What's more interesting to me is the hoopla surrounding the list. Take this comment from the Antipope*:
I am very surprised that they published a fairly competitive list in the GW website. I thought it was anathema to them. The end times must be drawing near.
|hopefully, not antispacepope|
GW is a miniatures company. Its what the FAAC people always say, and in this case, they're correct. But its not out of the kindness of GW's heart or some kind of commitment to artistic excellence that this is the case. It's simple economics and its the same reason why Privateer Press could also be called a miniatures company; It's where the money is coming from. Sure the books are kinda costly - but there made in small runs (which means they cost more to make) and they aren't required past a certain point to play. Theoretically, an enterprising gaming club would only need to have one BRB between the lot of them. Hell, players using the same army could share codices. However, everyone has to have miniatures. Even if someone buys ALL the current codices and a BRB, the total cost is still about $90 less than the cost of the models for the 1500 point army up there.
When it comes to these little update thingies, their front page blog posts, the WD battle reports, etc - GW will always, always showcase a collection of well painted works of art when given the choice. GW wants to sell you miniatures. Well painted examples of the product will entice you to help make that happen. That's the reason they have the 'Eavy Metal team in the first place. The unfortunate side effect of this need for visual awesomeness is that the armies that get showcased are either built by goofball super-hobbyists or created out of the studio's collection of sales pitches.
Enter Kevin Chin's Imperial Fists. The reason this is on the GW site is because it is an incredibly good looking army. That just also happens to have a good plan behind it. Which is where I think that this is more firmly an example of a shift in the player base than shift for GW. Sure GW has been going the distance on 5th edition, but the rules are a means to a miniature selling end. Its the players that are responding to it.
* Not that I'm picking on the Antipope. Its just that he commented on my blog so I didn't have to go far for an appropriate quote.