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White Dwarf October 2019

Another month, and while I wasn`t able to attend this year's Parade Day, I did drop by the store to pick up the newest copy of the magazine.And as always, I`m doing a flickthrough, marking in bold the articles that intrest me and I`ll be having a look at later on.As always, it starts with the Editorial, Contact and Reader's Models.And then we go to the Worlds of Warhammer, Phil Kelly's column that tackles forty facts about AoS this time round.The Age of Sigmar section itself kicks off with Rules of Engagement, Jervis takes a look at the Luck factor in our games this issue.Two sets of rules this month, one for AoS and one for 40k, and with the Tome Celestial we kick off with the AoS one: The Host of Syll'Esske, a Slaaneshi demon force.  And of course a joining Paint Splatter.The Duality of Vengeance is a piece of fiction about Slaanesh followers, tying in nicely with the above.In Fantastical Realms it is time this month to take a look at the Realm of Heaven, Azyr.Moving on to the 40k section of the magazi

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White Dwarf September 2019

Another issue of White dwarf has hit the stands this weekend, so here we are as usual for the overview and "flick through" of this month's issue.The cover features the Dark Angels, as it satates this illustrious chapter and their relation with Primaris marines as the issues central focus point.It comes with a freebie as well, a code card to unlock Felix and Gotrek in the Total War II game.The magazine starts off as usual, with the Editorial, Contact and Reader's Models sections.In Worlds of Warhammer we take a look at how faction's organisation in their backgrounds can influence the building of a collection.Moving to the 40k section this month first, Echoes of the Warp details Robin's experiences of playing and collecting Warhammer 40k armies.Pain Aetarna is a short fiction piece detailing the aftermath of a Dark Angels inductee battle experience.Index Astartes turns it's focus this month onto the Dark Angels, first amongst many, and how the Primaris are inducted into the chapter organisation.  If you ev

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SBG Issue 6 - Spring 2018

As I review this issue, I came to realise I'm slowly catching up on the current edition.  As time of writing, I'm waiting for issue 8 to arrive in the mail, while issue 9 of this fantastic fanzine is entering production and shouldn't take to long either to come out.And the theme of this issue is To The King, following up on the huge battle of Dale last issue, the central battle of this issue is the one in front of the gates of Erebor.Once again produced in high quality, let's flick through the magazine and see what tales of Middle-Earth are brought to us this issue, as we go through the editiorial and right to the first feature, the snippets page of SBG Towers.Of Dice and Men is the second part of the article series that details with the mathematical odds of combats, and how to best min / max those odds to get a preferable outcome in your fights.Cubes of Woe builds further upon this, with some of the most improbable odds rolls around the studio.The Dr's Corner returns this month, as it takes a look at ho

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Big Thank you to Wargames Illustrated

I bought the recent issue of Wargames Illustrated (number 383) PRIMARILY for the cool sprue of Landsknecht figures that came with the issue. Then I noticed the issue had some HISTORICON footage from back in July. Voila, I noticed this snippet (above) from my Mad Maximillian 1934 game I ran at the convention. Needless to say, I’m both pleased and flattered. I will be running this game a couple more times (Fall IN 2019 for certain) before I switch to Berlin. Hope to see you all at Fall IN!

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White Dwarf August 2019

Another month has passed, and the newest issue of White Dwarf found it's way into my greedy paws this month.So as always, let's have a look at what is in the issue, and what actually catches my fance (marked bold).We start as always with the editorial, letters and reader's models sections, parts which I tend to flick through rather quickly.In Worlds of Warhammer, we take a look at how narrative stories are tying games together.Jervis's Rules of Engagement take a look at how difficult rules questions are tackled in Age of Sigmar, something I can`t imagine in GW games popping up... (end sarcasm).The new army list of the month is, oh suprise, Stormcast Eternals in the form now of the black-armoured Sempiternals.  Looking at the back cover, it is already teased that next month it are once again Primaris marines, come on boys, you have tons of other armies out there bar Stormcasts and Space Marines!Paint Splatter takes of course a look at painting the above Anvils of the Heldenhammer, as does the Showcase.In

