Mar 9, 2007

U.K. White Dwarf #327: just another WD review

So, where were we? Ah, yes, U.K. White Dwarf issue 327. The one with the menacing (but definitely cuddly) Dark Angel Space Marine on the cover. The only issue following WD #326. A glorified and costly advertisement for the miniatures and games Games Workshop bothers to provide the more privileged groups of mankind with (roughly the 0.02% of earth's population that can afford a 4£ magazine, that is).

A gaming and hobby magazine review, then. How important can this be? Well, not very really.

General content and ads: Gone are the few Specialist Games pages and so are any board game or RPG mentions. Other than that, you can expect the usual filler content, some ads, an impressively pointless piece on the value of deadlines by Jervis, a short piece on using green stuff, 5 pages on the brilliant miniatures painted and converted by Kirsten Williams and a few more ads. (5/10)

Warhammer: Seems the Empire phase is over and the Greenskins-Dwarfs pair is making a shy return. Anyway, Warhammer Fantasy content begins at page 62 with the 6 pages long first part of Grombold's Oath, which is a story driven WHFB campaign. Sounds exciting, doesn't it? Well, it isn't. It's so dull it would bore a Troll. Then there's a very interesting Tactica article covering the movement phase and spanning another 6 pages, and that's that. Yes, 12 whole pages of Warhammer content in the premier Warhammer magazine! You lucky miniature obsessed bastards, you... (4/10)

Warhammer 40k: If you're into the Dark Angels (a.k.a. the Unforgiven) you're in for a treat. The Design Notes covering their spanking new army are brilliant and so is the Battle Report they star in versus the Tau. Warhammer 40,000 players also get a good painting & fluff piece on Space Marine Librarians, 5 pages showcasing the new Devastators sprue and one of those nice tournament reports WHFBists have been enjoying for so long. (8/10)

Lord of the Rings: You get a decent article on the Arnor book forces and a mildly entertaining scenario. Oh, and a painting guide on this new Gulavhar beastie. (4/10)

High point: That would have to be the Battle Report, shockingly.

Low point: Gulavhar is not a part of the real Lord of the Rings mythology our great-grandfathers passed on to our step-sisters.

In a nutshell: Only for Dark Angels lovers. There's just not enough content in there to justify the price for anybody else, especially considering the tons of GW related content floating around the web. Bah!

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  1. ..piffle.... pah! kicks table... ouch!

  2. No, no, not the table, the Dark Angel...

  3. the 'cuddly' dark angel?

  4. kidnapped Jessica Alba!!!

  5. Oh my! She shouldn't have been wearing armor though...

  6. we need more specialist games content.

    their sales arent zero, so their coverage shouldnt be zero.

    Or am I just packing sand here ?

  7. Couldn't agree more! Specialist game should definitly come back to WD. It's plain ridiculous.. they are filling all these pages with their own ads and can't be bothered to give us anything for Mordheim, Inquisitor, Warmaster and (in your case) Battlefleet Gothic. Pah!

    If it weren't for the reviews, I wouldn't buy WDs mind you...

  8. i can't beleive it jessica alba.....where did you hide her? can i feed her.. huh please can i, please... let me feed her. oh pretty please...

  9. No need to dear Elderly. She's been fed. You could pet her though...