ModelsFor as long as they've been producing Codex Books (early 1990s) the models have always had their own section and this publication is no different. The majority of models from the Eavy Metal team can be seen on the Games Workshop website. The website also has bigger, clearer pics and some have 360º views. We're not seeing anything new or exciting here. This section only really serves as a way of putting names to models for new-comers. It lacks any kind of hobby direction. No painting guides, no themed terrain. No conversions. Pretty uninspiring. One redeeming feature is because White Dwarf now has it's own photographers, the shots seen in White Dwarf and the Codex are different. It use to be that you buy White Dwarf and they'd just use the photography from the Codex. Now at least you're getting a bit more photography content from both publications.
A quick side note on models. All the units in the army list now have a model to represent them which you can buy from Games Workshop. There are no models in the the army list that are awaiting 2nd wave releases. This is true of the Chaos Space Marine Codex. Games Workshop are obviously clamping down on third party miniature manufacturers that have been making models to fill the gaps in the Citadel range.
OverviewOn every hobby forum there is the eternal rant of Games Workshop products are too expensive. This is obviously relative to the individual. I think smoking cigarettes is expensive, so I don't smoke. I think satellite TV is expensive so I don't have that. I DON'T think Games Workshop products are expensive, so I buy them. My conclusion is this Codex is good for £30. It's hardback, embossed, matt/gloss cover. Loads of great new art and well written fluff. The only downside is the model section which is dull when you can see better pictures all online and has zero hobby content. However, I would like to see a free digital download included if you buy a £30 hardback codex. That would just sweeten the deal further.
If you collect Dark Angel's then this is a must. If you like gaming competitively and knowing all the strengths of your enemies then this is a must. If you're a painter and looking for inspiration then don't buy this.
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