A Pilgrimage to Warhammer World

Hey all, Alpharion here once again. I know it has been a little bit since I have written anything, but life got a little crazy. Between helping organize a local GT and getting married, I had almost zero personal time for anything related to wargaming.  I was recently lucky enough to take a trip across the pond and had a chance to swing by Warhammer World.

First off, I just want to say that I am super jealous of anyone who gets to go there regularly. The gaming tables are fantastic, the staff is super helpful and friendly, and there is a bar! What more does a serious gamer need? I was certainly in nerdvana while I was there.
I arrived mid-morning and was greeted by one of Sigmar’s finest standing proudly out front.  I’ll be honest, I was like a kid in a candy store who was already on a sugar high and has a bad case of ADHD. But in my defense this was the largest and most complete collection of Games Workshop and Forgeworld models on the planet, and I just had to see them all. My first destination was the Forgeworld shop to browse all that amazing resin. I had already decided I was going to pick something up, I just wasn’t sure what quite yet. Should I get a LoW for my Tyranid collection, or something to expand my growing Horus Heresy Alpha Legion? Luckily I had all day to answer that question. I moved on to the Games Workshop and Black Library areas. While there wasn’t anything that I couldn’t live without, they did have some merchandise that caught my eye as potential gifts such as shirts, mugs, and hoodies. After a brief walk-through I headed to the Exhibition hall. If Warhammer World had just been a small shop and the exhibition hall, the trip would have still been completely worth it. The amount of detail and care given to these displays was nothing short of impressive.
The journey starts by taking a step back in time to some of the first Citadel models produced way back in the day.
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After that its a trip into the Age of Sigmar. My personal favorite being the Ironwarp Citadel showcasing Khorne Bloodbound (and Archaon) against Sigmar’s chosen, the Stormcast Eternals.
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Next up are some of the iconic battles of the Horus Heresy such as the drop site massacre.
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Abaddon and Loken
Abaddon and Loken’s fight is still one of my favorites from the Horus Heresy.
Then it’s off to the far future with Warhammer 40,000. I was very happy to find several large displays involving the ever hungry Tyranids.
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Astra Militarum

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To this point I was in awe of the sheer scale and level of detail put into these displays. Little did I know the next area would put all the rest to shame. The Battle for Angelus Prime is massive. Needing its own room to house the entire display, which includes an impressive 3,000+ models.
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If you look closely towards the bottom left of the screen you will see a warlord titan. To help you with the scale of this display I included the picture below.  There is a Rhino directly in front of the Titan, and an Imperial Knight just to the left and right of it.
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Drooling over all those fantastic displays left me incredibly hungry so I headed over to the famed Bugman’s Bar.
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Bugman’s Bar was fantastic and had that local pub feel. Very cozy and comfortable even though it was absolutely packed. As it was open seating I proceeded to the bar to order lunch and grab a pint. The menu was extensive as were their drink choices. I had some preconceived idea that the food and drink options would be limited, but was very pleased to find I was wrong. The food and drink were amazing and certainly exceeded expectations.
Having acquired my fill of biomass I headed back into the main hall. After staring at those amazing Tyranid displays I knew I needed a big bug to lead my horde. The Harridan tempted, but decided that would be a project for a later date and picked up the Barbed Hierodule. I do however regret not picking up the Alpha Legion dice from Forgeworld…still kicking myself over that. A few more trips were through the Exhibition Hall mainly to stare slack jawed at the displays, but also to keep searching for the sneaky assassin in the Angelus Prime display. I didn’t find it, but it was time well spent.
I concluded my visit by speaking to some of the guys from WarhammerTV. I was sent abroad with some purity seals from the Iron Halo, which we gave out as player achievements, to give to the guys at WarhammerTV. Mainly to show our appreciation for them starting to engage the player base once more and for those fantastic videos they put out. I met Rob (which if you haven’t seen that Chaos Black XL video you really need to) and another guy but I forgot his name…if you are reading this I am very sorry!
Warhammer World did not disappoint and I left loaded down with all sorts of goodies. If you ever make it to Britain it would definitely be worth your time to time to visit Warhammer World. From London it is a short two and a half hour train ride. And lets be honest, we’ve all likely driven further distances just to get a game in so a little train ride is nothing.

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