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Sunday, March 28, 2010

Review of the Invocation #4

Its the end of a three month span so we all know what that means, a number of ezines will soon be making their way to the internet. The first out of the gate is the Invocation from Carpe Noctrum and can be found here:

Once again the guys led by Disciple of Nagash have done a good job for the undead fans of the Warhammer world.

First off I liked the step-by-step painting guide for undead beasts: pictures were clear and color was/is good on the photos.

Next up is the comic/graphic novel: I'm liking it. The style of the story fits well as does the storyline and action. The artistic style also has an appeal to it (to me at least) that evokes the right feelings. I especially liked the final panel.

Battle Report: Knowing how much of a pain these art to organize, photograph and write I have to give props just for getting one in! For those not in the know these are not necessarily the most fun thing to do for an ezine. It follows and reads well so you can clearly see what is going on.

Now to some of the criticisms
Each time the Invocation has been out each issue has felt long and this one is no exception at 149 pages. Simply put reading it tends to feel like a chore in spots. No ezine is immune to this and I for one am looking to cut down the Word of Hashut so its not as unwieldy.

The use of white text on a illustrated background with no stroke to the characters. This is not a problem in and of itself but make for difficult reading when it is a issue of this length. Again, in and of itself not an issue, but coupled with page length it becomes more noticeable.

A minor quibble for typesetting: Either make a headline bold or underline, but not both at the same time. ;)

In short the criticisms are minor and correctable for the future but it looks like the DoN and the gang did another fine job. I plan on re-reading it again more in depth and will add any further comments to this blog post.


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Word of Hashut... and Orcs and Goblins???

Word of Hashut Update
Well I'm not sure if I am going to make it with the deadline being the 28th of March, but what else is new huh?

One really good factor is almost anything in terms of contents is in and I am working on getting it organized.

So stay tuned for the next few weeks and we will see what transpires.

Next up... Orcs and Goblins?
By now everyone now knows it looks like Orcs and Goblins are next up on the release schedule:

To me this a bit unusual as it was not the next army I was expecting to see come out after Beastmen. This will prove interesting and I wonder what might be coming next after this bit of a curve ball.

Of course does this mean a new book and army fully?