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Once upon a Wednesday: Warhammer World classic dioramas

In 2017 I completed my pilgrimage to Warhammer World. One of the memorable parts was seeing the old dioramas that I remembered from the White dwarf episodes of my youth in their full glory:

These dioramas, all made by Mike McVey, do the talking for themsevles.

One thing that struck me while seeing them in person was how brightly painted they are. The Warhammer World museum is well lit of course, but the figures themselves have a vibrancy that I hope will remain timeless.

If you get the chance, I strongly recommend the trip. I must admit I came away thinking how much Australia would benefit from having a Museum of Painted Miniatures.

11 comments on “Once upon a Wednesday: Warhammer World classic dioramas

  1. theimperfectmodeller
    April 29, 2020

    Not being GW and Warhammer this is not an exhibition I knew anything about. I am however a fan of miniatures whatever the manufacture and whatever the genre. At present the place is shut but once open again I will make a visit. Ideally if IPMS Telford is on in November (unlikely but always next year I hope), an event I am scheduled to attend and exhibit at with my model club, then extending my road trip to encompass Warhammer World would not be going far out of my way. What a few days that would be!

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    • davekay
      April 29, 2020

      I’d recommend it as the dioramas are great even if you don’t paint GW minis, so well done. There are small ones, and one incredibly massive one.

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  2. Mikko
    April 29, 2020

    Those bring back a lot of memories! I got to see them a few years back too, and of course they’ve been admired loads on White Dwarf pages. It’s also interesting to note how far painting and modelling has progressed during the years – while those were pretty much the height of dioramas back then, they’d rate an “oh that’s neat” nowadays. This isn’t to discredit them, as they’re wonderful work especially considering their age, but more an admiration of how far the hobby and hobbyists have come in 30 years or so!

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    • davekay
      April 29, 2020

      I was struck by how vivid the colours remain on Mike McVey’s old dioramas when viewing them in person.
      It’s interesting to think that the average hobbyist now has access to more tools than McVey did while working at Games Workshop in the mid-90s!

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  3. imperialrebelork
    April 29, 2020

    So good

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  4. Le Bim
    April 29, 2020

    My past ! My dreams!

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  5. Ann
    April 30, 2020

    This is one of those things that if I ever found myself in that part of the world, I’d want to make a trip to see these one of the things on my list.

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  6. Pete S/ SP
    April 30, 2020

    Some classics there.

    Cheers,

    Pete.

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  7. backtothehammer
    May 1, 2020

    One day I’ll manage to make it up there!

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