I need to swtart off this review with full transparency - we are White Dwarf subscribers and became subscribers to get these reviews to you on time, as promised in the advertisement for signing up to do so.
In the past two months though, the White Dwarf has been arriving at Beardy Hammer HQ ;ater and later, this issue, December which hit the stores on 25th November actually arrived to Australian subscribers on the 8th of December - almost two weeks late!
So, despite the date this appears on the site, I have backdated it so that it keeps some kind of continuity if in the future you are looking back for reference.
Anyway, that unpleasantness out of the way, lets try and be objective and have a look inside!
White Dwarf's now monthly format continues to impress just by the sheer amount of material in the magazine. Taking cues from gaming and PC mags, the look is fresh and certainly good value for what you get!
(I made a sporting reference - please write down this time and date for later generations).
Planet Warhammer opens the issue covering many a far and varied field; thye new Thousand Sons releases, the Blood Bowl game with a brief overview, a look at the Skaven player minis set and the winter game board. The new XL sprays get a look in, as well as Space Hulk which some say has had a price drop (unconfirmed), the new Hobbit Strategy Guide gets a look in as well as other books, The Master of Mankind and Fabius Bile novels, the Blood Bowl Omnibus and Gav Thorpe's Azrael novel (and a brief Q&A).
Then it's onto Thousand Sons... so much ornate goodness with a big fold out battle shot! The new Traitor Legions and Imperial Agents Codex as well as Legacy of Russ novel and the two new Apocryphas are seen here too, Index Chaotica and Imperialis.
Hall fo Fame this month looks at the Ork Killa Kans, awesome miniatures for any good Ork general.
Then it's onto Jervis Johnson who really gives yuou all you need to know, from how player cards work, player specialities, formations, a designers look at the miniatures and more. If you're into the game or want to be, then this is a pretty good section.
The winners of the Golden Demon Diorama and Duel cataegories are next and they are all really impressive, each one has something to inspire.
A Tale of Four Warlords had to each paint a hero for their armies this month and although from different Age of $igmar forces, these are all super cool.
Army of the Month is a truly massive Stormcast Eternal army, and one of the better ones we've seen. Gone are the stark metallics and instead the limited palette and contrasting colours of Ben Johnson's army really make it look different and at the same time original.
Now this issue also has rules supplements; A Clash of Titans shows how the Wraithknight and Tau Stormsurge can take the field in combat with each other using the Imperial Knights: Renegade rules..Lost Patrol gets a multi-player mini tournament for five players. There's also three new missions for Warhammer 40K - one for flyers, one for tanks and the other for Deathwatch Kill Teams. Plus, want to use your Genestealer Cult minis in Deathwatch Overkill - there's that too!
The Crimson King and his not-so-merry men, the Thousand Sons, get a feature on them, their hatred for Space Wolves, Tzeentch and the on so angsty Magnus!
Brush maestro, Will Davies, is the spotlight for 'Eavy Metal this month with some super crisp minis!
Next, a look at the Hero bases and basing techniques in general in a Basing Masterclass. There's nothing really new or revolutionary in this one, but good to have a look anyway.
Finally, Parade Ground is Warlords and Champions - the Studio Army Team were tasked with painting up a characeter and bringing it to life. There's one of these each month, and these are all really nice!
++ Verdict ++
Anyway, definitely worth a look. No frrebies, but lots of material!