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I've never been to a Games Workshop; we only have small hobby shops up here in Montana.. hopefully I'll be at Games Day LA this summer, but I was wondering..
What are Games Workshop stores like?
What kind of music do they play?
Are there tables to play on with what kind of terrain?
Does each army have it's own little section?
Do they have specialist things like painting workshops?
After reading that the music in an Australian GW was too loud (whish ) I wondered what the atmosphere was like?
2H - LEGIO HYDRA
My GW here in St Louis, as well as the Battle Bunker in Chicago, aren't that much different than most of the independent stores I go into, except there aren't any comics.
They have GW products and posters lining the walls, 6 tables for gaming (the Bunker had 20 maybe? - its huge) and a painting area for assembly/painting/etc. They have paints that can be used by anyone, and a lot of people lately are coming in to try the new Foundation Paints.
The tables are all different. Some are ready for Cities of Death, some are WHFB setups (mine entrance, dwarf buildings), and several different kinds of terrain to use.
GW St Louis plays different CDs, I believe. I know I have heard the Halo soundtrack at least once, and some other "appropriately instrumental" music that I don't recognize. It's not too loud - makes for a great background.
They have painting clinics, as well as set nights for specific games (40K is one night, LOTR another, WHFB another, with "beginner" nights on the weekends). You don't have to play LOTR on LOTR night, but if you want an LOTR game, that is the night you are more likely to find other players.
I tend to go into the store on my lunch hour, chat with the guys about my next big idea (what models to get next, what's in store for future releases, etc) and pick up my White Dwarf once a month. I've seen people sitting around painting Battlefleet Gothic ships and many other items. GW St Louis doesn't have much in the way of BFG, but they can order almost anything for you.
The advantage of the Battle Bunkers (Chicago, for example) is that they have Forge World items for immediate sale. I was able to get some Grey Knight Dreadnought items from them that I would have had to order from England otherwise. I forgot to check if they had any Titans in stock though.
Hope this post was helpful. If you have more questions, feel free to PM me.
Originally Posted by Montford981
my locals pretty good, 3/4 tables and pretty much as the above except they play metal and punk a lot, which keeps me happy. The staff are also fantastic, happy to chat about armies or ideas or show you painting techniques and the like.
aut viam inveniam aut faciam / I'll either find a way or make one.
I go to Games Day LA every year! It is usually a blast...
I am fortunate to live near enough to the Battle Bunker here in Southern California and make my way there occasionally. Sentry Killer pretty muched summed it up. I think they are pretty much cookie cutter depending on location. Some stores are very small and only have a couple of their demo tables up, the battle bunker basically has their store section and then a separate section with tables, painting area, etc.
I don't hang out too much at the store (life usually keeps me too busy!) but when I have gone there I have found the atmosphere to be mostly enjoyable.
Maybe I might see you around at Games Day. You entering the demons?
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Hello Twohats, I should explain that I'm 45 years old, so what I think is too loud is probably O.K. by you. Sadly I'm becoming like my father was a long time ago!!! Anyway aside from that i live 400 km from the nearest GW and usually buy from mail order; but when we go to Adelaide I always leave the wife and daughters to do girly things while I hit one of the three GW shops in town. It is an enjoyable experience to watch a game for a while or just chat to someone else about the game. I nearly always buy a few paints and some new detail brushes as well as a character or two. After you've politely told the salesmen your just looking for a while they will leave you alone. Hope you get to enjoy the experience soon.:yes:
I go to the one in Danvers, Mass. from time to time. Same as what everyone has said here. The salespeople, for an international chain of retail stores, are remarkably low-pressure and very knowledgeable. Last time I went, I bought a White Dwarf and a tub of gravel. Also got a free large base (didn't wanna buy a bag of em), and many, many tips for painting.
Only thing that screams retail-corporate to me was that they very subtly promote what's new, i.e., when Cities of Death came out they had a LOT of CoD scenery painted up, and still do. When the Battle for Macragge set came out they INSTANTLY had the crashed aquila painted up at center stage, right in your face.
But then, that's retail for you, and since they didn't actively plug anything to me, or push me to buy anything, I can't really complain.
Ironically, I've only been to one other GW... in Dublin. Yep, was on vacay with the gf, and we were walking the streets, and I said, "Hey, look, a Games Workshop!" She rolled her eyes... then suggested we go in. Gotta love her. :wub:
Anyway, I found that it wasn't really any different, which was kinda cool.
Aw, they sound nice. My hobby shop owner hates us 40k players.. so trying to order or talk to him about models is a nightmare.
This Battle Bunker sounds amazing fruit, are there more than just in Chicago?
As for Games Day, I'm not quite so sure yet. I may re-do my Chaos Lord and enter that into the Demon.. I've never done any of this fancy stuff. I think I may just wander around in wonder.. a whole convention about Warhammer?
2H - LEGIO HYDRA