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I was reading a compilation of old White Dwarf articles the other night, I realised how many regular contributers and writers have left over the years. Some people, like Paul Sawyer (now with Warlord Games), Andy Chambers (went to Mongoose, now works for Blizzard), Tuomas Pirinen (some computer game company), Gav Thorpe (Black Library author) etc stayed visible in the industry.
Whatever happened to the likes of Nigel Stillman (used to love his ranting artcles on how he collected armies and the old Wood Elves book is probably my favourite ever GW release outside of Blood Bowl), Ian Pickstock (treadhead games developer who joined at the same time as Gav Thorpe), Richard Halliwell (Hal's Olde Weirde's Tacticus still makes a lot of sense even now), Jake Thornton (ex-White Dwarf editor), Pete Haynes (more recent - the Iron Warriors supremo) and the likes?
I should say I'm looking back 15-16 years here, so I guess alot of these names won't register with a fair few people here. Just curious, is all.
Wow, it's great to hear those familiar names from the past! I loved knowing the names of all the designers, creators, and authors back then. The articles had so much character and personality of the authors, it really made the hobby seem somehow more intimate and fun! I don't know what happened to anyone except Mike McVey the 'eavy metal painter and his wife do a painting service I saw online, and some years ago I heard Rick Priestly was doing something with the Warhammer online game. I haven't bought a White Dwarf in a long time, I doubt I'd recognize all the people, but wish them well.
Do you have an all time fave article from White Dwarf? Mine was the High Elf mass painting article by Rick Priestly. I love all the beautiful high quality models in the mag, but it's nice to see GW give encouragement to the 'average' painter, or even a weak painter like me, ha ha.
Slaanesh bless and favor the old GW vets, and all the new faces too!
Favourite article? Hmmm... hard to choose just one. As a kid I read and reread A Gathering Of Might (that whole compaign, in fact) over and over again. Probably why I play Empire now. Olde Weirde's Tacticus was great. I vaguely remember a Jake Thornton article about scenery making, I remember liking that.
I've got all my old WD, even the ones circa 1990- my favourite things were the showcases of people armies, Andy Chambers Skaven, Mike McVeys Wood Elfs.ive also got the editions with the 'Confrontation' rules that eventually became Necromund- really complicated but with some fantastic ideas contained within.
Also, didn't Tuomas have a nurgle demon army that didn't seem capable of losing?
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Honestly, I think White Dwarf has a fair bit of content that reminds me of the old days - Standard Bearer, Blanchitsu, Jerm & Dave's Old War Stories, the Army Masters bit etc. But they're all people who've been around since the 80s and 90s - not many genuine characters about. I can't imagine having this conversation in 2020 about Adam Troke, no. I do find Pete Foley quite entertaining though.
That's the right campaign, Sir Theobald The Lame, but the mass battle came first, and then the battle for the bridge and then a few medium sized battles. Yes, one does involve Chaos Dwarves. If I hadn't reread these lately I wouldn't be able to recall so many details!
I do think White Dwarf has slipped in recent years. I think we've all seen the transition from hobby magazine to miniature catalogue. Some of my favourite White Dwarfs were from the years of Paul Sawyer. Seeing his passion for and continuous work on his White Scars was inspirational and when we finally saw his whole army it was as if we'd made the whole journey together.
Other favourites were Adrian Wood and his Orks. In particular those converted metal Ork Dreadnoughts still inspire me today.
I know what you mean, and I'll tell you what. I keep hearing BS about GW is more lawyers then gaming anymore. I'm really starting to believe it too.
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what ever happened to citadel journal?
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I think Pete Haines (Iron Warriors guy) is now in Games Development. As for a favourite article-probably the battle reprt between Graham Daveys Black Legion and Paul Sawyers White Scars around issue 229. Not a great battle report or anything unusual but its what inspired me to collect Chaos Space Marines so memorable on a personal note.
That being said White Dwarf quality is improving recently, theres still the pointless article here and there but a lot of it is better than during mid 4th edition and pre 5th edition 40k (best way I have of describing the time period) when you could read the magazine in about 5 minutes flat.
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