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A few things I need to say before the review it’s self. Firstly the compentison last month was a huge flop. Not only did I double check the number but I made it 8.....which no one else got. So I will try it again this month and if it fails again then I might have to drop the comp idea. The second is once again this is a fantasy focused issue (as will be the next one...boooo!) so I might struggle somewhat here and there not know many of the rules or fluff of the fantasy universe...unless it’s about Lizardmen who are awesome*buy them!*. Anyway back to the report.

The new releases this month are not that many but they are big ones. The main thing is the Island of Blood starter set. I have to admit that not being a Fantasy player this kit does look awesome and if only they where Lizardmen I would have got it (I like Lizardmen). We also have some direct stuff for Skaven in the form of conversion kits for making Slingers and 4 of the old metal Rat Ogres. On a non fantasy issue we have 3 new painting sets out with Night Goblins, Moria Goblins or Space Marines with every paint you would need to paint them including Foundation paints and some washes which is pretty nice considering their previous versions just had the basic paints (RIP Tentacle Pink). We also have a Stompa conversion kit form Forge World with a “Lifta Dropper, Claw arm and Zappy eye” which looks great. On a side note I normal don’t cover Black Library but this week I will cover one as it’s a book all about the Island of Blood, its history, events and such.

To the main articles we have a look at the Island of Blood box which is actually really short for a GW article. Only 5 pages with 2 for each army and 1 for generic stuff. However a great battle report next as well has a 2000pts battle between......Lizardmen and Lizardmen! I can hope High Elves and Skaven but the catch is they HAVE to use the Constance of the Island of Blood box set at least which of course means you see the Elf Prince and the Skaven Warlock Engineer. I’m NOT going to tell you the name of the Skaven Warlord as I know GW have a comp involving them so I don’t want to give you an unfair advantage....so there.

40k gets 4 new formations for Apocalypse games including 1 with Kairos Fateweaver and between 3-5 Daemon Princes!!!! LOTR talks about grudge matches and even a scenario for WOTR with Mordor Vs Isengard which looks great. And now something I have been waiting for such a long time. An SBG article!!!!!! It’s about bloody time GW. This article looks at the alliance with Khazad-dum and Arnor against the Orcs of the North. It even shows some fantastic painting schemes for all 3 armies some of which I have never seen before.

And bow for the builders and Painters we also have something for you. Painting Tanks, more specifically Camo designs for your leman Russ. Showing how to make effective camo painting using masking take (ah is there anything masking/duct tape can’t solve?) They also show how they build the Island of blood and it looks epic, skulls all over the place.

Anyway next month we have more Fantasy stuff with High Elves getting more modals as well as a look into the Dwarves and new models for them as well(here’s hopes for that Cave Drake). Chaos also gets some Planet Strike tips with both painting and gaming as far as I can see.

This issue is above average. It’s the first issue to have SBG in it other than just posting the rules for them in it. It also has a bit to please everyone really. However that said if you’re a per 40k player and don’t play Daemons or Chaos you can possibly miss this issue but for everyone else this is a well worth issue. Plenty of Fantasy and WOTR and possibly the best painting tutorial I have ever seen.

This month’s Special word is LIZARDMEN. Rules are that you do NOT count the title or the word in red.

(Note this review is not in anway trying to undermine Stephen_Newman's review. I only noticed that he had done a review of this issue after i had finished writeing this review by all means cheak his one out however he does give away how the battle report ends so there are major spoilers http://www.heresy-online.net/forums/showthread.php?t=69426)
 

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You know there was a review of this yesterday?
I point you to the comment i made at the bottom of the review.

(Note this review is not in anway trying to undermine Stephen_Newman's review. I only noticed that he had done a review of this issue after i had finished writeing this review by all means cheak his one out however he does give away how the battle report ends so there are major spoilers http://www.heresy-online.net/forums/...ad.php?t=69426)
Also i write this review for both Heresy and Might of Middle Earth so this review went up on both with the only diffrecne being the note at the bottom of this one
 

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Well two things.

