The Tau continue to march forth with another great mech release - this time the XV95 Ghostkeel Battlesuit.
Last week we had the rather sizeable Stormsurge (it's actually only as big as an Imperial Knight so is dwarfed by Dream Forge's Leviathan) for a rather sizeable sum, so this week's smaller and cheaper release is a bit of a relief to Tau mech fans. The original vision of the Tau was obviously inspired by Japanese mecha culture, so the addition of these units (and at least one more rumoured to be on the way) makes total sense and brings the Tau back into the rapid mechanised force they were intended to be. Have a look at Forge World's range of Tau mechs for example!
This release does not dominate White Dwarf this week, there is Age of Sigmar stuff, an actual new Forge World preview, some modelling tips, a cool sneak peak at a Space Wolf in next month's Warhammer Visions plus more.
So - is this White Dwarf worth a look?
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If you're like me, I was a tad confused about how the head attaches to the torso, but I've worked it out!
If you look at the picture (above right) you can see the pilot with the front of the carapace missing and behind him what looks like a large vent - THAT actually flips down to cover the pilot and is in fact the neck!
If you glued the head onto the Ghostkeel then you wouldn't be able to flip it up at all and your dude would be covered. I suppose this leaves the pilot as spares if you did glue it though!
The write up here is good, basically explaining how the Tau and the humans are coming into conflict more and more so the Tau needed an infiltrator mech to get behind enemy lines.
Now, as I said in the title of this article, Forge World have done something amazing - days after previewing the new Solar Auxilia medics on their site... HERE THEY ARE IN THE WHITE DWARF! Almost like White Dwarf could be used to preview new products or something. It's a frakking miracle. Someone at Forge World worked out that marketing their product might be an idea. They must be new because this is almost a first!
This is Tommie Soule's force and they are very very nice. Lots of intricate detail and a great character model too. there is some detail here about markings as well, so if you like your Space Wolves, have a look at this. As much as his force is very good, the Space Wolf force at the Sydney Games Workshop, in my opinion, is even better with an amazing amount of detail. In my Top 5 Armies ever!
Just when you thought it was safe to open the pages of White Dwarf, Age of Sigmar gets a look in. To be fair this is actually quite cool and gives the major plot lines for some of the events so far, which unless you've bought everything are actually very hard to string together.
If you look on the right, they are using a very similar points system to one used many moons ago to working out vehicle damage. I'd forgotten it, but I do wonder if this might be a preview of what they might be going to do with the Horus Heresy game which is supposed to be a whole new games system.
Have a look (above right) at this great kit bash using three aircraft beautifully pieced together.
There's also an interesting little section on other Age of Sigmar campaigns (right).
What a great colour scheme for these Stormcast Eternals!
This issue is not bad at all. They are really fleshing out the conflict between man and Tau and having seen a sneak peak of next week's issue of White Dwarf (below), this conflict is about to kick off in a bag way!
Should you buy this issue or a pot of paint? Get this issue...
These Strike Teams to be used against each other in the Damocles Conflict or independently in your forces.
... what's with the new Raven Guard scheme (above right)? Black and white no more it seems!