Before I get into our adventure into the world of ultimate nerdiness, let me tell you what we did earlier that day..
We walked to the University of Nottingham to check out the Wheee! Festival. We didn’t take part in any of the festivities (Luminarium), but we did walk around and checked out a puppet exhibit inside the Lakeside Art Center (A Right Load of Old Stuff and Nonsense). We also went to the Archeology Museum (but didn’t take any pictures) and the Djanogly Gallery (which had a really cool exhibit on paper art, but we weren’t allowed to take any pictures). We also got cornered by an old (80s maybe?) professor who thought we were Chinese students and wanted to share stories and pictures from his former Chinese students (random).
After we left the University of Nottingham, we took a walk “down the street” (like a few miles) to the Games Workshop headquarters.. home of Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer World. I don’t really “get” these sorts of games, but it was still quite fascinating to see all the little figures that were painted by the workers of the Citadel.. or something like that. Minh and I dropped by to see what it was all about.. much of the time there was spent trying to (sort of) figure out what the game was all about and how to get into it, if we were so inclined. I asked Minh if he wanted to pick up a hobby, since he has some time, but he declined this one.
It was really cool to see all the little Lord of the Rings and Hobbit figures. I guess back in the 1980s, the Citadel had the licensing rights to make miniatures related to the Lord of the Rings. Some of these were on display at Warhammer World. The other LOTR related figurines and miniatures were developed later on, as the movies came around.
One of the funniest things Minh and I saw while we were there (and apologies in advance if this offends anyone) were the comments that were posted at the entrance from the people who had come to visit the museum. The best one was probably from a “mum” who said: “Now I finally get it.” HAHA!