In my latest video log (link after the jump), I take a look at all the different incarnations of White Dwarf since 1994 and talk about the new issue see how it stacks up to it’s predecessors.
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If you’re unable to watch the video (might be at work or something) but you really want to know what I thought of the NEW issue of White Dwarf? I really like it. I am going to miss Weekly White Dwarf. Visions not so fussed about. But this is thick enough, with enough content to keep me interested for a while. I’ve had it for 6 days so far and I’m still picking it up for a flick through.
All the great articles that have ever been in the old magazines are there: Battle Reports, Tale of Four Warlords, Gaming Missions, rules for new models, rules for current games, paint splatter, letters and so much more.
I really like the fact they have gone back to crediting the artists, sculptors, painters and writers. It creates a feeling that we are a part of the family. One big hobby family. Not letting us know who was working on what was like talking to us through a wall.
The downside? Well they’ve gone back to placing adverts at the end of some of the features. This isn’t a deal breaker for me but honestly after a couple of months the magazine is going to feel so samey seeing the same adverts for the same boxed games every month. To be fair though they have ditched the 6 pages of store listings. I would rather the adverts of the models and games than columns and columns of addresses.
The overall tone of the magazine is fun and engaging. It’s not just paragraph after paragraph of text, theres little pullout pieces of info and light hearted fun. It feels familiar. We don’t have to get use to a new format because NEW White Dwarf is the OLD White Dwarf we love and it’s back. If it ain’t broke, don’t try to fix it with a servo-harness.
Free model as well can’t be bad. 11 out of 10.
P.S. Congratulations to Amy (and myself) for having some models featured in this magazine. Huzzah! Right, this magazine has really inspired me so I’m off to do some painting.
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I think that has as much as to who is doing the writing, worth remembering that most of the good black library writers are ex white dwarf, and frankly anything but a gav thorpe/andy chambers bat rep is going to feel flat…
I agree with the anonymous comment above, but if that's the price I've gotta pay to get a great White Dwarf back, then I'll take it, and hope that it does get that personal edge back to it. I had thought about this as I was reading it too though, and I wonder if it's been a conscious decision to go that way because there are so many blogs and youtube clips around now that provide that sort of personality.
On a side note, I didn't realise until now that you had a youtube channel Garfy. So I've been having a look… Can you tell me how the Tamiya thinner goes with Vallejo paints? I ask because I used a different airbrush cleaner with Vallejo game air, and far from cleaning it, it turned it into some weird sticky goo.
- Goblin Tea Room
yep, experienced this myself. vallejo paint + tamiya thinner = goop
I just use water to clean my airbrushes.
Hey man thanks for the article and I like the idea of a video review but 30+min is way too long for an easy to digest youtube video. In that time I can pretty much head to a store that sells it and flick through the whole white dwarf. A 5-10 min video would be preferable in my humble opinion!
I could have (and maybe should have done this as a two parter. The first a look at WD through the ages the second would be the review itself. Benefit of hindsight.
As for length, is 30 minutes long to talk about White Dwarf? some podcasts and TV shows are 30 minutes? I guess it comes down to personal opinion. I like long videos because I watch/listen to them while I paint. This is the longest one I've made to date. Usually they're 10 to 15 minutes.
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It's nice it's back, but I can't help comparing it to the first issue that I bought. Which unfortunately for modern White Dwarf was issue 200.
Compared to the new one the thing I notice most is that it was much more personal. The writers wrote actual articles from their perspective. The battle reports were relayed turn-by-turn by each side.
Now almost all the content is really carefully curated and presented by some central source who tells us what the writers did in an off-putting abstract way. It feels like there's some really good content but you're never allowed past the surface to enjoy it.