It's the time of year when we at White Dwarf venture cautiously down to Forge World's top-secret Manufactorum to discover what they will be lining up for Games Day UK 2012.
Ead Brown (and a gun-servitor) met us at their blast doors. 'As always, the Forge World presence at this year's Games Day will be even bigger and better than before' Ead told us. 'Starting with our sales stand in the cavernous Hall One of the NEC, we'll be occupying a vast area with our range of resin kits, modelling supplies and books. You'll be able to purchase our 2012 Event Only models, the Imperial Enforcer and Skin Wolf, and as always in the weeks before Games Day we'll be unveiling loads of brand new, never-before-seen releases that will be on sale for the first time.'
Neil Wylie and Alan Bligh will be showcasing Imperial Armour: Model Masterclass Volume 2, and talking about the forthcoming Imperial Armour Volume 12!
Mark Bedford, Edgar Skomorrowski, Keith Robertson and Steve Whitehead have been designing all manner of terrifying monsters to accompany the Monstrous Arcanum book.
‘Meanwhile, in our Studio area, the Book Design team will be showcasing proof copies of future books from both Forge World and Warhammer Forge alongside lavish displays of artwork. Our talented artists Sam Lamont, Rhys Pugh, Ian Strickland and Kenton Mills will also be working on pieces of brand new artwork and layout before your very eyes on their advanced cogitator units.'
‘You'll be able to chat to Talima Fox, Neil Wylie and Alan Bligh, the talented minds behind the incredible narratives in each of our books. Talima will be discussing her work on the forthcoming Warhammer Forge book Black Fire Pass, featuring the Empire, Dwarfs and Orcs and some really exciting narrative, fantastic artwork and miniatures concepts. Neil and Alan will be talking about future projects too secret to be spoken of here, and also the forthcoming Imperial Armour Volume 12 which, rumour has it, will feature the Minotaurs chapter alongside other Imperial forces fighting a sector-wide conflict against various Chaos and Xenos forces with the shadowy threat of the Necrons lurking in the background.' Ead explained. It all sounds tremendously exciting! What about the miniatures side of the Forge World studio, however?
Work in Progress
‘Well on the subject of Necrons,' Ead continues, 'Will Hayes has recently started working on concepts for some exciting new kits for this ancient race, and he might even have a few work-in-progress models on display. And that's not all - our other Warhammer 40,000 designers, Stuart Williamson, Daren Parrwood and Phil Stutcinskas will all be showcasing their most recent models, future projects and work-in-progress designs as well. Again, there's some "we could tell you but we'd have to kill you" levels of secrecy but suffice to say you'll be very excited.'
‘The Warhammer Forge team - Mark Bedford, Edgar Skomorowski, Keith Robertson and Steve Whitehead - have all been hard at work designing all manner of terrifying monsters to accompany the Monstrous Arcanum book released earlier this year. From Chaos Dwarf Bull Centaur Renders to the fell Magma Dragon, these are all incredibly detailed and jaw-dropping resin models, and who knows what they'll be showcasing as work-in-progress for the Black Fire Pass book. Scenery designer Blake Spence, responsible for our fantastic Zone Mortalis tiles, will be showcasing his latest projects and discussing the process of designing such awesome terrain, while our painter Neil Cook will be on hand to explain (and maybe even demonstrate) some of the techniques and methods we use for our display models and terrain boards.
‘Oh, and finally - there will be a very big and very exciting project unveiled for the very first time...'