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Hi Everyone! 

I'm new to the GW world (previously played Malifaux/Warmachine) and I was wondering how new models get released and on what kind of schedule? E.g. I'm interested in building a Rotbringers army, but is there any sense if the army will be updated on any sort of regular basis (e.g. new models every 12-24 months)? Or will I be playing Glottkin, Maggoth Lords, and Blightkings for the foreseeable future—not that there is anything wrong with that!

Wyrd/PP release anthology books every 12-18 months that update all the factions. I know GW tends to update an army at a time, I was just curious if this was the plan for AoS as well?

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short answer: no

The weekly release schedule continues though White Dwarf magazine starts back to monthly next month, so you won't see that for weekly releases anymore. There's no right answer for this, sorry to say, but AoS has been pumping out new or repackaged models into subfactions to get everyone playing their chosen force. AoS should be the white lion's share of releases through the end of the year, though we'll see what 40K and FW specialist games take as portions of releases. The nice thing now with AoS is like WarmaHordes the "meta" can keep changing with new characters/units, new synergies, General's HB options and new subfactions, battle plans, battalions and scenarios. We don't know what is coming next month after the Realmgate Wars ended and Season of War has wrapped up, but a Chaos release is never too far off--though Nurgle got quite a bit of love so maybe Slaanesh and Tzeentch get the spotlight for a little bit.

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You're still going to see new things weekly - we just won't have a magazine for each mini-release.  GW has such a massive catalog that it would take 3-4 years to go through all the "major" subfactions if they released one every other month.  They can do bigger releases to speed that up, which is why I think the next releases will be sets for Duardin/Tzeentch and Aelf/Slaanesh.

At least I'm hoping so!  Rotbringers I don't see coming around with new models for a long while - most of that is really new in GW terms.  A book perhaps, but the rumored allegiances book may suffice for now.

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16 minutes ago, daedalus81 said:

You're still going to see new things weekly - we just won't have a magazine for each mini-release.  GW has such a massive catalog that it would take 3-4 years to go through all the "major" subfactions if they released one every other month.  They can do bigger releases to speed that up, which is why I think the next releases will be sets for Duardin/Tzeentch and Aelf/Slaanesh.

At least I'm hoping so!  Rotbringers I don't see coming around with new models for a long while - most of that is really new in GW terms.  A book perhaps, but the rumored allegiances book may suffice for now.

Yes, I wasn't clear enough above, sorry. Weekly releases continue but not WD weekly :) 

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Sorry, I was unclear in my original post, I'm less concerned about whether it's a weekly or monthly magazine and more how the sub-factions are tended overall.

For instance, in Warmahordes or Malifaux I can expect to get a new general, new stompy robot, new unit, new solo, and an extra piece or two every 12-18 months. So in AoS terms, would you expect a new wave of Stormcast/Fireslayers/Bloodbound in late 2017-early 2018? Sort of what happened with the Extremis Chamber? Or as you say is it just re-releasing their back catalog for the next couple years?

The sense I'm getting here is that GW is more likely to keep the meta fresh by tweaking rules for an existing corpus of models vs. steadily introducing new units. Or they'll do what they've done with Beastclaw Raiders and Sylvaneth and add a kit or two to an existing range?

Thanks all!

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The short answer is: we have no idea.

Rotbringers could be updated this year, next year, the one after that or never. Some factions sit on the back burner for years whilst others get updates every year or two. Unfortunately GW don't have a strict schedule and they don't relay much of their future plans to us.

Saying that, I think you can expect a Rotbringers update in the next year or so. Nurgle is meant to be the most popular Chaos faction after Khorne. Bloodbound have had their own battletome so Rotbringers seem likely too.

Will it have new models? Perhaps, or perhaps not. There have been lots of releases recently where a battletome simply coincided with repackaging of the boxes. No new models, but at least a battletome full of fluff, artwork and rules.

My hunch says that Rotbringers will get new models however, when their battletome arrives. I don't think it'll be too far in the distant but other than that I couldn't guess any more.

Hope this helps :) 

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9 out of 10 Rotbringers kits were released less than 2 years ago.  You'll almost certainly not see more for a while.  Nurgle in general might get releases.

Hard to say how much releases will be redoing old kits or making new ones.  We have new Duardin models coming when old Dwarfs were placed into dispossessed and no clear idea if those will combine.  Ironjaws being the old release to be a mix of new and old so far.

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GW's release schedule tends to focus around a factional approach, with the idea for you to buy new and different miniatures, rather than more of the same, with the exception of Space Marines, which must, by GW's company charter, feature a new or repackaged product, every other week, or at least 3 out of 5 weeks.

Generally speaking the appeal to new GW releases is to pickup a complementary or contrasting faction, particularly for AoS where the game works well on both synergies and complementing forces.

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