Warhammer Fest 2017 report

Updated with new content March 2018

A brief report from Warhammer Fest – Golden Demon Sunday, a day still mostly about 40k Eighth Eidition.

Space marine dreadnought

Primaris Redemptor Dreadnought- Anyone need some redemption?

This was a demo game using the new 40k box set and Games Workshops new card battle field.

The contents of the new 40k box set

40k 8th edition40k 8th edition box set
The new Primaris Marines Edition Space Marines may not be everyone’s cup of tea. The new Nurgle models have sure gone down a storm.

I can’t report much about how the new 40k Eighth Edition rules play. As we didn’t get a copy during the Warhammer Fest demo game. The member of GW staff overseeing the game didn’t appear to know them either. He just knew enough to show us how awesome the new marines with plasma guns were; and how they won’t overload unless super charged.

Forgeworlds only had a single display board at Warhammer Fest this year. Forge World may be facing a few challenges at the moment given the said death of there lead Horus Heresy writer Alan Bligh. It was surprising to see them up staged by the studio for once. It appears things are changing at Games Workshop.

Forgeworld had a few of their new Thunderhawks on display at Warhammer Fest. Its a fantastic model, with some great refinement of the original design. There were some questions about why it didn’t make it into plastic. I understand the resources required to do it would have taken up all 40k development time for a full year. I have heard there may be an attempt to do a smaller new flyer in plastic for the Space Marines. Something more along the lines of a Storm Eagle.

This was the highlight of the new models on display for many. Personally I’m not sure about the new front plate amour, however these things tend to grow on you. I was told all the front plates are detachable for ease of painting, also opening up conversion options. Like the Forgeworld Contemptor Dreadnought this model has lots of options for how the kits is built. Including positioning of the legs, arms and even the fingers on the power fist.

There was a fab display for the Warhammer 40k 40th anniversary, including lots of Rogue Trader models. The Rogue trader book was also on sale in the sales area. Spot a very small but impressively scratch build Baneblade at the rear. Also the Landraider and Rhino kit-bashed to make a Spartan and Sabre. I love seeing these old models. They always bring a smile to my face. There were also a few entered into Golden Demon.

There one one surprising bunch of old models on display! Might is be we will see some short abhumans return to the 40k universe? Do you see how I managed to not reset the clock by saying Squat, dam it!

More pictures of the little guys here

Somewhat shockingly less space was occupied by the GW sales area! Forge world spanned one of the short sides of the room. GW, specialist games, tee-shirts, black library all had there own area with tills and no queues. It was actually a pleasant and relaxed shopping experience! Although confusing as the sale area closed at 3:30, meaning I spent less than I intended to! Maybe this is a new Games Workshop which under stands there is more to the hobby than just buying the models? Or maybe after 2 day of Warhammer Fest the staff just need a break!

There were 2 full sized Crimson Fist Space Marines patrolling the hall ways. Along with a coupe of Imperial Guard. Keeping the real life armed police company. A sign of the UKs heightened security alert.

Golden Demon was, as ever, well worth a look. Unfortunately the display screen for the awards didn’t work so I have no idea which models won. Although GW have posted the overall slayer sword winner on their website. Shown below.

More pictures of Golden Demon here

Golden Demon 2017 Slayer Sword Winer
It was an event all about the new edition of 40k. I did get a brief look at the new book, but it was very brief. At only £35 I will be getting it. I did see is has lots of extra missions and expansion rules. Bravo GW. I think most people are excited about the new edition, even if event isn’t quite so excited about the Primus Space Marines.

On a personal note, While the day wasn’t what I had expected it to be, and it never is. I’ve come away from it feeling very positive and will be going again next year.

This last photo was taken by Jon with no release form Simon Grant. So thank you Simon for proving you do Waaaaaaagh  and for being a fantastic sport! We’ll await the removal order from the Media Arbites

Simon Grant “This maybe the new Games Workshop, but we still Waaaagh!” Ok that is made up. I’m sure Simon would agree with it though.

Golden Demon 2016 Winners

Warhammer Fastasy Single miniature and Regement have now been added.
This post will contain all of the winnig entries for the 2016 Golden Demon painting competition. 

The pictures below follow the order of the awards, as anouniced on the day. The first award anouniced was the young blood bronze winner.

