WarhammerWorldRhino2.jpgWell, I'm finally writing up our trip to Warhammer World. We arrived on Saturday morning, a bit ahead of the friends we were meeting, which gave us time for a bit of a look around. We took a wander around the main gaming hall, which was pretty busy. There was the odd table here and there that wasn't in use, but most were already taken. We spent some time tempting ourselves with the goodies in the GW, Forge World, and Black Library shops, particularly Forge World as they have lots of models on display in cabinets that we can only usually see on the website. I've found that seeing a model in person often has more impact than seeing an image.

We went into Bugman's to get lunch. Unfortunately a large group of French gamers had just ordered lunch, meaning we had a 45 minute wait to get food. Time was getting on once we'd eaten, so we went back to the Forge World store to put our orders in. If you order before 2, anything they don't have in the store will be brought up from the warehouse by the end of the day. I picked up Nob Warbikers, the Trukk with enclosed cab, the Halftrakk, and the Badab War books. They only had the Nob bikers in the store then and there, so I had to wait a few hours for the other bits to brought up. If you want to see jealousy on your friends' faces, get Forge World to bring you a box of stuff instead of the plastic bags most of their stuff comes in :)

We also picked up a few books in the Black Library store, including the Warhammer World exclusive Horus Heresy book Meduson. It's a collection of short stories focussing on the Shattered Legions. I enjoyed reading it, it was good to see the Iron Hands take centre-stage, as they've been quite neglected in the series so far. It was also quite lucky timing, as the weekend after we were there, Warhammer World had the Forge World open day where they announced the Shattered Legions would be in the next Horus Heresy book, Retribution.

After we'd spent plenty of cash, it was time to do battle. We'd booked two tables for the afternoon, but neither we nor the staff could find the tables with the appropriate number. In the end the staff simply picked two next to each other that were free and declared them ours for the session. LoF and I played doubles with two friends on one table, while the other two people with us had larger armies with them so played a singles match on the other table. With one thing and another we didn't get that much gaming done (it turns out if you go to Warhammer World with podcasters, their adoring fans keep wanting to talk to them :P). We had some good moments in the game though, with an Avenger Strike Fighter roaring on to the table and hammering a unit of Eldar Jetbikers, only to be blown out of the sky when the Crimson Hunter came in from the other side. The proudest moment from my Orks was the Mek, after having the unit he was accompanying shot out from under him, going to intercept an outflanking sentinel all on his own and one-shotting it with his Kustom Mega-Slugga. We played until they closed, then decamped to the pub. WarhammerWorldBattle.JPG

We decided not to play on Sunday and spent the morning going round the Hall of Miniatures. This was definitely worth the price of admission, it took us about two-and-a-half hours to get through it all. They had models from all the way back in the beginning of the company to the newest stuff. The dioramas they've built are amazing, I'm confident if I went back and looked at them again I'd pick up lots of details I missed the first time. Once we finished seeing the exhibit, it was back to Bugman's for lunch. After discussion with the group we came to the conclusion that it's probably worth visiting about once a year. That leaves enough time between visits for the tables and exhibits to get updated and for wallets to recover. Before we left, I gave in to temptation and bought the Mechanicum Horus Heresy book. I really like the look of some of the Mechanicum models, although others I'm not so keen on. That's why I held off buying the book until the end of the trip, but eventually I decided if I bought it I'd at least be able to see if I could build an army the way I'd like so I went ahead and spent the cash.

All in all, we had a really good trip and we'll definitely go back. Hopefully next time we'll make a bit more time to play and have a bit less of a last minute rush to get everything painted, but other than that I don't think we'll do much differently.