BDD 136 – December White Dwarf Review

December White Dwarf Review

December White Dwarf Review

Today I will be doing a review of the December White Dwarf.

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few months you will know that The Hobbit movie is due out in a couple of weeks time and as you can guess Games Workshop are producing The Hobbit Strategy Battle Game to run alongside their existing Lord of the Rings range.  The December White Dwarf is focused almost entirely on this release.
Starting with the cover, Its a simple shot of the new models for Gandalf, Bildo and  Thorin Oakenshield.
The magazine has a run through of all the new release that are coming out with the Hobbit game.  The Starter set is called The Escape From Goblin Town and come with all you need to get into the game.
The Hobbit: Escape from Goblin Town – Limited Edition contains 56 Citadel Miniatures including: Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, the limited edition Radagast the Brown, Oin the Dwarf, Gloin the Dwarf, Nori the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf, Kili the Dwarf, Fili, the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf, Bombur the Dwarf, Bofur the Dwarf, Bifur the Dwarf, The Goblin King, Grinnah the Goblin, The Goblin Scribe, Goblin Captain, 36 Goblin Warriors, and The Goblin King’s platform. Also included is a 48 Page full colour ‘Your Journey Begins Here’ booklet, 1 Play Sheet, a 112 page full colour rules manual, 8 Dice, and 1 Ruler.
Also released are a how range of miniatures of the game that tie in with the movie, The Trolls, Hunter Orcs, The White Council and even a Custom Cut Foam Hobbit Figure Case.
The Goblin Town Walkways that come in the set look like they could be used to make a great addition to a Malifaux board.
Next up is the details about the Crusade of Fire campaign book for 40k.  This looks to be similar to Blood In The Badlands that was released for Warhammer earlier in the year.
There are sections on Black Library releases and the latest from forge world, and skipping through to the end of the magazine there is a section on ‘This Month In..” and there are some pictures of the new Forge World – Warhammer Forge Models for The Battle Of Black Fire Pass campaign book that is coming next year.  A new as yet unseen Dwarf and a Goblin BSB.
Andrew Kenrik interviews Carl Jackson from Nomad games, the creators of the Talisman Game from PC, iPad and other devices, this includes some screen shots of the game.
Next we have me favourite part of the revamped white Dwarf, and this is the Army of the Month section.  In this Issue its the Ogre Kingdoms of Keith Robertson.  The army is huge and painted to a great standard, but not super high that you might expect from a Eavy Metal Painter.  The sheer size of it is what makes it impressive.  My personal picks of the army are the Orange theme that runs through everything and really ties it all together and also a uniform basing style that really make the retro Goblin Green edging look upto date.
Jervis has his usual article and talks bout the importance of playing in the rules and also spirit of the game.
The Battle Report this month is one of the scenarios from the Hobbit.  No interest to me but certainly looks good! As usual they have 3 other members of the design studio critique the game afterwards, this is a fantastic addition to the battle reports that you just don’t see anywhere else in the hobby.  How many times have you played a game where other people watch it played and give feedback afterwards?  It just doesn’t happen.
The Rivals article in this issue is a 40k one but has a fun slant to it that is am so stealing for a daily show.  Andy Clark and Simon Grant design a 500 point super unit each and have a debate about which is better and then play it out on the tabletop.
The Blanchitsu article is its usual display of the warped mind of John Blance,  this time with a Space Marine Warband.
The Citadel Hall of Fame goes to the Coven Throne model and has an interview with some of the designers and painters about the model.
The back end of the December White Dwarf is mainly painting and modelling focus on whats going on around the studio and also some reader submitted conversions and paint works.  Jeremy Vetock talks about the weather of all things and the issue ends with a couple of Black Library author interviews.
So overall its not an issue that I would have bought give the chance to flick through it first, there was just not enough Warhammer in it for me, but the standard displayed in the last few issues was maintained and I’m looking forwards to seeing more warhammer in the future.


