As much as the end of White Dwarf Weekly saw foot traffic in Games Workshop stores decrease and it's a long time to wait between product updates - geez it's nice to have White Dwarf pop in your letterbox!
There's been a sense of expectation since last weekend, and I even found myself itching for something like this about 2 weeks ago. This sort of reaction has to be great news for Games Workshop who were badly looking for the expectation to drive sales, especially with big releases of late like Deathwatch and now Genestealer Cults.
The format hasn't changed from last month, in fact I feel like there might be even more in terms of value added content - extra little bits and pieces!
There's little boxes on almost every page with a tid bit of information, or a special painting tip, a bit of history or converting advice - this I think is where people will start to get lot out of this new format. Here's hoping they foster it.
Also, with a magazine this size, there is the room to really explore something; the 8 page Jes Goodwin interview or the 12 page Army of the Month...
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This month we get a really good look at the Genestealer products coming up, including the Goliath truck which we think is one of the most iconic vehicles Games Workshop have released in some time. We also see for the first time three new kits, the Cult Iconward, Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrid Squad, the Genestealer Cult Neophyte Hybrid Armoured Claw and the Genestelaer Cult Leman Russ. These last three are existing Imperial Guard kits with a Genestealer Upgrade sprue, one of the best upgrade sprues we have seen in a while!
There is also a quick ad for the Genestealer Cults Codex and Painting Guide, and then a look at the Stormcast Errant-Questor - the first Stormcast without a helmet and available ONLY at Warhammer World.
The Hobbit gets a quick nod with the Dain Ironfoot kit having a quick showing.
Games Workshop have also shown off some new texture paints that not only come in larger pots, but also two thicknesses to give you either a really gritty coat or a thinner one. I do see an issue with this though - Games Workshop are using plastic microbeads in the solution to make the gritty texture. Plastic microbeads have been under the spotlight for a while now for causing environmental havoc in the oceans, with environmental and consumer groups calling for them to be banned. The ban will come into force - it's ony a matter of time - so this could be a very short lived idea by GW.
Look for these to not be available everywhere or for long.
The free Warhammer 40k comic book from Titan Comics has a bit of a plug as does the sold out Genestealer dice. Incidentally the comic isn't too bad, bit cliche, but well done!
Black Library gets their own section in Planet Warhammer, with the Primarchs: Roboute Gulliman novel and the limited edition Primarchs: Leman Russ novel getting a look in, as does Baneblade and Shadowblade.
Chris Wraight, the author of Primarchs: Leman Russ has a short interview in this section too and this novel sounds AWESOME!!! Crusade era Space Wolves and Dark Angels being all angsty at each other. Cool!
Finally Planet Warhammer ends with a wrap up of the Blood Angels releases, the Arcane Heroes Set for Age of $igmar and also the new Hero Card Set for Silver Tower
This is a truly exhaustive look at them too - 12 pages including Designers Notes, followed by an Exclusive Mission "the Hunter, Hunted" and then a Battle Report on that scenario!
This is pretty much a wet dream for those wanting good solid White Dwarf content.
There's a cool feature in this section - have a look on the right hand side and notice that a particular technique is illustrated for each army. Really cool idea! Almost like a mini masterclass.
There's also a really cool challenge that Darren Latham was set to fit ten Genestealer Cultists on a Goliath - and it looks so totally cool. This vehicle is amazing. If it wasn't $100 I might want multiples.
Well not technically John Blanche because this is the work of Mikael Silvanto - who brings three Inquisitorial retinues to this edition of Blanchitsu. Again, this section continues to impress with some amazing conversions that are so full of character!
A severely restricted palette put to very good use.
Speaking of close, next month's White Dwarf has Horus Heresy in it, and since we've already spoiled the cover by showing it to you some weeks ago, we know that there will be MKIII Space Marines and more from the new Horus Heresy boxed set! Apart from that, the rest of the features we have seen this month will be back with them all nicely set out. So a MKIII Paint Splatter? Here's hoping!!
The addition of the boxes with added content down the sides of the pages, or just popped in to give you extra stuff were great. THIS is an excellent idea. The extra painting tips and tricks and the amount of room they gave to the articles was brilliant! Some of these things need room, something Warhammer Visions had, but failed to deliver on. More and more I think what I wanted from Warhammer Visions is actually the new White Dwarf Monthly. Go buy this. You won't be sorry!