If you have never ever bought a White Dwarf, this issue might change your mind. Not only is the new issue packed with great artwork and loads of beautiful pictures (including a sneak peak on the new plastic Warhammer: Age of Sigmar plastic scenery). It also comes with the full rule set for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Of course, starting coming Saturday, you will be able to download the rules for free. But by buying the new White Dwarf, you save yourself the trouble of printing them yourself. However, the main reason for buying this new White Dwarf are not the rules, nor the artwork and pictures. The reason to buy this new issue is the free miniature that comes with it, our first taste of the new Warhammer: Age of Sigmar miniatures.
So what do you get when you buy White Dwarf 75? Well, you get a lovely looking, plastic covered magazine that includes a small transparent box with a sprue. In this box is the first Warhammer: Age of Sigmar mini you will ever see and touch! Opening the box you’ll notice the sheer size of these Liberator models. They are quite a bit bigger than your average, everyday Warhammer Fantasy mini. What is also interesting is the fact that this is NOT a push fit miniature. There are small connector holes to line up the different parts, but you’ll MUST have plastic glue nearby to assemble this model. Also notice the year on the sprue: 2014, so this proves that GW has been planning for Age of Sigmar for quite a long time already – unless the mould was made 31st of December last year. –
When I cut the model from the sprue, I noticed one thing that always annoys me: one of the connectors between the model and the sprue is right in the middle of the shoulderpad. The shoulderpad that features the lightning hammer sign and because of this you’ll need to do some careful clipping and cleaning to get a good looking emblem on the shoulder.
Assembling the mini itself is easy, although I did have some slight problems lining up the shield arm as it is very close to the knee of the model. The head on the other hand surprised me, I was expecting you needed to fit this into the model before attaching the torso. This because of a small connector hole in the neck of the mini. However, you can easily fit and repose the head after assembling the entire body.
What did disappoint me slightly is the standard pose of this miniature. Of course, it only has a few components, but the way the Stormcast Eternal Liberator is holding his hammer seems a bit awkward. It also seems to miss a bit of the elegance that ordinary Space Marines have, it is even bulkier than a Space Marine and lacks the small additional detail that even the most common Tactical Marine has. The large flat surfaces on the other hand are a joy for the painter and leave plenty of room for NMM, or even some small free handing. Finally must I notice that the head of the model is quite small in comparison with the rest of the mini.
Finally you might want to know how tall these new Warhammer: Age of Sigmar Stormcast Eternal Liberators (what a mouth full is that combination…) are? Well, for your enjoyment did I take a picture to compare the size of the WHAoSSEL. As you can see the Liberator is way taller than an Empire captain, and even a Devestator Space Marine is small in comparison. In fact, the model is not that much smaller than a Chaos Space Marine Terminator Lord/Sorcerer. Finally I added a Keeper of Secrets, but the Liberator is quite a bit smaller as should be expected…
So what do you think about the new Stormcast Eternals? Do you like the new direction and aesthetic of Warhammer? Would you buy these minis to create a lovely Space Marine army? Or are they just not what you want?