Another in our series of guest blog spots and our good friend Alif Cheng takes a trip to the Mecca of miniature war games, Games Workshops Warhammer World
If you read my previous article , I did my little Geek Nation Tours to the Lead Belt on a budget and my first stop was the Warlord Games HQ Store <>. Surely a tour to the Lead Belt would not be complete without a visit to Warhammer World . So off I go!
If you are planning a trip to Warhammer World, a couple of things I recommend:
– P&J Hotel on Derby Road is a great place to stay and a 20 minute journey using the City Bus from the Nottingham Train Station.
– Allocate a full day for Warhammer World, especially if you are planning to play at the Gaming Area (Events Hall).
– Bring enough cash, not a credit card, to control your spending. (oh heck what am I saying. Bring your credit card and spend away!)
Getting there from London or any other parts of the UK is easy. Just book a train ticket to Nottingham using trainline. All fares are displayed and payable via the online payment system. Once you are at the train station, head to a machine to enter your booking number to collect your train ticket. Note: The machine needs to verify your credit card to dispense your booked ticket.
Many people who has been to Warhammer World told me that there is a Tram Stop right in front of the building. While this is true, an accommodation along that tram line is either too far from the city centre or too expensive. The recommended P&J Hotel on the other hand is cheap, affordable and comfortable.
It took me 20 minutes of walking to get to Warhammer World from P&J Hotel. Once on Lenton Ln, it was hard to miss the Games Workshop building due to its huge signboard. At the entrance, I was immediately greeted by an Imperial Eagle followed by the hard to miss Warhammer World Rhino (hidden behind the white van in the pic below).
Warhammer World immediately sets the tone as I entered the entrance. I was first be greeted by The first Lenton Miniature and a display of the diorama used for Warhammer 40k 8th ed and Age of Sigmar Boxed Sets. I then realise an epic music played in the background that made me want to roll some dice (like seriously!).
With a stairs leading upwards, I was first led to the Games Workshop store premises. Impressively, not only all the new releases and Warhammer World exclusives are on shelves, the side room also contains if not ALL the products currently available for sale. There was also display racks showing all the miniatures built up. If the product on display isn’t on the shelves, ask the Store manager and he may have an extra stock left in the stock cupboard!
The GW Store is pretty much the center of it all. The entrance to the Exhibition Hall is beside the GW Store Counter itself. As for the Warhammer World Gaming Area and Forge World, you will immediately notice it on the right as you walk into the store premises.
The GW Store Counter is where you buy the Warhammer World Exhibition tickets. In typical GW fashion, you get the ticket cheaper if you buy the Exhibition Ticket + Warhammer World Diorama Book Bundle!
To say the Exhibition Hall is impressive is an understatement. The hall is designed such that upon entry, you will first be greeted with the earliest miniatures Games Workshop ever produced. Then you will be transported into present day with plenty of Age of Sigmar and Warhammer 40k Dioramas. A comprehensive range of Warhammer 40k + Age of Sigmar fully painted miniatures are also on display in between dioramas. Note: most of these miniatures are used as product shots for sales & marketing too. The feeling of seeing these miniatures from Codexes and White Dwarfs in person is pretty surreal.
To be continued…
We will continue Alif’s visit very soon here on Gamers Web!