If you have read any of our reviews of Warhammer Visions in the past, then you know that there has been an unhappy relationship between us for some time - lets just say Issue #2 onwards was.... fractious.
Feel free to go back and look over those criticisms if you like, but we came to a place a few months back where we just had to accept this publication for what it was - a pretty picture book. It made the monthly punch in the chest a lot less painful.
But I have to say that looking through Issue #25 of Warhammer Visions really did take me by surprise.
It's good. Very good. There is only the odd piece of bad photography (to be fair my tripod broke half way through this so I can't talk - but I don['t get paid!) mostly it is just a while lot of really nice models and sufficient space given to highlight the really good ones with great close ups that are clear and not run through obvious filters. What a surprise!
So after such a wrap, what's inside?
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If ever you were in doubt, Slaanesh is my home-daemon and the Carnival of Slaanesh section is a cool selection of Slaaneshi miniatures. There's a lot of pink here - they do remember that black is also a very important a part of Slaanesh, right?
Next is a truly cool section, The God-Machine, is a lengthy look at the Titans of the Legios. There are some great shots in here, even ones of the massive Warlord in different livery.
As a closet Eldar fan, this next section on the Craftworld Ulthwe is really cool. Very nicely photographed with some great clear closeups this is sure to inspire. If you get the issue, compare the first splash page with the rest of the photos and see how using filters can absolutely ruin a picture. That splash page is horrible!
Adam Troke's Hallowed Knights get a look in next with some beautifully painted miniatures.
'Eavy Metal shows off some single miniatures, some of which we have seen already in White Dwarf over the past month, unfortunately.
Armies on Parade is the Wood Elves of Andy Dunn and the Ork flyers of Nick Bayton.
There are some really nice models in the Readers Models section. Again, some nice clear shots here.
These miniatures are totally worth the price of admission!
Nicholas Fournel's converted and intricate Tau are well worth a look too.
The subject of the latest Black Library Audio Dramas, the Imperial Fists, have some finely detailed miniatures in The Sons of Dorn section.
The Man himself, John Blanche, takes on a Chaos cultist warband this month in Blanchitsu. The man knows how to pose minis, that's for sure!
More beautiful Golden Demon single miniature entries round out the issue, with a fairly extensive Paint Splatter concentrating on the Fyreslayers bringing proceedings to a close. Not all of these tutorials have appeared in White Dwarf, so if you're into Fyreslyers, then give this a look.
David De Abreu's Emperor's Children absolutely steal the show though. For conversions they take the cake and then the simple but effective paint jobs with super details in places are just so excellent!
Blanchitsu was only a single spread which is a bit disappointing, but if you like Titans, then the section on the Legios will impress you no end and he Forge World section is particularly nice!
For me this is one to pick up - here's hoping it's this good next month too!