I'd like to preface this with an apology, my blog does link to the Oldhammer Forum and there will be material in upcoming posts which do not fit that criteria. Hopefully it doesn't put anyone off too much!
This was my first visit to Games Workshop's HQ and to Nottingham in general, so I had little idea what to expect. I remember when they moved to the Lenton site and the building was pictured in White Dwarf (I think even before they got the Space Marine out front). Our satnav took us from our hotel across town, passing along Castle Boulevard at one point which I got a little excited by, until it told us we'd arrived at the entrance to an unassuming industrial estate.
The main HQ building actually sits slightly into the street so you don't immediately see the oft-photographed Statue and reception area, but rather the back of a separate building which had signs for an ominous "Security Check". If anyone can tell me what the layout of the site is, please do comment below.
As we were rather early, we had some time to kill so wandered the areas outside Warhammer World itself until opening time.
The Marine statue himself hasn't gone far, and has been set up in the extensive carpark with a screen behind him to make a bit of a photo op. A passing GW staffer saw our tragic attempts at selfie'ing this and took our photo with him which again I will post up once I get it downloaded.
Also in the carpark you will find this.
A nice little plaque displays the in-world specs of the mighty Rhino, while and altogether more modern health and safety sign tells us peasants to stay off!
A short flight of stairs bedecked with long artwork posters leads you up and into the centre proper.....