White Dwarf - March 2013 (399)

Apologies for how horribly late this is; it got pushed back and pushed back as other posts took priority. 

Possibly not the model I'd have picked to sell the mag outside the hobby. It seems this type of cover is here to stay, and I'm not sure about it, I do miss the artwork in White Dwarf. I'm going to keep a note of the number of illustrations and put the count back here, just as reference. It's good to see the models, but that's only part of GW's output. 
The illustration count comes out at a huge 1. One single pieces of art not referenced as part of an article, or in advertising material, although including these doesn't improve the total much. It seems something of a shame to give such a one sided view of the hobby, especially given the Codices and Army Books going full colour. On a similar point, note the lack of any fluff pieces. 
Opening Salvo 
We slip even more into introducing the magazine, rather than a quick bit on the hobby as a whole from someone in position to talk about it, with the inclusion of page numbers.
I still think this could be done on a single page, but ah well.         
New Releases  
34 pages of straight new releases this month, with Daemons taking the lions share of that. Other sections continue as they have done in all the new type issues. Forge World's Heresy Terminators look amazing, and Warhammer Quest gets spotlighted in Licensed Games
Army Of The Month      
Dave Robert's Lamenters and Grey Knight force draws heavily on Forge World models, and includes some great looking models. Sadly his techniques don't get a breakdown in paint splatter, but there are lots of ideas to harvest.
Jervis Johnson 
After five proceeding new style issues I'm fairly sure I know what Jervis looks like without a half page picture. The rest of the two page piece makes up for it with a talk about games design.
Battle Report    
I'll be honest. I just skip past these section now, with a quick scan to make sure the style hasn't changed to something I actually like, or that it includes an army I'm interested in.
The Rivals          
No Rivals this month. Interesting to see what gets dropped when GW need page space.
White Dwarf shows off Kari from SpikyRat Pack's INQ28 models this month. It's almost worth getting White Dwarf just for these Blanchitsu articles. Fingers crossed will see some Fantasy madness soon, to even things up a bit.
Citadel Hall Of Fame     
A look at the disturbing figure of Urien Rakarth this month.        
Parade Ground
Golden Demon 2012 Part 3, takes up 16 pages with gloriously converted and painted miniatures. While I do like the inclusion of this sort of thing, allowing readers to bask in the best of the hobby, and giving due credit to the artists behind each piece, I do have to wonder if we're losing page space to "harder" articles.

Kit Bash               
More Ork Fighta's this month, having now been in this article three times in 6 issues. While it does show off the versatility of the kit, is getting a bit wearing. Hopefully a change next month.
Eight pages of Armies On Parade entries from 2012, gives a nice look at other people's forces, and has some good terrain ideas.
Paints Splatter 
This article continues to be poor, skimming over things, that should be gone over in more detail. It covers a little bit about spray guns, including testing on a spare model. Spare model, who has one of those these days? There are three sections with a tiny bit of information from the 'Eavy Metal team before we move on to the now standard base wash, layer technique. These does seem like it will have the end result of locking everyone at a mediocre level if they only learn through White Dwarf,  and force everyone who wants to improve to hunt out other sources online.
Jeremy Vetock 
See my point about recognising Jervis. Jeremy talks hobby woes this month, something we can all relate to.
The Month In...               
White Dwarf     
Once again a good range of models from across the studio. It'd be interesting to see if there was any favouritism based on peoples armies.
The Design Studio          
John Blacnhe talks about the origin of Chaos Daemons, while the sculptors talk through the three "big kits" of the launch. There's a gorgeous map of the Realms Of Chaos, and some armies from around the Studio.
Forge World     
This really is the teaser section of the magazine, with pictures of Forge World's WIP, with some great looking things to show off.
Black Library     
An interview with Ben Counter rounds the month off, along with a look at two forces from the Black Library offices.

Parting Shot      
Thunder Wolves vs a Hive Tyrant. I miss the hints of what next month will bring
This remains horribly laid out and sparse.             
Back Cover         
Nurgle pulls a double whammy on front and back, with this side showing the herald.
All of which comes to a slightly dismal 36, with paint splatter and the battle report dragging the issue down.

There's a lot I'd like to see altered with the new White Dwarf, but I do think there are more sections that I'll be going back to months and years from now to look at Golden Daemon winners, INQ28 models (I hope we get to see Blanchitsu used for a battle report in the old style), or design studio stuff.

I do think the points I made under the cover heading are possibly worth there own post once we see what issue 400 brings.