I spent most of my spare time this week painting Dark Eldar, and digging though a myriad of emails and bits of information. Some of the painting was a little tedious, and by no means am I on top of my painting schedule.

Presence of Faeit is my weekly editorial. I generally report during the week what is going on, and today is my day to comment on what exactly it is that I am thinking of.

Inspiration and Beckjann
There are many things that inspire me when I am painting or modelling, and Beckjann is one of them. If you have not seen his Dark Eldar artwork over on deviantart.com, and you are a fan of Dark Eldar, then you are really missing out. The piece above is one of his that had not yet seen and thought I would draw some attention his way again. Its been a long time.

Dark Eldar and their Craftworld Kin/ Valhalla
I will be taking a large number of Dark Eldar and Eldar with me to the upcoming event Valhalla. While that will hopefully be my primary force that I will be bringing, I am going to bring a small Purifier force (Grey Knights) as well. At least that is the plan, and it mostly will be determined what will fit in my new case.

I am currently 48 warriors into my lists, a bunch of Harlequinns, and am diligently working hard on my next two raiders (2 are done). These are just what I have been painting, and as I get more done, of course I will be showing some pics. Due to the holiday (Easter), most of my models have been put away until later tonight.

Still a lot of work to do, and now less than a month to complete it.

Release Schedules
There has been a ton of information regarding release schedules lately. Of course we are very much sticking to the schedule Hastings has laid out before us, but getting the actual months attached to those releases can get tricky.

With Games Workshop trying to get out a release every month, its hard to catch up and figure out if there is going to be any gaps in-between these codex releases. So far there is not, although I have heard loosely that one may be coming.

For the meantime though, Games Workshops release schedule is relentless, and I am loving it. It keeps the momentum going, keeps the hype up, and keeps the meta from ever really forming (it cant keep up).

The End Game
Following the thinking behind this rigorous release schedule, what is Games Workshop's End Game. There are 16 armies for 40k (I say that without going in and actually counting them so I know I am slightly off), and only so many releases that can come out. What is after all of this? What is in our future for 6th edition when every codex has been released?










27 Comments:

  1. I guess there are expansions and WD-added-content. That'd be my guess, really. : )

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  2. I'm rather hoping for more ways to play the armies - different force org supplements and much bigger models.

    The Spearhead rules were great fun, Planet strike equally jolly. Cities of death, while obviously to sell terrain was a good read.

    Ideally a sort of mini-apocalypse would be welcome. Adding in one superheavy or "lord of war" as I've a feeling they'll call it at about 2000 points or so.

    It's a lot more enjoyable to be able to field the 'toys', a la five daemon princes, 5 thirsters and just see what happens, or an entire tank company say nine Leman Russ tanks with no troops, or just monoliths or battlesuits. Just taking force org out of the equation.

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    1. 2 campain Books in 6th are still Not enough?

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    2. hahahahahha if u wana do that try playing apoc hahahahahahah

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  3. My hope is that this means we will get 4 years with everyone having an up to date codex. If they intersperse those 4 years with much needed units to round out codexi and add some cool additions, I'll happily fork over my $ each month. If, on the other hand, they start releasing new rules every couple of years and just ramp up the release schedule I will be out and move on to other games. I already play others. But 40K is my first love. I just can't afford to pay out like I have been over the last 18 months if there will be no stability.

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  4. Even if there are "only" 16 armies, if GW are going to alternate FB releases inbetween, it will be close to three years to update each one of them. So it would be early 2015 when the circle is complete. Granted, 6th Ed was said to last a "long" time, and three years would not be one - after all, the average lifetime of an edition is five years.

    My guess is that GW will maybe add an army or two (Hrud anyone, Skaven IN SPAAAACE!) and most importantly revisit all of the expansions (Apoc, Planetstrike, CoD at the least; probably Battle Missions and Planetary Empires as well) and then add some new ones on top of that. Allies? 40K Skirmish (roll 40K Kill-Team, Necromunda, etc. all into one ruleset).

    GW will also have more "Crusade of Fire" type one-off scam... er, campaign books - whatever in their inventory is selling slowly will get a helper in a form of campaign book aimed to sell those particular articles.

    If "Chapter Approved" with its funky special rules and conversion/scratchbuilding opportunities does not make a comeback in WD, then these campaign books would be again a good way to include similar ideas.

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    1. I think we can expect a 40k skirmish game similar to necromunda in the next 5 years. It is the perfect way to hook new players. Buy one box of troops and a 40 dollar rulebook to play. The vast majority would slowly build up enough of a collection to get into 40k proper and eventually play apoc with the big boyz.

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    2. i think you almost just coined the term "scampaign". now i have

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    3. I think a revival of Necromunda/Mordheim or similar skirmish style games are a real possibility given how many of this style of game there are now available and how many more have appeared on kick starter. I imagine GW will want a piece of the pie.

