The initial internet hub-bub had thought that this issue would be the pre-order issue for the new Imperial Guard/ Militarum Tempestus and boy was there an air of excitement... until this cover (left) was released... "That's not the Imperial Guard!".
So we again have a White Dwarf issue with a few bits and pieces, but not really delivering what Games Workshop said White Dwarf would be.
That being said, this issue relvealed two things I have never heard anyone from the 'Eavy Metal painting team or Games Workshop ever reveal before - something modellers would know happens, but never shown before! Read on...
In the Designer's Notes later on in the issue, Dave Andrews states that he used the computer model of the Apocalypse Vortex Grenade Box so he could shrink it down, print it out and use it again.
The use and reuse of elements of other models has always been hinted at and certainly speculated at, but to hear it stated so makes me wonder how much replication is happening now and how much they actually use their modellers rather than just reprinting old elements.
You'd have to say this should make the process quicker and cheaper to do.
I look forward to the price reduction in their products accordingly!
Thranduil, by the way, looks like an idiot - what is he doing? Dancing?
This is the hard cover wizz-bang non-digital version of this Codex, so you can actually hold the thing, A must for fans!
I love Dark Eldar, so having this series complete means I can hack (ironic really) into the whole series pretty soon!
No complaints, it's interesting.
For the very first time there's something here. Sure it's mainly about drybrushing, but still...
Now - here is where I found the 2nd piece of information Games Workshop and the 'Eavy Metal painting team don't usually give away:
They mask before they drybrush! That's why the lines always look so clean!
I mentioned a while back how I had done it with my Eldar Pirate Kroot and felt like I was letting the side down - AND THEY DO IT TOO!!
That being said - just wait for the Citadel Masking Tape to enter the market!
I didn't include the Dwarves in a barrell set, 1) because it's not too exciting and 2) it's outrageously expensive. I honestly don't know how they justify $110 for that set!
If you've got a bus ride to work, this would be okay value.
If you're flying, don't expect much value and hope the person sitting next to you is amazingly interesting!