Every summer I plan on a painting project to keep me busy during my Son's swim meets. If you haven't been to one, as a parent with only one child who swims, you spend about four hours of your Saturday (and some Wednesday evenings) mornings for two and a half months so you can watch your child compete for about three minutes. This equals lots of down time.
A few years ago I figured out that I could paint during his swim meets, and get a lot done. The first year I did it I painted up an 1850 Blood Angels Army, the year after Grey Knights. Last year I painted a bunch of Khador. This year I wasn't sure what I was going to do, though after doing Chaos for the last four months I knew I wanted to do something non-dark.
I ended up picking some Trollbloods last week, for Hordes. I don't have any Hordes forces yet, so I figured it couldn't hurt to give it a shot. Mainly I picked them for their aesthetics, as they were organic and full of bright colors. I also ran into a stupidly great video on how to paint up a Mountain King (A huge center piece Troll model).
Now that I've explained the above, I'll finally get to the point. GW is stupid. Like, really stupid. I am not one of those folks that gets up in arms about their pricing, or their abusive behavior towards retailers. It bothers me, though at the end of the day I like the universe and the game enough I tolerate it.
What strikes me as just plain dumb, is this business of not telling anyone what armies and models you are releasing until one week before it's release. I would have easily done Tau as my next army and project this summer. I have been waiting for new Tau for over a year and have held off as the rumor mill has always been saying Tau are coming, Tau are coming....
Friday I went ahead and decided I was doing Trolls as my next hobby project. Guess what happens on Saturday....Tau photos from a white dwarf in two weeks leak. If I knew Tau were coming out I would be doing a Tau army this summer. Instead, I'll be playing Trolls.
The most amazing thing about GW is how they keep doing so well and treating the base so poorly. Some days I think I am in the wrong business.