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.”
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!
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.
I love the artwork that Games Workshop produce, the background and fluff are really enhanced with beautiful artwork.
- 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.