This weekend, White Dwarf magazine celebrates its thirtieth birthday. Issue number one was first published back in may 1977.
I only started reading White Dwarf around issue fifty, in the main when it started to cover Warhammer and the articles on miniatures and painting increased.
Games Workshop have released a new Limited Edition miniature and I decided that I would get one. It was only going to be on sale on the 26th and 27th May.
So I arrived at Games Workshop in Cribbs Causeway at 9.02am to find of the fifteen models they had in stock, eleven had already been sold in the first two minutes since they opened.
I did get mine though I did notice that everyone who was buying it was an old git like me, as in we could remember buying and playing first edition Warhammer!
I did consider getting two, one to paint and one to gather dust… but though I am sure I could have made a mint on eBay at some point, I decided I would rather leave it on the shelf and let someone else have a chance to buy it.
What was nice was they every customer got a random free blister pack. This is where my luck ran out, as I only managed to get some Chaos Space Marines (and you know how I feel about Chaos) and some Black Templar Space Marine backpacks (really useful, not). I got two free blisters as I made two purchases, I also bought an Ork Kommando with Burna, but that’s another posting another day.
I do like the limited edition model and it will form part of my (very) small Dwarf army I am building.
I will write up a workbench feature on how I paint up the model.
In the most recent UK White Dwarf, issue 325, January 2007, was a battle report.
Battle Report: March of the Damned: We take two of Warhammer game’s toughest characters and pitch them headlong into mortal combat with one another. Will the evil of Manfred Von Carstein win out, or will the nobility of Kurt Helborg take the day?
This battle report featured three superb fantasy buildings, alas though they were shown in a few photographs, they were quite difficult to see. It was promised that more would be seen in the next issue of White Dwarf.
I was lucky to take photographs of all three buildings at GamesDay 2006. So here they are a month before White Dwarf.
I have posted two of the buildings before on the blog.
The buildings are from the talented hands of Dave Andrews and include this observatory.
A wonderful boat building combination.
Also a building with some wierd undead type thing on the roof.
In the most recent UK White Dwarf they had some pictures of the new models they are releasing for their new summer campaign.
One of these is a Ork Big Mek.
It will be nice to see some new Ork models.
I hope this is something we will see more of, I have disliked the way that GW release whole armies now and whilst doing so ignore the other armies.
I have often wondered about this strategy especially in terms of people adding to their armies. I also suppose that some people will always go out and buy the new big thing (whether they paint it is a different story).
I like what GW use to do back in the 1980s when they released new miniatures every month for a range of armies rather than concentrating on two big releases like they do now.
Also released this summer will be some new Ork Kommandos.
Seeing this image recently from an old White Dwarf.
It reminded me how good GW epic scale custom made scenery was. The Dwarf and the (older) rule books were full of these kind of pictures. Which is why I wish the Epic Armageddon book had being full of these kind of pictures (or even these pictures) rather than the (cartoony) artwork from the collectable card game.