Introducing Games Workshop
Games Workshop Group PLC (often abbreviated to GW) is a UK Game production and retailing company. Games Workshop is one of the largest games companies in the world, and is the dominant company in the miniature fantasy wargaming hobby (owning appx 98% of the market)
Founded in 1975 by Ian Livingstone and Steve Jackson (also known for their Fighting Fantasy gamebooks), Games Workshop was originally a manufacturer of wooden boards for games such as backgammon and chess which later became an importer of the U.S. roleplaying game Dungeons & Dragons. Under the direction of Livingstone and Jackson, Games Workshop expanded from being a bedroom mail-order company to a successful gaming publisher and manufacturer. An early promotional magazine Owl and Weasel was superseded in June 1977, partially to advertise the opening of the first Games Workshop store, Livingstone and Jackson with the gaming magazine White Dwarf, which Livingstone also edited.
Their publishing arm also created UK reprints of famous, but then expensive to import, American RPGs such as Call of Cthulhu, Runequest, Traveller and Middle-Earth Role-Play. In 1979, Games Workshop provided the funding to help found Citadel Miniatures, in Newark, a company that would produce the metal miniatures that were used in role-playing and table-top wargames. The Citadel name has become synonymous with Games Workshop Miniatures and continues to be a trademarked brand name used in association with them long after the Citadel company was absorbed into Games Workshop.
In 1984, Games Workshop ceased distributing its products in the USA through Hobby Games Distributors and opened its Games Workshop (US) office. Games Workshop (US), and Games Workshop in general, went through a large growth phase in the late 80s and early 90s. Issue 126 of the White Dwarf (June, 1990) stated the company had over 250 employees.
Following a management buyout in December 1991 the company refocused on their most lucrative lines, namely their miniature wargame Warhammer Fantasy Battle (WFB) and Warhammer 40,000 (WH40K) lines. The retail chain refocused on a younger, more family-oriented market. The change of direction was a great success with a rising share price and growing profits, in spite of the fact that it lost the company much of its old, loyal fanbase. The complaints of these old customers led a breakaway group of GW employees to publish Fantasy Warlord in competition with GW, but this met with little success. Games Workshop expanded in Europe, the USA, Canada and Australia opening new branches and organising events. The company was floated on the London Stock Exchange in October 1994. In October 1997, all UK based operations were relocated to the current HQ in Lenton, Nottingham. This site now houses the corporate HQ, the White Dwarf offices, mail order, and the creative hub.
By the end of the decade, though, the company was having problems with falling profits being blamed on collectible card games such as Magic: The Gathering and PokÃ©mon.
In recent years, Games Workshop has been attempting to create a dual approach that will appeal to both older, loyal customers while still attracting the younger audience. This has seen the creation of initiatives such as the "Fanatic" range that supports more marginal lines with a lower cost trading model (the Internet is used widely in this approach, to collect ideas and playtest reports). Games Workshop has also contributed to designing and making games and puzzles for the popular television series The Crystal Maze.
Wargames Promoted by Games Workshop
The miniature wargames the company promotes are considered to be a welcome substitute to those young people mostly immersed in video gaming. Some view it as a learning experience that cultivates artistic talent as well as resource management skills, and that the hobby reminds people of more traditional mediums of entertainment, harking back to simple toy soldiers. The release of Games Workshop's third core miniature wargame, The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game (LoTR SBG), in 2000 signalled their intention to capture the younger audience with a simple, yet effective and flexible, combat system.
Other key innovations have been to harmonise their core products, and to branch out into new areas of growth. The acquisition of Sabretooth Games (card games), the creation of The Black Library (literature), and their work with THQ (computer games) have all enabled the company to diversify into new areas which have brought old gamers back into the fold; plus introduced the games to a whole new audience.
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The Warriors of the Imperial Guard form the staunch backbone of the desperate war to hold back the relentless tides of the Imperium's enemies. Inside this codex you will find: The complete Imperial Guard army list including special troops and pieces of wargear with all their rules. But also background details of the galaxy spanning war machine that is the Imperial Guard. Sixteen pages of full-colour modelling, collecting and painting tips.
