It also marks the first issue of this incarnation of White Dwarf that we're not recommending you buy!
I know that's kind of a big statement for the opening of a review, so let me give you a bit of context.
As we may have told you, White Dwarf in the Beardy Hammer dungeon first appeared in 1989 with issue 120.
Since that time subscriptions have come and gone and then many years without any bought at all. I give you that piece of history so you know that we are actually quite invested in White Dwarf - and still this issue is a bore!
If Games Workshop really wanted to celebrate the 40th anniversary, then maybe an Apocrypha White Dwarf where they could have actually paid homage to the publication with a real insight from the creators and maybe some samples of the amazing articles that have influenced us for so many years, not a collection of tiny pictures and self congratulation. I know we would have bought an Apocrypha White Dwarf as it's a bit of nostalgia - like all the Apocrypha - but White Dwarf magazine is a hobby magazine for the hobbyist and gamer not the forum for whatever this was. Sure there is a Battle Report,. some cool minis, an interview with John Blanche, some new rules and a neat Illuminations - but there is absolutely nothing new in the way of miniature releases, a rehash of the Kharadrons, and a look at an old diorama at Warhammer World.
Overall pretty disappointing for something we've been waiting a month for!
This whole issue reminds me of the White Dwarf of old when it went bad and FFS - print something of substance in the letters section not this navel gazing!
++ Now, that being said - there's images and more to be said after the jump ++