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Armies, birthdays and a Slayer Sword

Just over a week ago, we hosted our very first Warhammer Fest – a two-day event at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. Over the course of the weekend eager hobbyists got to meet the sculptors, painters, writers and illustrators, chat to them about their work and see their creations in the flesh (well, plastic).

The Studio area was a hive of activity. In the foreground you can see the Studio army painters giving painting advice and tips, while in the background the writers and sculptors talk about their work. The Studio area was a hive of activity. In the foreground you can see the Studio army painters giving painting advice and tips, while in the background the writers and sculptors talk about their work.
One of the most popular features of the weekend was the demo pods and presentations. Here you can see Miniature Designer Seb Perbet talking about some of his favourite models. There were also painting demonstrations run by the Citadel and Forge World Studios. One of the most popular features of the weekend was the demo pods and presentations. Here you can see Miniature Designer Seb Perbet talking about some of his favourite models. There were also painting demonstrations run by the Citadel and Forge World Studios.

Sunday also played host to the fabled Golden Demon painting competition, which saw hundreds of people enter their greatest works in an attempt to win the coveted Slayer Sword. In the end, though, there was only one winner:

Thanatar Siege-automata by Richard Gray.

We’re sure you’ll agree, Richard’s entry is an exceptional piece, beautifully painted with plenty of freehand icons, markings and battle damage.

You can see more pictures of Warhammer Fest on both the Forge World Bulletin page and the Warhammer World website. Once you’ve finished reading today’s post (and not before, I’ll know…) head over there to check them out.

But that’s not all for today.

If you missed entering Golden Demon at the weekend, don’t forget that Saturday 25th (this Saturday coming) is Armies on Parade day! If you’ve already finished your entry, make sure you take it into your local Games Workshop on Saturday to enter it into the competition. For those of you that haven’t painted anything yet, you still have five days to get something ready – plenty of time! And, if all else fails, why not pay the store a visit anyway and check out the other entries.

And on that note…

This weekend many of our stores will be celebrating their birthdays, including Games Workshop Bristol, Crewe, Padova, Cairns, Huangpu and Memphis. Check out your local Games Workshop’s Facebook page to find out when their birthday celebrations are. If you get there early enough, you might even be able to get your hands on some exclusive merchandise, such as the poster in the picture above.

Across the Sea of Claws they will come, aboard rotten ships on foetid tides.