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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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White Dwarf February 2019

A new month, a new look at the new White Dwarf!And this month, the new rules focuss is laid on Age of Sigmar, as they will rotate between both their main gamesystems on a monthly basis.Yeah yeah, I know that one day I'll end up with and AoS army after all, but I haven't found anything to my liking yet (though I always can fall back on my Slaaneshi demons if I want to for events or megabattles).This month's guest editior is Jervis Johnson himself, as they will finally continue their Golgotha game versus Andy Chambers, back for just this, using Kill team, so find out more later about this.  And to celebrate this, the magazine also comes with a special Temporal Distort booklet, more on that near the end of this post...Contact and Readers Models is the first section now in the new style DwarfWorlds of Warhammer: Phil Kelly takes a look at naming conventions and ideas for your charactersEchoes from the Warp: a look at the birth and development of Beta rulesChildren of the Stars: a truly awesome painted Aeldar

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White Dwarf January 2019

A new year, and this time round a whole new White Dwarf, as it is totally revamped, going back to the essence.Or at least, that is what the advertisement says, but is it actually so?Starting this month, they say the magazine will focus back on the core essence of the GW Hobby, being the inclusion of far more "specified" articles, like heaps of new, OFFICIAL, rules for both their two main game systems as well as their Specialist ranges.  So let's dive in and see how it is filled up this month...Contact & Reader's Models- reader's letters and thier paintworksWorlds of Warhammer - the first of the new columns, giving an insight in how the world of Age of Sigmar is build.Deadly Venture - a short storyRules of Engagement - Jervis Johnson is back with a regular column, focusing on the design and evolution of Age of Sigmar.Blood on the Streets - the first set of new rules, giving more options for playing Skirmish battles.The Realm of Fire - modelling and painting in the realm of AqshyChildren of Chaos - a l

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White Dwarf December 2018

The christmas edition, and as such, this month's issue comes with a heap of freebies.While mostly cards for their "secondary" games, I for one never look a given horse in the mouth.So what do we get this month as presents?  First of all, a booklet containing the rules and lore of the new Delaque gang for Necromunda.For us overhere the most intresting gift is the Chaos Gargant card for Underworlds.  Other cards included as freebies are a new unique artifact for Blackstone Fortress, a Gotrek card for Doomseeker, Grombrindal for Dicemasters and a booster card for a digital pack of Champions.But let's look at the magazine as well now.Planet Warhammer: a look at all that is new from Games Workshop this month.Temporal Distort takes us back this month to issue 348, exactly 10 years ago...Getting Started With... looks at the Middle Earth game this month.First Blood: Blackstone Fortress a play through of the newest game to come out of the Studio, letting the players explain how it works.White Dwarf Interview

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White Dwarf November 2018

So Orktober has arrived in the november issue of White Dwarf, as not only the Codex, but also the Speed Freaks game hits the shelf.So let's have a look at our glorious fanzine, and you can decide wether it is worth the few euros for you...Planet Warhammer: all the new releases, mainlining of course said Orky releases, but also licensed games and such.Temporal Distort goes back to march 2009Getting Started with... Necromunda: Underhive, a complete look at what you need to get going in the game of gang warfare.Saga of a Slayer: takes a look at the old favourites of Black Library that are back: Felix and GotrekThe Need for Speedin': takes a look at all the new (excellent btw) Ork vehicles that arrived this month with the Speed Freeks game.Battle Report: Rev Yer Engines takes a look at how the new Speed Freeks game is played.Golden Demon Classic 2018: a look at the diorama and Lord of the Rings categories of the contestBattle Report: Dakkabad's Big Skrap puts the new Ork codex against the forces of the T'au Empir

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