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SBG issue 5 - Summer 2017

Time for another "walkthrough" of one of the best fanzines out there, the Middle-Earth Strategy Battle Game magazine.And this time, the theme of the issue is the epic Battle of Dale, as seen in the third instalment of the The Hobbit trilogy.The magazine starts as always with the editorial and the contents table, so that is nothing spectacular.Next up is the collection of short items, bundled together in the SBG Towers column.The first article in the issue is a first parter of a series, detailing your dice roll odds in the game.  By putting up some combat set-ups, it gives a good idea on how to stack the dice in your favour.  And accompanied by Cubes of Woe, which gives some examples of impossible failed dice rolls...In the next article, a Lifetime of Tolkien Gaming, the author of the Frostgrave fantasy game by Osprey looks back at what inspired him, all th way down to the old Middle-Earth roleplaying game.In this months Tactica, the best use of the various Elven spellcasters is handled, like which v

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White Dwarf July 2019

Okay, so here we are again, after a month has passed by, the new White Dwarf has hit the shelves.And it is 40k again for a new army list and this time it is the Blood Ravens... so yeah, Imperium... AGAIN.  That makes actually every additional force rules so far, except for the Ynnari, to be for the Emperor's forces.  How boring is this becoming...On the flip side, one did get a free Munchkin card with the issue. As always, the triumvirate of the Editorial, Contact and Reader's Models kick off this months issues.In Worlds of Warhammer, we continue the look at the gods in Age of Sigmar, following last months instalment.And then we move to the Warhammer 40k section first, with Escape from the Warp having a look at the various insights of the game's playtesters.Raven`s Blood leads in this months army list by the form of a piece of short fiction.And then we get to Index Astartes, the Blood Ravens who where first seen in the 40k video games.  Still, it's more Space MarinesIt comes with the compa

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SBG issue 4 - Autumn 2016

The second part of the Dol Guldur theme, the fourth issue of this excellent fanzine is deserving of a better insight look.So with the theme running on, this also means of course we will see how the previous issue's excellent table was made... and find out the consequences of last issue's battle report.The magazine starts with SBG Towers, a snippet page of things going on around the magazine.And then we get a scenario for a fun mini game, including a battle report.  In The Hunt for Thrain, Gandalf has to move through the labyrinthian corridors of Dol Guldur in an effort to unravel it's secrets.The Dr's Corner in this issue tackles the strange fact on why wargamers are still considered an odd niche crowd, while the best watched series at that moment (Game of Thrones) is a pure fantasy based series, or how Lord of the Rings is present and accepted in other media but when playing with little figures it's considered strange.The Tactica article of this issue takes a look at the three Istari, and how their skil

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White Dwarf June 2019

Yup, six weeks have gone by since I uploaded a 'flickthrough' of the latest White Dwarf magazine.Which is not due to me being lazy for once, but because they changed release schedules and the magazine now comes out half of the month for who knows what serious reason...But as they now have a new main editor, it's time to have a look at the contents in this issue.As always, letters and readers's models are the first thing in the magazine.In Worlds of Warhammer, Phil takes a look at some deities in Age of Sigmar, in this first part of a two episodes long series.We move into this month's Age of Sigmar section, beginning with the Reignition short story.Fantastical Realms takes us this time to the lands in the Realm of Beasts, with the whole smorgasbord of inspiration for this very savage land.Rules of Engagement isn't written by Jervis this month, as Sam talks about the Trial of Skulls in this column.The Tome Celestial this month brings a heap of new rules for The Vostarg Lodge, the crazed bunch of Slayers...In Pa

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SBG issue 3 - Spring 2016

The first of a two parter, detailing the setting of Dol Guldur where the White Council takes on the rising power of the Necromancer.And with that premises, it's time to have a look at yet another greatly produced fanzine, I'm really burning through these issues as they are so fun to read and nicely made, offering a variety of articles based around the MESBG game.We open up with SBG Towers, a collection of small facts around the production of the magazine itself, a new and fun feature.In Over Hill and Under Hill, James Baldwin takes us along in his first steps in the GBHL tournament scene.  Being before that a painter and modeller, he took the plunge to be swept of the road and go on an adventure, and tells about his journey into the wider community in a very entertaining writing style.In the third and final instalment of Tom's Top 10, he takes a look at the most undercosted top tier heroes of the Hobbit edition of the game, which was at that time in effect, and how some characters who got an "upgraded" v

