Even though we have rumors that Tau are next, and Eldar after that, we have more hints that something is under way. At Warhammer World the displays are once again missing portions of the armies on display there. We had this once before that I can recall off the top of my head, when Chaos Marines were missing, so perhaps there is something to this.


Please remember that these are rumors, so a little salt is always required.

via Mauler from the Faeit 212 inbox
This may be nothing, or it may be something but when I was at WHW yesterday I took over 50 pictures of their miniatures showcase on the top floor and I noticed something.  See the pics attached.  Sorry if the quality is iffy, I took them on my phone.

Large chunks of the Tau display and Eldar especially were missing, which I’m sure was not the case last time I was there about 10 months ago.  The High Elf display and also Vampire Counts had a lot of models missing too but as a 40k player I didn’t think to get a picture of that. 

I’m guessing that the missing models from the showcase are either in a battle report (High Elves, Vampire Counts) and/or have been whisked away to the depths of the design studio to somehow be involved in upcoming releases (Tau, Eldar, High Elves).





28 Comments:

  1. Fire Caste, the book is reviewed on next white dwarf.

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  2. I am pretty interested in what will be done with Eldar and Tau. Now that Necrons have firmly placed themselves as an elite shooty army, considering both of those were shooty armies last time around. Tau I can guess at being a horde shooty army, but Eldar hmmm. My guess is they become a straight analogue of High Elves, super psykers with super expensive elites, and not so much non-psychic dakka. I look forward to more information as it comes out over the next year (or with the recent release speed make that months).

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    1. Last I played with my Eldar (a week ago) they were more than a shooty army. Eldar have some excellent close combat units- some of the best in my opinion.

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    2. Tau aren't going to become a horde shooty army. Just because Necrons are an elite shooty army doesn't mean Tau can't be an elite shooty army too. They're still both very different.

      Necrons are very much a close range army, with most weapons being 24" range or less. They rely on marching forward but ultimately taking minimal casualties. They're also pretty good in close combat

      Tau on the other hand are a long range army. They look down on close combat and try to stay out of it, through range, through agility and through having the most powerful shooting weapons in each class in the game, to try and kill you before you reach them.

      The other thing Tau are meant to have, which will be interesting given 6th edition, is air superiority. They dedicate a part of their entire race to flight and have some powerful flyers. A quick glance at ForgeWorld would tell you that Tau are all about battlesuits and flyers.

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    3. Martin: a few corrections.
      Eldar are supposed to be the best race for aircraft.
      Necrons, unless they are designed for close combat, are useless there. A unit of warriors or immortals will be annihilated if they are charged (except for overwatch :D).

      I suspect Eldar will be one of the most elite armies out there (Grey Knights?), and Tau will just become a devastating army at range. Judging by the general trend, Tau will all go down in points. (Just look at Daemons, Dark Angels and Chaos Space Marines to see what I mean)

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    4. I know this is focused on an ever changing ball of fluff, but the Eldar don't have the best air power, like everything in the eldar war machine they are designed to be exceptional in particular circumstances. I think i read in one of the forge world books that the Imperium during a campaign had a distinct advantage in the air once the initial surprise and awe had faded admittedly more through numbers than everything else. On to main point the sooner tau and eldar get updated the better. :)

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  3. Well, we have these primary missing 4th edition codex books left- Tau, Eldar, Orks, and the Black Templars. We have 3 4th edition codex books updated- Chaos Space Marines, Daemons and Dark Angels.

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    1. One could argue that the Orks codex was a 5th edition one. It came out at the tail end of 4th and was obviously written for an edition that was not 4th. Though, it didn't seem to be written for 5th either. There is just some weird stuff in there (even for Orks).

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  4. I remember that Tau will be released at June, so we will have a tons of rumors until then, plus the fact that it is a very popular army so the rumors will fly over us like furies :D

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  5. Well if that rumour the other week about the Dark Angel Codex being ready over a year ago was right I'd expect Tau and Eldar Codices will have had their miniature shots completed and done long time now. Battle report in White Dwarf, maybe taking them both out at the same time...?

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  6. Don't read too much into missing miniatures in the Display Hall - they are often taken away for diorama and photo shoots, often as "opposition" for other armies.

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  7. Maybe its only because of the rumored new flyers?
    That would explain why Tau AND Eldar models were missing. A Tau vs Eldar battle report with the new flyers.

    However this would be a punch in the face for those who are waiting for the tau codex, because it would probably be a long way off.

    But thats not gonna happen, right!
    Right? :/

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    1. Until I have it in my hands, it's always at least 6 months away...

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  8. Missing miniatures are characters and Elite options in most of the cases. Quite curious...isn't it?

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  9. Aren't the rumors saying Tyranids next month? Maybe there will be an Eldar/Tau alliance against The Great Devourer in next month's White Dwarf batrep?

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    1. Nope. 'Nids are in the works, but they are WAY off...

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    1. It was indeed dude. Cheers for the lift once again :)

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  11. Bad BAD Games Workshop! Don't use Comic Sans for notifications!

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  12. Every non-character model for Tau is represented. The Eldar seem to be missing most of their aspects. Doesn't bode well for ending broken ankels on Tau, but hopefully plastic aspect warriors.

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  13. Tau dropping in April would be a nice surprise, but I think it's more likely a few months away. Then again, GW has been releasing things pretty rapidly.

    If they do Tau and Tyranids back to back (at least release the mycetic spore), I'll be very poor.

    Anyone heard anything on Sisters? Rumors have been deafeningly silent on that one...

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  14. Tau dropping in April would be a nice surprise, but I think it's more likely a few months away. Then again, GW has been releasing things pretty rapidly.

    If they do Tau and Tyranids back to back (at least release the mycetic spore), I'll be very poor.

    Anyone heard anything on Sisters? Rumors have been deafeningly silent on that one...

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  15. All of the armies mentioned as missing models in the post had sections missing (not necessarily the same) when I was at WHW in January, so whatever they are doing with them, it is going on over successive months.

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  16. Also worth noting (I was there with Mauler - Cheers again for the lift dude!) that all the Dark Elves were missing EXCEPT Cauldron of Blood, Dark Riders, Witch Elves and Black Guard. Now what models need to be redone in plastic again....???

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  17. Was there this morning and everything except the Eldar were present. So the signs stating they were out for a battle report....might actually be accurate :-P

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