Around about the middle of last year, I was lucky enough to be passing through LA on my way back from a job, and had some time to kill, so I took a drive to the LA Battle Bunker. I'd been keen to see what it was like after hearing a lot of good things not only about the gaming space available, but also the quality of the painting on display. I certainly wasn't dissapointed!
You can see the gaming space below, and some of the brilliant tables available with permanently setup terrain.
And surrounding it all are some great displays:
This display had some fantastic pieces from the length and breadth of history of the hobby, I think I stood in front of it just staring at all the items for a good half hour. In fact, the whole place reminds me a lot of Warhammer World (or should it be the other way around as I went here first), which brings me something close to the point of this (other than to show you these brilliant pics ;).
Why don't we have places like this in the UK? Yes, we have Warhammer World, and its a fantastic place, but its up in Nottingham and if I'm not mistaken, thats not exactly the largest place in the UK. It would be fantastic if GW had something like this (or maybe even a couple of places) in London, to give access to the majority of people in the country who live in the South. This place even stocked Forgeworld for crying out loud! As GW gets smaller and smaller stores, and reduces the number of tables to game on in their stores despite having the space for more, and the demand for them on gaming night, a few places like this would be fantastic for the hobby and gaming community as a whole.
Anyway, back to the pretty pictures :)
This squad was so beautifully painted, the captain at the top of the page goes with them too.
Sadly this pic didn't turn out too well, the glass got in the way of the focus, but it was a fantastic diorama of Lileth having just sliced and diced a bunch of guard so quickly they are still falling apart.
This Vostroyan force was the bunkers managers, and the awards below are all his too apparently. I got to chat to him for a while as he was in that day, seemed a really decent chap, and was happy to show me around for well over an hour seeing as I was a "visiting limey" :).
Just some of the amazing, huge Forgeworld and scratch built armour and gribbly's. There was more too, Dave Taylor's Custodians were in a cabinet by the door, but I forgot to take a picture of them - let me tell you though, they are absolutely gorgeous. It was a real treat to have a chance to see the place, and if I'm ever travelling that way again, I'm definitely going to take an army with me and try and get in a days gaming there!