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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 3:04 am 
 

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Never heard of this company and know little about miniatures.  This pumpkin head looks really cool.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:50 am 
 

Rackham is (was?) a collectible miniature wargame company.  You could put together units based on points values with very powerful single or multiple minis and each had a card listing it's abilities, strengths and weaknesses.  I don't own any of the minis but I did play a few skirmishes using a friends collection.  Fairly easy game to grok and quite fun.  I think it ws intended to compete with WoTCs Chainmail minis line/game.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:17 am 
 

Rackham tried to compete with WotC Chainmail, GW's Warhammer and Reapers Warlord.

They are based in France and their Mini's were exquisite.  With a price that told you how much they thought of them.  
They were designed to run smaller skirmish type battles, but I never actually saw anyone try the game out.

I was into Warhammer and ended up buying up a ton of their Centaur models and built an entire Centaur army.  It was quite impressive and I had a great time playing it.

As their sales slumped they started retooling their miniatures instead of a heavier metal and individuals, they went to thinner models and sold them in sets of 3.  These, while I also got a bunch, were a nightmare.  Some of the weapons and parts were so delicate that simply touching them would break them.  I spent more time repairing those guys than I care to remember.  I couldn't go to a tournament without having to repair at least half a dozen.

Finally they did away with metal miniatures completely and I heard they were going to try selling pre-painted plastics for their game.  I haven't heard anything about them since then.

  

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:09 pm 
 

From the price for the miniatures this seller has listed, I would have thought they were all nine inches tall. 8O


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:22 pm 
 

I had about 300 or so blisters of these last year.  Some of the original prices were $30-$40 each (pack of 1 mini).  The detail on some of them is excellent.  Last time I checked, the company had switched to doing plastics and then had gone out of business.

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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 1:35 pm 
 

...just speculating....

Out of business possibly because they sold single miniature blister packs for $40?

Good plan, guys.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 2:51 pm 
 

FormCritic wrote:...just speculating....

Out of business possibly because they sold single miniature blister packs for $40?

Good plan, guys.


Actually out of business due to bad business decisions.  This company was doing great until they went public.  Pressure to cut costs and grow the compnay put these guys under.  They were doing just fine selling top quality miniatures (some of the best ever made) then little by little they cut the quality of there product.  Going from a clientelle that craved highly detailed quality product to pre painted junk.

They left there core audience behind in an effort to make more dough and it fell flat, kinda reminds me of another compnay we all used to hold dear to our hearts doesn't it!!


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 4:07 pm 
 

Blackmoor wrote:They left there core audience behind in an effort to make more dough and it fell flat, kinda reminds me of another compnay we all used to hold dear to our hearts doesn't it!!


I was thinking that as I read:  "This sounds really familiar."


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 5:55 pm 
 

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Actually out of business due to bad business decisions.  This company was doing great until they went public.  Pressure to cut costs and grow the compnay put these guys under.  They were doing just fine selling top quality miniatures (some of the best ever made) then little by little they cut the quality of there product.  Going from a clientelle that craved highly detailed quality product to pre painted junk.

They left there core audience behind in an effort to make more dough and it fell flat, kinda reminds me of another compnay we all used to hold dear to our hearts doesn't it!!


Have to love the continual growth and expansion mentality of capitolism, neh?


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:13 pm 
 

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Have to love the continual growth and expansion mentality of capitolism, neh?


Making bad business decisions has nothing to do with capitolism. In fact, the opposite is true. Investing in a company and then running it into the ground does not make for a happy investor.

In this instance, it sounds much more like, they were not making money doing what they were doing and they made changes. Many business start off in the negative and have fantastic products with extremely loyal customers. Then the bank loans start coming due and they can't pay them because the business model is just not working.

Afterall, if things were going so great, why change? Chances are they had problems before going public, or whatever they did. Do not confuse a great product line with business success. The two do not necessarily go hand-in-hand.

What sucks is that a quality product is now gone. I don't know anything about them, but I know Blackie is on his game with miniatures. If he says they were quality, then I have to believe they were. But again, we just don't know how their bottom line worked - or most likely, it did not.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:51 pm 
 

Well, if Blackmoor's comments are accurate, I will sustain my snarky, if generalized, comment.  Though I should change it from capitolism to business...yes.


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Post Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 11:35 pm 
 

Sorry to yet again move off the on-going OFF TOPIC discussion...

But


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Beast Maker Mountain with cover, seller also has Nanorian Stones with cover.

Apparently this seller knows which cover goes with which book... :lol:


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 1:46 am 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:Sorry to yet again move off the on-going OFF TOPIC discussion...
But

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Canada listing.
Beast Maker Mountain with cover, seller also has Nanorian Stones with cover.
Apparently this seller knows which cover goes with which book... :lol:




Seller may know which color folder goes with which adventure, but his pricing is a wee bit on the "crazy-ass" high side (regardless of the autograph on Beastmaker).  It's been a long time since I've seen Beastmaker get anywhere close to $200.  The last one didnt even hit $50 and it wasnt all that much worse condition wise.  And I dont recall anything but a shrinked Nanorien Stones going over $100.



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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 3:55 am 
 

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Seller may know which color folder goes with which adventure, but his pricing is a wee bit on the "crazy-ass" high side (regardless of the autograph on Beastmaker).  It's been a long time since I've seen Beastmaker get anywhere close to $200.  The last one didnt even hit $50 and it wasnt all that much worse condition wise.  And I dont recall anything but a shrinked Nanorien Stones going over $100.

You didnt mean to put this in the Silliest Price thread did you?


blasted land will go for waaaay over $100. that is if you have me and blackmoor on the job again (eesh!)



  

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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:11 am 
 

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blasted land will go for waaaay over $100. that is if you have me and blackmoor on the job again (eesh!)

Blasted Land?  I don't see any Blasted Land.  :lol:


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 10:43 am 
 

Not that long ago I sold a SWed MINTY copy of Nanorian Stones for not much under that asking price....
It was freaking beautiful and one of the best looking SWed items (of any sort) I have ever seen.
I was told my some folks that it was not worth more than $50...
I knew that was not true.
I would pay $50 each for copies of that book as nice as that one was all day long... even if it meant thrashing my credit card if I had to.

In the end, even at the price it sold for; that copy of Nanorian Stones was VERY tough for me to let loose of it.
However it was a private sale so obviously that counts for nothing here... :lol:

But overall, I tend to agree with KoP.
Unless it is awesome in the SW I would not pay nearly that much for either of those RoleAids items.
And both of those copies have some quality issues.
But I did not think that they deserved to be listed in the Silliest Auction Price thread.


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:00 am 
 

bbarsh wrote:Making bad business decisions has nothing to do with capitolism. In fact, the opposite is true. Investing in a company and then running it into the ground does not make for a happy investor.


I tried to think of a satire for this, but the original is just too funny as-is.

  


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 11:55 am 
 

Gnat the Beggar wrote:In the end, even at the price it sold for; that copy of Nanorian Stones was VERY tough for me to let loose of it.
However it was a private sale so obviously that counts for nothing here... :lol:


And thanks again for the sale; it is a beautiful item to behold. ;)


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:02 pm 
 

smarmy1 wrote:And thanks again for the sale; it is a beautiful item to behold. ;)


You are welcome...  8)
I was happy to let it go to a new owner who appreciates it.
Even though I sometimes de-shrink items, that one should not be removed from the SW and I figure that would never happen while it is in your collection.


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Post Posted: Sat Jan 28, 2012 12:44 pm 
 

sauromatian wrote:
I tried to think of a satire for this, but the original is just too funny as-is.


Thanks for saving me the trouble :).


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