A road trip…..

For a few weeks now myself and others in the geek clan have not summoned up the energy or enthusiasm to build, paint or do anything remotely link to Bolt Action.

We’ve still enthusiastically talked at great length about our plans and ideas but it hasn’t translated into any ‘productive’.

We needed a kick up the posterior, this kick came in the form of Warlord Games Games Day 2014, an open day at Warlords HQ in Nottingham.

Mr A had shown us the open day on the Warlord website a few months ago, we had all got rather excited and booked the tickets and waited, got more excited and waited some more. Then the 26th July arrived.

A 400mile round trip was a head of us, Mr S and I left my house at 0445 to start the pick ups. By 0600 Mr A and Mr D had joined us in the geek mobile and we were off to Nottingham!

From 0600 till 1030 when we arrived at Warlord HQ we discussed anything and everything geeky and Bolt Action related.

Upon arrival and after eating breakfast we proceeded to queue for our wrist band and free miniature, PC Dogsberry, and we were in! We had a quick glance around the first welcoming lobby, we the proceeded to enter the main hall. First stop shopping!

We all spent a quick trolley dash picking up the items we had been planning for week. For me I purchased a Sherman tank, M8 Greyhound, Half track, and the Historicon 2014 minature of Dick Winters. Being the US and having a squad of Airbourne this was a must!

We then had a break and a drink, then we walked round the tables.

The table walk round was brilliant, all the exhibitors running the demo games were very friendly. The tables were really good and I think we all picked up some ideas for our own terrain boards.

Here’s a few snap shots, apologies for the lack of photos but I was caught up in the day!

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Black Powder........ I think
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The Alamo, Saving Private Ryan
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The Alamo Pt 2
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Huge Black Powder board
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Black Powder again. Loved the avenue of trees
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Mandatory Miniatures Normandy Bolt Action board
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An amazing cliff board

After another break we then went on a tour of the factory. We saw the two workshops, the resin casting area and the metal forge.

All the Warlord guys were really friendly in each of the areas. In the metal forge you were able to cast your own miniatures. Mr D cast 12 German’s, Mr S cast 12 Russians and all were given a free Druid miniature.

After another brief walk round we brought our trip to Nottingham to an end and hit the road again.

I would like to say thank you to Warlord Games for putting on such a relaxing friendly open day. It was really nice to share the day with people who were just as enthusiastic about the games as we are.

There was never any pressure to play, chat or buy from any exhibitors or companies at the day.

The open day has really lit a fire in all of us, so much so at 2100 when Mr S and I arrived back home we built our tanks whilst waiting for Mrs S and Mrs J to get in!

Thank you again Warlord, we will return!

J