GW: July 2017 White Dwarf Overview

Our July White Dwarf was a little late – but it’s here now and we’re taking a tour of the contents!

Games Workshop’s monthly magazine White Dwarf was having some issues reaching subscribers here in the states. Those seem to have been resolved and we’re glad to get our hands on time with the latest issue of White Dwarf!

This issue is packed full of good stuff. Obviously we’ve got a ton of new looks at the Primaris Marines. But Games Workshop is also getting back into the Tactics Arena with a new series called Tactica Imperialis. I found this to be a good read if for nothing else than showing us a glimpse of how GW things the game should work.

Also, I don’t want to discount all the fantastic Hobby info in this month’s White Dwarf. Holy Cow! There are some amazing and inspiring conversions and paint jobs in this one – as you would expect when a Golden Daemon is on the line! The Battle Report of Badrukk’s Loot was pretty great, too. I always enjoy a good scrum like an Ork Horde vs Tau. No spoilers, but lots of things don’t make it to the end of this one…

This month’s Blanchitsu was another hit as well. The conversion work and paint jobs are always cool and inspiring. I’ve got a few ideas I want to try out the next time I sit to work on my small GSC force! And if you’re looking for a Nostalgia bomb this month’s Temporal Distort is a trip back to Orc & Goblin Hordes from Warhammer Fantasy circa 2011. Plus a return to Armageddon with the Planetary Empires tiles! Overall, this was a pretty solid month of stuff – even if it was a bit late.

White Dwarf July 2017 $9

July’s White Dwarf is here and with it we delve deeper into the new Warhammer 40,000. We take a look at the two new starter sets – First Strike and Know No Fear – while for those of you already neck deep in the grim darkness of the far future, we’ve got Tactica Imperialis, where we look at the myriad strategic and tactical possibilities for your armies in the new Warhammer 40,000 (with some top tips from the games designers themselves). On top of that, we’ve got an in-depth painting guide to the new Primaris Librarian in Paint Splatter, plus a look at getting your Ultramarines and Death Guard ready for battle in no time. Elsewhere, in Creating Legends we speak to six members of the Citadel Miniatures Design Team about designing Citadel miniatures – it really is a must-read interview! On top of all that, we’ve got James Karch’s vast Stormcast Eternals army, Dan Harden and his Orks take on Matt Holland’s Tau in this month’s Battle Report, A Tale of Four Warlords continues and the warlords play their first games of the new Warhammer 40,000, we’ve got more from Golden Demon: The Horus Heresy, we delve into Warhammer Skirmish, look at painting gaming tables in Realms of Battle, Blanchitsu, and much, much more besides. Pick up a copy now.


Next Month White Dwarf Hint: Index Astartes! I think we know what that means…

  • Xodis

    Just picked mine up today. Its alright, they need to go back to adding more content for the readers games and less about people playing their own games, those sections are pretty boring.

    • Talos2

      I agree, the ideas seem to be getting low. It’s going downhill fast. I think I spent about 2 minutes flicking through this issue

      • Xodis

        Same here. Their social media presence is kind of pulling away from the WDs which I guess is semi-sweet. I still enjoy all the painting tutorials, alternate/homebrew factions and lore though.

        • NNextremNN

          Yeah with anything shown on social media before there isn’t much left for the WD and what’s left is offered by themself or others for free.

    • ZeeLobby

      I have to say I really like No Quarter’s content. I know WMH has a small narrative following but it can’t be said it’s because PP doesn’t try. Last issue had a pretty detailed piece of fiction, a scenario and character stats to go with it, a guide to create the necessary terrain for it out of common household containers, and a battle report around it. The things I really miss in recent white dwarves are the fiction pieces and the build your own terrain ideas. They used to have more of those (before they went to the weekly). I still pick them up occasionally though.

      • Xodis

        The information NQ adds for the RPG is fantastic too. I hope that when the new Warhammer Fantasy RPG is released we start seeing content for it released there. It would bring in a whole new audience.
        Totally agree on the build your own terrain and fiction pieces though. Black Library should be able to include small little stories like those $2.99 stories they release in digital only. Would also help sales of the mag…..just get rid of the battle reports lol. Nice pictures but I rather have lasting content.

        • ZeeLobby

          Yeah. I still have a collection of around 30 WDs that have content like that which I loved. BFG terrain building with foam board, the index astartes pieces, a CSM army which was a rainbow of color, the Tyranid launch editions that had at least 5 fictional 2 page pieces about the invasion of a planet, fictional pieces about The Fallen. An Armageddon battle report taking place over 3 tables. Etc. I think a lot of it was also not knowing what would be in it before you picked it up. They had a very loose layout back then, and just filled it with cool ideas and stories. It was more of a collection of pet projects they were currently working on then what now feels very scripted.

          That said I’d love some RPG content, like NQs. I do like that they have content like new scenarios or missions, but I liked when they were added because of a cool fiction piece or terrain article, not as a headline to sell the issue.

          It’s funny how hard it is to describe, but the difference definitely distinguishes an OK hobby magazine from a great one.

          • Xodis

            I completely agree. One magazine seems to support the hobby, while the other just kind of discusses the hobby.I enjoy my WD, but it needs to take it up a notch.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. I restrained myself from buying a subscription to the new monthly, and I’m glad I did. I still picked up a new issue here or there.

            On a total side note, I am excited for the new No Quarter Prime magazine. It sounds pretty cool and is hopefully loaded with hobby supporting stuff.

            I mean I totally realize trying to sell anything in printed format these days has got to be a challenge. So I hope both do well, as I much prefer it to blog reading or digital format.

          • Xodis

            Yeah, I havnt gotten a sub for WD, but I have picked up every issue at the FLGS since AoS released. Gives me a reason to check out the store and possibly impulse buy while Im getting my armies ready lol

          • ZeeLobby

            Impulse buying curse you! Haha. It’s the curse we bare.

  • el_tigre

    I really enjoyed the battle report this month, seemed to hark back a little to the narrative nature of the reports of yesteryear, but it was still a little heavy on the 20 bullet points per turn and a little light on the maps/pictures which show the flow of the battle rather than just cinematic shots with a few directional arrows thrown in.

    • ZeeLobby

      I REALLY miss the old overhead diagrams. Made reading reports so much easier. Some of the recent ones have made me wonder if they actually play the game or write the narrative report and then take pics, lol (I know they really play it, but it can be hard to follow).

      • dave long island

        Conspiracy theorist!… lol

        • ZeeLobby

          Lol. I just REALLY miss those maps. I mean I don’t know a single person that hated them, but I have no clue why they were removed. It helped you understand the state of the game even if it had a narrative spin. I mean you got a dude already taking pics. Just have him take an overhead of the table each turn.

          It’s gotta be an evil scam I tell yah!

  • Boondox

    Overall WD is a huge improvement over the weekly WD and Warhammer Visions. I think it would be really cool if they could start publishing Chapter Approved type articles for the Primaris Chapters to include Chapter tactics and other rules. At one point I thought I read they would do something like that and have yearly compendiums of the material featured in WD.