Monday 22 April 2013

Mike McVey's dioramas of the 1990s: Warhammer Quest

I recently visited Warhammer World in Nottingham for a Forge World Open Day event, and took the opportunity to snap a few pics in The Citadel Miniatures Hall, which is well worth a visit if you are in the area. I concentrated much of my snapping efforts on the dioramas of Mike McVey, several of which can be found in the Hall. For Oldhammerers of a certain age Mike will always be one of the most iconic members of the 'Eavy Metal team. Mike's dioramas on display in The Citadel Miniatures Hall are all from the 1990s, which is just after my main period of interest, but the painting and modelling skill on display certainly makes them deserving of a closer look (and there are some 1980s figures on show too). In this first post of a series I'll be looking at Mike's Warhammer Quest diorama, which featured in White Dwarf 191. After uploading my pictures to blogger, I dug out my copy of White Dwarf 191 assuming I would find a picture of the diorama to add to the post..what I found was a whole lot more! I hadn't realised that Mike had put together a whole 'Eavy Metal article on the diorama, complete with narrative walk-through. So I decided to upload the article to Scribd and present it at the end of this post. Given that Mike has already done a sterling job of describing the diorama I will leave you with just my pictures, and let you read about the diorama in Mike's own words.

The diorama itself is constructed on three levels:

Top level

Middle level

Bottom level


  1. Incredible! It's great to see this classic diorama from so many new angles.

  2. This is great , This period of Gw is just after my interest waned .. so its nice to be able to take a fresh look at the things I missed. thanks for uploading and sharing , this as well as your other works .. its all very inspiring and informative.

  3. What has happened to all those lovely pictures! I came back for a second look and they are all replaced with a sinister stop symbol! Have the IP Nazis got to you bro? Are you OK!

  4. Amazing how well-preserved that still is, I expect most dioramas of mine would have shaken loose, been crushed, faded and fallen apart in half the time that has survived. :)