BoK Reviews: White Dwarf Issue #94

White Dwarf Issue #94: The Paint Issue

White Dwarf reviews operate differently than other Blood of Kittens Reviews. The goal with these reviews is to place a value for each issue. The rating system is one to four stars, each star represents $1 in value, to a max of four dollars. The review values are also Warhammer 40k based; Age of Sigmar dedicated issues will still be reviewed, but valued for Warhammer 40k players. It means you could see many low valued issues, with the general Games Workshop hobbyist actually valuing more. Keep this in mind when deciding if a particular White Dwarf Issue is good for you.

Contents: New Releases

This issue of White Dwarf is all about Paint as the title infers. Just like last issue, we have an almost complete dedication to a single topic and like last issue we get free stuff too! This time it is a paint poster with an easy to follow paint tree outlining the citadel painting system. As for new releases it is all paint and hobby products. The two most important releases are the new Dry paints and larger Shade paint pots.The formulas for these products haven’t changed, but expanded in range or size. To go along with Dry paints we get a box set for them; after that we get the more silly releases. The Munitorum Battlepack case Harness; this loose backpack straps in the new GW cases in. The design looks silly, but the method to the madness is you can fit all the different sized GW cases. Citadel I.D Tags are another accessory for GW cases or enterprising belt wearers. You get all the major founding chapter symbols as tags to strap on like a belt buckle. Taking the cake for pointless release is the new Citadel Water Pot, which are mugs with bland color coded logos for a few specific paints.

Next we get the Citadel project paint set, which is a nice hard plastic case that comes with the most commonly used paints in the GW line. This is one pricey piece of equipment, but if you are starting out it isn’t that terrible of a buy. Finally, we get the CItadel Rangefinder, which is Sigmar inspired tape measure, it looks great, too bad it is Sigmar designed and highlighted. To round things out we get a few re-releases and compilations from Black Library, if you are an Ultramarines fan you might want to check it out.

 

Contents: The Citadel Painting System

The bulk of this issue is dedicated to showing how to paint Citadel models. This a great resource especially for people just starting out and for any average player the tips are valuable reminders. Of course if you are an advance painter or air brush pro this section/issue isn’t really for you. The Citadel Painting System is very straightforward with clear steps with the main ones being…

  1. Basecoat
  2. Wash
  3. Drybrush
  4. Layer

As you read the WD explains these steps in detail with added tips and tricks sprinkled about. You also get a clear understanding of how to use each of the new GW brushes, along with advance techniques. In addition, GW promotes the very underrated WarhammerTV Youtube videos.

Contents: Hammers of Sigmar

Putting altogether the techniques you learn from the Citadel Painting System is a two page showcase of a Sigmar army. This is just filler, but shows a responsible expectation for a nicely painting and coherent army.

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What is GW saying?

Released Nov. 14th 2015

he Paint Issue! White Dwarf 94 arrives bearing the face of the Golden Demon as we give a very special issue over to a painting bonanza. We look at the Citadel Paint System in depth, from the absolute fundamentals to top tips from the Studio army painters and even the ’Eavy Metal team themselves, so whether you are an absolute beginner or an aspiring Golden Demon Slayer Sword winner we’ve got an issue packed with advice, inspiration and stage-by-stage guides to all the key techniques. But, wait, there’s even more – as if that weren’t enough we’ve got an exclusive scenario for The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth. With all this, you better grab a copy now. White Dwarf is Games Workshop’s weekly magazine, and boasts a wealth of great content, from the latest new releases to modelling and painting guides, gaming features, new rules and much more besides.


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Contents: ‘Eavy Metal

This one page ‘Eavy Metal shows a highly detailed Sigmar Vandus Hammerhand. It uses the Citadel Painting System, but taken to the nth degree.

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Contents: Exclusive – At Any Cost

This White Dwarf ends with an exclusive scenario for the Betrayal at Calth boardgame. This mission not only looks fun, but it shows off just how easy it is to create different missions for Betrayal of Calth. This mission requires each player to have a complete set of the boardgame– making it more epic. The victory conditions look interesting using objectives, card exhaustion, and strategic kill points. It will be interesting to see if GW continues to release exclusive content for the Betrayal of Calth, most likely we can expect some digital only releases if things like this seem to sell.

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Next Issue Hints: None, more mysteries to follow…

Final Verdict

Issue #94 is a excellent issue, you get a free poster, free mission, and a helpful painting guide the average GW hobbyist can use. This issue doesn’t waste your time with a lot of filler as well, beyond some lame new release hype for products you never asked or saw coming.