Today I bought my first White Dwarf in the new format. I have been collecting White Dwarf since the early eighties. My first White Dwarf was the one with the Rogue Trader cover - I think it was issue #97 but I am not sure. Well I collected the mag religiously up till the mid-90's when my interest in the publication started to wane a bit. By the turn of the century I only bought one every year or two, when there was something to do with the Space Wolves, Wood Elves or when a new edition of 40K came out.
BUT IS IT WORTH IT!
To be honest, I do not really know. The mag is about five times thinner than before and under half the price, but comes out four times a week - also you can only buy the physical copy at your local FLGS. I guess it all depends on your perspective, money flow and preferences.
Personally, I will still keep buying the White Dwarf once in a while, when it has a topic that interests me - like the Wood Elves in this issue. I will probably buy next week's issue as well if there are more Wood Elves - then I will wait until 7th edition 40K comes out to see what has changed and what has remained the same. I doubt I will buy more than that!
As for the Wood Elves, I have to say I am quite pleased with the new miniatures. I think the Treemen are fantastic. They seem like something out of the mind of Guillermo del Toro, like Pan's Labyrinth for example. They have that feel in my opinion. The increase in size from the standard GW treemen is also refreshing. In fact I will probably be using the old treemen as Wood Kin.
Araloth is not bad, overall I do like him, especially the bird, but I think the antlers are too large and rather ridiculous. If I do get him, they will have to be removed or severely trimmed.
That is all for now. I have just finished my Plutarch destroyers, so they will be featuring next.
Farewell and good health,