White Dwarf, vol 1, Issue 109

The front cover gets a full spread of artwork this issue, no mention of what’s inside it. In other news this is January 1989, oh how fast these years go by. This year White Dwarf advertises models that I would still happily buy today.

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The editorial mentions Adeptus Titanicus and the associated vehicles and miniatures that are going to be released alongside it, there is more mention of the Warhammer Comic being produced by Ian Rimmer that I’m guessing must have folded as I can’t find any reference to it elsewhere and there is a note about Ratspike the Ian Millar and John Blanche art book that looks awesome and appears to be totally out of print. This is going on my wishlist.

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You can even see a picture of an early playtest version of Space Hulk and word from the 1988 Warhammer Fantasy battle championships where 20 players fought for two days to determine the winner of an actual forged Warhammer, back then players were hardcore.

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Critical Mass come next, but is rapidly losing its place in a magazine sandwiched between miniature games articles and a colour photo of Adeptus Titanicus.

Jervis Johnson gives us rules for the Land Raider, Rhinos and Robots to fight alongside the giant titans in the newly released game, I’m guessing there wasn’t enough space in the rulebook and things spilled over into White Dwarf. This article features an excellent full couple of pages of story about a squadron of Land Raiders fighting a Titan in full world war 2 style, it is also backed up by painted pictures of Titans, tanks and infantry on a scratchbuilt cityscape. This is a massive improvement on how Rogue Trader was advertised with its dioramas and some individual shots of models, this time round you get a good sense of what this game is about. My only quibble is that the infantry and tanks are in block colours of either black or red but you’ve got to remember that this was before they had a full department painting up entire armies and the drop of a hat.

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This is followed by this months Realm of Chaos article on Lords of Change and Great Unclean ones, its quite a short one on the rules for these models. I’m wondering if there was anything on these books that wasn’t published in White Dwarf at the time.

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Next up, Goblins on pogo sticks in BloodBowl. I once got a pogo stick for Christmas, after a few bounces someone mentioned that the largest amount of check-ins to accident and emergency departments were on Christmas Days so I stopped.

There are some pretty interesting pictures of prototype terminators in the next article, giant shoulder pads and blocky faces are the distinguishing feature, they went with an accompanying prototype model shown off later.

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The rest of the issue, and by that I mean most of the second half is taken up by the introduction of the Imperial Guard in Rogue Trader. This is a wealth of information for Imperial Guard players, several ideas like Beastmen and Human Bombs and even the idea of Penal Battalions have been cut out of the codex in previous generations and the uniforms have moved away from the “conscripted street gangs from Judge Dredd” style. There is a full army list at the back featuring yet again Land Raiders, Robots and support weapons but none of the other Imperial Guard specific fighting vehicles, you’ve have to wait a fair few years for them to make an appearance.

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Illuminations gives us to pretty wild art including some Deamonettes attacking a giant Khornate Titan.

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Next we have a weird cramped article on Orc stone throwers and Goblin wolf chariots, it has a mini story, army list entries, artwork and banner outlines but feels like its been cut down too much by all the other stuff in the magazine.

We have an advert of the mixed metal and plastic Imperial Guard set and the prototype terminator followed by a Realm of Chaos themed Eavy Metal section.

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The issue is finished off with Warhounds and Reaver Titans in Adeptus Titanicus, interestingly they are just armed with the weapon that are scaled up 40k variants like Lascannons and Autocannons. Not to sound like a total nerd or anything but the colours of the Warp Runner Reaver Titan here were changed to be more sane when Forgeworld painted up their 40k scale Titans and renamed them the Legio Astorum.

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The final page is a mental siege diagrams that although an interesting design looks like an impossible puzzle.

This is of interest to you because:

  • This felt like the expansion to Adeptus Titanicus. the base game came with giant warlord titans, but this gave you all kinds of smaller vehicles and 2 different Titan classes on top of this.
  • Imperial Guard codex version 1
  • Nice background story of a Land Raider attack.
  • Dark Future doesn’t get a look in, poor Dark Future.

Model kit of the month:

  • Adeptus Titanicus Reaver Titan.

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