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Yuuya
31-07-2006, 16:46
today,i wanted to purchase some BFG imperial ships.
however at GW-US web-site,i found out that a number of miniatures is
no longer been sold there.its not listed on its on-line store.

also
even at GW-UK web-site,i see that the BFG imperial Cobra class destroyer
and BFG imperial transport,its number of types been reduce to one generic class.there used to be 4 random cobra destroyer and 3 random transport types if i remembered.each a little different in design.

is GW giving up BFG?it will be a pity.

rkunisch
31-07-2006, 17:33
Nope, they only removed the blisters for the smaller ships (like destroyers or transports) and sell them bits only. Even so, the US online store seam to have left them out completely. The "reorganization" started a good while ago (e.g. half a year or so). No idea, if they are able to ship different kind of small ships, but I would think so.

Have fun,

Rolf.

Persephone
31-07-2006, 22:22
I heard if you called up mail order they could help you with what you needed for BFG.

USABOB
01-08-2006, 07:41
On a similar note. The space marine escorts on the Canadian online store are still listed but there is DEAD written beside them.
Once they are all sold they aren't going to make anymore? Or what does this really mean?

Colonel_Kreitz
01-08-2006, 10:21
My local GW guys (at the LA Battle Bunker) are now running out of several blisters and are entirely out of both Imperial and Chaos cruisers. They also said they're having trouble getting anything BFG related in stock (some blister racks have been empty for several weeks now).

The manager said that he heard that they may be redoing the molds on a number of the ships (notably, both Imperial and Chaos cruisers) and that they're awaiting the mold to be redone so a new batch can be manufactured.

As always, with Redshirts, take it with a grain of salt. However, the LA Battle Bunker staff is extremely good (it is far and away the best run store I have ever shopped/played at, including FLGSes), so, hopefully, this is in fact that case.

ReDavide
01-08-2006, 16:37
On a similar note. The space marine escorts on the Canadian online store are still listed but there is DEAD written beside them.
Once they are all sold they aren't going to make anymore? Or what does this really mean?
I have no idea what DEAD means, but keep in mind that Forge World still sells the resin versions of those ships, so the loss of the metal ones wouldn't be too tragic.


and are entirely out of both Imperial and Chaos cruisers.Now THAT scares me. :eek: It could explain the awful quality of the gun-deck weapons I've bought lately though.

Jedi152
01-08-2006, 16:59
Combine that news wit the new Brimstone posted that the mainline 'generic' cruisers are being "re-evaluated"...

But i like the chaos cruisers. And the imperial ones. :(

bertcom1
01-08-2006, 18:09
If the plastic cruisers are no longer available, then that could be very bad news indeed.

A couple of years back, on the Specialist Games official forum, the member Patriarch who knows a lot about BFG and the workings of GW, mentioned something like that when the moulds were worn out, that was that for plastic BFG ships, future ones would all be metal. They didn't expect that to be for a good few years yet, though.

:(

rkunisch
01-08-2006, 19:02
With the actual tight budget that would most certainly mean no cruisers for quite some time. :(

Have fun,

Rolf.

ArtificerArmour
01-08-2006, 20:20
That's a real bummer, the plastic cruisers are works of art.

bertcom1
01-08-2006, 20:34
I wouldn't panic just yet, they may have changed their mind and are creating new moulds.

Or, they may have retired that one, and future supplies have to come from the other GW factories.

Still, it does look more :( than :)

ReDavide
01-08-2006, 23:29
A couple of years back, on the Specialist Games official forum, the member Patriarch who knows a lot about BFG and the workings of GW, mentioned something like that when the moulds were worn out, that was that for plastic BFG ships, future ones would all be metal.
You'd think that a mold wearing out from use would be seen as evidence that the plastic ships are a good investment, but oh well. :(

Agamemnon2
02-08-2006, 06:57
Or maybe they just made a shoddy mold to begin with, underestimating the longevity of the game.

Colonel_Kreitz
02-08-2006, 08:05
Or maybe they just made a shoddy mold to begin with, underestimating the longevity of the game.

Doubtful, I think. By all accounts, plastic molds are extremely expensive, due to the technology and labor involved. I'm made to understand, as well, that until recently, such work was contracted out, since GW did not have it's own facilities (I believe they do now, in Memphis).

Thus, it'd seem awful silly to save a few thousand dollars on a mold costing hundreds of thousands if there was even a reasonable chance that the life of the mold might run out.

Moreover, I'm not even sure making a shoddy mold is possible using their contractors, but I emphasize, that's just speculation on my part.

Jedi152
02-08-2006, 08:33
Plastic cruisers are still available on th UK store, and in WW. I looked at a box yesterday.