White Dwarf has been a stable of Citadel Miniatures and Games Workshop for decades - so when Games Workshop announced they'd be moving to a weekly format there was some concern.
I started getting White Dwarf back at #117 - back in the mists of time - so I have seen it go through many incarnations, good and bad!
This incarnation is an entirely different kettle of fish...
Going weekly would mean Games Workshop could get their new products and previews out there before they leak online, it would also give them the ability to change things or add to miniature waves without waiting for a month to pass.
So today is the release day all over the world, so this morning I headed out to get my hands on it and report back - and you know, it's not all bad. Different, but not bad at all!
Despite being a more product-centric publication that Warhammer Visions, there isn't the big sales pitch.
Here's a familiar face! Could this be Gotrek of old? Pretty close to!
Now have a look at the picture above, notice the miniature isn't as smooth as the usual photos? That my friend is a lack of smoothing via Photoshop. That is just a very talented painter blending and shading away. As I said above, it's kind of nice to see not every miniature is super-smooth, you can see the blending and highlighting like you can on our models at home.
Interested to see if this trend continues.
With this change to a weekly format, there should be something for everyone, AND the ability to show us new product, even teasers and previews will be great!
My only real concern is the direction - with Warhammer Visions and White Dwarf both doing painting - which one does the painter buy? If you're just into rules and the like, then White Dwarf is the way to go
I will pick up the next issue and see how this goes. I hope they work out which new magazine does what soon, and with a $6 AUD price tag each week, you';d hope they'd do it soon.
Overall, this is worth having a look at. You're not going to lose by doing so. But, as this is just issue 1, it would be unfair to truly judge it on it's debut.
What do you think?
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