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Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 19 Mar 2016, 16:41
by wmyers
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.

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 19 Mar 2016, 23:30
by Paul
Ghost Studio is not the name of WGF China. The China manufacturing company is "Wargames Factory Limited" in Hong Kong. It is one of several companies owed by Wai Kee Hui.

Ghost Studio, a US business, participated in the sculpting of new kits, finding and working with new manufacturing clients (like Ex-illis) for the China manufacturer . Kevin Johnson (sculptor of all WGF kits since 2011) originally worked for WGF through Ghost Studio, later down the road WGF US hired Kevin Johnson directly and parted ways with Ghost Studio.

Regarding Ex-illis, unfortunately the product didn't take off at the time and the company folded. Wargames Factory never took on the product because the IP was and is retained by those who owned Ex-illis.

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 21 Mar 2016, 13:48
by mrinku
Thanks for the clarification, Paul.

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 21 Apr 2016, 17:35
by Tripod
Just received the project z collection from Warlord games .the male and female survivors and female zombies are unchanged. The male zombies are all new and a big improvement over the previous set. The bikers and special ops set are excellent but sadly very few in the box for the money.the game is a little like outbreak skirmish in that it is rival gangs fighting over resources with the zombies an ever present menace attacking the nearest living target.it could be played with just survivors or special ops against the zombies but you may need to increase the rate at which the zombies come onto the game.
Great figures,interesting game but sadly priced way over what we were used to from wargames factory.

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 22 Apr 2016, 19:56
by HalberKill
What about the female mu mu zombie. Was that just a kitbash?

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 23 Apr 2016, 06:51
by Tripod
I think that must have been a kit bash using the fat body in a hospital gown with a female zombie or survivor head. The female zombie sprue is just the slim zombie vixen figures from before.

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 17:52
by Tripod
It has been a long time since the zombie figures were released by warlord games. Since then there has been no sign of anything that may have come from wargames factory being released..Paul,if you are still out there,is there anything in the pipeline or is this forum now dead?

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 21 Sep 2016, 17:52
by Tripod
It has been a long time since the zombie figures were released by warlord games. Since then there has been no sign of anything that may have come from wargames factory being released..Paul,if you are still out there,is there anything in the pipeline or is this forum now dead?

Re: Changes at Wargames Factory

PostPosted: 30 Nov 2016, 23:42
by bvandewalker
This is a really late reply, but I am fairly sure the Dadakka forum hired WGF to make Sci-Fi plastics sets, you can tell because they are made in China and have WGF's signature stack-able sprue frame design.