There are a few reminders of the bad old days, namely while last month’s magazine was heavily 40K orientated while this month’s issue was largely based around Warhammer Fantasy. As someone who currently only pays 40k, it’s hard for me to really get into a largely fantasy based article. However, part of this problem is due to the magazine being based round the new releases, which take up a very large chunk of the magazine.
Oddly enough, I did spend some time on the new releases. I find that I like looking at the pictures, even of models that I’ll never buy. I get eye strain easily and as I work on a PC all day during the week, I don’t like spending all evening browsing the web (the weekend is another matter). Having large high quality images in White Dwarf means that I can look at, drool over and criticise the pictures to my heart’s content. There are a few too many of them though and the Forgeworld pictures were very disappointing. The “normal” Games Workshop models have new pictures, different to those on the website, the Forgeworld pictures were the same mostly unpainted models seen on the Forgeworld site. In the case of the Magma Dragon, there are colour pictures on the Forgeworld page, yet all the magazine got was a picture of a rather boring looking lump of grey resin (and I like the Magma Dragon). What’s the point of putting Forgeworld stuff in the magazine if someone is not going to actually make an effort to sell it!
It is rather obvious that this is the White Dwarf for parents doing Christmas shopping as the gift guide gets a large spread. As a hobbyist this is frustrating, but thinking as someone who has bought Games Workshop related presents (without being able to openly ask the giftee what they want) and who every year has a mild panic over what to buy her brothers for Christmas, I can see the appeal of a pictorial list of stuff that can be taken into a shop and pointed at.
I was tempted by the ‘Eavy Metal Edge Paint Set… until I saw the price, which is far more than I’d consider paying, especially as I don’t really need special edge highlighting paints.
As a 40K player, the big splash this week was the Imperial Defence Network. It looks pretty nice but I don’t really have space for it at the moment, so I’m merely admiring it from afar. I’m more likely to pick up the Valkia the Bloody model which is almost right, and paint her just for kicks. Actually I have already done so, this post has taken me far too long to write, and she is absolutely gorgeous, but I’ll write about her another time.
The Army of the Month is a nice feature. I’ll happily look over other people’s beautifully painted models for hours, despite the gnawing envy over the fact that they are so, so much nicer than mine. I’m looking forward to seeing what army will be showcased next month.
Of the regular editorial like opinion pieces, Jeremy Vetock, Jervis Johnson and Blanchitsu, I much prefer the first two. Blanchitsu was a four page spread with two pages of content and was, to be honest, fairly disappointing. Jervis Johnson’s column was fairly interesting. I’m not a tournament player, so I can’t give a critical view on it, but it was perfectly readable. Vetock’s article was quite fun too and made me smile, which is very nice. I really want to know what a “shrill but manly Wyvern shriek” sounds like now!
Although the Hall of Fame is not content heavy I quite like the idea of spotlighting a particular model and the Mangler Squigs are cute!
The hobby related content in this month’s White Dwarf is fairly good and the salt technique was new to me. I’m really liking the direction they’ve taken in the hobby section, it feels more useful and, even if the techniques are irrelevant sometimes, there’s plenty of inspiration and encouragement there.
However I still don’t get why the “This month in” section is after the store directory. It’s far too good to be hidden away.
In conclusion, this month’s White Dwarf is still riding on the same high as last month. It has the same good and less good parts (well, if nothing else they’re consistent). I’m planning at waiting until next month before I make up my mind on the new layout still though. I just hope that it isn’t all about Lord of the Rings as that would be rather boring for me!