He posted yesterday and you posted today so I'm unsure how you managed to get it mixed up.

You will find he removed the ending to the battle report at a request from another member of the site.
 

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I don't see there being a problem with there being more than one review of the same WD on the website, because writing a review is entirely subjective, and as such no two are entirely the same as each will contain the views and feelings of the writer in question. In fact I would go as far as saying it is good thing having more than one review up, because it gives potential readers more than one opinion to go by, thus providing more insight into the publication in question.
 

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thank you for your words. I wouldn't have thoguht about it like that. I see the world in what most would call a Black and White view...so much so that whenh i was young i was asked in a question "Can you explain ........" i then wrote. "Yes i can" as my answer.
 

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I said that sort of thing at the top of mine that the entire review represented my views and may not represent yours. A different perspective is always welcome in my book.
 

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Seeing as stephen newman has posted in this thread as well as jaws900 I would like to thank you both.

Up until ten years ago I bought every WD religiously but now it's nice to know if there is anything worth reading in there and reviews do help me decide.

I also find it better getting a couple of reviews as you get two different perspectives.

Cheers for taking the time guys!
 

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Just nice to do something with my subscription. Quality since the fat bloke left has gone downhill.
 

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Lizaedmen = 5 times!!!! Great review man, but a bit short in my opinion, but what ever...

But srsly, was there a Lizardmen vs Lizardmen battlereport ot what?
 

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Just nice to do something with my subscription. Quality since the fat bloke left has gone downhill.
I seriously cant understand the love that paul sawyer gets, the man was complete tool, he used to be my trade sales rep till he got the boot for been crap, had serious chip on his shoulder when they took him off white dwarf, i started buying the magazine again after i found out he was no longer involved, though i have to admit i stopped buying it this year since the only thing in it i enjoyed was the heavy metal master class.

though i did an experiment the other week while reading a collection of old white dwarves, i counted up the number of pages devoted to adverts from back in the day and it was actually the same % as it is today (about 20% give or take) the difference was almost half were non gw products.



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There always seemed to be better articles under his time like the index astartes series, chapter approved, warhammer chronicles, lure of the gods as well as that each system was kept to a specific part of the mag. Unlike now where they are all bodged together. The fat blokes other people under his command (christian byrne, paul rudge, guy haley, that macgregor bloke and nick kyme) all had a say in the end of his career in the editorial section. Hearing about the progress they did with their armies was amazing. These may not all be a direct result of his influence but the quality of the magazine under his rule was much better than now.
 

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A large part to do with WD being as good as it was back then was the fact that Andy Chambers was running the design studio, so we got things like 'Chapter Approved' in the magazine (for those of you too young to remember, Chapter Approved was a regular feature in WD dealing with rules, both of the experimental 'opponents permission' type stuff, but also frequent errata for all the codexes and rule books) and if you missed a couple of issues it didn't matter because they bought out chapter approved volumes at the end of each year containing all the chapter approved content up until that point. I miss Chapter Approved and the 'specialist' games, but at the same time we've got things really good as far as new models go.
 

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Lizaedmen = 5 times!!!! Great review man, but a bit short in my opinion, but what ever...

But srsly, was there a Lizardmen vs Lizardmen battlereport ot what?
Naw. It was High Elves and Skaven. I just love Lizardmen alot and would love to see it.
 

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A large part to do with WD being as good as it was back then was the fact that Andy Chambers was running the design studio, so we got things like 'Chapter Approved' in the magazine (for those of you too young to remember, Chapter Approved was a regular feature in WD dealing with rules, both of the experimental 'opponents permission' type stuff, but also frequent errata for all the codexes and rule books) and if you missed a couple of issues it didn't matter because they bought out chapter approved volumes at the end of each year containing all the chapter approved content up until that point. I miss Chapter Approved and the 'specialist' games, but at the same time we've got things really good as far as new models go.
I would be great if in each issue that they just gave just 1 page even to answering a few questions. This would help almost everyone and get FAQ'd questions out there quickly without having to re-do the FAQ's every 5 seconds
 
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