I went out and bought this issue day one, but with the only expectation to just look at cool pictures of the new Necron models…
The Good Stuff:
The articles about the new Necrons and their fluff, an Ogre Kingdoms tactics article.
What’s In There For Painters and Modellers?
A Sisters of Battle Army Workshop (but it has only two small half pages of painting tutorials actually, a small Armies on Parade showcase, Hall of Heroes with the Carnifex nominated by Colin Grayson.
Things I Didn’t Like:
2/3 of this issue are Necrons, while they deserve their place in the spotlight, this issue felt quite shallow, even moreso than the last couple ones. There is almost no hobby content, just pictures, pictures and pictures… like 4 pages for just the Ghost/Doomsday Ark in the New Releases section. While the new Necron models are cool, especially in a big army shot, where were the painting and converting guides and such? I mean I no longer expect ‘Eavy Metal Masterclasses, especially after Andrew Kenrick said at the Games Day UK seminar that the ‘Eavy Metal team is to busy to do them anymore. The battle report was another of those ridiculous, megalomanic 4000 points battles, at least there was a little bit of narration going on. The Designer Notes were ok to get you going, bzt I was a bit surprised that they didn’t give any explanation or a look behind the scenes why they changed the direction of the Necron fluff.
If you like to drool over the new Necron models while sitting on the loo, go out and buy this issue. I felt this issue lacks kind of “meat”, sure there are quite a few articles with a good amount of text to read, but in the end they tell you so little. Where did all the good hobby content go? I mean some time ago, GW.com had cool articles with lots of painting and tactic guides almost everyday on top of their magazine, now you only get a shallow 8 page Sisters of Battle showcase with two small tutorials?I feel two or three years ago they did a much better job with WD.
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