Geeking Out with Miniatures in the UK Tour 2017

geek-tours-300-x-300-600dpiHello all Miniature Wargaming fans! This tour is now open for Pre-Registration… Pricing will follow, but if you are interested in securing your spot with no obligation to purchase please hop aboard.  Once pricing is completed you will not only have the chance to withdraw, but if you decide to continue, your spot will be held with no chance of missing out!

Good Gaming,

Teras – Geek Nation Tours

Geek Nation Tours is proud to announce our return to the UK in 2017. Every second year Geek Nation Tours takes a journey to the United Kingdom to celebrate miniature gaming. Every miniature wargaming Geek’s dream is to visit one of the birth places of wargaming – Nottingham England. If you are a fan of 40K, all things Fantasy, Historical Wargaming or some good old fashioned Martian Invasions – then this is the tour for you. We will be focusing on rolling dice and we will have no less than eight days of wargaming instore for tour participants, not to mention a boardgaming and computer gaming event evening each.

This year we have stocked the tour full of wargaming goodness. We will be returning of course to many of the places we have visited in the past, but all will have a cool newness about them. We will see the fresh and newly renovated Games Workshop HQ and Warhammer World! We will of course return to see Warlord Games and Mantic Games, but this time we will spend most of the day with each – touring their facilities, exploring their games, hobbying and of course looting their warehouses! We will also again visit one of the industry’s best magazines Wargames Illustrated and the UK home of Battlefront Miniatures

hadrians-wallAdded to all this is a brand new lineup for 2017. For the first time ever we will visit Wargames Foundry. Not only will we see their fantastic grounds and facility, but Bryan Ansell (founder of Citadel Miniatures) will regal us with tales of the past. It will be an awesome time to explore the history of our hobbies. We will of course roll dice and get to gaming here as well.

But that is not all, GNT is hard at work at adding several other awesome miniature companies. More should be in the wood works but for now please note that we will also be visited by Atlantis Miniatures… and will be heading off to Mierce Miniatures to see their offices and their exhaustive line of awesome miniatures. And even be regaled by the infamous Perry Twins when we visit them at Perry Miniatures… Each of the above companies will be taking pre-orders so you will be able to come back with loads of loot.

img_53%205108sm%201%202That is not all! We will even have a bit of history for you that many inspire your gaming table. We will be visiting Hadrian’s Wall the inspiration to George R.R. Martin’s Game of Thrones’ Wall and the means ‘to separate the Romans from the barbarians’. We will step back in time almost 2000 years to explore protection of England’s wild northern frontier.  Also new this year is a trip to the Duxford Imperial War Museum to view their world famous Air Show and all their exhibits. The museum is a treat to all miniature wargamers and history buffs…

Need more? We failed to mention that Carl from The Independent Characters Podcast will be joining our tour this year as a co-guide and host. We will game together, record an episode or two and even perhaps watch him pick up yet another Titan at the Forgeworld store.

So book soon to hop aboard, and explore these wargaming sites while being surrounded by people of like mind, who are just as enthusiastic about miniature wargaming as you are. We may even have a drink and a meal at a local pub in Nottingham and maybe even meet a wargame celebrity or two. 

Day 1 – Tuesday September 19th

103Today we will arrive from all around the world to meet in Newcastle! Tour members will be arriving throughout the day and will be given detailed instructions on how to meet up with the rest of our tour participants. From there you will have a free day to explore all that Newcastle has to offer. Depending on your arrival time, you might want to visit the Quayside or Grainger Markets, stroll down Grey Street, visit trendy Ouseburn, discover Newcastle Castle, or just sit in a café or pub and enjoy the awesomeness that is the UK. Your Geek Nation Tour representative will be hotel-based and on hand to get things rolling as your crewmates arrive throughout the afternoon.

You will want to return to the hotel by early evening, however, as Geek Nation Tours kicks off our landing party to host our traditional Welcome Dinner right at our hotel.  It will be a great opportunity to meet your fellow tour participants and discuss what we are doing in the coming days. Our first evening in the UK will see getting straight into Wargaming, as we will join the local community and Carl from the Independent Characters Podcast in rolling some dice into the night. More details will be released on this night at a later date, so please return often to keep informed!

