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greylark
29-11-2011, 15:16
I'm, going to make a journey in a few weeks that takes me through Nottingham and I was considering jumping off the train and having a look at Warhammer World.

I have to admit that I haven't been very active in the hobby for a while now, but the place has a curious draw on me.

So I guess I want to know, is it worth jumping off the train for a few hours?

ModelCalamity
29-11-2011, 15:35
yes

















if not just for a trip down memory lane and a reletively cheap pint of XXX

Commissar Merces
29-11-2011, 15:37
I'm, going to make a journey in a few weeks that takes me through Nottingham and I was considering jumping off the train and having a look at Warhammer World.

I have to admit that I haven't been very active in the hobby for a while now, but the place has a curious draw on me.

So I guess I want to know, is it worth jumping off the train for a few hours?

Absolutely. I haven't been in the hobby for almost three years till this summer, when I was visiting england. I was staying in london at the time, but made a journey to Leeds and up through Loch Ness. I happened to remember Nottingham was GW headquarters and I decided to go have a look.

Visiting absolutely rejuvenated my love for the game. Made some friends at the store and I was able to purchase some very cool merchandize as well as have a brew at Bugman's. The staff is fantastic. They even arranged for me to get a cab back to the train station.

When I got back to the states, I started fixing my armies. My girlfriend now plays (after I introduced the game to her) and I am currently winning a tournament at my local shop. It was a great experience and has really made me appreciate the game and the community again.

Inquisitor Shego
29-11-2011, 15:41
Went last week. Always a good laugh. Call in advance to make sure there isn't a tournament, and prepare to be amazed. Also, if you're getting off at the station, get a cab. Beats walking 2 miles

shelfunit.
29-11-2011, 15:50
Absolutely worth it. I went about 2 years ago as I was in town for a wedding and had a few hours free. Really good bar (Bugmans) and the museum up the stairs is a real "11" on the nostalgia scale. There was also a warhammer tourney on the go in the main hall and wandering around there were a vast array of excellent armies on display and between battles eveyone was happy to chat about their forces.

de Selby
29-11-2011, 15:59
The display room/museum upstairs is absolutely worth a visit in itself. Some of the tables are amazing. And you can pick up FW stuff in the shop which is good.

6mmhero
29-11-2011, 17:02
As others have said it is well worth the trip.

I normally find if you go when an event is on then there is more of a buzz and atmosphere as mid week can sometimes be quite empty in the gaming hall (fine if you want a chilled game).

The Miniatures hall is also worth looking at and seeing the stuff up close.

Have fun.

RevEv
29-11-2011, 19:52
I've been several times and it is always worth a visit.

Up close the 'Eavy Metal miniatures are even more stunning than in White Dwarf, plus there is sometimes the offchance you'll find a preview model on display, although that is getting less frequent.

The store stocks a limited supply of FW and, if you're there some time, if you want a MO only model they'll get it to you on the day.

Bugman's is cool - although I've yet to try any xxxx as I'm always driving.

I love just stopping in there when I'm travelling up or down the M1, it's far nicer than a service station.

bolshie
29-11-2011, 20:15
It's worth the trip, the painted figures upstairs are lovely, there's usually some art work or diaramas on display, the beer is good, and it's free.

Who knows it might even rekindle your enthusiasm.

Ozorik
29-11-2011, 21:47
Who knows it might even rekindle your enthusiasm.

It didn't work for me then.

Its worth a trip but its not really all that big excluding the event hall.

Steve54
29-11-2011, 21:56
I'd say if you want to see it go when you can as I very much doubt the hall will either be there in a few years or if it is it won't be free.

Drakcore Bloodtear
29-11-2011, 23:16
It didn't work for me then.

Its worth a trip but its not really all that big excluding the event hall.

I have to agree here, unless your planning to play, buy or just have a couple of drinks, it's not that great.

However if your planning any of the above it's a real treat, I've been twice and playing on the great boards (if your lucky they'll allow you on one of the special boards) and buying Forgeworld in store is so much fun (is that sad... nah :angel: )

Sildani
30-11-2011, 02:39
Saving money on FW shipping is never sad.

