Warning: This “review” contains extreme levels of bias. Issue 12 hits the shelves of your local Games Workshop today and features models from my Hobbit collection. I use the term review lightly because this is more a collection of my thoughts on White Dwarf Weekly. Read on to see what I thought of this week’s issue.
White Dwarf is full of tools this month.
With Issue 12 in my hand, I do what I do with every issue. I find a quiet spot in my house, make a cup of tea and read it cover to cover. I collect models from all three Games Workshop games, so there is always something of interest in every weekly issue for me. This month the new releases are a new range of Citadel hobby tools, Archaon: Ever Chosen novel from Black Library and a Storm of Vengeance computer game.
Interesting article on collecting.
There is no guest column this week. Instead the articles include Adam Troke explaining the joys of collecting an armies of the Imperium force and reminiscing about a 25 year piece of artwork. Hall of Fame sees Seb Perbet’s Snikrot nominated by Simon Adams. The Battle Report is the first three scenarios from the Hobbit main rulebook played out by Dan Harden, my friend (and Manager of Games Workshop Barnet) Cat Austin and myself. There is an article called Hammer of the Emperor, where Adam Troke and select few pundits talk about the new Astra Militarum release. Sprues and Glue looks at the new hobby tools and gives some tips and advice on using them. Paint Splatter looks at Citadels texture paints and to finish off there is a selection of snippets in the The Week in White Dwarf section at the back.
Remember you saw the models here first on Tale of Painters.
I want to use this opportunity to look at my contribution to White Dwarf. This is my third appearance in White Dwarf all appearances have come about from contacting the What’s New Today in White Dwarf blog and sending in pictures of my models. The key to this isn’t how well I paint, but how well I photograph the models. You need clear, bright photos, whites are white and blacks are black. Everything needs to be in focus, no short depth of fields and the files need to be as large as possible.
So having established contact with White Dwarf since the summer of 2012, I’ve been sending them pictures and chatting about my hobby to them. One thing leads to another and before you know it I’m loaning them 15,000pts of Ultramarines. Skip towards the end of 2013 and I’m suggesting how cool it would be to see more Hobbit models in White Dwarf whilst sending them pictures of Azog and Fimbul, combining collections we realise we virtually have all the models needed to play through the missions in the big rulebook. I get some emergency lessons at Games Work Shop Barnet where Cat helps me with the rules. To express my gratitude to Cat I asked her if she’d like to join me at Warhammer World and help play out the scenarios with Dan. This worked out great because to control all the Dwarves and all their special abilities is a little daunting for one person. Two people sped things up and ensured less mistakes were made. Here are a couple of behind the scenes pictures of our trip to Warhammer World (I post this kind of stuff to our Facebook page all the time).
I also met Adam Troke, the author and games designer for the Hobbit. He signed my rulebook “one game to rule them all” Legend!
It’s been a couple of months now since White Dwarf evolved into it’s more concise weekly format. Only available from Games Workshop stores, Independent Traders, Games Workshop online and as an eBook from Black Library we’ve all had to adapt our buying habits. I tend to jump on my motorbike on a Saturday morning and do a 30 mile round trip to pick up my £2.40 magazine. This is great for me because I love riding my motorbike and I love reading the new White Dwarf.
This issue doesn’t have any model releases, so they’re aren’t any rules in this issue, but all the rules (and points values) for all the other releases have been in previous issues. That alone is worth the cover price. White Dwarf weekly cuts down on the number of pictures and instead fills the pages with body text, pull out quotes and box outs. There are no adverts in the traditional sense, no store listings. It’s a genuine joy to read and I really like the writing style of Dan and Adam. Battle reports could do with a couple of pages more just to get more pictures and details in and maybe some maps showing model movement, but if you buy Warhammer Visions you tend to get the additional Battle Report pictures in that.
10/10 (what did you expect, it has my models in it)
Tell me your thoughts in the comments below.
News just in…
All of my Hobbit models featured in this week’s White Dwarf are (at the time of writing) on display in Games Workshop Barnet. Why not pop along and speak to Cat the Manager about how the games played out.
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I prefer monthly white dwarf still I try to put my hands on every weeks issue 🙂 that with Your ultramarines forces inside is one of my favourite 🙂 the best part of WD is the cover and new releases 🙂
- Kurt Mifsud Bonnici
"I love riding my motorbike and I love reading the new White Dwarf."
Two shared passions, Garfy. Thanks for the great review. I must say that the new White Dwarf is rather good, I picked up my first one recently and am now planning on getting them more regularly!
Yeah I really enjoy the weekly hobby fix I get from White Dwarf now.
So you would recommend that tool set at the local 162$ price tag?
A loaded question if I ever saw one. You clearly have issues with the price. It's not for me to judge what someone can and can't afford. For me personally, I could buy it for the £90, it is expensive but it's a bespoke piece of kit. Would I buy it? Well no, I already have all the hobby apparatus I need. Can I buy it? No, it's sold out so this is just conjecture.
I'm slightly confused, how can it be sold out if it hasn't been released yet?
it's sold out on the online store because of pre-orders. I heard some stores will begetting it so still a chance for some to pick it up.
Oh! I had heard that it wasn't being sold online at all and ONLY in stores because of the inclusion of the knife which they cannot sell online.
Whatever the case may be, in the end I can't understand why they want to limit the run to only 1,000 units, as you essentially pay £4 for the wallet it comes in, so no money saved for the customer It would easily sell >1,000.
In the end its not my business and the decision has been made – better be up early next Saturday!
I think you might be right actually. In which case I've been mis-informed by someone. Thanks for clearing that up.
Garfy, every time I see your Hobbit models I am inspired to dig out my own LOTR/Hobbit models and paint a few more. Thanks.
That's great. Make sure you send me some pics on our Facebook page.
Great to see you motivating GW into some Hobbit/LOTR coverage! Well done. I'm also a 2-wheel advocate, when I get the chance…
I literally buy the white dwarfs just because it has hobbit stuff in them haha! Good job there and congrats!
I literally bought this week's issue because of your post! Great stuff and lovely figures and terrain.
That's awesome. Great to hear!
Grats on the publish! Well deserved!
Thanks mate 🙂
Im still waiting on my signed copy of the old WD with the Ultras in 🙂 I now have to go buy another mag for a second sig!!
I only just read the Bullgryn issue. The bat reps really are terrible. Discussion by IG squads doing things that had no visual explanation, and were not listed as such in their army lists. So so poor.
The tools this month I think are a little on the pricey side. £18 for clippers. You can get 2-3 pairs from somewhere like Maplin that do the same thing (flat sided etc) for the same money.
That said, I am really liking a weekly WD fix and more so when you are in it, even if its with Hobbit stuff hehe. Perhaps you can discuss with your WD biddies an Apoc bat rep with my Fists and your Nids one day…
Lets meet up soon dude, I've not seen you ages. Bring your mag and I'll sign it lol.
Bought the issue yesterday especially for the signatures 🙂
Please, please, please could you do a how to paint Beastmen tutorial?
I am a huge fan of your other tutorials – particularly the Mirkwood Rangers one
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