Day 2 – Wednesday September 20th

housesteads%20roman%20fortToday will be our first day to explore Hadrian’s Wall – the ancient north-west frontier of the Roman Empire for almost 300 years. It was here that the Roman’s created a wall lined with forts and look outs that crossed almost 130 kms and stood for three centuries as a means to protect the frontier from coast-to-coast. Legionaries overlooked the wall based in the forts and milecastles we can still see today – along with the multitude of barracks, ramparts, turrets, shrines and even bath houses. We will try to bring the ghosts of 2000 years back today as we visit one of the most impressive archeological sites in the UK.

We will start off looking at some of the sites near Newcastle like Segedunum Roman Fort, Heddon-on-the-Wall and of course Housesteads Roman Fort. Housesteads is perhaps the most well preserved fort on the wall. Here we will take out time to stroll the barracks and hospital and gaze upon the extraordinary views from this ancient fortress…

We will head back to Newcastle today to eat in an English pub and perhaps indulge in a pint or two… Who knows we might even take out the dice again…

Day 3 – Thursday September 21st

vindolanda%20heroToday we will leave Newcastle and head to Leeds, but before that journey we will continue to explore Hadrian’s Wall. We will take a more leisurely pace and see some of the more scenic sites on the wall, but also visit Vindolanda and its accompanying Roman Army Museum. Vindolanda is one of Europe’s most important Roman archeological sites as it has at least eight successive forts and an extensive remains of a civilian settlement neighboring the fortresses. We will see a commanding officer’s house and HQ as well as more sections of the wall, and the only known surviving crest from a Roman helmet (not to mention several writing tablets and letters to home from those guarding the frontier). If we have time we will also visit the fortified farmhouse of Birdoswald which is said to be one of the most visually stunning sites in the area.Arena Rex Grand Opening SM

We will retire to yet another group dinner and perhaps get another evening of wargaming in with the local Leeds community. Perhaps after the last two days of exploration we might want to pull out our Arena Rex miniatures and see if we can crush all those Legio XIII players guarding that wall up north…

Day 4 – Friday September 22nd

war2We will raise early today and start our journey to the centre of the wargaming world – Nottingham. However, on our way you are in for a treat as we stop at the Leeds Armoury to see its wonderful displays. The Royal Armouries Museum is the UK’ national collection of arms and armour, and you will see a vast collection of such from across the world and throughout time via their themed galleries. Not only that GNT has arranged for a “Handling” session where we get an in-depth private discussion of specific weapons that placed directly in our palms. If you are a weapons buff this is the place for you.

foundry_shopFrom Leeds we will continue south towards Nottingham and our first wargaming stop Wargames Foundry . Established in 1976 Wargames Foundry produces miniatures, paints and other gaming supplements and has deep roots in Wargaming history. Bryan Ansell of the Foundry is the forefather of Citadel Miniatures, helped create Warhammer Fantasy Battle, was once the Managing Director of Games Workshop and had a direct hand in the Warhammer boom of the 1980s. We will start our evening with dinner, but will not only tour the workshop, have a live casting demonstration, and see historical Games Workshop art and the Foundry’s massive collection of miniatures, but also be regaled by Bryan about the history of our hobby. His stories go way back and I am sure you will learn something cool about how our hobby developed into what it is today.

But that is not all, make sure you have your miniatures handy as we will be gaming well into the night. All systems are welcome, and I am sure whatever you want to play your tour participants will hop in and roll some dice with you…

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham. Trip Advisor Review

Day 5 – Saturday September 23rd

We will give you some time to rest and recover today and to do some Nottingham exploring on your own. You could go for a quick stroll to Nottingham Castle and a tour of the castle ruins, museums and the warrens beneath the castle itself…Here is where Richard the Lionhearted reclaimed the castle from Prince John – and where the legendary Robin Hood let the odd arrow fly. Or if you have more modern tastes you can take in The National Videogame Arcade or dive into some more traditional English cuisine at George’s Great British Kitchen.

