If you remember, I spent last week on a cruise ship as part of my job. Thankfully I had a lot of spare time to enjoy lots of fine food (you could have a five course meal for lunch and dinner without an extra charge) and free drinks. I also managed to spent a day in Amsterdam, and after some random sightseeing I happened to come around a GW store. Attracted by the nice models that were on display in the shop window, I entered and was kindly allowed to take pictures. After the jump I’d like to share with you the awesome tables and models of GW Amsterdam.
As usually, the tables were all made up of GW terrain. It’s kind of a company police by now, however I really enjoyed the look of this 40k themed table because of the creative use of terrain kits, the bleached paint scheme and the sense of height. I scoffed when I saw the broken Baneblade, it’s not like they couldn’t find a more expensive model to turn into a piece of junk, but anyway 😉
The other one was Fantasy themed display, based on the very old Warhammer Fortress, but mixed with recent Fantasy terrain models to make the fortress suitably grimdark. Though I’m not sure why High Elves would defend an Imperial castle?
Their Hobbit/Lord of the Rings table wasn’t that interesting as it’s basically just the recently released Goblin town scenery on a Realms of Battle board, but anyway.
In the shop window they had also a nice diorama of an daemonic breach. Really nice to see some custom made scenery for a change.
They also had a couple of display cabinets. My favourite model on display was this Space Marine themed Baneblade with lots of neat freehands.
How do you like GW Amsterdam’s hobby efforts? I really enjoyed this unexpected hobby moment when I came around the store on my business trip.
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When I was last in that store during one of my then frequent visits to the Dam there was a huge Ork outriders and speed freak display in the window which was just amazing looking.
great freehand work on that tank!
Does that GW store actually have 2 employees?! Baller.
Looks like Gee Dubs Hereford follows the blog!
Nice of them to ask Stahly if they can use his picture. Could have at least credited Stah;y. In fact I think I will.
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Welcome back boss. I love a good Games Workshop store and I don't mind paying full price sometimes just for the convenience and experience of popping into a store, having a chat, looking at all the painted models and leaving with a smile on my face. don't get that feeling saving 10% buying online.
I like chatting to the staff and the customers, I don't like being sold to though. I know the staff are under pressure to meet Key Performance Indicators by selling X amount and doing X amount of demo games (I know, because I worked in a GW store part time when I was inbetween jobs). It's hard for them. I don't envy them in the slightest. If I feel like I'm getting the hard sell I just politely say what I came in for and buy that.