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White Dwarf 457 (October 2020)
« on: October 28, 2020, 08:00:01 AM »
White Dwarf Issue 457 content

Total Page count = 146

MISCELLANEOUS: 11 pages, 7.53%

1 page of meet the team

1 page of editorial

2 pages detailing the contents

6 pages of letters and painted models submitted by readers of White Dwarf.

1 page of adverts


WARHAMMER 40K: 20 pages, 13.70%

40k Section Introduction: 2 pages of a painting spread across two pages to introduce the 40K section of the magazine.

Flashpoint- Argovon Campaign: 9 pages. A collection of articles that explore a particular region or warzone at a specific point in time.

New Rules Flashpoint: Argovon Campaign: 9 pages of new rules that enable you to play a campaign in the Argovon Systerm.



AGE OF SIGMAR 12 pages, 8.22%

AOS Section Introduction: 2 pages of a photograph to introduce the AOS section of the magazine.

The Tome Celestial Troggherds of the Realms: 10 pages detailing rules and background for Glogg's Megamob.



MIDDLE-EARTH: 4 pages, 2.74%

Tactica The Pale Orc Cometh- 4 pages of a tactics guide for Azog the Defiler.



SPECIALIST GAMES: 26 pages, 17.81%

Glory Points - Beastgrave: 4 pages of John Bracken writing about Arena Mortis.

Tactics Beastgrave: Path to Victory 10 pages of tactical advice for the Morgok's Krushas and Morgwaeth's Blade-coven warbands.

New Rules: Blackstone Fortress Men of Metal: 6 pages of new rules for a new Blackstone Fortress quest. UR-025 and Technoarcheologist Daedalosus emabark on a quest to discover how Spindle Drones work.

Necromunda: Underhive - Campaign Advice: 6 pages of advice on how to run a Necromunda campaign.




PAINTING AND MODELLING: 23 pages, 15.75%

Army Showcase Glogg's Megamob: 6 pages of a Troggherd army painted by Jes Bickham.

Golden Demon: Interview The Monster Slayer: 6 pages of a Maxime Penaud's winning entries for Golden Demon 2019.

Galactic War Zones Forge Worlds: 8 pages of how to paint and model your armies to show that they come from a Forge World.

Outside the Studio: 3 pages detailing what the Design Studio team are currently painting and playing as they work from home.



OTHER: 50 pages, 34.25%

Fiction: Warhammer Horror The Terminus: 8 pages of a short story written by David Annandale. A mysterious train that only runs on moonless nights and takes people to untold treasures.

Worlds of Warhammer: 4 pages of Jordan Green writing about Warhammer humour.

Rules of Engagement: 4 pages Jervis Johnson writes about how points costs are calculated again.

Fiction: Flashpoint Argovon System Crescent Rise: 4 pages of a short written by Callum Davis. Tempestus Scions are tasked with destroying an unprotected Necron gun emplacement.

Echoes From the Warp: 4 pages of Eliot Hamer writing about how to improve your gaming skills through trial and error.

Fiction: Beastgrave The Beasts Within: 4 pages of a short written by Phil Kelly. Morgwraeth and the Daughters of Khaine come face to face with the undead & Orruks.

Photography - The Scenes of Battle: 8 pages of Gareth Etherington writing about how he takes pictures of his miniatures.

Fiction Faith & Fire :  14 pages of the serialisation of the Black Library novel Faith & Fire. Part seven of nine.


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Re: White Dwarf 457 (October 2020)
« Reply #1 on: October 30, 2020, 06:14:59 PM »
I'm not going to lie; this issue really felt like the WD crew were in full lockdown mode (It would have been put together in July) and a lot of filler was added...that said though, some of that filler is actually pretty good. I've read 2 of the 3 fiction pieces and they're pretty solid.

Not a vast amount to draw in the reader on this one though, which is disappointing. Hopefully the quality will improve as we move into the period written post lockdown.
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Re: White Dwarf 457 (October 2020)
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2020, 04:38:19 PM »
For me you have just summed up the last four issues. From my point of view it says a lot about the magazine that my favourite items tend to be Contact and Inside The Studio.

