Sunday 1 April 2012

White Dwarf 388 & Wargames Illustrated 294

Well march has turned out to be a month of contrast, as far as quailty of wargaming magazines goes.....

White Dwarf this month is really bad, with very little real content.  The first 33 pages (around 25% of the magazine) is just the new releases segment with a lot of pics of the new empire models and the new paint range, all of which is basically repeated throughout the rest of the mag.  The next major chunk of the mag introduces the new paint range and provides a lot of useful tips, although its in an odd landscape format that looks as if it's been ripped straight from the new 'how to paint book', still I might be wrong and as I'm not planning on getting the book the painting tips are still useful.  Then we get a very vague bit of empire background and the rules for Karl Franz (from the new army book), this is very disappointing, no design notes again, so I have no idea what changes have been made to the empire army, only what new models I can buy, I can't stress enough how much I miss getting real design notes.  Then the final part of the warhammer civil war supplement.  For 40k we get 3 battle missions for use on death worlds, this is good and useful and probaly the best bit this month.  Then a tiny little space wolves vs tyranids battle report and finally a bit of painting tips for space wolves, also in the new landscape format.  Then finally the next installment of the tale of four gamer for LOTR, but even this has been screwed up, only a couple of pages long.  Also no standard bearer and no hall of fame.  Such a lame issuse, I can't be bothered to go find out when there was last a worst issuse, but I recon it was a while ago.

You also get this free poster, which is rather dull and I'm not going to put up, still its free I suppose.

Thankfully I really like this months issuse of wargames illustrated.  This months theme is the new 'blood, guts & glory' book for flames of war, but it only gets a couple of articles (a guide to some gamers tank armies and a battle report) and doesn't much feel like a theme at all.  For napoleonic era fans there's a guide to skirmishing in1790's egypt and an article on the war of 1812. An interesting 'great warriors' article on the teutonic knights, to coincide with the release of fireforge games new plastic knights (this is how to promote new products and write a good article at the same time, please pay attention WD).  The other stand out articles for me were a guide to French Zouaves 1830-1860 and the first in a 3 part series on the rise of Imperial Japan and the fall of the Samurai.  There is also a fascinating 'hobby talk' article on using the space hulk ruleset to represent WWI trench raiding, something I can't wait to try out, just need to get me a trench system to go with my WWI figures.  The final thing of note was the start of a painting and modelling series by matt parkes which shows a lot of potential.  A lot of good quailty stuff here that coincides with my periods of interest.  Certainly a win in my book.


  1. Ooh, I hadn't heard about those Teutonic Knights but (having just looked them up) they look pretty nice. Any idea how they would scale with WFB? I assume they're 'true' 28mm, rather than heroic, but would they be passable?

  2. I've not seen them in person so can't say for sure, but I reckon they would work fine and had the WFB idea myself. The next release is even more interesting to me, plastic mounted sergeants that look like they would make great mounted yoeman alternatives.

  3. Thanks. The new Empire releases make me want to build an army based around historical figures (mainly Perry's). But I must finish my out of proportion GW ape-men first...

  4. I like the look of the perry's stuff too and was considering adding some of the wars of the roses infantry to my Bretonnian army.


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