The release this week of the Stormclaw Boxed Set (now sold out BTW) and next week's Dark Vengeance includes a full set of the new 7th Edition Warhammer 40k The Rules rulebook.
When you look at it - that's great value;
Warhammer 40K 7th Edition (which also comes with 2 other books as well as The Rules) is $140. Stormclaw is $190, which includes The Rules and some very nice miniatures - quite a lot of very nice miniatures actually!
So for value we get a tick - but the version of The Rules in these boxed sets is a mini version.
We spoke about this a few weeks back when the Librarium Edition was released which includes all the current Codexes in a miniature form. Initially we though; cool! Then in retrospect the idea of having to look at all that detail and beautiful photography in such a small format dawned on us.
So with Stormclaw in hand and a copy of this mini The Rules - how does it stack up?
I am not a photographer, so expect dodgy pictures below
Here it is next to a badly written Codex for scale purposes only.
The binder includes the full wrap-around artwork also taken from the larger format The Rules.
The black on white is okay, but the white on black has some issues.
The interesting thing with the mini version of The Rules is that the pictures of the miniatures are the same size as actual miniatures.
Anyway... the layout is exactly the same as it's big brother marine/ sister of battle/ cousin of... ouchiness!
Personally I think a mini version is a great idea for The Rules. It's more portable and therefore less likely to get ruined. It's also lighter and easier to flick through.
Now when it comes to Codexes, I'm going to have to go back to my original concern about the Librarium Edition - this format is just WAY too small for a Codex!