing how these new paint handle and am told that I can't use them on anything but the crappy minis they supply.
Now, I am going to buy their paint but now I am only going to do it because I have to. I am seriously entertaining the notion of moving to Acrylicos Vallejo or the PP Paints. GW gets enough of my money and this paint thing is getting my fur up.
|Stacking paint pots. Unlike a boss.|
These new pots are crappy. You can't put a mini on the bottom. You can't stack them and the tops do not stay open. They drip paint around the rim. Aside from being able to see the paint color on the top (a benefit that is moot because you can see the paint color on the old pots on the bottom), I see no benefit from the new design.