BoK Reviews: White Dwarf Issue #122

White Dwarf Issue #121: War is Here!

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, where a general Games Workshop hobbyist actually valuing them more. Keep this in mind when deciding if a particular White Dwarf Issue is good for you.

Contents: New Releases

While an amazing new video game should take center stage, the actual hobby release is a true milestone. Games Workshop has finally decided to enter the basing game, with Sector Imperialis bases. These bases instantly take a leap over many 3rd party competitors, namely they come in plastic. More shocking though is the prices of the bases blow out most of the competition, with the only drawback being base package distribution. As an example, you get 60 count em 60 bases for $33 bucks, that is 55 cents a base, when compared to $1 per bases for most resin ones. Besides bases GW is releasing a few new paints, with the most intriguing being the Gemstone technical paints. This week Black Library is releasing Tallarn: Ironclad chronicling the largest tank battle in Imperial history. Forge World is also releasing the breathtaking Iron Circle Domitar-Ferrum Battle-Automamta, it is a cross between a Dreadnought and Dreadknight and is all badass! Last but not least, GW rightly so previews the release of Total War: Warhammer the video game doing the unenvious job convincing Wargamers to buy a video game.

Contents: The Empire Besieged

This section runs readers through some screen shots of what you can expect to see in Total War, but is really just a waste of time.

What is GW saying?

Released May, 30th 2016

Total War comes to the Warhammer World, and to White Dwarf 122! We step away from the tabletop just a little this week as we chat to the team behind Total War: Warhammer, plus we’ve got an exclusive poster showing you some of the action from the game! Elsewhere, we take a look at the amazing new Sector Imperialis basing kits and bring you a Paint Splatter on getting the most out of them. On top of all that, we’ve got Maxime Pastourel’s Plaguebones in Army of the Month – the finest Army of the month we’ve ever featured? Quite possibly. Get a copy and see for yourself.

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Contents: Paint Splatter

This is a very useful Paint Splatter as it demonstrates the various techniques you will need to using the new paints. They also show how to get the most out of painting the new bases.

Contents: Readers’ Models

Here we get good model submissions from White Dwarf readers, below is my favorite of the bunch.

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Contents: ‘Eavy Metal

A few pages dedicated to one Sigmarite model no one cares about.

Contents: Nurgles’s Plaguebones

Here we have a preview for the Army of the Month from the May issue of Warhammer Visions. Maxime Pastourel has a real masterpiece on his hands with a fully transformed Nurgle army. He draws his cues from John Blanche and uses the Death Guard paint scheme to really highlight the rot and decay of Nurgle. Maxime is also a master converter with this my favorite piece.

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Next Issue Hint: Master of Machines, Lord of the Brood and Crate Expectations

Final Verdict

Issue #122 is a filler issue with some pretty pictures and helpful hobby tips, but nothing earth shattering for a must buy.