I gotta tell ya, after all is said and done, I've become an immediate CinC man. Here's how the companies stack up against each other.
Model quality: GHQ wins. Their models are more detailed. They're just better, not by a huge amount, but significant enough to give GHQ a clear edge.
Affordability: CinC, hands down! The GHQ models may be better, but they're not twice-the-price-better. Not by a long shot. For example, my next purchase will include 12xSherman tanks. From GHQ, I'm looking at $36. From CinC: $21. Both come in packs of 5, so I'll have a couple left over no matter who I go with.
Extensiveness of Line: GHQ wins. Sometimes you just have to go with GHQ. For example, I recently needed a German Wespe and a US M7 Priest, neither of which are carried by CinC.
Responsiveness: Service from CinC is outstanding. I placed my order on their website and my order was acknowledged via e-mail. The CinC guy states his production and shipping schedule in writing on his site. True to his word, my order arrived less than 2 weeks from when I placed it. I've never ordered directly from GHQ and, frankly, I'm a little afraid of doing so. Recently, I tried to register for their forum (to answer a GHQ customer's question -- God forbid anybody from GHQ should bother!) but received an error message. Repeated e-mails to GHQ were ignored. I'm always wary of old companies run by old men (like me!) who simply no longer give a rip (also like me). But as long as I can get GHQ merchandise through Noble Knight, GHQ remains a viable option.
But to be Fair: GHQ has a lot of freebies on their site, including the Micro-Armour Rules, so maybe I shouldn't complain too much.
But regardless, the bottom line is this: The affordability of CinC models makes them irresistible and the hands-down winner in this competition.
A picture is worth 1,000 words, so skip everything I've written so far and just look at the pictures. (Now he tells me!)
|From left to right: GHQ Wespe; CIC PzIV; CIC Panther; GHQ M7 Priest. Can you tell the difference? For almost half the price, I can't.|
Until next time, wargamers, don't take any wooden nickels!