Dec 12, 2006

U.K. White Dwarf #324: The return of the review

Yes, yes, I'm generally aware of stuff, especially when it's obvious and even if it's my complete and utter failure to review issues 321, 322 and 323 of the usually over-priced but always colorful (and -okay- fun to read) White Dwarf magazine. Good news is that I'll be reviewing WD 324 right after finishing this paragraph. Bad news is that you'll never get to know just how great an issue no. 321 was (it even had two nice miniatures as a gift; a night goblin and a dwarf) and I'll never know whether issues 322 or 323 were worth getting. Anyway, on to the latest of Games Workshop's periodical offerings (official info is freely available here). On to the 128 pages long White Dwarf issue 324.

General content and ads: Right. Nothing spectacular here, but you 'll get an editorial, some Eldar, Empire and gaming accessories centered ads, slightly spiced up with Lord of the Rings, Black Library and Forge World forthcoming releases. Beginners will be happy to read a pretty decent Welcome to Wargaming feature -a glorified GW brochure, really- that does an ok job of giving them splendid spending ideas. Oh, and Jervis Johnson has a nice and almost personal gaming rant, while lots of nice miniatures are showcased in 10 impressive Golden Demon pages. (7/10)

Warhammer: Ah, yes. Warhammer indeed. And as the cover suggests, there's a pretty brilliant 18-pages long WHFB Battle Report in which 5,000 points of Bretonnians and Wood Elves defend a keep (and their chastity & panties) from 8,000 points of depraved Dark Elves. Kinky. Then you can relax and read a nice Deployment Tactica, that covers the basics and even offers a nice idea or two, or even drool over an amazing Empire Army painted by Gareth Hamilton. As far as video games go, well... uhm... surprisingly Warhammer Mark of Chaos gets a nice 4-pager. (8/10)

Warhammer 40k: Ever heard of Lilia Mundi? No? Perhaps of Saim-Hann, then? Really? Well, you'll find out all about these things in WD's Iron Will, Iron Blood campaign; a well-thought-out series of missions and photos accompanied by a decent amount of fluff. Lots of pointless Eldar Walkers are also included. And not much else. (4/10)

Lord of the Rings: The Serpent Strikes is another campaign and is conveniently filled with excellent modelling projects, easily adjustable for the Warhammer universe. Film Reference, on the other hand, is a cunningly disguised attempt to force you (yes, you unsuspecting reader) to paint your LoTR miniatures the movie way, totally unlike the impressive Easterling army that gets the Army Showcase treatment. (7/10)

High point: Well... the Battle Report I guess.

Low point: More than 20 pages of non-content.

In a nutshell: A good issue, really. Especially for Warhammer lovers. Nothing to get paranoid about though...

Related @ Gnome's Lair: Chaos Dwarfs!, a silly WHFB video, White Dwarf issue #1 PDF

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  1. hmmmm i'll pass...... though the free minatures in the issue you didn't get garnered my interest..... i presume the 20 non contnet pages included at least some pron?

  2. Well, yes, you should really, especially considering you don't really play with toy soldiers and that the 20-pages dont even imply they could possibly imply pr0n. Oh, and the minis issue was the one I barely got. Hoorah!

    Now, when will you start getting into the Warhammer fetish?

  3. already reducing my sleeping hours, may have to wait till retirement... or give up something else, perhaps i could cut down on my two angelina jolie chanting seesion

  4. Hi I have 56 early issues of White Dwarf for SAle on Ebay - starting bid £3 for the lot

    follow this link if you are interested

  5. No. Don't stop the chanting. No matter what. It goes far beyond Angelina... Can't say more right now...

    Interesting idea anonymous, but can't really see the full link...

  6. ..eureka!!!.. I knew it ... the chanting.... the visions said i'd find a channel.. your the channel there can be no doubt....

    (assumes lotus position, starts chanting "angi ange angelina" through gnome......)

  7. So... You're also a chaneller? Impresive...

    Got to do some calculations. Don't stop... BRB

  8. kay... angi.. ange..... (night falls, elderly ponders Gnomes departure.... some 5 hours previously.....)

  9. Gnome IRB. Impressive. More impressive than the inflatable Angelina that just materialized....

    Wow! Almost got it ther Elderly dear...

  10. (squeezes eyes shut... sweat pours from every ..erm ..pore..... muscles tauten... elderly's body becomes translucent.... )

    angi angi angi....

    well am i there yet...?

  11. Well I can see a teat.... Keep on... Keep on...