Buy it if – You want to see an amazing Ogre Kingdom army, Are interested in getting into the Hobbit game or you just want to check out the new Warhammer Forge Models.
Don’t buy it if – You are expecting even a single new Warhammer release this month…


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I look forwards to hearing what you have to say!

Website Anouncement

Over the next months there will be some changes made to the Bad Dice website.  Please bear with me while I get these updates and new features installed as it my throw up a few bugs now and then, I’m hoping it will be well worth it in the long run and have some amazing things to announce in the new year.


Daily Episode 85 – WFB 500 and White Dwarf revamp news

WFB 500

Daily Episode 85 – WFB 500 and White Dwarf revamp news

Bad Dice WFB 500 is announced. White Dwarf is getting a revamp, a new team and a new Daily Blog.  I want to say a huge thanks to everyone for all the feedback i have been getting over the last few days.  The recent episodes 80, 83 and 84  went down very well and I have been inundated with Tweets, Emails and Facebook messages.  If you are enjoying the daily show then the best thing you can do to support it is to tell your friends to listen.  Word of Mouth is the best advertisement I can get. After that if you still want to support the show you can leave a review on iTunes

I wrote a blog post about the White Dwarf Daily news.

WFB 500

In this episode I talked about my plans for Bad Dice WFB 500.  It is a series of 500 point warhammer tounaments that I plan to hold at various gaming clubs around the UK.  My thinking behind the event is that the weekends are ruled by the huge amount of 2 day Warhammer tournaments held almost every single weekend in the UK

My hopes for the event are that once a month I travel to a gaming club and run a 3 game 500 point tournament.  Local players get involved but it might also attract players from surrounding areas.  I get to travel to clubs and get a chance to meet up with players that don’t attend tournaments, its a fast and dirty event, done and dusted in 3 hours and will give ‘club gamers’ the chance to see how much fun a tournament can be.

How will WFB 500 work?

I want to start by hitting the gaming centers and making a little profit that can be used to buy terrain so when I go to some smaller clubs that may not have loads of terrain I can still run a good sized event.  This obviously give me a great chance to create some great content for the show by documenting all the terrain building and reporting on all the events.

I will be setting up a section on the site for the WFB 500 series that can eventually be visited at and there will also be both a tournament calander section to the site and also a Gaming Club Directory.

I’m hoping to get to the Open War tournament this weekend so keep and eye on Snake Eyes for some recording and pics from the event.  You can also check out the Mohammer, Clash of Swords recordings that are going up this weekend





White Dwarf Daily is announced!

White Dwarf Daily is announced!

Games Workshop have today announced the White Dwarf Daily.

This afternoon they posted an article to the ‘Whats New Today’ blog on the GW website.


From that article;

In just over a week’s time the pages of White Dwarf will change forever. Miniatures will be shown in a new light, battle reports will be reborn and new articles will be read for the first time. Even the classic logo that sat at the head of the magazine for the last 20 years will disappear into the Hall of Legends.

On September 22nd 2012, White Dwarf will be reborn; bigger, better and more exciting than ever before.

As news goes, that’s pretty exciting stuff, I think you’ll agree. For the last half-year a crack team of designers have been pulling White Dwarf apart at the seams, re-forging it into something incredibly exciting. Everything is new, nothing’s the same. Even the paper is a higher quality, that’s the degree to which the magazine has changed. 

