Today I went on my nerd pilgrimage to Nottingham. You may know that Nottingham Castle was once one of the most important of the royal residences in England, and of course the legend of Robin Hood is tied strongly to the surrounding area of Sherwood Forest. I’ve been to Nottingham before – years ago – and done the historical stuff, though I did visit the castle area once again to take a look around. Why someone would build such an important castle on a lump of sandstone, which would presumably make undermining the thing possible with a spoon, I don’t know. But even though very little of the medieval fortress remains, it was still pleasant around the area.
However, I then went off to visit Warhammer World, because I’m a huge nerd and have wanted to go for a visit for a long time. Behold! Prepare yourselves for nerdgasms all over your keyboards…
The above diorama is just amazing. After a short corridor with some cases that feature old-style, 1980s miniatures, you enter the room and find that thing facing you. It’s just amazing, with a whole host of Imperial chaps going against the massed Orcs and their Squigs. I don’t really know why, but I find Squigs hilarious, and in fact would love one for a pet. Just so you know.
The Fantasy room has got so many amazingly-painted miniatures, I can’t even begin to describe how awesome it was! In addition to the massive castle diorama, there are two more – a dwarf/skaven thing in the mines, and a delightful Nurgle pestilence piece that features the Glottkin at its centre.
Time for 40k! Some more amazing dioramas, and also just case upon case of Space Marines painted in what appeared like every chapter colour. Seriously, there were a lot of Space Marines in those cabinets…
This is just a small part of a massive, two-storey exhibit that forms the centrepiece of the stairway, and is just stupendous. The sheer amount of miniatures involved is breathtaking, and also the scope of the battle depicted. It’s a Space Marines vs Chaos thing, and part of the thing features hundreds of Bloodletters swarming over the walls. Awesome!
At last, Necrons! I was pleased to see at least one diorama featuring my beloved metal warriors.
And finally – Age of Sigmar!
It was cool to see the new stuff taking its place among the other miniatures on display there. Unfortunately, only the models we’ve already seen for sale were on show – maybe new stuff like the Judicators will be added as they become available…
If you’ve ever been into a Games Workshop store, you’ll know they have glass cases of miniatures, boxes of miniatures for sale alongside books, and tabled where you can play the game. Warhammer World is basically that, but huge – rather than a couple of cases, there are seven or eight exhibition halls of miniatures in some amazing scenic battles; rather than two or three tables, there’s an entire battle hall filled with tables; rather than a few shelves of books, there’s a Black Library store (as well as the only physical Forge World store in the world). There’s also a shop, which is about what you’d expect, though they say if you place an order for something, it’ll be there within three hours or so – given that their warehouse is, like, across the road.
But yeah, in one sense, Warhammer World is just like a very big Games Workshop store, with some fancy minis on show. In another sense, however, it’s like the ultimate palace of awesome for anyone who is interested in miniatures painting and the like. The miniatures are so very beautifully-painted – I could be wrong, but I believe they are the miniatures that are shown on the box art and website, so they’re the absolute apex of design and artistry.
I was surprised that I managed to control myself so much in the store, too. I’d kinda allowed myself up to £100 there, and ended up almost struggling to spend just £60. Of course you can’t go to Warhammer World and not buy the exclusive Blood Oath campaign book, but I didn’t get the urge to drop the amount of money they were asking for any of the other stuff. I also picked up some River Trolls, because they look hilarious.
Well folks, there’s the story of my trip to Warhammer World!