This weekend saw the grand re-opening of Warhammer World, Games Workshop’s events centre, pub, flagship store and exhibition space. I was there to celebrate the occasion along with other Black Library authors John French and Guy Haley, cover artist Neil Roberts, and members of the Design Studio and Forge World division.
For most folks that indulge in a bit of Warhammery goodness, Warhammer World is best known as the events destination where tournaments, campaign weekends and Open Day events are held. The spacious hall is usually filled with a multitude of gaming tables representing Imperial and alien worlds or far-flung regions of middle-earth or the war-torn battlefelds of the Warhammer world.
Warhammer World was also home to a Games Workshop store, unsurprisingly. Now it is home to three! As well as the regular toy soldiers and paint department, there are now retail spaces dedicated to Forge World and the Black Library.
As well as the chance to pick up pretty much any current BL title, the store is also the only place fans can buy the special venue-only edition of Meduson. This Horus Heresy anthology features tales of the Shattered Legions – mainly the Iron hands and Salamanders with a few Raven Guard along for the fun – penned by me, Nick Kyme, Dan Abnett, John French, Guy Haley, Chris Wraight, Graham McNeill and David Annandale.
For many visitors, the real highlight of Warhamer World is the exhibition space. Over previous years this has undergone many changes, but has always been a celebration of the history of Citadel Miniatures and the fictional worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, using miniatures, art, dioramas and other displays.
The new incarnation of the exhibition is no different, including cabinet after cabinet of beautifully designed and painted miniatures from the eariest days of Warhammer right up to the current incarnations of the games. Thirty-year veterans like me will smile to see old favourites, including ancient Regiments of Renown and the amazing Mike McVey dioramas from years past. There are thousands of models painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team as featured in White Dwarf magazines past and present, along with some amazing Forge World displays showcasing the most impressive models of that range.
Alongside these are a number of large dispays, assembled and painted by the Warhammer World team and volunteers. These are incredible battle scenes from Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, ranging in scope from a few feet across to… Well, you need to go and see the ‘Battle for Angelus Prime’ yourselves to appreciate the full spectacle! Also be sure to check out the hidden ‘Tomb Spyder underground assault’ section of the Necron vs Blood Angels diorama, and the fantasic Dwarfs vs Skaven subterranean battle.
And I leave you with some truly impressive cosplay, one of the fan highlights of the whole event.