Thursday, 24 May 2012

Warhammer Historical has become history


A friend sent us the message that Warhammer Historical has now closed.  

There is just a holding page on the website with the message:
We can no longer accept any further orders for our products We would like to thank our customers who have purchased our publications over the years and hope you will continue to get many more years of gaming enjoyment from them 
If you have any queries regarding orders that have been placed with Warhammer Historical please contact the Forge World Customer Service team Email address: forgeworld@gwplc.com Phone number: 0115 900 4995 from the UK 011 44 115 900 4995 from the US/Canada 00 44 115 900 4995 from Europe.
This is very sad news indeed, as it was this arm of Games Workshop that produced the likes of Legends of the Old West, Warhammer Ancient Battles, English Civil War, The High Seas, and many more.

Though it may have been on the cards for a while. Warhammer Historical had been moved from pillar to post within the GW group and didn't seem to sit comfortably with any.

But what decision made Games Workshop Group make the this very fast shutdown? Not enough profit? People have to use other companies' miniatures? Was it the final curtain to what had previously been sparked in Warhammer World club nights?  Why promote games that only other companies make the miniatures for?

What will be interesting is what will take its place and if any the brilliant systems it produced will ever see the light of day again.

"The board believes that there remains scope for significant long term organic growth for the business... The outlook continues to be very good. As each year goes by our faith in the Hobby and the methods we use to introduce and retain enthusiasts around the world is strengthened. The march towards total global domination goes on." 
Even then, GW left no room for others in the hobby industry.  If it ain't Warhammer Fantasy Battles, Warhammer 40K or Lord of the Rings, it ain't worth much.  

"I felt a disturbance in the gaming industry, as if a number of gaming systems cried out and were suddenly silenced."
Obi-Wan 'I roll natural crits all the time' Kenobi

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