Saturday, 5 January 2019

New Year = New White Dwarf

The new year kickstarts with a new edition of the White Dwarf Magazine, apparently and according to GW it's the NEW and improved White Dwarf with plenty of new articles and features, but  is there any significant difference from previous to justify the hype? Lets find out.

There are probably plenty of reviews already covering all pages and dissecting rules and articles to the bone, this is not the aim here, its just rather a casual and my personal angle on it. I'm foremost a sculptor & painter and I have a professional artistic background so all is a bit arty fartsy for me…



The design is functional and if you are a subscriber you get a fancy alternative cover with no text and just the illustration on the cover.

The content it's clearly divided by the different games so you do not have mixed content like fantasy with 40k. The good thing about that is that you can immediately ignore the bits you don't want and skip to your favourite game, the bad is that you will quantify the pages you actually want to see and compare it with the price tag. In short if its all mixed up you don't know how many pages say of 40k are in there so the price does not bother you much but now you know that 40k will be from page 92 to 120… personally I like all games but what really grabs me is the painting and Art.


The art is pretty much what I wanted from WD, there is PLENTY of it and big pieces too, in fact they also have a 6 page section ( which is not new) called illuminations just with inspiring illustrations. I can spend hours just looking at one Illustration so this is a big thing for me. The WD is quite special for that since if you don't buy all the games and respective rulebooks you would probably not see some of them but now you are exposed to so much that it makes it fun and enjoyable to go through each one of them. 




As a painter Im always looking for nice colour combos and ideas, tips, tricks and tutorials etc soooo does the New White Dwarf delivers or is just the boring easy tutorial you see every time?

Previous Editions ( not seen all of them but around 60%ish) always had some form of cool pictures of outstanding painted minis, either in the form of Readers models, Heavy metal, Golden Demon coverage, Heavy metal challenges ( love those) etc… Well this one has all of them bundled in loads of pages and articles and yes the heavy metal challenge is there and is freaking awesome!

A selection of the mini paint jobs that blew me away! Fair to say that the quantity of quality, original and inspiring paint jobs is 5 starts.










On the painting tutorials side of things you still have the typical step by step base colour, shade, layer, highlight tutorials ( this time for the Crimson Fists) which have their uses and still quite functional but it needs more meat for the advanced painters. The section of the golden demon and the heavy metal challenge has very detailed descriptions of the methods used but no photos or step by steps there, so its all just fluff really. I did find that more effort was put into this, so it's a step in the right direction, but still much needs to be done on that front.

Kudos for a nice little original idea of lava buildings, quite cool actually, like I said more effort is evident on the WD.




Modelling, conversions and sculpting tutorials… Not much really there, they only included 2 pages with 5 minis that had different bits rearranged as examples. Not original and all quite basic and boring. Not impressed. You could argue that the section for the featured army of the month has some really good conversions though and Oh boy that army is something special. This featured army section has more jazz than usual with some nice pictures and even colour formulas etc, it almost makes me forget how the conversions tutorials is so bland.




This White Dwarf also will appeal for the fluff fan with plenty of background to read and enjoy. Worlds of Warhammer with Phil Kelly and then a short story fiction pages for Age of Sigmar  Kharadron Overlords and another short story for 40k set in Vigilus…and the immense and for sure the Star of the magazine.

INDEX ASTARTES.





Right!.. This index has 10 pages of background and Rules for the Crimson fists so if you want to do this army you really need this magazine, if you don't you still need it just to keep you on the loop.
I think this is something that gives the magazine so much more BANG for your money, its a full codex supplement for 6 pounds. To go with all that there is a Crimson fists Army on display and also a Crimson fists painting tutorial. 
Crimson fists take the most of the 40k dedicated pages and do it with style.

There is also an extensive battle report for 40k between Aeldari and the Imperium which does not appeal to me much and looks quite… dull. By the time I digest the other tasty bits of this mag maybe I will find the time to go through it.

MOAR Rules - Well ,well, well, the bar is up there with this Magazine, not satisfied with the Index Astartes you have the 11 pages of new Rules for Age of Sigmar Skirmish! Wow.
Not into 40k or AoS? Maybe you like kill team?
Lets just say if you like Kroots and are into Killteam you will be happy to know that you have the rules for Kroot mercenaries also covered.


