The thing with leaks on places like Twitter and Facebook is that we can get a good early look at what's coming out next week. Some have speculated that this may in fact be a form of guerrilla advertising by Games Workshop themselves - but this week it went to new heights with almost, if not all, of this week's White Dwarf being leaked bit by bit and then a flood!
Now everyone loves a hint, a teaser - but I have to say, for the first time, that the leaks this week really took the wind out of the next installment of Age of Sigmar which, like last week, is 100% of the White Dwarf.
This week's White Dwarf delves deeper into the new world of Warhammer with the The Forces of Order getting a write up, a look at the Mortal Realms, the Great Alliance and of course next week's miniatures, the Liberators and Lord-Celestant as well as the background book and more.
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This kind of multi-part kit is the kind of thing we are used to in 40k kits - especially Space marines - but there is one really glaring point about this kit that stands out like a sore thumb.
The price: $50 US, $85 AUS and $100 NZ - for 5 figures. I'm sorry, but that is extreme, even for GW!
As much as I'm sure these are great, it's just too much money. If it was 10, then fair enough, but for 5?!
As much as I'm excited about the new Warhammer, this might be where the excitement ends for me.
If this is the pricing for Warhammer kits now - I'm out!
I am pretty tempted by this. It's basically twice the size of two Codex, and at $125 AUS probably not too steep for what you get! Temptation...
There's also a Combat Gauge out next week that goes along with the Dice Shakers with themed dice!
There's a brief overview of the fracturing of the Great Alliance and then we have a quick look at the Seraphon (Lizardmen) and the Sylvaneth (effectively the Wood Elves).
Here begin-eth the forces of Order and how they are fielded, with some very D&D-style stats.
The price of the miniatures is a shock, probably about $20 above normal prices for comparable products.
The balance between hobby and background in this issue is especially good. It's not too sales-y and at the same time you do get valuable information. GW - use this as a template for the future.