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  1. Yep, I'm predicting it will be a "Rock the new year in with style with part planner extraordinaire (and extra arms) Slaanesh!" theme, with perhaps a Noise marine or or even Fulgrim tease.
  2. That might be the worst sculpted of the faces – the rest capture the intent described here much better, IMHO. That said, I think a blue/purple paint scheme on the faces will go a long way towards crossing the uncanny valley.
  3. @Rodiger I think you're spot-on. "Content Marketing" is a robust discipline that can be delivered in a variety of ways – WarCom has chosen a fairly hidebound, sales-focused approach. It's fine, but as you note, can burn some goodwill. I'd diagnose the key problem is they're not embracing the obsessive nature of many of their fans. They've got a sizeable audience of fans that will go 80-pages deep into a thread discussing some detail on the leaked picture of a sprue. Lore obsessives who can name 943 of the 1,000 Space Marine chapters. Fans who will spend thousands of dollars constructing a
  4. Anyone want to speculate about this year's Battleforces? Ossiarch Bonereapers - Seems like a lock, similar to the Gloomspite release last year + Mortek Crawler + Mortek Guard + Gothizzar Harvester (Could also see Kavalos Deathriders) + Arch- Kavalos Zandtos Lumineth - Might be too hot on the heels of the poorly selling LE box +Avalenor, the Stoneheart King + Alarith Stoneguard X2 + Alarith Stonemage Other potential candidates + Beastclaw (Good sons of Behemat allies) + Ogors (Ditto) + Daughters of Khaine (In support of the new campaign) + Daemons o
  5. For sure, at some point it comes down to "de gustibus non est disputandum." My central issue is that at a certain point it would be cool to have a couple alt builds that introduce some variety, if desired. It's increasingly common among the Primaris line where similarly well-disciplined troops are modeled to display reloading, and it's not hard to imagine it in the LRL. E.g. One of the archers could have a loosed arrow still crossing the box, while another is being grabbed with Legolas-esqe speed.
  6. I'd also point to the Putrid Blightkings as an exemplar. It's pretty easy to build a block of 20 PBKs in such a way that it's difficult to tell that they're based on five basic body types. The Idoneth warrior sets have two strong builds each so that you can field 20 unique models, minimally. The poses are also wonderfully dynamic. I think part of the reason the LRL line has felt underwhelming is that many of the models feel like copy/past jobs. Aside from the heads of the LRL archers, it's hard to see what's unique? They still look great, but definitely feel more like a throwback to
  7. I think that's right. The Stormcast range is pretty well filled out and it seems like it struggles to sell at times (The Stormcast Battleforces always sell slowly, 2019's is still available, etc.) so a new set of poster elves would make sense. Also, this verbiage from the last LRL update is more forward looking than most such announcements; "These releases complete the initial Lumineth Realm-lords range and round out their tactical toolbox." https://www.warhammer-community.com/2020/09/06/the-will-of-the-mountain/
  8. Could be a Grotbag Scuttler, trying to prevent itself from being pulled away by an airship (or trying to anchor it).
  9. I also wouldn't be terribly surprised if the Sons of Behemat is comprised of the Gargant, Cygor/Ghargon, and a new giant SKU with a few different builds + maybe some chaff unit. As such, maybe the dual box is 2 giants vs. an Ossiasrch-style smattering of half-units?
  10. LOL. I was similarly bothered by "Duel" spelling at first, but softened up eventually as it's *technically* correct, they are dueling after all, and it is clever homophonically, even if only by accident!
  11. A Tzaangor type unit that could cross over into 40K would make a lot of sense given the hints about Fulgrim and the expectation of Noise Marines at some point!
  12. Given the imminent launch of Aether War I thought it might be fun to theorize about what the next dual army box might be. To recap, since August 2017 there have been six of these limited run boxes for the AOS side: Blightwar = Stormcast + Nurgle Daemons Wrath and Rapture = Slanesh Daemons + Khorne Daemons Looncurse = Moonclan Grots + Sylvaneth Carrion Empire = Skaven + Flesh Eater Courts Feast of Bones = Ogor Mawtribes + Ossiarch Bonereapers Aether War = Kharadron Overlords + Tzeentch Daemons/Mortals It stands to reason we'll see a couple more in the
  13. IIRC, over the last two years, all the battleforces have been available until at least mid-January. As EccentricCircle said, the 40K ones go faster, especially power armor factions. The AoS ones tend to hang out until February or March. There were still Slaves to Darkness forces available at the online retailers until last week! Another comp would be the Apocalypse bundles that came out over the summer. The knight and Tau ones sold out quickly due to relatively high value pieces, but there are still 20+ copies of Eldar, Necron, Mechanicus, and Ork boxes at MiniatureMarket, demonstrating that n
  14. I'd be a little surprised if there isn't a Genestealer Cults Battleforce. They had one the year before last, but much like Gloomspite, they were heavily featured at the start of the year and there have been a host of new kits. You can imagine something like: 1-2 units of Jackals ($110) 1 Alphus ($35) 1 unit of Abberants ($40) 1 Abominant ($30) 1 Ridgerunner as a centerpiece ($50) Any of the 4 blister characters for an HQ ($30) That would be on the higher side, but make the alphus the HQ and you can drop the $30 blister and be right in the ~$260 sweet sp
  15. I work in venture capital, and while it's different than later stage equity analysis, but I think there's a bull case that GW's growth could continue for years to come. I think to believe this case you have to look past the exiting fanbase, the updates to battletomes, etc. and focus on the ways GW is making investments in growth: + GW is collapsing barriers to entry: The development of Kill Team/War Cry are both evidence that the company is aware of two major impediments to starting the hobby — time and money. They've brought the buy-in for the game down from ~$500+ and 3-4 hours to ~$50
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