I recently browsed a copy of the new Blood Angels painting guide for a little inspiration and was thinking of purchasing the digital version until I did a double take regarding the quality of paint jobs inside. With at least two previous painting guides sitting on my shelf including my favourite ""Masterclass" book, I had to check my previous edition Blood Angel codex to confirm what I was seeing was something new and not a product of browsing too many other tutorials and painting guides.
Above you can see the 5th Edition Codex banner version on the left. A brilliant freehand which we should all aspire to and be able to compare with any Gold Daemon entry or best painted army at a local tournament. On the right is the version included with the official painting guide which accompanied the 7th Edition Codex. It comes with a handy step-by-step which is great to break down what is initially a daunting design for a new painter, but leaves a little to be desired for the long term collector looking to push themselves to the next level.
I don't really know what to make of this, I understand they are looking to involve newer players with less experience, but being a shrink wrapped product that cannot be reviewed before purchase I would be very annoyed having wasted my money on this product. I also feel there are a few steps missing when compared with previous painting guides, and the models look much less detailed for higher definition photographs which is a shame. I also spotted mold lines and even a finger print (see above) on one of the dreadnoughts. Do you think this is a drop in painting quality or simply a product aimed at much newer painters than myself?