Monday, 18 November 2013

Review: White Dwarf Nov 2013

Okey what is going on with my WD  subscription? I got this issue two and half week late, so unfortunately when I finally received mine I already knew pretty much everything in it. Which of course makes it less interesting to read, I will try to not having this influence the review to much.

New Releases
We got a quite wide mix this time with the second wave Dark Elves, new special effects paints, a supplement to Warhammer Fantasy called Triumph and Treachery. We also get some new 40k publications, the digital Chaos Space Marine supplement for Black Legion, a collectors ed. Chaos collection (with all Chaos t codexes in it) they also show us a book with all the twelve previous 'Armies of Renown' articles found in the last years White Dwarfs. Nothing that really interests me really, I already got all of those articles in my WD but maybe for those who haven't and like Space Marines this can be interesting (there's mostly marines in there) 40k also get another Apocalypse War Zone expansion called Pandorax, sporting Black Legion against the Imperium with the Dark Angels chapter trying to save the day.

It's not much to say about these really, I'm not overly fond of the green background and lighting on the Dark Elves pictures, but there is also plenty of 'on the battlefield' shots as well so nut a huge problem. We get to see some quick tips on how to use the new special effects paint, and we later get to see some more in depth in the Paint Splatter section.

The same thing goes for Triumph and Treachery, we get a short explanation in the beginning which felt kinda of short, and it was hard to understand what it really is. But it continues in the Battle report this month and here's you info about how it works.

We also get some new Army deals or army upgrades may be a better word for it. It's just as it sounds, you get some unit together in a larger box and get some savings from it as well. They have nine pages showing the different deals here which is a little much in my opinion.

Army of the Month
We get to see Duncan Rhodes Son's of Horus which we have seen bits of quite a lot in the past. It's a really nice looking army, with a lot of ForgeWorld Heresy models of course. All in all it's a really nice army to look at's Space Marines yet again.

Battle report
It was all about Triumph and Treachery this time and it made it an real interesting read. A lot is gooing on in the game with so many players and I felt it had been easier to follow if they wrote which army's turn it was instead of the name of the player, now I had to go back sometimes to see which player had what army. Also there could be bigger pictures of the battlefield and I actually miss the old arrows and markings on the movement of the armies. But other than that this was a good battle report.

Parade Ground
Showing some Armies on Parade from the Fang painting competitions. Some really nice armies in here. In the second Parade ground we see single models from the Design Studios Painting Challange, some truly amazing painting is to be found here.

It's back! But this is not the best one though, we see Neil Reed's gaming boards and models in true Blanche style. The second board called Yggdrassillium is really cool though.

Kit Bash
Showing us nice and easy kit bash conversions is nice and all that, but isn't Space Marines kit bashing done to death?

Paint Splatter
For us mere mortals we get some pretty basic tutorials on how to paint Dark Elves, Black Guard and Executioners. We also get more in depth on how to use the new Special Effects paints, and I must say it made me interested in trying at least some of them out for my self in the future.

Jeremy Vetock
His article caught my eye this time, and I actually normally find his articles more interesting than Jervis. Anyhow this is about what I'm doing on my blog, keep track of your army painting progress. An interesting read for me at least who record my painting progress for the same reasons.

This month in.. 
White Dwarf is doing Triumph and Threachery, painting Wh Fantasy models and go to Warhammer World. The Design Studio is about the new Dark Elves and we get an explanation for the one wheel DE chariot, I'm still no fan of that particular part though. At Forgeworld we see the Deimos Pattern Vindicator and Legion Assault Claw, both which we have seen before I believe. Black Library is about the latest HH book Unremembered Empire

Not an awesome issue, but it is more diverse than usual and it does have some quality content in there. Still missing any kind of fluff, or anything useful for gaming like new rules or anything. It's a shame that GW wants to put everything useful in the iBook store to be bought, when many of them would have been perfect additions to White Dwarf.

Rating: 3

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