The Tau seek to bring enlightenment and unity to those who join them. While the races of the galaxy tear one another apart, the Tau grow stronger and stronger. On the Eastern Fringe, far from the power of Terra, world after world has fallen to their dynamic advance. At the forefront of this rapid expansion are the warriors of the Fire caste. Unfettered by Mankind's superstition and fear of technology, the Fire Warriors go into battle carrying weapons of immense power, encased in battlesuits that can withstand the fiercest of attacks. Led by the mysterious Ethereals and accompanied by alien allies whose cultures have been subsumed in their empire, the Tau believes that the very stars themselves will be reforged in the cause of the Greater Good.
Squarebound irregular journal published by Games Workshop (the makers of Warhammer Fantasy battle & Warhammer 40K). Jam-packed with articles by and for wargamers covering every aspect of the GW hobby. This issue features updated rules for Blood Bowl Star Players.
The Black Templars have continued in the style of their founder, Sigismund, in preferring close combat to ranged warfare. As part of their dedication to the Emperor, the Black Templars swear fell oaths of faith and protection. Before a battle, it is customary to renew one of these vows, the type of vow made focusing the thoughts of the Initiates on a particular aspect of their duties, encouraging extreme bravery, ruthlessness or sacred revulsion at the foe.
1. Insect Stride - Northern Lite
2. Ultimate Human Fighting Machine - John Starlight
3. Orks Of War - Silicon Scally
4. Stellar - Kitbuilders
5. Tactics - Morgenstern, Christian
6. Slaanesh - DISX3
7. Dance Nurgling Dance - Bandulu
8. Hive Mind - Laux, Heiko
9. Get The War Walker Groove - Mayer, Michael
10. White Road - Dr. Shingo
11. Eat - Cle & Mike Vamp
12. Blood Smells Loud - Northern Lite
13. Spell - Ascii Disko
This book is the essential guide for putting together a Tyranid army. Inside you will find a complete Army List including Tyranid Warriors, Hobby Section, Special Characters, Tyranid Background, special Rules and more.
This book is the essential guide for putting together a Necron army. Inside you will find a complete Army List including Necron Warriors and Wraiths, Hobby Section, Special Characters, Necron Background, special Rules and more.
This paint set contains one Blood Red, one Goblin Green, one Skull White, one Bad Moon Yellow, one Enchanted Blue, one Bestial Brown, one Chainmail, one Chaos Black, one Bronzed Flesh, and one paint brush. All pots are the standard 0.4 fluid ounces size.
The Tyranid Battleforce is a great starting point for a Tyranid army or can be used to increase the size of a Hive Fleet you have already collected. This force contains 3 Warriors, 8 Genestealers, 8 Hormogaunts, 8 Gaunts and a massive Carnifex. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
Before an important battle the battle brothers of a Space Marine army will select one of their own to be their champion. This is a great honour and the elected marine will do everything in his power to prove his worth. Any space Marine army may include The Emperor's Champion. A Black Templars army must include The Emperor's Champion, in this case he will not use an HQ choice. The blister contains a single model. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
Although Scouts are lightly equipped they are trained to clear the way for the Space Marines, secure vital strong points and survey the enemys firepower. Armed with Sniper Rifles, the Space marine Scouts can take out the enemy from afar and keep them pinned in, while the bulk of the force comes in to finish them off. This boxed set contains 5 plastic Space Marine scouts, equipped with Sniper Rifles and a Missile Launcher. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
This paint set contains 9 0.4 fluid ounce standard paints, 1 paint brush, plastic glue, a pair of clippers, flock and a handy painting guide. This set is great for both those who are new to the hobby and those looking to expand their collection of paints and modelling essentials.
The Leman Russ Battle Tank is the most commonly found tank in Imperial Guard regiments. It is a simple design and one that has stood the test of time better than most; its versatility and relative ease of construction make it the tank most often requested by Imperial officers to be attached to their infantry formations. A Leman Russ Battle Tank may be added to your Imperial Guard army as a Heavy Support choice. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
The roar of a Chaos Space Marine bike's engine fires the damned soul of its rider to acts of greater recklessness. They trail brimstone and death in their wake as the harbingers of the dark legions. A squad consists of between 3 and 10 bikes. The box contains a single model. Models will require assemble and painting.
Box contains one complete Imperial Guard Command Tower plastic and card model including detailed assembly instructions.
