I agree with many of the sentiments in that post.
I have been purchasing GW product since the company began ( yes I am that old
). I find that the GW line is now more prescriptive than ever before. That is, GW seems to dictate more now about what is canon and permitted than ever before (although there was one point in the 90s that I seem to remember was pretty bad when you had to use current edition models, not earlier figures).
I don't want to be told, as I was by a GW staffer the other day, that:
1. I must use GW paints (face it, you can't get a colour match if you follow mixing instructions because sometimes the Studio just doesn't use GW paints!);
2. If I want to use wolf rats in my Skaven army I must
buy Forgeworld, not convert chaos hounds;
3. That I must
now paint the edges of my bases black ( I was doing that over 20 years ago and was told it was wrong then - that snot green edges were required);
4. That I must
use the current version of the rules;
5. That I must
use the current version of the rules without house rules as they are not needed;
6. That Finecast is
the best stuff ever;
7. That to fix the holes in Finecast that I must
use the liquid greenstuff. There shouldn't be any holes at the prices some of these figures are;
8. That there are no alternatives to GW tools, brushes, paints, basing materials etc when there clearly are;
9. Don't rewrite the fluff and say that what went before is no longer canon.
Sure, make suggestions, but don't tell me how I am required to enjoy my hobby.
Don't look at me blankly when I say I also play historical games.
Know a bit about the history of GW, not just what happened a year ago. Know what a Genestealer Cult army is
Having said that, the quality of the figures, at least in plastic, are better than they have ever been. I purchased a dwarf copter in Finecast the other day and it was, without doubt, the best resin model I have ever seen.
GW have done some great things for the hobby, but I get the feeling that shareholders are now more important than the hobbyists. White Dwarf isn't anywhere near as good as it was in the 90s, let alone earlier when there were other games systems discussed in the 80s.
The hobby is large enough for there to be room for everyone's views about the hobby. That's what keeps the hobby alive. Pretty bland if everyone followed the same path. And frankly, I think GW prices are now at a level that discourage people from buying the product.
At least that's my humble opinion