White Dwarf Review: Blood Bowl, Chaos Edition

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Checkout the all the awesome Blood Bowl and Thousand Sons Chaos features in the newest December White Dwarf!

This issue features some great Blood Bowl Content as well as Jervis Johnson taking the lead on the very first battle report for that new edition!


On the hobby side there is not one but TWO new paint splatter articles on the new Skaven team, and the Thousand Sons Marines featuring the new blue paint they just came out with!

Speaking of Thousand Sons, there is a TON of features on the new models themselves, as well as showcases on all the new products coming from them over the new two weeks as well!


Checkout all the great new features for December in our review below.

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Good evening, sports fans – December’s White Dwarf is here to kick off a new season of Blood Bowl, the game of fantasy football! We’ve got a great feature introducing the game, a Paint Splatter for the Skavenblight Scramblers and Editor Matt Keefe takes on the game’s designer, Jervis Johnson, in our exclusive Match Report! On top of all that Blood Bowl madness, Magnus is back! That’s right – Magnus the Red becomes the first Daemon Primarch to appear as a Citadel Miniature, and alongside him come a great new range of Thousand Sons. We’ve got a first look, a stage-by-stage Painting Guide for the Thousand Sons and a great background feature on Magnus. All that and there’s still room for a giant Stormcast Eternals Army of the Month, Blanchitsu, Golden Demon, A Tale of Four Warlords, a grab bag of new rules and much, much more.

Planet Warhammer
The Wolf and the Cyclops – a sneak peek at the seventh book in the Horus Heresy series from Forge World.
Hall of Fame
Spike! Magazine
Good Evening, Sports Fans – everything you need to know about Blood Bowl.
Golden Demon
A Tale of Four Warlords
Temporal Distort
Army of the Month – Ben Johnson’s Knights of Azyr
The Blood Bowl Match Report
Armies on Parade
New Rules – for Warhammer 40,000, Lost Patrol, Imperial Knights: Renegade and Deathwatch Overkill.
The crimson King – the life and times of Magnus the Red
’Eavy Metal
Assault on Muster Tredecimma – a battleground of heretical proportions
Paint Splatter – Skavenblight Scramblers and Thousand Sons
Basing Masterclass
Parade Ground
Readers’ Models
In the Bunker


~Don’t miss this one folks, it’s look like a great hobby holiday is on the way for everyone. Stop by you local game store and pick up your copy Black Friday weekend!

  • Randy Randalman

    Wrath of Magnus and Blood Bowl in the same month. Pretty spectacular!

  • Lord Elpus

    The more I see of the new BB teams the less I like them, the metal teams have far more character.. the Dwarfs especially for me have hit a new low.

    • rtheom

      It doesn’t help that they’re trying to do trickle releases with this. It’s making most of us decide just to forgo buying the game at all until a team we’re more interested in comes out.

      • Lord Elpus

        I’m just glad I already have the teams I want.

    • Edouard Decaen

      Well this are just the basic plastic boxes we’re talking about. I am pretty sure some extra models are going to be available soon like ogres, additionnal linemen or blockers etc. Knowing GW they won’t let you built a whole team with only a box they will give you the opportunity to spend more money on more models.

    • SupPupPup

      wait. you dislike the dwarfs!? They are the best plastic beardy boys GW have released in years.

      There is a guy held up only by his beard! That sense of dwarfy motion has always been missing from the stout sculpts.

      A new low??

      Did you see the fyreslayers?

      Are you forgetting these guys?


      • Lord Elpus

        I actually like the Fyreslayers… no I certainly don’t like those BB dwarfs, for me, the old Metal team was much superior.

        • SupPupPup

          Aesthetically what is it about them that you find off putting?

          I could only see them as average at worst.

          They show movement, the anatomy seems correct. They have a somewhat dwarfy armour, with thier own warhammery feel.

          • Lord Elpus

            It’s just everything about them, from rapunzel the amazing levitating slayer through to the genreal look of them.The paint work though well done, I also find off putting.

          • Ben_S

            I think the movement is a problem. Fine for elves, but these are dwarfs. They shouldn’t look that agile!

    • generic eric

      I don’t like the new dwarfs.

  • D. B.

    It took me this long to realize what the deal is with “Nuffle”, God of Blood Bowl…

    • generic eric

      Nuffle’s balls! You can’t be serious! ?!

      • Arthfael

        Non native here, and I’ve been wondering about this. Is there a pun here? Is this simply a mix of Nurgle and Scuffle?

        • BeastOfShadow

          Nuffle or NFL pronounced as a word instead of an acronym.

          • Arthfael

            Of course! Cheers ^^

        • generic eric

          In short, Nuffle is the Dice God of Warhammer. There are fluffier discriptions.

          • Arthfael

            And 40k, clearly. Oh Nuffle, how could I be so bliind to your existence for so long! Praise to you for letting me pass all these Fortune rerolls last Friday night MUAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

  • Arthfael

    Very good issue. I loved the box on p38, written from an in-universe perspective: “…many suspicious customers have tried to cash in on its (BB) popularity with dodgy knock-off merchandise… etc…” Clearly intended at the very real large non-official Blood Bowl miniatures market. Then again, that’s what you get when you leave a popular game like that unsupported for so long.

    • generic eric

      $! Money on the table. I have this discussion with some friends. All of these out of print games, unsupported minis, they can’t expect someone else to take their place. There was an elephant team that I thought looked cool.

  • Ben_S

    Is there a free gift with this one? (I believe there were said to be free gifts with the first four – not sure whether this is four or five.)

  • generic eric

    DAE see the forgeworld post about the new coaches? A goblin and what looks like a halfling with a hoogie sandwich.