slider-pubwhitewallMany of us will kick back at a local pub or the hotel to yet again roll some dice and get some wargaming in…

Today is also the day for our traditional outing to “Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem” pub in order to take in a few pints and a tour of the pub’s secret warren of caves – alot of hidey holes in Nottingham…. We will dine at the “Trip” and settle in for a night at the pub. Not only that, GNT will be inviting tonnes of guests to our dinner. Have a beer with Wargaming Celebrities and join in our pub quiz and other pub fun. John from Warlord Games and Ronnie from Mantic Games have both already said they will join us for a “pint” or two again this year.

In the past the Perry Twins, Rick Priestly, Jervis Johnson, Andy Chambers, Alessio Cavatore and many more have joined us. So be sure to bring a small game and some gaming questions as we settle in for the night.

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham

Day 6 – Sunday September 24th  

d-harbar%20spitfire-ixt-airleasing-001_0Today we will meet in the lobby at 8:45 am and be off to the Duxford Imperial War Museum for an entire day exploring its grounds not to mention their world famous Air Show. We will see a cornucopia of military machines – those interested in air assaults will see aircraft from the Spitfire to the Lockheed Blackbird. Those more interested in land warfare can explore the “Land Warfare Hall” to see a large collection of armoured vehicles. Also see naval vessels, the Battle of Britain Exhibition and even get to see how the museum restores and conserves their displays.

Geek Nation Tours is hard at work securing “Gold Passes” so we have the very best of Air Show viewing. We will be able to get close up to historic and contemporary aircraft before the take off. But that is not all, make sure you have an appetite as we will leave Duxford to journey to the Smoke Works restaurant prior to heading back to Nottingham.

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham

Day 7 – Monday September 25th  

mierce_miniatures_-_logo_-_01_11746788013rToday we have quite the lineup of wargame companies to visit and first on the list is Perry Miniatures. The Perry Twins, as they are affectionately known, have a long history in the wargaming world. They have created miniatures for Wargames Foundry and Games Workshop and were instrumental in creating the hobby we love today. Recently, they have started their own company – Perry Miniatures and it is here we will start our day. The Perrys will talk to you about the old days, recount their beginnings and show you their historical miniature line. Lastly, we will call on Mierce Miniatures but prior to taking a look at their offices and the multitude of awesome miniatures they produce for Darklands, Robert Lane and Tim Fisher will join us at a local pub for lunch. GNT will even offer pre-orders for pick up at each company so you can start collecting loot to bring home.

Tonight we will be headed off to a local pub for a burger night and another couple of pints. The Canalhouse is an excellent place to dine, but also boasts one of the finest examples of canal architecture and even has an internal canal basin and two boats moored inside.

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham

Day 8 – Tuesday September 26th  

manticlogo0Today we will continue our exploration of wargaming companies and head off to lunch at Mantic Games. Here we will have a tour of their facility, check out their warehouse, game with them and even sit down and hobby. We will dive deep into all things Mantic from Kings of War, to Dungeon Saga, Mars Attacks, Dreadball and or course their Walking Dead game. We will again be able to pilfer their warehouse for goodies to bring home.

Our first or our Hobby Challenges will also take place today, so be sure to bring something Mantic to game with to earn extra prizes and discounts… More on our Hobby Challenges later, so return often to see what we have planned.

We will finish our day and game and dine at the [Alt] Gaming Lounge, here we will hop on their computers and find us doing battle via Call of Duty, League of Legends, OverWatch or Minecraft. You will find yourself confronted with loads of gaming challenges on this GNT tour!

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham

Day 9 – Wednesday September 27th  


Today is our visit to the all-new Warhammer World. Revamped in 2014 and 2015, WHW now sports three stores – we will see not only a Games Workshop store, but also separate stores for Black Library and Forge World. Not only that, WHW now also has a brand new Exhibition Centre which displays many of those beautifully ‘Eavy Metal painted miniatures you have seen in White Dwarf. But the big news is that they now have specially build dioramas including the largest diorama that Games Workshop has ever built. We are told it is huge and fills a room in itself.

