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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Oct 11-12: Warhammer Fest & Golden Demon

Games Workshop's new 'premier' Event:
Warhammer Fest; October 11-12th, Ricoh Arena Coventry

It seems that we were really well informed as the rumors surrounding a new 'Games Day'-like event turn out to be spot on. 

Ricoh Arena, Coventry
The "Warhammer Fest" is the new 'premier event' by Games Workshop. For the first time it will take place over two days in the Rico Arena, Coventry (30 minutes east of Birmingham, 1h south of Nottingham). 

The ticket prices have been reduced from 35GBP to 20GBP but since I expect most people to go on both days, the total cost would be 40GBP. (They should have made it 21GBP, imo). 

Spreading an event over two days has the advantage that - even if the tickets are limited - GW will be able to get twice as many visitors over the two days than before. I think that's pretty clever, actually. 

There will be a Golden Demon

It is also confirmed that there will be a Golden Demon event held on Sunday. I have seen nothing about 'Armies on Parade' though. Maybe they'll spin that off into a separate event in the future?

Let's see what GW has to say about the Fest. The following text is taken from the event description on their Webstore. The event description for Saturday is the same as for Sunday - with the exception of the Golden Demon, of course.
What is Warhammer Fest
"Warhammer Fest is a celebration of everything about the worlds of Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000; the miniatures, the backgrounds, the stories and the games. You will encounter fantastic miniatures displays, seminars by our design teams, in-depth demonstrations and inspiring Design Studio displays.
You will also be able to pick up the latest releases from Games Workshop, Forge World and Black Library, including many items available for the first time over the weekend, along with exclusive event only merchandise. With such a wide range of activities, you can plan your day around specific elements, or just enjoy whatever grabs your attention.
Things to See and Do
Golden Demon - On Sunday 12th October, Warhammer Fest will be hosting the 2014 Golden Demon Miniatures Painting Competition, the calendar highlight for miniatures painters throughout the world. If you want to compete and showcase your painting skills, or be a spectator to this extravaganza of miniatures, then order your Sunday ticket today!
Seminars - We will be hosting a series of seminars featuring a panel of experts from Forge World, Black Library and Games Workshop. Each seminar will focus on a specific topic and we will be repeating certain ones each day, so you can choose to attend them when it best suits your plans.
Design Teams - Black Library, Forge World and the Games Workshop Design Studios will all have areas at Warhammer Fest so you can meet the dedicated teams that bring to life the worlds we all love. This is your chance to chat with them and ask any burning questions about Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, as well as seeing their work up close and personal.
Demo Pods - These dedicated areas are spread throughout the venue and each offers a specific activity such as: painting demonstrations, gaming tactics and a series of presentations covering a range of subjects.
Archives - The miniatures we love today have a rich history behind them, so dig into the Games Workshop Archives with us to see how they’ve developed over the years. We’ll have a variety of displays on show so you can get nostalgic over classic miniatures, art and publications, and debate with your mates about your old favourites.
Things to take Home
Black Library - The brand new Horus Heresy book, Death and Defiance will be on sale at Warhammer Fest for the first time anywhere in the world. This anthology collects together five stories set across the battlefields of the Horus Heresy, and includes brand new fiction from Aaron Dembski-Bowden, Nick Kyme, James Swallow, Andy Smillie and Guy Haley.
There will be a range of pre-release titles, event exclusive art prints and more.
Forge World - Visit the popular Forge World sales area for pre-release items, including a brand new book and new models not on release anywhere else; details will be revealed nearer the event. Over the weekend you can also buy from Forge World’s vast range of models and books as well as event only miniatures, t-shirts, hoodies, bags and mugs.
Citadel - You’ll have access to the Games Workshop range at Warhammer Fest, enabling you to add the latest Citadel miniatures, books and other products to your collections.
Art Prints - Admire a gallery of art prints celebrating the stunning visual work of our design teams, with artwork showing detail beyond what you see in our publications. And if there’s something you really like, you’ll be able to buy exclusive prints of many of the pieces over the weekend.
Exclusive Event Merchandise - Get an exclusive memento of your experience with event only products to use in your games and show off to your friends.
If you want to be part of this extravaganza of all things Warhammer and Warhammer 40,000, then get your ticket now as we have strictly limited numbers available for each day.
Full Terms and Conditions are available here."
From the description, it seems to be like Games Day 2013 UK with a couple of extra things such as the 'gaming tactics demo pods'. 

We as the Painting Buddha team won't be going to the Warhammer Fest this year as we are already going to the Scale Model Challenge in Eindhoven

So, what do you think? What do you expect from Warhammer Fest? Where will you be on October 11-12th? Comment below!
Since we won't be going would anyone want to be a 'freelance reporter' for us? ;)



  1. Well, on the one hand it is nice and interesting to see, that GW hasn't killed the GD but transformed it into something bigger. And in that way, are trying to do something new, maybe even risky - ok, now I made myself laugh. But seriously, nice to see, that they haven't completly killed of THE community event for their systems.

    On the other hand I fear a bit, that they blow this one, too. And it bothers me even more, that there will be no other GD - and I mean Golden Demon by that - other than the UK one. That surely is one way to show painters what one thinks of them, and for sure a superb method of supporting and promoting other competitions Like The Duke of Bavaria, Monte Sansavino, Scale Model Challenge and so on.....

  2. At the 11th of October I'll be at "Das Bett" in Frankfurt, partying with the folks from Eläkeläise, on the 12th I'm nursing my hangover and slowly preparing for SPIEL the next week!
    So neither "Warhammer Fest" nor "Scale Model Challenge" for me this year. :-P

    But I count on some folks here to provide me with excellent reviews and pictures from both events!

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