The Chosen are the elite of a Chaos Space Marine army. As such they often carry their master's symbol into battle. Showing all what Chaos Power they follow. A single model in a Chosen squad may carry an Icon into battle. A blister contains a single model with random Icon. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
It is usual for noted Space Marine warriors to be accompanied by a cadre of highly disciplined veterans with various specialised skills. The Command Squad is part of the same HQ choice as your Commander, Librarian or Chaplain. The boxed set contains a Space Marine Commander, a Veteran Sergeant, Apothecary, Standard Bearer and Techmarine. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
How to Paint Citadel Miniatures is an introduction and general guide to assembling and painting Citadel miniatures, whether plastic or metal. The chosen examples concentrate on the most popular Games Workshop ranges, but the methods and materials discussed are applicable to all similar models.
How To Make Wargames Terrain clearly explains how to build your own terrain pieces. Fully illustrated throughout, this book will help make terrain building as easy as possible. Whatever your level of experience, this is the indispensable guide for anyone wanting to learn more about making terrain suitable for wargaming.
Square-bound magazine published by Games Workshop (makers of the popular Warhammer & Warhammer 40K tabletop miniatures games). This issue features coverage of the Los Angeles 2004 Golden Demon painting competition and a preview of the new rules for Warhammer 40K. As usual, this magazine is crammed full of hobby tips, painting tips, scenario ideas, variant rules and gorgeous pictures of painted Citadel Miniatures.
When wearing Terminator armour a Space Marine Chaplain becomes a very dangerous opponent. Armed with his storm bolter he rains death from a distance and in close combat his Crozius Arcanum weapon will cut through his enemies with ease. A blister contains a single model. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
Lictors rove ahead of Tyranid swarms seeking out pockets of enemy resistance and native life forms to be absorbed. Their secret deployment rules will ensure your opponent is constantly guessing where they will strike, until it is too late. You may include between 1 and 3 Lictors as a single Elites choice. Each blister contains a single Lictor. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
This book is the essential guide for putting together an Tomb Kings army. Inside you will find complete Army List and rules for your Tomb Kings army, painting and modelling tips and more.
The Hammerhead is the main battle tank of the Tau army. Many Imperial tank crews have learned the hard way how deadly its main weapons can be. The box contains one Hammerhead Tank model with both the ion cannon and railgun weapon options. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
Square-bound magazine published by Games Workshop (makers of the popular Warhammer & Warhammer 40K tabletop miniatures games). This issue features designer's notes for Warhammer Armies: Bretonnia and a Warhammer battle report pitting Dwarves against the Necrarch Vampire Counts. As usual, this magazine is crammed full of hobby tips, painting tips, scenario ideas, variant rules and gorgeous pictures of painted Citadel Miniatures.
This box set contains 6 plastic Riders of Rohan. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
16-page campaign supplement for the Warhammer Lustria campaign in the summer of 2005. Includes a campaign map, Jungle scenarios and new rules and units for use with the Warhammer Lustria campaign. An invaluable enhancement for all Warhammer army commanders.
The Space Marine Typhoon Land Speeder boxed set contains one plastic Space Marine Typhoon Land Speeder. All models are to 28mm scale and will need assembly and painting.
Dunlendings bear unequalled animosity to the Men of Rohan. They call them the forgoil, the strawheads and have hated them for five hundred years. This blister pack contains three random Dunlending Warriors - one with a two-handed weapon, one with a hand weapon and shield and one with a bow. All models are to 28mm scale and will need some assembly and painting.
This book contains a full army list for the Eldar, with details of their potent war machines, aspect warriors and psykers. It also includes a hobby section with information on collecting and gaming with Eldar armies. At the back of the book you will find numerous pieces of background information regarding the Eldar
Alongside the publishing rights to American role-playing games in the 1980s Games Workshop also secured the rights to produce miniatures and games for several classic British science fiction properties such as Doctor Who and several characters from 2000 AD including Rogue Trooper and Judge Dredd. They also secured the rights to produce 28mm miniatures based on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
In conjunction with the production of cinematic adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, Games Workshop acquired the rights to produce a skirmish wargame based on the films, and also on the novels by J.R.R. Tolkien. The rights to produce a roleplaying game version of the films were sold to another firm, Decipher, Inc.
Though they had the rights to produce a Battle of Five Armies game, the rights to the one-inch scale normally used by Games Workshop were already owned by another company. For this reason, the game was done in 10 mm scale for the normal warriors, and "heroic" scale for the named characters.