MarcoSkoll
30-11-2011, 03:41
It is worth seeing at least the once, even if you're a grumpy sod like me who has no interest in the booze or buying anything. While I very much disagree with how GW behaves as a business, WHW still does exactly what it says on the tin. Everything that is still good about GW* (and even quite a lot of what was good about GW) can be found there.
*Excluding what other companies have managed to do with licences.

If you've still got that nostalgia, then give it a shot. Just bear in mind, the place can have a strong influence on the weak-minded. Namely, the wallets of the weak-minded.

I've been five times now, all of them to play Inquisitor with the other equally weird... actually, no. Wait. Just regular weird. Not equally weird. Anyway...

... the other weird people who like that sort of thing. While it's at least an eight hour round trip and I haven't yet been less than about 20 hours awake when I walked in there, it has still been great fun every time.

Also, to give the counterpoint to what Inquisitor Shego said, the walk from the station might a little long (25 minutes), but it's really quite nice.
Find the canal (easy solution: Find a local. Ask "Where is the canal?") and walk up it (the water needs to be on your right, if it's not, you're going the wrong way) until you find Lenton Lane Bridge (It has a name plate). Come off onto the bridge, head towards the giant Space Marine.

Vos
30-11-2011, 09:34
It's worth it if you're intending on doing a bit of shopping, as all the fluff adds to the buying experience. I last went about 5 years ago and blew nearly 800 on Warmaster - it was worth it just to see the bemused look on the staff faces. Someone spending that much on a specialist game definitely hit their "does not compute" buttons.

Bugmans is great though.

Vos

greylark
30-11-2011, 09:48
ahh cool thanks guys, I will go and have a look :)

Grimmeth
30-11-2011, 10:09
Bugmans is a really nice bar (and does some awesome, yet horrifically greasy food - only place you can say you've eaten a fat bloke and not get funny looks!), the venue is really nice and the museum is really inspiring.
I enjoy it whenever I head up there (which isn't that often unfortunately) - would highly recommend it.

SunTzu
30-11-2011, 11:19
The museum is amazing but best enjoyed on a weekday evening when it's quiet, and you can spend an hour just admiring the displays without having twelve-year-old kids screaming in your ear.

Bugman's is excellent but an excellent pub is hardly worth a trip on its own; the gaming tables are pretty splendid but unless you're there for an event you might as well just play at home (of course, if you are there for an event, the museum won't be quiet); and the shop is certainly handy for buying direct-only or FW stuff if you're there anyway, but hardly worth going out of your way for.

So if you're making a special trip, go with realistic expectations to avoid disappointment; it's really "just" a shop, a big (erm, huge) gaming room, a pub and the miniatures room. OTOH if you're in Nottingham anyway, it's a fantastic place to drop by for a meal and a pint and an admiring hour or so in the museum and to pick up that Forge World model you've been meaning to get for a while.

MarcoSkoll
30-11-2011, 13:55
I've just been reminded...

Anyone who does head up there for a protracted length of time should bear in mind that the main hall holds a lot of people but not a lot of Air-Con. It can get pretty hot in there, so don't dress too warm (and ideally make sure you can lose layers).

Nuada
30-11-2011, 14:57
That's true about the AirCon. Rumour is it's warm in there to make you thirsty and buy more drinks from Bugmans. That's not me saying it, that's a quote from a GW employee :p

If you're a big fan of GW it's worth the visit, thursday nights are best for games. Some people travel for miles.
I had a big meet up earlier in the year with people off another forum. We arranged an 8 player game of warhammer. One guy flew from France, another from Ireland.... i only had a 20 min drive :D

tu33y
05-12-2011, 09:38
it is my local store, and a briiliant place. free parking, a HUGE 'nids vs Space puppies diarama in the main entrance, a couple of lifesize Marines, a chaos warrior, the miniatures hall, the main gaming hall (which is cool all by itself- its like being in a castle courtyard) the small gallery corridor that is relativley new, bugmans which is very nicely decorated inside, plus you often see "names" from the hobby in the bar or just walking around... Jervis, Rick P, and everyone is very nice, the barstaff are all (mostly) hobbyists so they will ask you what your making recently while giving you a pint.

the staffers in the shop are very nice. including lunch, to see everything for this first time, and to take your time in the minis museum, i guess your looking at an hour and a half or more.

well worth it, and I VERY MUCH doubt it will ever stop being free.

the only bad thing is that the hobby bar closed, which for me was the BEST THING EVER. and that is a fact. but all in all, worth it.

