mrinku wrote:Other way around. Ghost Studio (the Chinese manufacturing business) bought out Wargames Factory (the US based shopfront) when they proved an unreliable partner, and have now effectively wound it up. Sounds like this lot were dealing direct with Ghost Studio all along.
Keep in mind that Ghost Studio, Renedra and any other plastics manufacturing plant don't invest their own capital in these sorts of projects. They get paid to cut the molds and make production runs, possibly some design work, though typically this is provided by the customer. There is an issue of some jobs being more or less profitable in the long run, and juggling production resources, but even a half-arsed kickstarter failure probably makes them money.
Ghost Studio basically worked out that they'd be better off being the Chinese Renedra instead of trying to run a foreign retail arm as well.
I remain surprised that no one in the US seems to be able to manage it. Maybe the local non-GW miniatures market is just dead, unlike the UK?
I did not know Ghost Studio had bought out WGF before - there were really no details given about the previous change-over.
As for the USA market, I do not know if there ever really was a market for plastic figures of this scale.
Yes, there is gaming and it can be quite popular, but it seems most players use metal figures. Those who play 40K seem to be a community unto themselves. Locally, historical gaming is not very popular. 40K and Warhammer are. Flames of War is popular but it does not seem to translate to any other historical periods or rulesets or scales.