Tuesday, 2 December 2014

A Wargaming Weekend - Part 2

After a good nights sleep and a hearty breakfast we headed into Nottingham for the Mantic open day.  Always a good day out with lots of eye candy and usually a thing or two from Ronnie which he shouldn't have said (the man's as leaky as and old boot).

Waiting for the proverbial doors to open

The man on the door, good old Ronnie welcoming everyone in

There was plenty to do and on display as usual so I'll keep the text short and sweet.
Stuart had a slide show running of work in progress/concept images in the studio section (keep in mind these of photos of a monitor taken at a funny angle).

Enforcer Pathfinder 3D renders:

Veer-myn 3D Renders:

Forge Father 3D renders:

Succubus 3D render:

Deadzone / Warpath concepts:

Possibly the artwork for the Deadzone expansion (Infestation?):

Then there was the miniatures cabinet with some of the studio miniatures along with some new greens:


New Forge Guard and prototype scenery for Deadzone:

Painted 3D print of a Lower Abyssal:

Here are the games/displays that were running through the day:

Incredible Deadzone oil rig by Coop Aka Dale

Great Winged Slasher conversion

Amy playing The Tarot of Loka with Bob Olley

We attended two of the seminars from the day, one with Ronnie and Alessio on Kings of War and then one with Jake Thornton on the games he's designed.  They were insightful as always but I'm afraid hunger got the best of us so we departed before Ronnies final seminar, goody bags in hand in search of a tasty meal and there was really only one place we could end up, this being a wargaming weekend after all.

As always Bugmans provided us with some seriously tasty grub/beer and at very good prices (always puzzled us this one but I assume they want you to send your money on toy soldiers and not burgers).

After grubbing up we went to take a look to see what was left of Warhammer World while it was being redesigned and to be honest there was still quite a bit on show.  However the only products that interest us now from GW are the LOTR and Hobbit ranges which sadly only took up the smallest of spaces behind the counter in the temporary store.  Luckily however one of the staff is a Hobbit player and had some miniatures on display, which actually looked better than the Eavy Metal teams work.

Unfortunately the Osgiliath table was nowhere to be seen but the impressive Goblin town one was.

Display in the store

With this we decided to head on home but I just wanted one more thing before we left...

A brilliant weekend was certainly had by all and we're going to try and organise something similar for next year but before that we'll have Oldhammer Day in August!


A Wargaming Weekend - Part 1

When Mantic Games announced another one of their open days for November we (Amy, myself and my cousin) thought we'd take advantage of being in the Nottingham area and plan something of a wargaming weekend with an overnight stay somewhere.  So we booked the Friday off work and planned a trip to Wargames Foundry, something we've been meaning to do for some time, which would then be proceeded by the Mantic open day on the Saturday.
We set off nice and early on the Friday with a view to get to Foundry at around 10:30 knowing full well we could be there for some time and barring a bit of traffic we landed pretty much on the dot.

Our first glimpse from the car

It must be said that I don't think I've ever visited a "shop" in such magnificent surroundings, so we trundled up to the shop door and rang the bell (like the old fashioned school bells) before realising the door was open (it sticks quite a bit, Bryan later told us it was an original door from the 1830s so we'll let it off).


Upon our entry we were, to be quite frank, blown away.  The sheer number of miniatures is astounding and we knew we were in for a long but wonderful day.  We'd of course seen images from Oldhammer day but they didn't prepare us for just how much there really is so we took some snaps of everything, including the Oldhammer miniature cabinets.

Yes, that is a very big smile on my face

A real treat for me, the first plastic miniatures produced by GW/Citadel

The first port of call was the mythological Greek range which will come in very handy for Crooked Dice's 7th Voyage as well as Amy's fledgling Nature army for Kings Of War.  We then proceeded to spend the next couple of hours looking over the racks and finding so many miniatures we wanted to pick up (gladiators, pirates...) but would have to leave till our next trip.  We then had a much needed bite to eat before delving into the other half of the shop where my bank balance really took a beating.  Within the Fantasy range are some Dark Elves, the Godless, who will make perfect Black Numenoreans for my Lord Of The Rings army, they even use a single eye as a marking on their armour and shields.  My cousin also picked some  of these up for the same reason and Amy grabbed herself some of the Mer-People, again for use in her Nature army.
Now that we'd shopped ourselves silly Martin (who was a font of knowledge about the Foundry ranges and the history of the place) offered to take us on a small tour to which we couldn't say no.

The clock tower being restored but now in working order

The courtyard

The master mould room

What will be the gaming hall

One of several rooms of production moulds

The casting room

Upon our return to the shop some of the miniatures they had cast up for us were ready and they also found a command unit for the Godless that had been MIA for some time which we added to our growing lead pile.  At this point Bryan Ansell popped in the shop and we chatted with him for some time, mainly about the history of the building and surroundings which lead us on to the church which is situated in the grounds, a wonderfully old building which we had a look around.

When we got back to the shop Bryan offered to take us on a little tour and to see if Kev (the Goblin Master himself) was about.  As we walked around Bryan filled us in on the rich and quite incredible history of the house and it's owners throughout the years and the changes it had gone through.

The hidden garden

The famous fresco

Kev was indeed busily sculpting away on the new Warmonger range of green skins and beastmen and happily answered our questions while Bryan showed me some of the work he'd completed so far.

A table full of green skins of all shaped and sizes


Goblin Dinosaur rider anyone?

The many shields Kev has sculpted so far

The Goblin Master himself.  Bryan doesn't really keep him in a dark hole, my camera just went a bit haywire

On the work table at the moment

Concept work from Bryan

More concepts

Once we had returned to the shop for the final time we carried on chatting with Bryan for a while before saying our farewells and thanking both him and Martin for such a wonderful day.

It was then time to hit the road and get a good nights rest before the Mantic open day on Saturday.

To be continued...