LonelyPath
05-12-2011, 18:37
Been there a good few times and it has always been worth the trip. I'd like to pop in there again some day when I'm up in the Notts area.

Kijamon
05-12-2011, 19:25
I went for the planetary empires weekend and it was a fantastic place for an event.

Booze, lots of tables, same day and free delivery to the store, plenty of people kicking about to chat to.

It was fantastic and well worth a look.

Steve54
06-12-2011, 19:06
and I VERY MUCH doubt it will ever stop being free.

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IMO its virtually a certainty that you will have to pay-to-play before long as they try and make it pay for itself.

MarcoSkoll
06-12-2011, 20:59
I think it probably does pay for itself. Due to the sheer volume of traffic that hall draws, it's got to boost the turnover (and thus profits) of the WHW store and Bugman's massively.

Yes, they do charge for larger bookings (apparently because they've had enough cancellations that they needed to dissuade the less than entirely serious), but I doubt they'd be quite so daft as to charge for all play. Indeed, they quickly adjusted the pricing scheme they introduced when it implied that there would be a charge for small events.

Steve54
06-12-2011, 21:47
Well the manager of the hall+events was put in charge with the task of improving its profitability.
He attempted to doo this by remooving the club nights+massively increasing prices for independent tournaments. Now virtually no non-GW events are held there and a 75% reduction in thursday attendance, and therefore a lot less custom at the bar. Where else can they go now as these moves haven't worked to say the least

winterdyne
08-12-2011, 16:46
Several of the Platoon Britannica mob are descending on WHW this Saturday. If you fancy coming along and swapping techniques or just having a chat, just look for the guys in PB T-Shirts.

Old Legionary
11-12-2011, 18:03
It is worth while, the facilities are amazing. It is good to see where it all started.

SunTzu
11-12-2011, 18:16
It is worth while, the facilities are amazing. It is good to see where it all started.

...nowhere near Lenton? :p

Deff Mekz
11-12-2011, 18:28
Aye, the old citadel factory for instance was in Newark-on-Trent. :p

Deff

aldroud
11-12-2011, 19:57
I took my wife to London for our honeymoon. Tucked in with the knickers and luggage was a blue case containing my Orc WHFB army. Went to Nottingham for two days, spent one just hanging in Bugmans, played a game, stared awestruck at the terrain, and lost my wife for an hour in the miniature museum. One of our highpoints from the honeymoon.

tu33y
12-12-2011, 12:02
Aye, the old citadel factory for instance was in Newark-on-Trent. :p

Deff

then didn't it move to Eastwood, behind the Man In Space pub?

consensus seems to be DO IT! you really will not regret it.

wow, what a nice, positive thread.

Nuada
12-12-2011, 14:04
then didn't it move to Eastwood, behind the Man In Space pub?

Yeah, that was our local. They used to do a nice pint of Murphys on tap. :D

GW provided the funding to found Citadel Miniatures in 1979, that was in Newark on Trent, (Bryan used to buy fast cars from a friend, been to his house a few times, nice guy. He had Wayne England painting a fresco around the top of one room when i was there) then later citadel absorbed itself into Games Workshop.

Started in London before Newark. They used to sell out the back of a van. (mid 70's)

Chaos and Evil
13-12-2011, 08:14
Well the manager of the hall+events was put in charge with the task of improving its profitability.

Is the hall manager still Zak G.?

MLP
13-12-2011, 20:25
Just took a little trip up this evening (for the first time) as its only an hour from where i work at the moment. It was a great experience even though I was only there just over an hour.

