Welcome to sunny Westminster, CA. According to the city's Facebook page, top attractions are the Huntington Beach Harley Davidson (which isn't in Westminster [WTF?!?]) and the Westminster Memorial Park and Mortuary.
I guess the Games Workshop store doesn't qualify? Horseshit!
Anyway, Westminster is in the middle of nowhere, about a 40 minute drive for me. It's the closest flagship. The entire city of Los Angeles is devoid of GW stores. I guess models and failed actors aren't into the hobby. At any rate, Westminster is kinda cool because it contains a large population of Vietnamese that were originally brought over when Saigon fell in 1975.
What these means to me is one thing: damn good food everywhere...Namely Pho (pronounced "fuh"), vermicelli noodle salad and one of the greatest sandwiches to grace the Emperor's green Earth, the banh mi.
So wait, this is a Warhammer 40,000 blog is it not? Patience Fucko, read on and the geek stuff will follow.
My heart sinks a bit when I come here because there was an awesome Vietnamese restaurant right by the Hobby Bunker in Malden, MA where Sean and I typically used to chow down between turns 2 and 3. Odd thing is, most Vietnamese restaurants are esthetically all the same. There's usually a fountain of some kind providing ambience, theres some jade Buddhas keeping the spiritual vibe and little bamboo plants for that extra touch of fung shui. It's like taking the Narnia doorway but instead of another land you're transported to the same restaurant with the same menu and the same disgruntled employees.
Despite my observation about the decor, I suggest that hobbyists try some of this delicious grub. Maybe forgo the Wendy's, McDumps, or mediocre pizza for some quality, healthy food.
So I arrive at the shopping plaza with my dog, Clyde, and park. I pack my arms full of display board, Khorne army tote and large tupperware full of toys, turn the corner and nearly run into two gorgeous Asian women in short skirts. The look they gave me was priceless. It was sort of like "What kind of strange, white, dorky creature is this and what in hell is he carrying?"
Let's face it, fellas, the hobby doesn't exactly attract the opposite sex. In fact, it seems more of a repellent. Lucky for me I've got a fantastic woman who digs the models. Yes, they are out there.
On to the show...
Armies on Parade.
Smarmies don't sashay.
Schwarma turd grenade.
Disarm me or I'll wear suede.
Bacardi lubin' up that shillelagh.
Calamari on the edge of a knife blade.
I'll just go down the list here.
A Dark Eldar fella. Cool army. Could've used more detail on the flat green of the models, but otherwise a very cool army with some neat conversions--namely the wracks were built from Talos parts and Crypt Horrors. Good stuff.
In my opinion, this titan display stole the show. As soon as I saw it, I knew I had probably lost the contest.
The titan display won silver.
Shit, I thought, am I in the running? The Dark Eldar had a bunch of votes, I knew that.
The store manager Chris announced the winner...Khorne Daemonkin! Sweet! Maybe he'll remember my name...
Here's a sample of those unconventional models I threw down.
here. I changed out the sword after it broke off and decided to replace it with a proper axe of Khorne.
squad that started this crazy Khorne army over two years ago...
All for now.