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White Dwarf January 2019
« on: January 10, 2019, 10:14:52 AM »
Including the front cover and the back side of the back cover this issue contains 148 pages. The page count and percentages don’t include the covers as they don’t fall into any category.

Note that this issue does not contain any pre-order/new models information.

Score out of five to follow after I have finished reading the magazine.

MISCELLANEOUS: 14 pages, 9.59%

1 page of meet the team

1 page of editorial

2 pages detailing the contents

2 pages of letters submitted to White Dwarf.

8 pages of adverts


WARHAMMER 40K: 44 pages 30.13%

40k Section Introduction: 2 pages to introduce the 40k section of the magazine. One photo, spread across two adjacent pages, of models artfully arranged to look as if they are battling each other.

The Herald of Doom: Fiction –  6 page short story set on Vigilus.

Echoes From the Warp: 4 pages – This is a new regular article that is to be about the rules, tactics and development of Warhammer 40,000. This month is about how 40k eight edition came into being.

Index Astartes: Crimson Fists8 pages detailing new background and rules for the Crimson Fists.

Codex Supplement: Crimson Fists – New Rules: 2 pages of new rules for the Crimson Fists.

Battle Report:Decapitation Strike – 22 pages detailing two tournament gamers playing a Matched Play battle between the Aeldari and the Imperiums.


AGE OF SIGMAR 10 pages 6.85%:

AOS Section Introduction: 2 pages to introduce the AOS section of the magazine. One photo, spread across two adjacent pages, of models artfully arranged to look as if they are battling each other.

Deadly Venture: Fiction  4 page short story featuring the Kharadron Overlords.

Rules of Engagement: 4 pages – This is a new regular article that is to be about the creation, design and evolution of the AOS rules. This month is about the FAQs.


SPECIALIST GAMES: 21 pages 14.38%
Warhammer AOS: Skirmish- 12 pages introducing new and updated rules for Warhammer AOS: Skirmish.

Warhammer Underworlds: Nightvault - 1 page to introduce the Nightvault section of the magazine. One photo of models arranged on a board.

Glory Points: 4 pages – A new column dedicated to Nightvault. This month explains how to use and choose a board.

Warhammer 40,000: Kill Team – New Rules: 4 pages of new rules detailing how to use Kroot Mercenaries in your Kill Team games.


MODELLING AND PAINTING: 43 pages 29.45%

Reader’s Models: 2 pages of models painted by readers of White Dwarf.

The Realm of Fire: 8 pages detailing how to paint and model your models to suit a particular Realm.

Children of Chaos – Featured Army 9 pages of Skaven and Maggotkin of Nurgle models painted by Adam Elford.

The Pinnacle of Painting: 4 pages of Daren Latham chatting about entering the Golden Demon competition.

Golden Demon 2018: 8 pages of winning entries from the 40,000 vehicle and LoTR categories of the Forge World Open Day Golden Demon competition.

’Eavy Metal Challenge: 6 pages of photo’s featuring Wizards painted by the ‘Eavy Metal team.

 The New Sons of Dorn – Army Showcase 4 pages of a Primaris Marine Crimson Fist army painted by Studio painter Dan Hyams.

Paint Splatter – Painting Crimson Fists: 2 pages of a painting guide for the Crimson Fists.


OTHER: 14 pages 9.59%

Worlds of Warammer: 4 pages of Phil Kelly writing about what it is like writing a Warhammer short story.

Illuminations: 6 pages of Paul Dainton’s thoughts on the art for Blackstone Fortress.

Inside the Studio: 4 pages detailing what the Design Studio team are currently painting and playing.


NEXT MONTH:  The Tome Celestial: The Hammerhands

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Re: White Dwarf January 2019
« Reply #1 on: January 10, 2019, 01:57:29 PM »
I'm interested to see what you think Alien. I really like the changes that they've made to the magazine to start 2019. Of note to me (and I've only skimmed the mag and read a couple of the articles)

*No adverts other than the occasional double page spread. This makes a huge difference in the amount of content in the 148 page magazine compared to the past

*Competitive Battle Report: 2 tournament players playing representative tourney armies. This is huge and makes it far more worthwhile.

