I'll be honest - when I saw the cover of this issue I was pretty sure it was going to blow chunks (little bit of 90s flashback lingo there).
It sounds harsh, but pretty much every GW game property has sucked for me except Dawn of War, and when the cover of this issue is a piece of art from the new Total War Warhammer, an audible grown could be heard from my vox caster.
BUT... I was wrong!
Yes, this issue does have some Total War stuff in it, but the rest of the issue is full of hobby related articles and some really cool new releases PLUS a look at an amazing army from Maxime Pastourel that, despite being Nurgle, is so different, clever and well done that you may drop your aquila fan-boy shirt and accept the powers of Chaos into your heart.
That being said, fellow traveller, prepare to scrape together some coins and hit the pre-order button because you're about to be poorer....
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There are four new base sets, the Large Base Detail Set, the 32mm Round Bases Set, the 25mm and 40mm Base Set and the 60mm Round & 75mm and 90mm Oval Base Set.
If you look at the brass tax of this, if you're buying the 32mm base set in US$, then you're paying 50c per base - that's extraordinary value!
I do wonder if these will come from the Chinese factory that we saw some of the Age of $igmar scenery come from, certainly to keep the costs down.
But it's not just bases - the hobby goodness continues - there are new paints:
Three new Layer Paints, Stormhost SIlver, Fulgurite Copper and Skullcrusher Brass.
Three new gloss Technical Paints; Spiritstone Red, Soulstone Blue and Warpstone Green
Three new gloss Shades; Aurax Earthshade Gloss, Reikland Fleshshade Gloss and Nuln Oil Gloss.
It's like Christmas without the relatives and the travelling!
Do you like tank battles? Well Tallarn: Ironclad is the book for you. The sequel to Tallarn: Executioner shows the Iron Warriors doing what the Iron Warriors do best - stomping on things and being mysterious...
Warhammer Visions gets a plug and from the blurb sounds pretty damn good I might say!
Finally, the amazing Iron Circle Domitar-Ferrum Battle-Automata. This is not only amazing, but would be a really mean thing to put on the Christmas list for Gran to buy you. Imagine her going into all the shops and trying to pronounce all that?! You know you want to...
This section gives you a look inside the game, brings you a rather large fold out poster and an uncomfortable photoshoot of computer gamers standing around a tabletop game looking a bit confused...
There's lots in here to see and even more so, to look forward to!
I think that's the key. You can see something coming and get interested and (dare I say it) get excited for it.
In the Pot of Paint vs. White Dwarf: