Monday 28 May 2012

Review: White dwarf 390

It's always fun to look into the postbox and see a new White Dwarf lying there, I have now read through most parts of the latest issue which arrived last week. And Games Workshop continues to deliver a nice and solid magazine.

New Releases
The major release this month is for 40k once again. And it's flyers this time, and there is three of them. First one is for Space Marines, Stormtalon as it is called is attack vehicle capable of flying fast or go into hover mode for easier targeting of enemy tanks and infantry. It can also transport stuff into battle. At first I didn't really like the model, I thought it looked bulky and a bit odd. But as I look at it more I now quite like it and thinks it's a fitting for any Space Marine army. Next up we have the Nightscythe/Doomscythe for the Necrons. A new cool looking shiny toy for the Necrons who have been really spoiled with nice looking models lately. I really like the look of this model as It reminds me a little of a Batman Batwing, although I think it would have looked even cooler with an canopy for the pilot even If I know he don't need one. But the coolest looking as of now in my opinion is the WW2 inspired Ork Boomer which can be made into three different configurations, Dakka Jet, Burna-Boomer and the Blitza-Boomer. Really funny and nice rules for them as well.

But there isn't just 40k stuff, there is also a little something for Fantasy and Orcs and Goblins. Two new plastic character kits for Savage Orc Big Boss and a Goblins shaman. And I must say, I love these plastic character kits. It may not have as much details (which most of the time are more or less unnecessary) as metal/finecast models but they look good, have sculpted bases and are cheaper. And do I have to mention that there is no bubbles or other misscasts. So far I love all of the plastic character kits, and these new ones is no exception. Great looking and I will surely incorporate them into my army in the future.

Painting and Modelling

GW continues to give us all the little painting tutorials we need to getting started to paint with the new Citadel Paints and this time it's how to paint White Scars and their SM weapons, a Red Dakkajet including it's crazy pilot and the Stormtalon in smurf..ehh.. I mean Ultramarines colours. We also get to see how to paint the Savage Orc Big boss which of course can be applied to all Savage Orcs.

There are no really modelling tips in this issue but there is a Scenery Showcase showing a Witchfate Tor and Gardern of Morr turned into a Reiksguard Chapter House, looks really cool and I am actually thinking about doing something similar for my Knights of Morr.

Rules and Fluff
Not that much actually, but there is some really usefull stuff. Like the rules for each of the new 40k flyers. There are also focus on the three armies, White Scars, Orks and Necrons with a new scenario which of course incorporates the new aircraft's. The scenario is called The battle for Cardrim and there is plenty of pre-this scenario history and fluff.

Not much gaming at all in this issue. No battle report at all this time which is a shame, I want my Empire Battle Report!

A nice read filled with quite usefull stuff actually, still like the Painting guides, new rules etc. So all in all a solid issue this time. There are many things I miss from the old days like more modelling tips, displays of other than Eavy Metal armies (Eavy metal armies looks really nice but you have seen then a million times now, the white scars in this issue was nice though) and more and better Battle Reports. Well time will tell if we get more of these things in the future or not, but until then you can buy this issue and still have a good time reading it.

Rating: 4 out of 5


  1. I also enjoyed reading this month's issue. As someone who is primarily a painter first and gamer second all of the painting articles that GW have been putting out recently really appeal to me. Their guide to painting white this issue was very interesting and I'm looking forward to trying it out (the perfect excuse, if one be needed, to paint up some Shining Spears).


  2. Totally agree with you Andy, hopefully they will continue in this fashion regarding their painting guides. Thanks for your input :)


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