Warhammer 40,000 – A New Hope…

A new hope? …yeah, wrong science fiction setting but hey, in space no one can hear you scream, right?

Well, it is time to throw down and give my two pence worth on the imminent release of the all new Warhammer 40,000.

I have written and talked about my love of 40K many times over the years from forum conversations to blog posts, I have also gone into detail about my entry to the game and it being way back at the very beginning with Rogue Trader, I have played all editions apart from 3rd and I have enjoyed every edition, I am one of those players that embrace change and looks to find the fun in a new game or ruleset and the latest release will be exactly the same, if not more since it boasts a completely new direction for the game and not just a tweak or badly crammed in rule addition. I also don’t want to dwell on previous editions, they are still there, I can still crack out and play a game of any of the older versions if I wanted to, and people seem to forget this, but what I will probably do is keep playing three distinct builds, Rogue Trader, 7th edition and of course 8th or New Hope edition as I am going to call it.

Why keep 7th edition? …well, I have spanked a lot of money on the many books, cards and accessories and relatively recently, to simply stop playing it or selling it for very little seems such a waste.

What do I want from the new Warhammer 40,000 game? …it may sound selfish when I say this but I don’t want a game that focuses on balance, I have never been a competitive player and care very little for tournament play, what I do want is a game that is easy to pick up and play, one that makes me get out and use all my models rather than the same tried and tested ‘go to’ setups, but more than anything, I want fun and lots of it.

I am at the point now where I want to introduce my children to the game that I fell in love with way back at the start of the 90’s and as 7th edition stands it would be practically impossible to do that.

There is also a positive vibe from the re-established online presence that GW has decided is now a good thing for business …really? …No?? With Warhammer 40,000 having its own web page, Facebook page, Twitch TV channel for live broadcasting and of course a section on the Warhammer TV YouTube channel.

Thoughts on what has been shown so far?

The pictures and articles published so far have been very good, I love the new box set models and I will look at these in more depth over the next few days and post my thoughts. I am also liking what I am seeing from all the ‘leaked’ datasheets and spoilers but I am not getting overly bothered by the rules until I get my own copy and get stuck in and play me some 8th.

So, more posts of what’s out there and my thoughts to come…

White Dwarf

White Dwarf issue 110 with a classic Wayne England cover

As many may know, I have been in the wargaming hobby since the turn of the 90’s so have collected or at least read White Dwarf for many, many years.

I loved the White Dwarf of the 90’s, it offered great content, full-colour images of painted models and lots of additional rules, scenarios and add-ons to keep the games you played, fun and interesting. There was also a raw edge to the magazine as if the people writing it were also, gamers and painters, one of us if you like.

Now, I am not sure what happened but somewhere along the line WD lost its way and became very much just a brochure, simply advertising the new releases and giving overviews of ‘what to buy next’, filling the pages with less and less engaging articles or add-ons. There were still battle reports but they were generally involving the new release armies and just an extension of the adverts, in my opinion, White Dwarf had gone stale.

On 1 February 2014, White Dwarf moved to a weekly release. The final monthly issue of White Dwarf was issue #409 released in January. Warhammer Visions, a new monthly title produced by the same team was launched at the same time, in a format favouring the imagery over the text and at this point, I was completely turned off.

Recently, the end of 2016 to be more specific White Dwarf received another ‘new direction’ and went back to the classic monthly format.

Below is Games Workshops official promotion.

“It’s Back! White Dwarf is returning as a monthly magazine and it’s bigger and better than ever before!

From September, White Dwarf will be back as a glossy 156-page, A4 magazine with all the news, features and pictorials you know and love – and a whole chunk of new stuff you never imagined. News! Golden Demon! Battle Reports! Painting Masterclasses! Designers Notes! Exclusive games and rulesets! And of course, gorgeous photographs of the best fantasy miniatures in the world.

The first issue is out on Friday 2nd September and comes with our most amazing cover mount ever – a special gift to you to celebrate the glorious return of monthly White Dwarf.

Subscribe before 14 August and get an exclusive pre-launch price – and subscribers get their copies mailed early.”

White Dwarf issue September 2016 with free Slaughterpriest miniature

So what to do? I decided to pick up the new release and in all honesty, it is great, not only was there a free Slaughterpriest miniature worth £18 but the magazine heralded in the return of the format that in my opinion is the best.

The new White Dwarf boasts ‘The Ultimate Warhammer Magazine’, but is it not the only Warhammer magazine? …I see what you did there!

White Dwarf issue February 2017

But cheese aside, I sit here reading February 2017’s issue which is what gave me the inspiration to write the blog article and I feel myself being pulled into the awesome hobby that Games Workshop offers, very reminiscent of the feeling I had when I read it back in the 90’s.

I have actually just subscribed, sadly there is no free miniature now but you do get 12 issues for the price of 10 and you get the option to subscribe quarterly for £15.

I am not going to do an issue review, there are plenty of those around the web but I will pick out a couple of the best bits from this month’s issue.

  • Illuminations
    I love the artwork that Games Workshop produce, the background and fluff are really enhanced with beautiful artwork.

    Imperial Truth by Neil Roberts as featured in February 2017 White Dwarf Illuminations
  • Readers’ Models
    I love to see top quality photography of amazingly painted miniatures, it really inspires me to pick up the brush and get painting.

Well, I look forward to next month’s issue and if you haven’t read the new format of White Dwarf, I highly recommend that you do.