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Re: White Dwarf 457 (October 2020)
« Reply #3 on: November 1, 2020, 05:43:01 AM »
For me you have just summed up the last four issues. From my point of view it says a lot about the magazine that my favourite items tend to be Contact and Inside The Studio.

Absolutely...and I understand it must be rough producing a magazine when contact is limited and getting more than a couple of people together can prove to be a headache, but these are supposed to be professionals. How hard can it be to say; Matt, stay at home and produce a tactica for [insert army here]. Jes, we need you to look at the background of the Tyranids and produce a piece that outlines where they first appeared in the fluff and the changes to the aesthetic over the years.

amphetamine parrot, if they sent me an idea for an article, I'm fairly certain I could research it and produce *something* that actually resembles an article, rather than the filler that they've been cranking out.

Very disappointing.
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Re: White Dwarf 457 (October 2020)
« Reply #4 on: November 2, 2020, 10:56:39 AM »
Jes, we need you to look at the background of the Tyranids and produce a piece that outlines where they first appeared in the fluff and the changes to the aesthetic over the years

Man I would love to read that article.

Very disappointing.

I like the tactia and the Tome Celestial in this issue, but that is about it.

The Fiction piece from the horror imprint of Black Library is okay as a story, but I wouldn't class it as horror.

I doubt I will be buying next month's issue. Do we really need an index for the Tome Keepers?
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Re: White Dwarf 457 (October 2020)
« Reply #5 on: November 2, 2020, 04:53:36 PM »
Jes, we need you to look at the background of the Tyranids and produce a piece that outlines where they first appeared in the fluff and the changes to the aesthetic over the years

Man I would love to read that article.

I mentioned it because the stories reminded me of when they were last prominently in WD. We're talking about the late 80s early 90s. One of the best pieces I read was around WD 155 and was a Gotrek and Felix story spread over 2 issues. Brilliant.

I then thought of the first piece of fluff from WD about the Tyranids...again, it was somewhere in that 130-150 range I believe. Maybe 140 something? It was about an Inquisitor (I want to say Kryptman?) inspecting a Tyranid Bio Weapon (Death Spitter in the picture that accompanied the fiction). Needless to say, things don't go so well.

Thing is as well, that at that point and when the first Tyranid Warriors were released in plastic (In Advanced Space Hulk), they were totally different to now. An article looking at those origins and why the design team changed the aesthetic would be fascinating. As would a discussion on how they increased the range; what drove the changes? Efficacy in the game? Cool ideas? Art concepts that the designers just wanted to explore? Where do they go from here?

The great thing is, you could do that for pretty much every model range that GW has produced and it would be really interesting. Heck, it could be easy too, as you could regurgitate some of the stories to bulk the section.

I know they can do all this, because we get a sodding article on the Space Marines roughly every 2-3 years and they have done it to death with them...but not with Orks. Not the inception of the Eldar from Space Pirates to Harlequins appearing in WD, to a fully fledged look at Craftworld Eldar in issue 127 of WD to the introduction of the Dark Eldar and finally the Yncarne and Pals arriving on the scene. Even something fairly mundane like the Imperial Guard have undergone sweeping changes...the introduction of specific regiments from famous worlds, such as the Catachans and Valhallans was fairly seismic back in the day.

The point is, sometimes hobbyists can gain a lot from looking back at the history and understanding the transformation their favourite race has gone through. New hobbyists can gain an appreciation for what they have now by seeing into the dark past.

I've just described something that could be fleshed out to 30-40 pages covering history, aesthetics, hobby input, fiction and the GW staple; pages and pages of pictures (some miniatures, some concept designs, like the ever-amazing Jespers Goodwin's concept art for any of the races he's helped develop)...except in this case, it would be relevant and possibly amazing.

Sod it. I might have to write to GW and ask them to do this...
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