So with that shameless plug out of the way, what do you get from the revitalized magazine? Well, first and foremost is the free miniature on the cover. Anything free is always nice, and the slaughterpreist does makes the magazine great value.
MOAR plastic for the plastic god!!!
So what else is there? Another good reason to get this magazine is the expanded rules sets for many of the specialty games that GW have released recently. These rules will inject a bit of life back into those games and keep them on the tabletop, and perhaps they will keep adding more rules for these games in future issues.
Yes, some people still play this one too
It also has the much heralded return of the Battle Report! These were easily my favourite part of the old OLD White Dwarf, and it is shame the report inside this issue is a bit of a let down. I was disappointed to see it was AoS rather than 40k (and I like AoS!) but I also found that the new format suffered from a bad case of ‘trying to reinvent the wheel’.
Haters gonna hate
As for the other regular features, The Four Warlords article is a nice idea to bring back and I look forward to seeing how it develops over time. Army of the Month is a good feature, Illuminations is a ripping collection of artwork, while Ultimate Guide is a background piece delving into various fluff. Army Focus and Hall of Fame give a nice bit of background and inside knowledge into various miniatures, while Sprues and Glue and Paint Splatter offer well-intentioned advice on painting and conversions. Temporal Distort looks back at old issues of WD (reminding you just how good it used to be) while ‘Eavy Metal is, well, ‘Eavy Metal, and Parade Ground is an extension of the ‘Eavy Metal section under a different guise
I wonder if my 2nd edition Marine force is worth submitting?
Having read it cover to cover in a matter of mere seconds, my initial impression is that the White Dwarf we knew and loved is indeed back and headed in the right direction. It is not there yet, but it is hard to argue with 150 pages of (almost) advert free content. A free miniature helps too, but they can’t do that forever – only time will tell if the new direction and content will stand on its own two feet.
Thanks for the memes Gene
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Wargaming fanatic, miniature painting enthusiast and occasional blogger. I'm just not particularly good at any of them...
I began playing Warhammer 40K back in the heady days of Rogue Trader, having been weaned on Space Crusade and Heroquest as nipper. After a brief 15 year hiatus, I returned to 40K which has been my main source of gaming delight, although I have dipped my toes far and wide over the years and regularly partake in games of Epic 40k, Bolt Action, AoS, X-Wing and Armada.
I currently play Space Marines (Dark Angles, Ultramarines and Legion of the Damned) and Tau, but occasionally flirt with Tyranids, Imperial Guard and the dark forces of Chaos. I am also a keen hobbyist and while not the best painter, I do try my hand at shoddy conversions and ropey scenery from time to time.
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