Wednesday, 17 December 2008

White Dwarf #349 (UK)

The January 2009 issue of White Dwarf (UK) arrived at the shop today. Release date is December 26.


It's full of Orky 40k goodness! There's also a couple of pictures of the new Imperial Super-heavy, the Shadowsword, coming early next year! It'll be all plastic, with all the bits needed to build one of SIX different variants! (Even Vulcan Mega Bolters are included!)

Right, what about those Orks, eh? Well, this issue has tons of Ork fluff and pictures of the new plastic sets and metal characters. There's a feature on the fantastic new Battlewagon kit, with all the bits laid out for you to scrutinize. There's some info on the different Clans. Probably nothing new, but good stuff nontheless, with some great photos. Speaking of great photos, there are five pages of inspiring Orky vehicle conversions. Great stuff!

There's also a HUGE battle report, and I do mean HUUUGE! Four battles, all with Orks in 'em! In the first battle, the Orks face my favourite army, the Dark Angels. Their next opponent is Imperial Guard, followed by a cool looking Howling Griffons Space Marine army. The last battle is against a combined force of Blood Angels and Ultramarines Space Marines, with three Land Raiders, three Whirlwinds, and four Vindicators! It's also got an absolutely MASSIVE Ork Kannon, called Da Krater Maker, one of the coolest looking scratch-builds I've ever seen!

For Warhammer, there's a new part of the War in the North Campaign.

For The Lord of the Rings, there's Tactica: Sons of Gondor, and a preview look at War of the Ring. WotR will be a sort of Apocalypse for LotR.

Haven't had time to read it all yet, but #349 looks like a great issue. Check it out!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! See you in 2009!


Tuesday, 25 November 2008

Realm of Battle - The new Citadel Gameboard

Just the other day, our prerelease copy of the new gameboard from Games Workshop arrived at the store. Just looking at the price tag it may seem expensive, but the massive carrying bag is packed full of plastic awesomeness!

Carrying bag

Opening the bag, you can see that there is not a wasted inch. Those six modular segments are indeed 2' x 2'.


There is a pouch on the inside of the lid, to store the clips that hold the segments together. Nice touch!


Some of the segments are covered in clear plastic. Of course you get the standard "This bag is not a toy"-sticker. Those always crack me up. It's both sad and hilarious, at the same time, that some people have to be told this...

Not a toy

Here, you can clearly see the lattice that cover the underside of every segment. It makes the whole thing incredibly stable. Good thing, indeed! I've got experience of other ready made plastic gameboards, and they are all wobbly because they are completely hollow. I know a lot of people fill these with expanding foam, to make them rigid. That won't be necessary with this board, though!


Here's the sprue with the clips you use to hold the segments together. You get 32 clips, a lot more than you actually need for the whole table, so you can afford to break or loose a few. Very good!

Clips sprue

Here's a close-up of a clip holding two segments together. Putting them in place is very easy, and they work very well.

Close-up, clip

All in all, in my opinion this product is worth every penny! I'm well impressed with it, and I'm really looking forward to getting ours painted and flocked, and playing some games on it.

More pictures are available at Games Workshop's website.

Please let me know what you think of this article by leaving a comment, or you can email me at stitch [at] roll2dice [dot] com.

Also, if you're at all interested in Dark Angels Space Marines, please visit The Angel's Talon, my other blog.

Welcome to the Other Talon!

This blog, The Other Talon, is the sister site of my main blog, The Angel's Talon.

The scope of The Other Talon is the entire Warhammer 40,000 universe. Content will be added here whenever I create some that is not related to Dark Angels Space Marines. For instance, I have some ideas for articles about other Space Marine Chapters, Genestealer Cults and Space Hulk, to name but a few.

While the goal with the Angel's Talon is to publish at least a small update every month, the update frequency of the Other Talon will basically be "whenever I feel like it".

Right now, you can check out some pictures of the new Citadel Gameboard!

Please remember to check out The Angel's Talon as well!