Games Workshop has not acquired the rights to produce works based on The Silmarillion, which is currently the exclusive property of the Tolkien Estate. However, they were somehow permitted to use Eorl the Young and KhamÃ»l the Easterling (from Unfinished Tales) in their recently-released The Two Towers and A Shadow in the East Supplements.
The following games are in production and widely available.
Warhammer Fantasy Battle
The Lord of the Rings Strategy Battle Game
The following games are considered "specialist" and are not necessarily available in Games Workshop stores. They are however available through mail order and are supported by the specialist games division of Games Workshop. Note also that some of these games (e.g. Necromunda) are available only as rules and miniatures, not in the "boxed set" form that they originally took. They are all set within one of the universes of the main games. The rules are also offered as a free download from the Specialist Games website. These games are aimed at the "veteran" gamers. These are gamers who are more experienced in the core games produced by Games Workshop. This is because the rules and the style of play are often more in-depth than the core games.
Warhammer Fantasy universe
Blood Bowl - an American football style game using fantasy creatures
Mordheim - a skirmish game. An expansion (Empire in Flames) was also released
Warmaster - a game for fighting larger battles with smaller (10 mm) miniatures
Warhammer 40,000 universe
Battlefleet Gothic - a game based around spacecraft combat
Epic - a game for fighting larger battles with smaller (6 mm) miniatures.
Inquisitor - a skirmish game using larger (54 mm) more detailed miniatures
Necromunda - a skirmish game
The Lord Of The Rings Strategy Battle Game universe
The Battle of Five Armies: The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game - a game for fighting larger battles with smaller (10 mm) miniatures. The game was named after (and initially centred on) the Battle of Five Armies, one of the later scenes in JRR Tolkien's The Hobbit.
The Strategy Battle Game has now expanded and has recently added many new supplements to the list of its current games and scenarios.
Forge World has recently released its first in-house game:
Aeronautica Imperialis - a game based around aircraft combat
Warhammer Ancient Battles
English Civil War
Legends of the Old West
Out of print;
Warhammer Fantasy universe
Kerrunch - a simplified version of Blood Bowl.
Man O'War - a game of naval combat in a fantasy world. Two expansions were also released, Sea of Blood and Plague Fleet.
Warhammer Quest - a game of dungeon exploration and questing, effectively an updated version of Advanced HeroQuest.
Warhammer 40,000 universe;
Adeptus Titanicus (original game in the Epic series)
Role playing games
Several of the miniatures games (e.g. Inquisitor) involve a role playing element, however Games Workshop has in the past published role playing games set within the Warhammer universe. Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay was first published in 1986 and returned to print with a new edition on March 29, 2005. It is being published by Black Industries, part of GW's fiction imprint BL Publishing. BI has also announced a brand new game, Warhammer 40,000 Roleplay, to be published in several parts starting Autimn/Fall 2007.
Out of print
Golden Heroes - a superhero roleplaying game, published in 1984 after initially being published on an amateur basis.
Judge Dredd: The Role-Playing Game - published under license in 1985.
Stormbringer - the third edition of the game, published jointly with Chaosium in 1987.
Games Workshop had a strong history in boardgames development, alongside the miniatures and RPGs. Confusingly, several may have had roleplaying elements, or for that matter had miniatures included or produced.
Out of print Boardgames;
Battle for Armageddon
Chaos Attack (Expansion for Battle for Armageddon)
Chaos Marauders A boardgame of 'orcish mayhem'.
Block Mania - 2000AD Judge Dredd setting
Blood Royale (multiplayer, battle and resource game of medieval Europe)
Chainsaw Warrior (solo play game)
Cosmic Encounter (under license)
Curse of the Mummy's Tomb
Dark Future (similar to Car Wars)
Doctor Who - The Game of Time and Space (1980)
Doom of the Eldar
Dungeonquest (and expansion pack)
Fury of Dracula (New edition available from Fantasy Flight Games)
Hungry Troll and the Gobbos
Judge Dredd (see 2000 AD character Judge Dredd for background)
Kings and Things (under license)
Rogue Trooper (another 2000 AD related game)
Talisman (3 different editions)
Valley of the Four Winds
The Warlock of Firetop Mountain (based on the Fighting Fantasy game book)
Games Workshop produced and published several ZX Spectrum games in the early years, not all of which were based in the usual Warhammer settings
Spectrum version of Tower of DespairApocalypse (1983) based on the original boardgame
Argent Warrior (1984) Illustrated adventure
Battlecars (1984) 2 player racing game written in BASIC
Chaos (1985) multiplayer turn based "board" game, written by Julian Gollop
D-Day (1985) based on the Normandy Landings
HeroQuest (1991) based on the MB board game
Journey's End (1985) text adventure
Key Of Hope, The (1985) text adventure
Ringworld (1984) text adventure
Runestone (1986) text adventure
Talisman (1985) multiplayer turn based "board" game
Tower Of Despair (1985) text adventure
Many computer games have been produced by third parties based on the Warhammer universes owned by the firm. These include: (Miniature game they are based on is included in parentheses after the game name)
Space Crusade (Space Crusade) and 1 sequel for the Amiga.