Conclusions

Does this magazine delivers on its promise of being the New White Dwarf? The break from previous recent editions and with plenty of extra value added? 
If you are gamer you will have to say YES. It's undeniable that the amount of FULL rulesets provided are amazing and for 6pounds you will get hours of fun. This also makes the Magazine quite relevant now on the gaming scene.
If you are into the background - YES, 2 short stories and a full Index Astartes? Cant go wrong there.
If you are a Painter - YES  Loads of heavy metal tips and pictures some basic tutorials, Heavy metal challenge and Golden demon. Perfect for the medium painter and a good starting point for the experienced one. I think More could be done here but still plenty of content.
For the Modeller- NO, apart from the Army of the month this needs a huge revamp, very modest content.

Overall  YES, I enjoyed my White Dwarf Illustrations, Heavy metal challenge paintings, Golden demon and some fresh ideas there. Good for an impulse buy but will not commit to a subscription. If they manage somehow to scratch the surface of the modelling tutorials of Rackham Cry Havoks then I would be tempted!




Sunday, 30 December 2018

Goodbye 2018



It was quite a busy year for me but most sculpts (5 waves worth of monsters) will only be revealed in 2019, lots of D&D monsters and Fungus… Hopefully the first months of 2019 will be packed with sculpting pictures.

In 2018 I did manage to finish up my last Ironjawz units and got into 40k again. I will try to build up my Primaris and Death Guard armies during the incoming year. It's going to be a mixed bag because I will, for the most part not convert/sculpt ( just the some bits I want to spice up will take some sculpting), so its more about painting nice minis than anything else.

On the sculpting front I'm already fleshing out 9 more sculpts but not sure yet to what will be next.

I don't post much of personal things on my Hobby blog but I'm a bit worried with Brexit so its like UK is in a hell of a weird warp storm…

This year I missed Salute which was a bit disappointing so will try to catch up in 2019 health permitting. I also failed into delivering a Tutorial of some sorts and I have a cool one involving sponges on the cards. So it's looking like a very promising start of the year. Will keep you all posted.

Cheers 2018.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Dark Imperium box set

Got a surprise loot this Christmas. Was not expecting it but a Dark Imperium box set landed under my tree.



I have seen loads of reviews and most agree this is quite the deal if you want to get into 40k, specially if you collect Primaris and Death Guard (which I do), but still I was not prepared for the full content of this Box.



Full hard cover Rulebook, Primaris booklet, Death Guard booklet, Plastic ruler, 12 dice, 53 Miniatures and Transfer sheet.



The box just feels polished to a collector degree, it's not the usual starter cheap box, its packed with books full of illustrations and very detailed miniatures.



The Design and print finish is to a high degree and if you are like me that likes attention to detail this will not disapoint. Once you open the box there is a 2nd black box which holds all the miniature sprues. There are so many sprues I don't even know where to start.



There are also 2x 24 pages booklets for both factions and again those have thick full colour pages with rules and artwork. The Rulebook is also there and it's the full thing, not a booklet or short version of the 40.000 rulebook. Rules, background and all kinds of nice things to grab you attention during a winter night on the sofa with Whisky.


The sprues themselves are mono pose and snap fit and they are split evenly between both armies.

1 Giant sprue, 2x big sprues and 1 medium sprue per each faction totalling 8 sprues! It is lots of plastic and good one too. The Snap fit has changed so much over the years and today I can say that the variety  of poses is so rich and the design so sharp that if you build these alongside with the multipart kits you will not be able to distinguish between them… its that good. Also mono pose on things like pox walkers is not a problem if you have like 10 different poses to choose from.
I will go over sprues and models in more detail as I build them in the future, for now check the plastic crack.



This set is a great value if you want to start these 2 armies and its probably the best starter set for any game that I have seen so far. Its affordable but the content is top quality materials, does not feel cheap or rushed in any way and it's a pleasure just to open the box and immediately feel immersed into this compelling universe. 

This will keep me busy for years to come.



Tuesday, 25 December 2018

HAMMERTIME

One of the things I wish is that I had more time for is the hobby. Many times I just get stuck with work and life in general. When I do find it I spend it sculpting commissions which reduces it even further. Cannot complain really because it's the way things are… although I will open a new section on this blog just for me and my time. A place where I can just drift away and do what I want to do. Welcome to Hammertime and for starters I will concentrate on fleshing out Death Guard and Primaris Space Wolves from Citadel.



Tuesday, 18 December 2018

Saturday, 15 December 2018

Corrupted Myconid The Thrasher.

One of the first complete sculpts for the upcoming Fungi Kickstarter is The Thrasher.
Scale wise it fits a 25mm base so not that big, due to its hunched pose is no bigger than 28mm.

















Fungi Kickstarter more details

One of the interesting twists of this Fungi Kickstarter is that all the Fungi Folk will face a corrupted version to themselves. Here you can find the Myconid and their demonic altered feral selfs.