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I know there is a 'show off your gaming table' thread I'm rather curious as to the gaming tables and displays that are at your local GW or LGS, so why not a topic to show those off as well, because stores tend to have more materials available.
I've got some pictures of the 40K table ( an imperial city/district that is vandalised by the Orks ), the LotR table ( Flooded part of Osgilliath ) and the display ( chaos siege of empire city, but the picture is out of focus ). There is also a snowy fantasy table with empire buildings and such, but I don't have a picture right now. I do play on it all the time so it can be seen in my warhammer fantasy battlereports.
Anyway, the 40K table
And the display
So, how are the gaming tables at your local store?
crap tbh, it's basically three realm of battle game boards stuck together with flock on it, they lay some tape down to divide them up if people are playing seperate games but for the most part it's boring because the store is run by one guy and he simply does'nt have the time.
I dunno, if i'dve walked into your store i'dve flipped my shit and bought tons of stuff. The first time i went in my local GW most of the lights were broken and the place looked closed, if it had not have been for one of my friends waving at me to come in I probably would'nt have bothered.
Bedford is quite good - it helps they have a lot of space, so there's 3(? I think) game boards, plus painting station and 2 display/intro game boards. Honour demands I say it's not as good as when I worked there but we did have 2 full timers and 3 keytimers* so Wayne doesn't do a bad job considering he's there on his own
*Minimum wage coming in really kicked GWs staffing in the face didn't it... but at least nobody is now on £5,500 per year after tax. Not that you pay a lot of tax on those wages...
There is NO casino with stripper poles, never has been. What you see in movies is not reality of Las Vegas.
Anyways, my LGS has 3 of the RoB boards, all on tables. However, there are also several very well modeled BloodBowl pitches, some nice airbrush/glass jobs for Battlefleet Gothic and nautical games (space on one side, ocean on the other). Our back room is full of basic card tables and a few more pitches, for the cardgamers and RPers. We have a "private gaming room" as well, which is basically just a flat table with a painted/flocked board on it.
All of the tables are 4x6 and built so that you can put them together in a row (there are guardrails on the long edges). There are also TONS of scenery items to choose from- for a short time, the manager was giving people 200% store credit to buy, build, and paint terrain for the store. I built an entire Imperial village that had been ransacked by Chaos, to use as a 'Settlement of Disorder'.
When the store moved, the manager sold off a lot of his best tables. He used to have a Cityfight table that featured a factory floor, a river of sludge, and several trenches/basements for the buildings that were placed over it. He also had a fully modeled Mordheim board, with another river, a sailing ship, a covered bridge, and 15 or so buildings. There were also "basic" boards with just a few hills, a river, and some fjords sculpted into them, with room to place more terrain at will.
you guy's make me feel as if i've been left out XD atleast we have some nice display models. Our store ended up with an 'eavy metal team painted balrog.
Liverpool store has had its ups and downs tbh
the old manager ended up getting the shaft quite hard in terms of staff and ended up running the place alone for several months, normal attrition and people weren't replaced.
the games room boards are fairly standard 6x4 brown and flocked, but they server a purpose. new manager is working on improving that lot atm tho, probably a lot easier with other staff available again lol.
as for downstairs, mostly battleboards in various styles with various terrain pieces depending on whatevers getting a big push atm...cant blame it really. in terms of built/themed boards to play on, theres very little available right now.
It's quite sad really, I've been to a lot of stores where staff have left for various reasons, as soon as GW catch wind that the store is doing ok without extra staff they just tell the one remaining guy 'keep it up' and leave him or her to it until it stops doing ok.
The worst thing is that rather than listen to it's customer base that would show up if the store was run by KillBot 8000 the murderous rampaging death machine (it's fun for kid's and adults too!) and just hire more staff, they sack the poor bloke who is steering a sinking ship and get someone less experienced to take a whack at it.
I'm not saying I could run these stores any better but in terms of efficient and effective marketting a high turn over of staff looks REALLY bad. People get attached to the people who run a place that they go to often, they won't all quit playing if it changes but it does make sure they keep their hands in their pockets.
wow that daemonic portal looks amazing