In a recent (and rather cheeky) video released today on the Warhammer TV Facebook page, Games Workshop teased some of the upcoming Chaos Space Marine releases for Warhammer 40,000. Rather than spoil everything by tediously narrating the what we got glimpses of, take a look at the video and see for yourself.
We now have confirmation of two major releases: Plastic Thousand Sons and the first plastic Primarch, Magnus the Red. Many Warhammer 40K fans theorized that the initial release of The Horus Heresy: Betrayal at Calth was a way to test the waters and gauge customer interest in plastic Horus Heresy models. Apparently the response was extremely positive. At least, positive enough to warrant releasing a demon Primarch in plastic rather than Forge World resin.
Will this mean that GW will soon begin releasing more Horus Heresy models in plastic to their stores? While we don’t have anything solid to go on, it should only be a matter of time. The high price point for a Horus Heresy-era army is incredibly high, and ordering models directly from Forge World while outside the UK has its own issues. Long shipping times, fluctuating currency values, and the simple fact that many orders require at least one call to the bank to confirm the purchase was legitimate. Apparently the name “Forge World” makes certain financial institutions wary when it comes to large online orders for some reason.
While all this is rather exciting, the part that has set the Warhammer 40K portion of the internet ablaze comes at the very end, with four simple words: Plastic Sisters of Battle.
Warhammer 40K fans have been clamoring, pleading, and demanding a plastic revamp for the Adepta Sororitas for years now. With the recent releases of smaller forces such as the Skitarii, Harlequins, and most recently Deathwatch and Genestealer Cults, many players have been hoping their beloved nuns with guns would soon follow suit. And with the recent releases from Raging Heroes’ recent Kickstarter campaign, Games Workshop may have finally realized that the demand is real. And with the holiday shopping season quickly approaching, it seems like a no-brainer to give people who have been literally begging for the opportunity to throw more money at the company what they want just in time for the holidays.
This little tease also fits in rather well with the overall fun and self-aware tone of the Warhammer TV videos of late. Remember a few months back when the plastic Thousand Sons Sorcerer was leaked onto the Internet? The company quickly drowned out the excitement of seeing a few blurry cellphone camera shots of a small sprue by announcing an updated plastic model for Khârn the Betrayer. Perhaps this is the start of GW one-upping the Internet rumor mill and stealing the spotlight from a small group of bloggers and forum-goers who have long held the community’s attention when it comes to future releases.
With that being said, I believe there is an even bigger reason to think plastic Sisters of Battle will be debuted in the coming months: as I’ve mentioned a couple of times throughout this article, Sisters fans are eager and hungry for an opportunity to either reinforce an already existing army with cheaper and easier to work with models or start an entirely separate army with miniatures that don’t cost a ridiculous amount due to being cast in metal and looking like they came straight out of a bad 1980s heavy metal album cover at best.
Teasing these people with the hope of model releases requested for years, especially after building up a ridiculous amount of goodwill over the last few months with their expanded social media presence would simply a terrifically stupid idea. While Games Workshop isn’t known for their sharp business acumen, CEO Kevin Rountree has been making several changes welcomed and praised by the Warhammer 40K community overall. Throwing a good amount of that away for a simple gag would be incredibly wasteful and foolish. Time will tell, however, if I’m right or wrong.