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“Warhammer World" Showcase 2023


"Browse the retail stores, including an extensive range of Forge World and Black Library."

Recently I had the opportunity to once again visit "the home of the Warhammer hobby" in Nottingham, having not been to Games Workshop's global headquarters and visitor centre since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. In addition, with the exception of the odd "Lord of the Rings" and "Horus Heresy" miniature, I haven't really found myself doing much with their model ranges, so was rather hoping that their 'free-to-view' displays, dioramas and exhibits would inspire me to dip my toe back into the worlds of Age of Sigmar and/or Warhammer 40,000.

The giant cuddly Nurgling and large posters found in the lobby

Disconcertingly, my first impression concerning the self-proclaimed "haven for collectors and gamers from across the globe" wasn't great as a massive early morning queue stood between me and the main doors. A couple of people around me were vocally moaning about having to wait in line, with some even complaining that those at the head of the queue were clearly having to pay in order to go in. This seemed incredibly odd, as no event had been advertised, and the website clearly stated that "the ultimate destination for Warhammer fans" didn't charge for entry.

The displays showcasing the Warhammer 40k, Age of Sigmar and Lord of the Rings systems

Having impatiently shuffled further forward it seemed clear that the hold up was due to a till being placed close to the entranceway, and those needing to pay for either an unknown event or perhaps entry into the Exhibition Centre, were blocking anyone else from getting past them. To make matters worse, the chap at the counter was having a right old natter with each customer instead of simply taking their money and moving them on. So in the end, a number of us simply pressed forward and eventually squeezed past the line requiring a ticket who were completely filling up the double doorway.

A smattering of the incredibly well-painted displays next to the Store

Happily however, once inside, the lobby was almost completely empty - apart from a large cuddly Nurgling, which seriously looked like a lot of fun to punch smack in the mush. Resultantly, I was able to take my time pouring over an astonishingly good diorama of a Kharadron Overlords sky-city , an incredible clash between the Ultramarines and Necrons, and the cataclysmic Battle of the Pelennor Fields, as well as enjoy the plethora of giant illustrations running the length of the adjoining stairway up to the store.

Some of the painted figures found on the incredibly enticing Warhammer 40K Starter Set table.

Perhaps the biggest disappointment of the day though, besides some of the truly outrageous pricing, was the lack of stock on show in the Warhammer World Store. I had fully expected to see "the full range of Warhammer Age of Sigmar, Warhammer 40,000 and Middle-earth models" on their shelves. But instead saw just a smattering of boxes for each game system which frustratingly resembled the stock displays you'll see at countless second-party stores on numerous high streets.

A handful of the insanely expensive Forge World models

Instead, a great deal of shop space had clearly been allocated to the company's "Leviathan" launch box, and the various Warhammer 40k 10th Edition starter sets. These different options to play Games Workshop's "complete revision of the game you know and love" seemed to be everywhere, and definitely produced an almost palpable pressure on any visitor to at least buy the "Getting Started With Warhammer 40000" magazine. Indeed, I spent a good portion of my time ogling at the game's Ultimate Starter Set, whose wonderfully-painted contents had been placed upon a tempting tabletop, and actually came incredibly close to buying one.

Some more of the marvellously pigmented miniatures in the store

Equally as encouraging to leap into the Warhammer hobby with both feet, were the floor's terrific cabinets absolutely packed full of beautifully pigmented miniatures. I seemed to stand for an eternity looking at all the various models, and strangely started to feel almost morally obliged to purchase at least a small box of figures in recognition of the mouth-watering sculpts on show. Luckily, the idea of paying the full recommended retail price (RRP) on anything to hand, including the Warhammer World exclusives, was enough to keep my wallet firmly in my pocket.

Even more of the marvellously pigmented miniatures in the store

Lastly, I strayed over to the Forge World Store, with the intention of picking up a trio of Ruinstorm Daemon Brutes to 'aid' my traitorous Sons Of Horus Space Marines. All of the "highly detailed resin" kits on show were truly jaw-dropping, especially the huge vehicles. But none were as impressive as some of the staggering prices being asked for these models. In particular, my daemons were a whopping thirty quid each, which coupled with Samus - Daemon Prince of the Ruinstorm, wouldn't see me receive much change from two hundred pounds. This meant that the only place in Warhammer World which would eventually see me part with any money would be Bugman's Bar...

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Guest
Oct 27, 2023

Models certainly ain't cheap - but the biggest discount you get elsewhere is rarely more than 20% anyway, if that.

But the free gaming tables here are incredible. Quality and size of some are amazing.

And PLEASE tell me you went through the main exhibit rooms. It's about £8 but it gave me a headache last time I took the kids (free entry) from all the incredible detail in those dioramas. That's the real reason why anyone should go, IMHO.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Nov 01, 2023
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Cheers. I do like the Forge World stuff enormously. But will stick to picking up just the odd Traitor Marine or Blood Bowl Star Player from them.


I've never actually played there, but the gaming tables did look very good.


I didn't visit anywhere which required payment, so presumably missed the main Exhibit Rooms. But I still spent a good three hours stood looking at all the display cabinets about me. Indeed, the amount of pictures I took was incredible and it took an age to sort out the ones I wanted/needed for this post. I do plan to return next year, so I'll add the exhibit rooms to my list of things to see. 😀

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Guest
Sep 18, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Last time I went the queue was just for people wanting gaming tables, so we just bypassed them and got on with it. You’d think a company of their size could organise something that simple!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 19, 2023
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It has been suggested elsewhere, that the queue was for people buying tickets for the exhibition as the tables are usually free. But everyone was carrying armies that I could see, so I think it more likely that they was an event on I didn't know about. Whatever the cause, they blocked up the entire entranceway. However, once inside it was really quiet - apart from the gaming tables.

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Dai Dead
Dai Dead
Sep 18, 2023

Games workshop really has gone above and beyond when it comes to pricing! Which is a shame, because theirs were the minis that got me into this hobby around 35 years ago.


Lovely pics though of some cracking paintjobs on some superb designs.

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 19, 2023
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I don't think they'll arrive for a couple of weeks. But I'm hoping they'll inspire me to subsequently paint the considerable number of Gloomspite Gitz and Kruleboyz I own too. Time will tell. 😀

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undercoat2670
Sep 18, 2023

Great little review of Warhammer World and your visit there. I am really falling out of love with GW stuff at the moment due to the price and their serious issues with stock and delivery. The empty shelves you saw seem to show even the HQ flagship store isn't immune!!!

I do love the Forge World stuff, but as you say it is eye wateringly expensive!!!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 18, 2023
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Thanks Undercoat. I think Warhammer World is inspirational. But probably no longer a place I plan to directly buy from - though this visit has encouraged me to pre-order some stuff from a second-party supplier.


Spookily, I did speak to someone in the business whilst at Bugman's Bar, who said that GW probably had whatever figures I wanted in their warehouse somewhere. But they were having real issues getting them on the shelves - even at Warhammer World.


I was genuinely disappointed I didn't walk away with the Horus Heresy daemons I fancied from Forge World. But I'm simply not paying those prices as its simply not value for money, imho - especially when a single model costs more than…

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Michał Kucharski
Michał Kucharski
Sep 18, 2023
Rated 5 out of 5 stars.

Thanks for a photos!

One of "must see" place!

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Blaxkleric
Blaxkleric
Sep 18, 2023
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Cheers Michal. Definitely a place every wargamer should visit at least once, imho. The sheer mass of top tier painted miniatures alone makes Warhammer World worthy of your time. Looking forward to a return visit next year.

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