5 Great Reasons For Attending A Warhammer World Grand Tournament (GT)
A few weekends ago, I took part in the third heat of the Age of Sigmar Grand Tournament at Warhammer World in Nottingham. It was my first five games of Age of Sigmar (ever!) and even though I came last, I very much enjoyed every single minute of it. So, here are my top 5 reasons for why every beginner should attend a Warhammer GT at least once!
1. A weekend of great gaming at the heart of Warhammer
Each heat is separated over the weekend, you will play three games on the Saturday and two games on Sunday. For each game, you are given two and a half hours to play, which I found was plenty of time, I never felt rushed for time during any of my games and afterwards, I had a half hour break to grab a drink, a bite to eat or have a quick look around the shops before the next round. Lunch is also provided on both days, giving you one less thing to worry about.
2. A mixture of fun and competitive armies
I knew that going into this event I was going to face some tough lists in the first few rounds due to the nature of the event, being a grand tournament heat where your final standing matters regarding qualifying for the grand final. For those who do not know how qualifying works, there are three heats over the course of the season, where the top 40 players from each heat qualify and are offered a chance to buy a ticket for the final.
During the heats, you play under a Swiss tournament system, this means that a winner from round one will play another winner from round one, this system allows for players on a winning streak a chance to rise up the table numbers while players who are losing their games will also be paired with players who lost, allowing for more balanced games.
The range of armies was pleasant to see, disciples of Tzeentch was a popular choice, as well as Kharadron overlords, the newest army in Age of Sigmar. Walking around the gaming hall in between rounds, I got to see a wide selection of armies, and I even spotted a tomb king army on the upper tables.
One thing that was definitely not lacking was the sheer amount of sportsmanship from players. In my games, if I forgot to move something or use a power, my opponents would let me take a step back and take the play, which is refreshing to see in a competitive style tournament.
3. Entering models into the painting competitions
On both days, players are invited to submit models for voting on a range of different painting competitions, ranging from a single model to the entire army. Voting for Hero, beast and company of legend takes place on the Saturday, where voting for best army (if entered by the Warhammer Event staff) takes place on Sunday, both over lunch. Winners are announced at the award ceremony on Sunday.
4. Exploring the displays
Warhammer World contains a huge exhibition centre, showcasing the past and present of the Citadel range, painted to a beautiful standard displayed in phenomenal detail. The exhibition centre contains the following:
- 4 exhibition areas packed with thousands of Citadel and Forge World miniatures, painted by the renowned ‘Eavy Metal, Army Painter and Forge World teams.
- 20 specially built display boards featuring over 20,000 miniatures.
- A range of smaller vignette dioramas, capturing moments in detail.
- The Battle For Angelus Prime: The biggest display board Games Workshop has ever created – has to be seen to be believed!
- Guest Displays with miniatures painted by talented members of the painting community.
So if you have time in between rounds or over lunch, it’s worth checking out if you are yet to have the chance.
5. Shopping, exclusive models and only forge world and black library.
Warhammer World features the world’s only Forgeworld and black library stores, stocked full of exclusive models, artworks and books only available at Warhammer World, making attending a heat the best chance to also pick up some models, artwork or books you can’t get anywhere else.
The forge world and Warhammer store also have the majority of the kits built and on display, allowing you to see for yourself the size and level of detail in each kit; and it helps if you’re looking for that one little bit you need for your latest kitbash project.
Next year, we should see a Grand Tournament season for both AOS and Warhammer 40K, so stay tuned for announcements from the Warhammer community and Warhammer World on upcoming events.
Have you taken part in a Grand Tournament before? If so then what do you think was the best part of the experience? Please do let me know in the comments.
You may also be interested in the following Facebook communities:
- Age of Sigmar Players Community UK [Manaleak.com Birmingham]
- Warhammer 40K Players Community UK [Manaleak.com Birmingham]
- Tabletop and RPG Players Community UK [Manaleak.com Birmingham]
Thanks for reading,