Sunday, January 12, 2014

White Dwarf - Favourite Article?

Since hearing about the demise of the dwarf, I've been trawling through some of my older issues in search of articles I found particularly entertaining. Much of my reading list hails from WDs from the 80s. There's a lot of back issues, so, in a moment of clarity I decided to throw it out to the community to ask what was your favourite article, or failing that, issue? I don't mean the most informative, or useful or pretty, just your favourite. This will also give us a handy shortlist for further nostalgic wallowing. I'll kick us off.

There are a lot of regular articles I could mention. Illuminations, Blanchitsu and Chapter Approved certainly being some notables, and of course, 'Eavy metal. I poured over those pages of painted miniatures for hours wondering how the hell Fraser Gray could paint like he did. There were plenty of great scenarios, the Grapes of Wrath and the Floating Gardens of Bahb Elonn being two favourites. I loved the new models pages (along with all their rules) such as Ruglud's armoured orcs, the plague cart and the gob lobber. This was primarily for the great miniature eye candy, but also for the humour in the back stories.

WD95 - p7
For me though, it has to be the 3rd edition release article from WD 95. It was my first issue, and those eight pages pretty much sealed the deal as regards my future hobby/obsession. Essentially a big advert for third edition, it worked on my young mind beyond the most optimistic dreams of Games Workshop central. There are better articles, for sure, but this is the one I keep coming back to when I think of my favourite. Pages of images of undead, elves, orcs, dwarves and more coupled with stories of heroic deeds and bloody carnage, all wrapped up in a hardback tome. What chance did I have to resist?

WD95 - p38
So what about ye? Is there an article, battle report or page of painted miniatures that makes a particular White Dwarf your favourite?

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