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  5. They could do multiple codexes for the same army in 6th like they did way back in 3rd edition.

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  6. I'm willing to bet on codex for android or kindle. sales without need for new product.

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  7. If they keep releasing as they have been, they will probably see out 6th with plastic -> plastic model waves. I feel most people (who are not awful cheesy tounie dorks like myself) will happily re-buy units with mew molds a year or two after they buy all the new toys.

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    1. I would not mind some new sprues or plastic version of some Resin stuff (Plague Marines is an example)
      Or new versions of old kits like Tactical Marines, with the correct bits and more options for the stg (by correct bits I mean pistol holsters instead of knives etc)

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  8. How many points of DE & Eldar are you planning on taking to Valhalla, Nat? I'm furiously painting, too, even tho I've got until August, but I'm sure you've got a lot more painted already than I do. I'm planning on taking my "standard" 2,000 points of CSMs w/ Daemon allies, with some variations, but would love to have another 2,000 points of just Daemons painted & ready to go by then. Doesn't look promising to get all the Daemons done in time, but I'm going to try!

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    1. I am taking a 2500pt Competitive Dark Eldar army, with lots of alternatives for more fun casual games for all point costs and game types.

      That way if someone wants to play a competitive game or a friendly, and at all point levels I should be good.

      I will have probably 2000- 2500pts in Grey Knights as well. its really easy to get that many points with so few of models. Its mostly just for a change up, if I want to play something different over the 6 days.

      I will do something on this after I get my case, so that I can actually figure out exactly what is going and what is not. I will do a video, so it will be easier to tell.

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  9. You mentioned a new case. Could you do an article about cases: pros, cons that sort of thing.
    Thanks, love your blog.

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    1. http://natfka.blogspot.com/2013/03/serious-travel-issues-enter-battlefoam.html

      I will be talking more about cases over the next few weeks, and possibly more.

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  10. If they drop 5 dexes a Year its still 1 left for 7th

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    1. They've already dropped 4 codexes and 2 army books in 7 months, as of next Saturday... Then it looks like High Elves in May & probably Eldar in June/July timeframe, with room left in the year to get at least Space Marines & possibly Orks out in 2013.... What is it that you're not seeing?...

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    2. They Never have released dexes in Summer holidays... Dec Nov will likely be Hobbit.... Sept bloodbowl or other mystery Box. Then there will be 3 Fantasy dexes (according to Rumors).
      With Eldar & SM it would make for 5 dexes this Year. I Kinda dought there is room for more than some waves inbetween.

      I disagree on the remark of 4 dexes in 7 Months. You forget that the Last dex was crons in 2011 Before 6th. If you count crons in, its more like they are trying to catch up.
      If you only count the Last 3 Months it Looks like Montblanc releases but that is highlly inprobabel and Not realy supported by Rumors.

      Thats why i would Not expect more than 3-5 dexes Per Year and a Lack of dexes in 2016 when 7th Hits.

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  11. I went and counted (for fun!), there are 15 armies listed on Games Workshop's site!

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  12. guys and girls, when did a space marine tactical squad become 65 USD? wasnt it 35 or 40 USD just the other day?

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    1. Make sure you're looking at the US site. You can check if you go to the bottom right of any of their pages, you'll see a country select drop down. They're still $37.

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    2. guys, I'm an idiot, in my tired and over caffeinated state I clicked on the Australian GW site.

      Dear Australian table top wargamers,
      for only ten horrible minutes I felt what it was like to view our hobby from your point of view, FW was cheaper then that. I am very sorry that GW puts you though that.
      sincerely,
      I hope I never have to pay those prices

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  13. Yes remember the Hobbit stuff. But seriously if I didnt know better I would say GW is trying hard to look good for potential investers or even a major partnership of some kind. Rember they only do things that benifit GW first and for most.

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    1. What you mean they aren't looking to benefit anyone else?

      I think you might be right though, but all in all closer releases = more money.
      And if they can get even with codices then they can focus on updating models etc. which is something else they might be doing.
      And besides, the more we buy the more they put back into R&D

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  14. The Necromunda / Kill Team idea really needs to take off.. especially with Chaos cultitst (and genestealer cultists (hopefully)) and a potentially expansion to the Imperial Guard army (not everyone can be Cadian or Catachan... and we all want to see more Traitor Imperial Guard)... that would be a great way to expand the current model selection with new multi-use plastics that would cover a ton of ground..

    And the other thing was it seems like GW has a lot already "stocked up" for each of these releases.. it sounds like a lot of models (at least as far as Tau and Eldar) were sculpted a while ago and they have just been waiting for the right time to drop a new 'dex... so if they have been "planning this" for a while, might mean they can keep up the pace if they have some orks, 'nids, and xenos already partially done..

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