Seeing the models and dioramas that i've seen in white dwarf over the past decade or so is great and even seeing some much older ones from the '80s!

I saw the new White Dwarf and can confirm the magazines in the treasure chest are actually painted and not computer enhanced!

Was also told that imperial armour 3 was being distributed to stores ready to be released which is good to know.

All in all a great place and experience that I plan visiting very often.

strongbow
14-12-2011, 11:17
Just took a little trip up this evening (for the first time) as its only an hour from where i work at the moment. It was a great experience even though I was only there just over an hour.

Seeing the models and dioramas that i've seen in white dwarf over the past decade or so is great and even seeing some much older ones from the '80s!

I saw the new White Dwarf and can confirm the magazines in the treasure chest are actually painted and not computer enhanced!

Was also told that imperial armour 3 was being distributed to stores ready to be released which is good to know.

All in all a great place and experience that I plan visiting very often.

Imperial Armour 3? Sorry if I'm wrong but didn't that come out ages ago?

MLP
14-12-2011, 11:21
Maybe I'm losing the plot! By the forge world news letter it's imperial armour 11! Who knows where I pulled 3 from!

mweaver
16-12-2011, 05:02
My wife and I were passing through Nottingham on our last vacation to Britain in 2008, and we stopped by WW. We both enjoyed it immensely, particularly the miniatures in the cabinets upstairs, but also the terrain downstairs in the gaming area. It was a quiet weekday morning, and not many people were there. The staff were extremely pleasant, as others have noted. We had a nice lunch at Bugman's and all in all had a very pleasant time.

We also went by the Wargames Foundry store, which is also in Nottingham. That was a lot of fun too - a fair number of figures available we had never seen on their website (esp. fantasy figures), plus they had a big box of "convention special" blisters for greatly reduced prices - I picked up a ton of very cheap orcs that day.

We hope to vacation again in the U.K. in the summer of 2012 - and my wife has already made it clear we will be stopping in Nottingham again!.

Oh, yes - nice castle. Silly statue of Robin Hood, though.

Steve54
16-12-2011, 08:46
Is the hall manager still Zak G.?

Yes - and his tenure reached a new high last night with 9 players + 4 in the bar

tu33y
16-12-2011, 08:50
hmmm, we started going on a thursday night, 6-7 of us... but with family commitments (damn nativity plays!!) we didnt play this week. that said, last week it was Busy McRammedson, so i guess itsa seasonal thing?

Steve54
16-12-2011, 09:44
Nope its as everybody now goes to maelstrom or the white hart as the whw manager alienated them - nothing to do with seasons. Last week there were about 30 there which is about the max now, compare that to a year/2 years ago when it was regularily over 80 and every table sometimes in use

6mmhero
18-12-2011, 09:10
Where is the White Hart? never heard of it (Haven't lived inNottingham for about three years, but spend a fair amount of time up there). I still want to visit Maelstrom for a game at some point.

winterdyne
18-12-2011, 14:11
At the end of Lenton Lane. It's a decent pub.

jez
19-12-2011, 14:19
Been once and thoroughly enjoyed it and would go again, in fact, if I order anything 'major' from Forgeworld in the future it's actually cheaper for me to drive to Nottingham than pay postage.
Worth it for all the reasons mentioned; Bugmans; Main Hall; Miniature Museum; Free Parking; Product selection etc

Osbad
19-12-2011, 15:31
I stopped by on my way to a business conference the other week. The miniatures hall is so worth it just for the trip down memory lane. Seeing models in the cases that I last remember seeing in the pages of White Dwarf as a teenager in the '80's brought a strange lump to my throat.

6mmhero
20-12-2011, 13:04
Yeah I know the one you mean now, cheers winterdyne

sigur
20-12-2011, 13:13
It's very well worth a visit, especially the miniatures hall. Seeing all these dioramas and 'eavy metal paintjobs in real life is very exciting. Main Hall is cool as well. Don't know about bugman's as when I went there it was very crowded and I didn't spend much time there.

Also visit the other companies located in Nottingham and try to sneak into the lair of the Perrys. ;)