Filled with boyish excitement I was a bit afraid that the place would be bit of a let down with all the expectations that I had, but boy did it deliver. After dealing with the slightly overly friendly (at least from a Finnish viewpoint) staff I had my tickets in hand and was ready to embark on the adventure. And to be honest the first small entrance room already had me won over with a collection of classic 80s and 90s Citadel miniatures on show. It was great to see a diorama with Wood Elf riders charging a necromancer from '97 that I'd seen in a White Dwarf and which had inspired me to start my first proper Fantasy army, Wood Elves.
Of course the place was quite showroom like, with most of the areas filled with display cabinets showing of the different miniatures that GW makes, but still they are amazing minis and are a joy to look at especially with all the 'Eavy Metal team paintjobs. Still the dioramas are what everyone comes there for and those didn't disappoint. An Age of Sigmar diorama actually even came close to bringing me to like the new Sigmarines. Dangerous thoughts these...
There were many amazing dioramas. Naturally the main display piece featuring a massive battle between Ultramarines and Chaos was amazing, but for me at least some of the smaller ones really came out on top. It was hard to decide my favorite between an Imperial parade or a rescue mission to save the crew of a crashed Valkyrie transport from the midst of an Ork town. Amazing pieces and both telling a nice story as well. An underground battle between Dwarves and Skaven was also very well done and looking at it from different directions you could always find a new tunnel piece or some details that you'd missed before.
All in all it was a great day, and to be honest maybe even better than Salute. I've just been itching to see the place for over 15 years now and to actually finally get to see all the stuff fullfilled my childhood dreams. Now I just have to figure out when to get in the next visit as it felt like there was always something new to spot in the displays :)
To round it up a largish picture dump in the end
Fantasy display cabinets