All tour members will have the opportunity to play friendly Warhammer 40,000, Horus Heresy or Age of Sigmar games. We suggest you bring a 1500-point army or so, but past tour participants have loaded up their trunks to play massive games this day. Participants can come and go to Bugman’s Bar and even have a pint or two when they play – but lunch and dinner will be on Geek Nation Tours. So just call our representative when you are ready to eat and we will take care of the tab. We will have almost 12 full hours to game here so don’t melt your dice…

Forgeworld has also often met us in the past on our trips to Warhammer World and given us access not only to their awesome studio painted miniatures, but to the crew some of the crew themselves. Not to mention the ability to pre-order again and get your resin right out of the moulds… Geek Nation Tours is currently working on this for all tour participants.

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham

Day 10 – Thursday September 28th  

warlord_logo This morning we will head off to see even more awesome local Wargame Companies. Frist we will visit the offices of Wargames Illustrated and Battlefront Miniatures. They will show us how their offices work and where the good bits of publication and miniature building happen. We will even be able sneak into their warehouse, grab a few extra issues of Wargames Illustrated and the odd coolness from Battlefront or Gale Force Nine

The afternoon will see an even bigger treat as we converge on Warlord Games. Again we will get to game with the Warlord Crew and take advantage of our Hobby Challenges (more later) … Expect to roll dice as we take on each other with Bolt Action, Gates of Antares and Konflikt 47… John also said, we can take a special trip down to his store houses and run rampant through everything Warlord has for sale…wi-logo

Tonight we will leave the miniatures behind only to hop into boardgames at the Ludorati Café… This boardgaming café sports loads of games and we will be again broken into groups to challenge each other to that top dog gamer spot.

We will be staying the night at the Jury’s Inn Nottingham

Day 11 – Saturday September 29th  

031Today is our last full day in the UK and we will travel from Nottingham to Manchester. However, we will get some last minute shopping and perhaps a last pint at Warhammer World today. We will be headed there bright and early and leave just after noon to give you one last taste of Games Workshop.

Once we arrive in Manchester we will gather one more time for our final meal together and a search for one last pub or two.

We will be staying the night at the Crowne Plaza Manchester City Centre

Day 12 – Friday September 30th  

All good things must end, unfortunately, and today we return to the airport and depart for home. The photos, memories, miniatures and friendships you made, are yours to keep forever! We will be headed off individually to the Manchester Airport today in small groups via taxi.

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What is included: All accommodations, all transfers excluding transfers to and from airports, private tour costs, all breakfasts, all dinners including “Welcome Dinner” and “Farewell Dinner”, Museum entrance fee and private tours, and more fun than you can shake a ruler at…

What the tour does not include: Some small transfers and entrance fees will need to be paid for locally – including transfers to and from the airport. International air.hw1138a%20birdoswald%20roman%20fort%20%20hadrians%20wall

Remember that the “Geeking Out with Miniatures in the UK Tour will have a maximum guest space of 35 passengers, so space is VERY limited. Book now to secure your spot. 

Gaming while on tour – there will be many chances for spontaneous gaming throughout the tour. In the past the hotels have supplied us with tables and gaming areas and we were happy to be able to game to our hearts content after returning to our hotel in the evening


As is tradition, we will have our “Titanic Surprise Give-away” again this year. During one of our many wargaming days we will do battle for our Titanic Give-away. We are still working on what game to play to determine a winner so please stay tuned to this page to find out more details.

We can’t tell you exactly what it is but it comes from the UK, has two really big guns, has to do with war, is themed after a hound, and is Titanic! Fantasy player? No worries! You are included too…With magic we can “zap” that Titan into your favorite alternative miniature….

Additional Options: Want a few extra days in the UK to chill out or want to go to other places in Europe after the tour? Geek Nation Tours will be more than happy to arrange it for you. Simply email us at or put a quick note in the “Special Requests” box when you book.

Non-Geek Spousal Argument: “But think of the historical sites…”

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