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White Dwarf May 2019

Another beginning of the month, another issue of the White Dwarf magazine... for the last time!Starting next month, they are changing to a release date around the middle of the month instead, so the next one will be on sale 21st of June!!!!Now, before I take a look at the articles of this issue, I must say that the longer it goes on, the less convinved I am that the make over / reboot is that fantastic.  I'm missing a lot of "flavour" that was part of the previous incarnation as the months go on, especially on new releases whom they now all reference to the Warhammer Community site.I mean, we just got a whole new host of Slaanesh deamons, including a Battletome for AoS, but not a worth is mentioned about it in this issue.As usual, the magazine starts with Contact and Reader's Models.In Worlds of Warhammer, we take a look this month on how the fluff behind the realms is being created and expanded by the hand of Black Library writer Nick Horth.The first article for 40k is about the new Abaddon modelIn the

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SBG issue 2 - Spring 2015

While back then it took a while between issue 1 and 2 of this excellent fanzine, the benefit of having bought the whole lot of them in one go cancels this out of course.And issue two is all build up around a theme, namely the battle at the Dimrill Gate of Moria, but that by no means mean there is nothing else in the magazine.The first article details a top 10 list of the most undercosted "non top tier" heroes of the time, those cheap heroes you can take in an army to give some serious boosting to your forces.The Dr's Corner, a column about general hobby insights, takes a look this edition in how attending tournaments can be the source of the friendships developping, even resulting in the creation of a fanzine.Of Fluff and Fury is my personal favorite this issue, as it details on playing tournaments and games with fluff based armies over the "most bang for your buck" (pointswise then) armies, and be competitive none the less with them.  Or at least have a great time!This month's scenario is of course the

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SBG issue 1 - Autumn 2014

A Middle-earth fanzine by the fans - for the fansI recently gotten into possession of the first 6 issues of this fanzine, produced by the guys of the GBHL YouTube channel, and I must say I was impressed.So I am doing a small, albeit perhaps late, review on the issues as I read through them, because they are so worth it for an MESBG lover as myself.  Now take into account, this magazine rose during the days of the The Hobbit edition of the game (aka, 5th edition) and while the game got some coverage in the White Dwarf on a monthly basis until the recent 'reboot'.  So there definitly was a market for this sort of fanzine, and it being both high quality AND printed makes me an instant fan.There are a lot of great articles in this issue, starting out with a great painting masterclass for white horses.Next up we get an article on the back then 10 most undercosted models in the game, in theory, and how they go up in the game.  Things like Woses Warriors are for example far undercosted, but no-one car

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White Dwarf April 2019

Another month, another monthly dose of GW stuff in the new White Dwarf, and the cover teases me with MESBG content.And it also comes with a gift this month, in the form of a Bookmark from the new Munchkin game...So let's have a look through this month's issue, guest edited by Tony CottrellContact & Reader' ModelsWorlds of Warhammer: a look at special characters in the GW hobbyThe Stormvault Warlords: alternating with last month's 40k variant, this tale of 4 warlords focusses on Age of Sigmar... and there is a Deepkin army in the selection.Fantastical Realms - The Realm of Death: a look at the plane of Shyish with paint tips and allIn Sigmarite Clad: an army feature of Stormcast EternalsRules of Engagement: Jervis takes a look at the AoS "Player's Code"The Tome Celestial - The Steel Souls: a new force for AoS, as a new chamber of Eternals comes to the fields of battlePaint Splatter - Hallowed Knights: painting the Stormcasts of the Steel SoulsEchoes from the Warp: a look at how keywords are designed as wel

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White Dwarf March 2019

The first friday of the month has passed, so the monthly paintporn was in store once again.And it's a "40k month" issue again, so that should be good for rules as the main themer is the updated Assassins rules.Even though I don't have the ability to field those (yet, I can always use my Renegades as regular guard, OR grab Cypher as my warlord due to a loophole), I must say I swayed for AoS after all, starting to collect an army for the AoS big battle 2020 as a result... so those articles are now peaking my intrest as well.So what is all in the magazine this time?  Well, let's have a look.Introduction and contactWorlds of Warhammer: an article about making your own worlds to play on.Rules of Engagement: how are points decided in units for AoSEmpty Graves: a short storyBattle for Techuan's Key II: a reboot of the old 40k Carnage scenario from 2000, now set in AoSThe Realm of Life: a look at the Jade world, and this will probably be the one I'll base my force in as well (ow, for those wondering, I picked th

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