Since Games Workshop decided to completely re-invent White Dwarf, I have not purchased a single copy but instead satisfied myself by looking back (through rose tinted glasses) at what I believe to be the Golden Age of White Dwarf or prior to the Lord of the Rings franchise (maybe even earlier). I realise that this makes me an Olde Foggie but I firmly believe that there was a period when I would eagerly await the release of the latest issue and hop down to W H Smiths (a retailer in the UK) and devour the contents from cover-to-cover (sometimes re-reading articles a number of times).
As I write I will freely admit to a bulging attic full of old White Dwarf magazines from single number copies through the 100 mark and onto the 200 and even later. Each of these issues a prized example which although I have threatened to get rid of, will I freely admit be leaving the house the same day I leave in a coffin.
So why am I so against the new WD?
I think it is that there are only odd articles or painting tutorials that interest me – the battle reports have all become same-as, same-as and I rarely even browse them never mind read them in depth.
Earlier today after a day-away in Cirencester, I picked up issue 337 from the Oxfam charity shop for just 50p. Issue 337 is an issue I completely missed the first time around and at 50p I thought it was a ‘no brain-er’ as I could always re-donate it when I had read it. I found that there was little to keep me interested and with the exception of a nine page Eavy Metal tutorial showing the construction and painting of Eltharion The Grim (High Elf on a Griffon sculpted by Ges Goodwin) little of real worth (at least to me).
On the one hand, it is fair to say, why am I bothered?
I think the answer is that with shelves full of modelling magazines (and in this I include model railway, model boats, aeroplane and tank magazines as well as figure painting and wargaming magazines) there is little that grabs me like those early White Dwarf magazines did. I have in the past written that a ‘son of White Dwarf’ or a figure painting, terrain construction magazine might very well appeal to me – maybe I am just grasping at straws and time has moved on, but I would be interested to know if I am alone in regretting the demise of Olde Skool White Dwarf?
I have in my wallet a £25.00 voucher for W H Smiths (a birthday present from my Mother) – even with this voucher I find it difficult to decide what or which of the many modelling magazines to spend this voucher on. A case of ‘water, water everywhere, but not a drop to drink.’
Even as I write this I am aware that it is turning into a rant!
But I’m just asking where is the next White Dwarf Magazine coming from?
Actually I think I’m asking – Is it likely that there will ever be a magazine to rival the Olde Skool White Dwarf?
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