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White Dwarf Issue 491

White Dwarf Issue 491

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White Dwarf is Games Workshop's premium Warhammer magazine, packed with amazing monthly content – including new rules and background, short stories, regular columns, special guests, and more.

Here’s what you can look forward to in the August issue:

Letters, questions and pictures of miniatures sent in by you, our readers.

Worlds of Warhammer
What inspires the start of a Warhammer collection? Andy Clark investigates.

Inside the Studio
A look at the models we’ve painted and the games we’ve played in the studio this month.

Access Granted!

An introduction to this month’s action taking place in the White Dwarf Bunker.

What will you paint for the Leaders and Heroes painting challenge?

The Combat Patrol League
The studio satellite’s Combat Patrol league is now running at full tilt. How is yours going?

Scenario of the Month
New scenarios for Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar, plus a Warhammer Underworlds league. Includes the Amidst the Maelstrom Scenario for Warhammer 40,000 and The Battle of Black Skies for Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Also includes guidance for running a month-long league for games of Warhammer Underworlds: Wyrdhollow.

Basic Training
Gaming and tactical advice. This issue: coming up with a battleplan in Warhammer Age of Sigmar. Features Jimbo Warth, a games developer in the Age of Sigmar team.

Hobby Hangout
Regular army painting advice. This time, we look at getting Space Marines ready for battle.

Satellite Uplink
News and painting challenge entries from Bunker satellite clubs around the world. Features Bunker of the Month: Etone College and Leaders and Heroes from staff and readers.

A Tale of Four Warlords

The warlords complete their Combat Patrols and get their first games in.

Galactic Warhosts: T'au Septs
Embrace the Greater Good and bear witness to this gallery of beautifully painted miniatures.

Crux Terminatus
A treatise on the ultimate in personal protection: Tactical Dreadnought armour.

Ark Arkana: Grand Enclave

A disquisition on the structure, traditions and personages of the Conclave of Hammerhal. A massive lore article with background on numerous individuals within Hammerhal.

Rules of Engagement
How does the background of the Warhammer settings influence the rules for the games? Louis Aguilar, a games developer for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, investigates.

Illuminations: Celestial Enlightenment
The studio artists explain how they approach illustrating the enigmatic Seraphon.

Harbingers of War
The miniatures designers share their insights on the Dawnbringers Harbingers.

Turn of the Wheel
A loyal soldier of Hammerhal brings news from the front lines of a Dawnbringer Crusade.

Might and Madness

Quests and campaign rules for Stormcast Eternals and Flesh-eater Courts in Warcry. Includes some of the rules content from Nightmare Quest, provides the Questor Soulsworn and the Royal Beastflayers, each with three Quests and associated Rewards and a collection of Background Tables. Also features the rules for the Realmshaper Engine Gnarlwood Terrain.

Born of War

Introducing the Inductii – a gallery of new recruits for the Horus Heresy.

The Forge Bowl Continues

In part two of this series (or should that be season?) we find out the winners of the league.

Black Library – The Light of the Emperor

In this short story, Ultramarines fight to protect a band of zealots from rampaging Tyranids. Written by Darius Hinks.

Each copy of issue 491 also comes with card inserts, including a double-sided rules reference sheet for the new edition of Warhammer 40,000, two new Bunker scenarios – one each for Warhammer 40,000 and Warhammer Age of Sigmar – a set of cards for the Bunker Warhammer Underworlds League, and two Bunker achievement cards. alongside to complete challenges.

- The Combat Patrol League
Gather your gaming group, and take part in our three-month Warhammer 40,000 Combat Patrol League! This League is designed for players to join in with their gaming group, providing players with titles and guidance for keeping score.

- Scenarios of the Month
A new mission for Warhammer 40,000 and a new battleplan for Warhammer Age of Sigmar, plus a Warcry campaign with three matched play missions.

- Basic Training
Gaming and tactical advice! This issue, things to watch out for in the new edition of Warhammer 40,000. Stephen Box returns from Vanguard Tactics to provide a tactical look at some of the new game mechanics.

- Hobby Hangout
Regular army painting advice. This time, we look at getting your Tyranids ready for battle.

- Satellite Uplink
News and painting challenge entries from Bunker satellite clubs around the world. The Bunker highlights hobbyists, clubs, and hobby stores from around the world and showcases their painted miniatures. Also includes hobby updates from the Warhammer Studio team.

- Project X
The games designers tell all about the tenth edition of Warhammer 40,000. Robin Cruddace and Rich Butler deep dive the new edition and highlight some of the exciting changes.

- The Tyrannic Wars
Fear not these Tyranids – they are no threat! So says Stenosavant Thoramanda Lhyng! Read all about the Tyranids – and the Imperial propaganda surrounding them – in this lore packed feature.

- The Leviathan
In-depth designers’ notes on the Tyranids and Space Marines in the Leviathan box set. Sam Dinwiddy and Dom Murray provide insights on the Space Marines and Tyranids found inside the Leviathan launch box.

- Battle Report: First Contact
The Ultramarines battle Hive Fleet Leviathan in the first White Dwarf Battle Report for the new edition!

- A Tale of Four Warlords
Four new warlords begin their quest, this time in the Mortal Realms! Meet all four warlords, and their armies of choice.

- Ark Arcana
Dig into a lore-filled feature on the divinities of the realms. A treatise on the worship of deities, the nature of gods, and whether they can be slain.

- Fantastic Warhosts: The Sylvaneth
Branch out and explore the nature of the Sylvaneth in this gallery of verdant hobby

- Glory Points
The tactical pairing of Rivals decks with warbands is a key part of the format – but who are the most Toxic Terrors? Dave Saunders once again provides his tactical insight to Warhammer Underworlds, this time looking at Rivals decks.

- The Great Storm
In part four of White Dwarf's Necromunda campaign, a dust storm hits Cinderak City.

- The Forge Bowl
25 coaches. One massive Blood Bowl league. But who’ll lift the trophy (or wooden spoon)? The start of a massive Forge Bowl League begins.

- Grombrindal: Ancestor's Burden – Bitter Oaths
Two men, two duardin and an aelf wonder if they’ve witnessed the demise of Grombrindal. The final part of the Grombrindal short story series by Chris Thursten.

Each physical copy of issue 490 comes with a cardboard insert including a quick start guide for the new edition of Warhammer 40,000, plus a free Stratagem card, 2x Bunker Challenge cards, 2x Paint Recipe cards, 2x Scenario of the Month reference card, and a Contest of Warlords battlepack for Warhammer Age of Sigmar.
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