*Maps! Maps in the Bat Rep! Woo frigging Hoo! Seriously, you can tell what's going on a lot more clearly as a result. There are still way too many photos in the batter, but it's certainly a start.

*New rules. For 40k we get a section on Crimson Fists. 8 pages of background, 2 pages of rules and then a hobby section covering 6 pages including Paint Splatter. I think the section looks really good and is the first part that I've started looking at after finishing the Battle Report.

*Nightvault Section: This looks at the game boards specifically, with a view to the rules development, tactics and gameplay. Again, I've done the skinniest of skim reads but it seems very interesting.

*Fiction! 4 pages of AoS short story, 6 pages of a 40k story. My favourite memory of early WD (Apart from Issues 127 and 129 (Eldar Craftworld background and rules, Space Marine Armour background) was a story that spanned issues 155 and 156 (I think, the numbers may be off) about Gotrek and Felix stopping a Skaven threat. It was a treat and I really, really miss the fiction that was a part of every WD, Codex and Army Book. I welcome the return.

Those were the bits that really shouted for my attention, but tbh there seems to be a heck of a lot of content, so there are probably a few more articles that will really grab me too.

All in all, it looks very promising.
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Re: White Dwarf January 2019
« Reply #2 on: January 11, 2019, 09:47:24 AM »
I haven't bought a White Dwarf since April 2018 due to the Visions like content.

The promise of 'the best White Dwarf ever' has drawn me back for another look.

Like you I have not had a chance to do anything other than skim through it, but like you I get a cold feeling about the magazine just by skimming through it.

First impression is that compared to last years mag there would appear to be lees pictures and more words. That can only be a good thing.

Woo hoo for the maps, but also Index Astartes has returned. I can't wait to read this article.




*Fiction! 4 pages of AoS short story, 6 pages of a 40k story. My favourite memory of early WD (Apart from Issues 127 and 129 was a story about Gotrek and Felix stopping a Skaven threat. It was a treat and I really, really miss the fiction that was a part of every WD, Codex and Army Book. I welcome the return.

If you will excuse me quoting myself

Sly Marbo's mission history, Munitorum Report & a bit about the background of the Red Scorpions are a few more examples of interesting snippets that are spread amongst the model releases. All that is needed now is a few small fiction pieces spread amongst the new releases and this section will be perfect.

As you can see I also missed the inclusion of fiction in the White Dwarf and I am stoked to see it return.

My only concern at the moment is that if you look at my page counts one category that has one of the largest counts is the painting and modelling category. This is a worry because if GW truly want to make the best White Dwarf ever then I believe they need to drop stuff that reminds me of Visions.

At the moment though, having just skimmed the mag, I agree with your assessment that it looks promising.
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Re: White Dwarf January 2019
« Reply #3 on: January 11, 2019, 12:03:10 PM »

My only concern at the moment is that if you look at my page counts one category that has one of the largest counts is the painting and modelling category. This is a worry because if GW truly want to make the best White Dwarf ever then I believe they need to drop stuff that reminds me of Visions.

As always, each to his own.

I look at it this way. GW has always broken up the hobby as 'Build, Collect and Play'. Multiple articles over the year point to the fact that some people collect miniatures, or armies thereof. Some people play competitively, or for fun, whilst others convert or paint or both. 3 somewhat distinct thirds of a hobby.  The other part of the hobby that interests a lot of folk is the narrative background of the universes.

If you look at the breakdown of content, the painting section is just under 30%. Actually...that seems rather balanced when looked at by the 'build, collect, play' tenet.

Now, I will agree that the number of pictures in the other sections needs to reduce still further, but a third of the mag on how to make your army look as good as possible, with different approaches to that? Fine by me.

You've got to remember what forms the customer base. I barely if ever play the game, but I would never hold a grudge against GW for having new rules or tactica. It's still a part of the hobby and the fact that it forms over 50% of the magazine is fine in my books.

It's not where we want it to be, but it's a definite step forward. They're nearly there!
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