New stamps will recognise the ‘institution’ created by one of Nottinghamshire’s most successful companies. Royal Mail has announced 10 special stamps will be issued to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the internationally popular Warhammer miniatures, created by Lenton-based tabletop gaming giant Games Workshop.
First produced in 1983, Warhammer quickly became the most successful table-top miniatures in history, garnering millions of fans across the globe. Helen Smallridge, Global Head of Marketing at Games Workshop, said the new stamps were a way to treat enthusiasts and interest those who may not be aware of the huge brand.
“We’re delighted to be partnering with Royal Mail to mark the 40th anniversary of Warhammer,” Ms Smallridge said.
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“From humble beginnings, Warhammer has grown into a British institution and a global success, with our fantasy miniatures collected by millions around the world. We hope this new stamp range will be a treat for fans, and for those who have yet to discover our rich and fantastical worlds.”
Warhammer has an international appeal and Games Workshop previously reached an agreement in principle for Amazon to make its intellectual property into a TV series. Superman and The Witcher actor Henry Cavill, who is a massive fan and has visited Games Workshop’s headquarters in the past, has confirmed he is attached to the project.
The popular miniatures have also been an astonishing business success, with the company’s overall revenue in the first six months of the 2022 financial year totalling £226.6m. East Midlands Chamber chief executive Scott Knowles said: “Household-name businesses like Games Workshop are a great example of the power of business for their communities.
“Not only are they large employers for the local workforce but some of those people go on to start their own companies, which creates a cluster within this sector that eventually becomes recognised as a centre of excellence and helps to attract further investment.
“What’s more, it puts Nottingham’s name on the map, with Games Workshop often welcoming Warhammer fans from across the globe for special events – which of course brings other tourism benefits to the local economy. This exciting collaboration between Games Workshop and Royal Mail further illustrates the enduring appeal of Warhammer for many people and it’s great for Nottingham to be associated with the brand.”
Six stamps will depict characters from the worlds of Warhammer’s fictional universe – Space Marines and Orks from Warhammer 40,000; Stormcast Eternals and Slaves to Darkness from Warhammer: Age of Sigmar; and High Elves and Dwarfs from Warhammer: The Old World. Another four will feature iconic illustrations from the last 40 years of Warhammer – Crimson Fists Space Marines from the first edition of Warhammer 40,000 ; The Emperor of Mankind from Warhammer: The Horus Heresy ; Yndrasta, the Celestial Spear from the current edition of Warhammer: Age of Sigmar ; and The Battle for Skull Pass from Warhammer: The Old World.
David Gold, Director of External Affairs and Policy, Royal Mail, said: “With millions of devotees across the globe, Warhammer is a creative, collaborative pursuit with a unique power to spark the imagination. We are delighted to be celebrating the 40th anniversary of this immersive tabletop wargame with a set of Special Stamps.”
The stamps go on general sale on June 8, but are available to pre-order from today (June 1) at www.royalmail.com/warhammer, by telephone on 03457 641 641 and at 7,000 Post Office branches across the UK. A presentation pack including all ten stamps in the set is priced at £18.10.
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