Dark Omen (RTT game based on Warhammer Fantasy Battles)
Shadow of the Horned Rat (RTT game based on Warhammer Fantasy Battles)
Space Hulk (Space Hulk)
Space Hulk - Vengeance of the Blood Angels (Space Hulk)
Final Liberation (Epic 40,000 - Space Marines, Imperial Guard, Orks)
Fire Warrior (First Person Shooter)(Warhammer 40,000 - Tau)
Dawn of War (Warhammer 40,000 - Space Marines (New Chapter: 'Blood Ravens'), Orks, Eldar, Forces of Chaos)
Winter Assault (PC Only/Add-on)(Warhammer 40,000: Armies same as Dawn of War, also: Imperial Guard (Cadian)
Dark Crusade (PC Only/Stand-Alone)(Warhammer 40,000: Same as Winter Assault, also: Necrons and Tau)
Chaos Gate (Warhammer 40,000 - Space Marines, Forces of Chaos)
Rites of War (Warhammer 40,000 - Eldar, Space Marines, Tyranid)
GorkaMorka (Warhammer 40K - Orks)
Warhammer: Mark of Chaos (Warhammer - Orcs, Goblins, Dwarfs, Vampires, The Empire, Chaos, Skaven, High Elves,)
Regular Games Day
There are yearly Games Day events held by Games Workshop which feature the Golden Demon painting competition.
Clash of steel......
Whether it's the ringing clash of steel against steel or the percussive blast of bolter fire that draws you to battle, the Games Workshop Hobby puts you in command of the action! Using finely detailed miniatures as your army, you control the outcome of epic battles on your own tabletop! It's more than just a game as the worlds of Games Workshop open up into an entire hobby!
If you are not sure what Games Workshop is all about or you are excited about fighting fast-paced battles across a tabletop with miniatures to represent your combatants, you are in the right place! Explore this lens and my Website www.Warhammergamesworkshop.info you will find out how extensive the Games Workshop Hobby really is and what it means to collect, paint, and play with an army of finely sculpted miniatures right on your tabletop.
Games Workshop creates entire worlds to explore as you battle your friends on the tabletop. Fight across a wartorn fantasy world of heavily armored Knights and hulking, savage Orcs or engage your opponent on the battlefields of the far future where humanity's existence hangs in the balance and there is only war!
Building an army is easy... but picking which army you'd like to play with is the hard part!
GAMES WORKSHOP BRINGS COUNTERFEITER TO JUSTICE
Press release-NOTTINGHAM, UK (12 February 2007)
Games Workshop Group PLC, manufacturer of the famous Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000 wargames, has successfully brought a counterfeiter to justice.
Games Workshop dedicates considerable resources to protect its customers from deception and its business assets from infringement. Games Workshop recently concluded a lawsuit against Mr. Brian Beal, operating under the pseudonym "Mac Ace," from selling forged figures through an ebay account.
After preliminarily enjoining Mr. Beal, ordering sanctions against him, and then issuing a permanent injunction, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri placed the finishing touch on this lawsuit by slapping Mr. Beal with an award of damages and attorneys fees. The award sends a strong message to those who, like Mr. Beal, believe duping consumers is an acceptable business practice.
"It is incredibly important to Games Workshop that the purity of the hobby and the quality of our products is preserved." Said Andy Jones, Games Workshop's Head of Legal. "When counterfeiters produce and sell fake miniatures, loyal hobbyists suffer. This decision vindicates our efforts to protect our intellectual property, preserve the hard-earned reputation of our product category-leading models, and safeguard the interests of our hobby and the fans who make it great."