Of course a new magazine needs a new team to work on it and so, without further ado, here’s the new White Dwarf team:

Dan Harden (that’s me, just in case you didn’t know) – Staff Writer

Erik Niemz – Photographer
Matthew Hutson – Lead Designer
Beth Beynon-Hughes – Digital Editor
Andrew Kenrick – Deputy Editor
Kris Shield – Designer
Glenn More – Photo Editor
Jes Bickham – Editor
Adam Troke – Senior Staff Writer

Some of these names you’ll recognise. Matt, Kris and Andrew have been working on White Dwarf for several years now. In fact, Matt has been working on it almost as long as White Dwarf has been around (OK, so that’s a slight exaggeration, but he has been around for quite some time). Adam and Glenn have moved into White Dwarf from games development and book production respectively, while Beth and Erik are both new to Games Workshop. And last, but certainly not least, we also have a new White Dwarf editor, and the latest scion of Grombrindal himself, Jes Bickham. While this is his first time working on White Dwarf, Jes has worked at Games Workshop before as the editor of Battle Games of Middle-earth, back when The Lord of the Rings first appeared in cinemas and hair was more plentiful.

The last member of the new White Dwarf team is me, Dan. You may have seen me in the occasional blog post over the years dressed as a pirate, chopping up a shrub with a chainsword or lying in the middle of the car park measuring how long 145 paints are compared to your average hatchback. For the last two years I’ve been looking after the Games Workshop blog, bringing you pictures of painted miniatures from around the world, showing off our latest releases, reporting on events such as Games Days and Tournaments and keeping you all up to date with what’s going on in the world of Games Workshop.

Though I’ve now joined the White Dwarf team as a writer, I’m very pleased to announce that the blog – now White Dwarf Daily – will be coming with me, as will our resident scapegoat Servitor 13, the currently unseen but entirely real Servitor 14, Smiler the Servo Skull and all of the other detritus I have around my desk including my Paint Station full of models.

So what does this all mean for White Dwarf Daily?

Well, first off, we’ll still be featuring plenty of pictures sent in by you, our readers. We love receiving emails from our fans, especially when they are accompanied by photos of beautifully painted Citadel miniatures. Some of these pictures we will feature on the blog, just like the fantastic model on the left painted by Mark Schuepstuhl. Some of the best might even make their way into the pages of White Dwarf magazine itself. I bet that caught your interest didn’t it? To send us a submission simply click on the button on the right-hand side of this page with ‘Send us your Photos’ written on it and get emailing.

We’ll also be featuring models from our Flickr pool on a regular basis too, just like Michael Boonk’s Goblin Hero on the left. With over 43,000 pictures on Flickr now, it’s virtually impossible not to find something inspiring in there and we’ll continue to show your pictures in White Dwarf Daily. Incidentally, if you do upload something to Flickr then please make sure you email the pictures to us too – that way you’ll definitely catch our attention.

We’ll also continue to feature new products from Games Workshop, Forge World and the Black Library, report on events, show what our licensed partners are up to, let you know when new Hobby Centres open, tell you about the games we’ve been playing and, of course, talk about White Dwarf, including behind-the-scenes blog posts on what we’ve been up to in the White Dwarf bunker that month.

Next week I’ll give you a few insights into what you can expect from the new-look White Dwarf, which will be relaunched on 22nd September (and in plentiful supply at Games Day UK on the 23rd). I’ll also properly introduce you to the members of the new White Dwarf team and tell you a bit more about what they do. Suffice to say we’re all very excited about our work on the magazine, and the select few people that we’ve revealed it to in the Studio were overjoyed. Yes, you read that right, most of the guys in the Studio haven’t even seen it yet – we’re keeping it very close to our chests. Jervis Johnson, one of the regular columnists in White Dwarf was allowed a quick glimpse of the first issue yesterday and almost shed a tear of hobby happiness.

So the moral of the story is: make sure you keep your eye on White Dwarf Daily next week to find out more about the magazine and be in a Hobby Centre on Saturday 22nd to see the new White Dwarf for the very first time.

Until then, check back tomorrow because we’ve got not one, but two videos to show you – one from the Black Library and one from Forge World and both are about the Horus Heresy.

So its looks like exciting times for the new White Dwarf, even if they did steal my name!  Ther have been plently of rumours of big shake ups in the White Dwarf team on Warseer recently so it is good to see that they are starting to show.  I’m hoping for an iPad version of the magzine, that would be an amazing addition to the current range of digital products.