Warhammer Visions changed it's format two weeks ago to a larger magazine size rather than the digest size it had been for over a year. Initially I was .skeptical and probably mainly because the bookshelf wouldn't look as cool now rather than anything else.
But as content is king it's all about what's between the cover.
The changed size also gave GW an opportunity to get change some things in the magazine, add some new content and change it up. That hasn't happened yet!
So what do you get in this issue of Warhammer Visions?
Some bloody big photos - most of which are very good and if you've loved this month's worth of releases then you will like this issue. There's also Golden Demon 2014 and two awesome armies. But is it any good? Read on...
In the past few months though, this section has generally been very good. There are tonnes of new images and great detailed shots of some of the key features of the new miniatures. Yes there is some repetition in showing those features but on the whole this section has improved markedly.
Blanche is pretty much responsible for the modern take on the Mechanicus. There were others who pioneered the look, but he added that old corroded look that is now the accepted one.
What I found interesting for me though was how, though the progenitor, thew work of those who have followed in his stead are.. well... better! It's all in the eye of the beholder, but I think the INQ28 movement has perfected his look and maybe refined it.
Don't get me wrong - John Blanche - VERY COOL, but we also have to hand it to the newbies too.
Paint Splatter in White Dwarf can be a bit crap - in fact a lot crap - and Warhammer Visions has tended to follow along suit, even reprinting that White Dwarf ones.
BUT (yes I started the sentence with a 'but') this month they have impressed with some alternate colour schemes for a Knight and some Mechanicus.
Early in it's history Warhammer Visions did a great spread on all the known Tyranid colour schemes, it was great. They also did a similar thing with some of the Harlequins.
THIS is what Paint Splatter in Warhammer Visions should be. The hobbyist's magazine should offer more and this is such a small thing they can do, for us.
Anyway, Paint Splatter is a nice surprise.
The expansive coverage of the month's releases was well done, Paint Splatter was good, gthe two armies featured were both nice for totally different reasons.
Forge World was a waste of time, again, 'Eavy Metal could have been a bit more imaginative - what about the colour schemes of the Imperial troops in Warhammer or the colour schemes of all the Ork forces in 40K.
Anyway - if you liked this month's releases then this issue will please you.