Young Bloods Bronze

Young Bloods Siver

Young Bloods Gold

Warhammer 40,000 Single miniature

Warhammer 40k Single Miniture Bronze

Warhammer 40k Single Miniture Silver

Warhammer 40k Single Miniture Gold

Warhammer 40,000 Squad

Unfortunate this catagory was off for final judging as I passed the cabinets so I’m going to have to dig up some better images.

Warhammer 40k Squad Bronze

Warhammer 40k Squad Silver

Warhammer 40k Squad Gold

Warhammer 40,000 Large Monster

40k Large Monster Bronze

40k Large Monster Silver

40k Large Monster Gold

Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle 

Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle Bronze

Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle Silver

Warhammer 40,000 Vehicle Gold

Warhammer Fantasy Single Miniture

Warhammer Fantasy Single Miniture Bronze

Warhammer Fantasy Single Miniture Silver

Warhammer Fantasy Single Miniture Gold

Warhammer Fantasy Regement  

Warhammer Fantasy Regement  Bronze

Warhammer Fantasy Regement  Silver

Warhammer Fantasy Regement  Gold

Warhammer Fantasy Large Monster  
Warhammer Fantasy Large Monster  Bronze

Warhammer Fantasy Large Monster Silver

Warhammer Fantasy Large Monster Gold

Diorama  Golden Demon 2016

Diorama Bronze

Diorama Silver

Diorama Gold

Golden Demon 2016

Looking for the winners? Here is the link. Golden Demon 2016 Winners

Great news. Chaptermaster’s very own Ben Jackson will be going to Golden Demon this year. Somehow he had managed to squeeze in a visit to Warhammer Fest in his busy Mathraton training schedule. Ben had this to say.

“I love Golden Demon and I’m so glad GW are making a day of it this year. While I love a trip to Warhammer World as much as the next person, 12 trips in one year is a bit much; unless you live in Nottingham. The atmosphere Golden Demon is electric, and on top of all of the fantastically painted models, the Forge World displays are normally exceptional. I can’t wait to see what I’ve done this year. As a venue The Rico arena is a huge improvement from the NEC and NIA. Having a much more relaxed atmosphere and better food choices available, the parking was also free last time. So big thumbs up to Kevin Rowntree on bringing back the best day in the games workshop calendar. I hope to post some pictures on the day and keep the ChapterMasters website busy with new content for weeks to come.

Warhammer Fest and Golden Demon to return in 2016

News broke at the Horus Herersy Weekend that Warhammer Fest will take place in May of 2016. It will be again be held at the Rhico arena in Coventry.

Golden Demon will be held at Warhammer Fest in place of the Warhammer World mini competitions. 
The 1st pictures of the tickets have appeared on volomir.blogspot.co.uk.

This can only be good news for Golden Demon fans who want to see all the entries, but don’t want to make 12 separate trips to Warhammer World in order to do so.

I know that the Warhammer Fest format wasn’t a hit with everyone, but I enjoyed it and will certainly go to get pictures of all the entires.

So if you want to see this years best painted Citidel and Forge World models, mark the 14th and 15th of May out in your dairy.

Paint for the paint God.

Space Wolves at Golden Demon 2014

There was a lack of Grey Hunters and Other packs in Golden Demon, but no shortage of Space Wolf characters and Dreadnoughts. I guess this is very much in keeping with the new Space Wolf models Games Workshop have released this year.

Starting of the Heros of fendis is none other that the Great wolf himself. However this entry depicts Logan Grimnar is his time as a lowly Wolf Lord and not Champion of Fendress. This impressive entry also depicts converted Space Wolf Terminator Heros. I like to think these represent a younger Ulrik in Terminator armour and a heavy converted younger N’jal Storm Caller.

Logan Grimnar Golden Demon 2014

Ulrik the Slayer in Terminator Armour Golden Demon 2013


Space Wolf Ruin Priest in Terminator Amour – Golden Demon 2014


Arjac Rock Fist – Golden Demon 2014


Logan Grimnar and body guard – Golden Demon 2015


There was only one Space Wolf in the Single Miniature Category this year. So who ever painted this model can claim to have the best Space Wolf in category by default:)



I have of course forgotten the three Amigos 😉




There were also a trio of Space Wolf Dreadnoughts
Space Wolf Venerable Dreadnought Golden Demon 2014



Space Wolf Contempor Dreadnought armed with Frost Axe – Golden Demon 2014


Space Wolf Contemptor Dreadnought armed with Assault Canon



I’m afraid my photo quality is not good for these last few.

Wolf Guard – Golden Demon 2014


Storm Wolf and Grey Hunters Golden Demon 2014