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Darnok's most reliable birdy has reported him the following information

As most of you will know, the next release for 40K will be Codex: Necrons at the end of January. But...

Quote Originally Posted by Birdy

After that come.... Harlequins. Multiple plastic kits and clams over several weeks I think including new jetbike riding ones, is there a current or old name for them? These are called sky weavers.


Apply salt as usual, but this comes from my most trusted source. Unless there is anything big I'm unaware of this should be hitting February, or March at the latest.

A merry laughing Christmas to all of you.



Plastic Harlequin models including jetbikes?

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas



[ Update: First week Preorder ETA is Friday January 30 2015 (GMT 1900) and January 31 in Australia, New Zealand and Asia ]
[ Seems to be a 3+ week release ]
[ The Harlequin teaser video got released - Preorder on Jan 30 confirmed ]
[ Photos got leaked, see below ]
[ A second video teasers the Codex: Harlequins cover artwork ]
[ Jetbikes are confirmed for the 2nd week - see the pics below ]
[ Starweaver spotted on artwork - see week 3 releases ]
[ Codex, Painting guide, Datacards, Harlequin dice, Starweaver/Voidweaver vehicle confirmed for week 3 - Preorder on Feb 13 ]
[ A new Deathjester and a new Shadowseer model were spotted, rumored for week 4 - Preorder on Feb 20 ]
[ Codex and the other week 3 releases can be preordered today - Feb 13 circa 1900 GMT (UK) ]



Here they are!



GW Harlequin Week 3 Product Video




Week 1 - Harlequins Troupe box and Solitaire clampack
Spoiler:
From www.grotorderly.blogspot.com

http://img244.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380787657_20150127_183138_122_77lo.jpg
http://img157.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380789353_20150127_183148_122_187lo.jpg
http://img173.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380785751_20150127_183126_122_185lo.jpg
http://img167.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380790296_20150127_183214_122_874lo.jpg

Solitaire
http://img120.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=238079335_20150127_183225_122_217lo.jpg

http://img181.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380794835_20150127_183333_122_185lo.jpg
http://img268.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380796619_20150127_183347_122_8lo.jpg
http://img253.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380798990_20150127_183358_122_494lo.jpg
http://img258.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380801802_20150127_183404_122_184lo.jpg
http://img31.imagevenue.com/img.php?image=380804858_20150127_183425_122_226lo.jpg


More pics - in color - with detail shots



GW Harlequin Week 1 Product Video




Week 2 - Skyweaver Jetbikes box
Spoiler:
 streetsamurai wrote:



Automatically Appended Next Post:
From Warseer


Thanks to Neckutter on Warseer the full rules:


Haywire canon is 24", S4, Ap4, heavy 1 blast and haywire.
Mirage launchers: once per game 4++ against shooting instead of Jinking.

Star bolas: 12", S6, Ap2, assault 1, blast, one use, and can use in addition to jetbike weapon.
Zephyroglaive: S:user Ap3 when not charging, S+1, Ap2 when charging

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7374778&viewfull=1#post7374778


Spoiler:
 pretre wrote:
From the SB post:



Warhams-77 wrote:
From GW's website:


A video featuring the Skyweaver Jetbikes has been released:



Another color artwork - this time the Solitaire






Week 3 - Starweaver/Voidweaver and Codex, Painting Guide, Datacards, Harlequin dice - first leaks - awaiting more on Tuesday
Spoiler:
Warhams-77 wrote:
Posted by Tiller5 on Warseer. The artwork is from the Troupe box instruction manual. The skimmers seem to be the Starweaver Transport and the Heavy Support vehicle.

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7376235&viewfull=1#post7376235


White Dwarf teaser for this week



From B&C


 angelofvengeance wrote:
Boop found this on Facebook




 Eiluj The Farseer wrote:
Some pics taken for you guys from the new White Dwarf
The Voidweaver comes with haywire blaster for 5 points can get the prism blaster. Can be 1-3 per squadron. 1 shuriken cannon is rear arc and can fire at a different target.










Warhams-77 wrote:
Eiluj, thank you!

More pics of the Weavers were leaked
Originally Posted by Spaceraider

Just leaving this here:
http://imgur.com/a/poSEY

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7380330&viewfull=1#post7380330







 Eiluj The Farseer wrote:
More stuff for you















They make mention of more psychic powers, one that makes them really hard to hit is CC, another that makes the enemies hallucinate or fearfull. We shall have to see. I wish on the dice the symbols would be the '6' side.


More pics from the WD (ebook)




Codex: Harlequins


Limited Edition Codex


Cards


Detachment




Source: ChaosFTW at BOLS Lounge


From aracersss via Faeit



Codex rumors - Relics & Psychic powers
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/1560/628189.page#7592355

Codex rumors - Deathjester & Shadowseer & Formations (see the posts below for more on this topic)
http://www.dakkadakka.com/dakkaforum/posts/list/1650/628189.page#7594513

Warhams-77 wrote:
Now the GW blog is showing some fluff pieces from the Codex







Week 4 - Death Jester and Shadowseer
Warhams-77 wrote:
YES - aaaand the character models get updated

From Bob in the Faeit comments via Greengiant on Warseer







Rumors from before the release:

Update on December 31

There is news

Darnok has confirmed plastic harlequins are the next 40k release after Necrons

Darnok on Warseer

Originally Posted by mashkeyboardgetusername

Sort of on-topic (on the basis that a lot of you will laugh at it) faeit/natfka is saying that there's going to be an AdMech/Skitarii army for 40k coming soon, before Harlequins supposedly. Have any of the reliable rumourmongers on here heard anything about this? I'm taking it with lots of salt at the moment...


I haven't heard about it actually, but either way: it is not happening before Harlequins.

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7344982&viewfull=1#post7344982



Also Duffybear1988 (a solid source according to other Warseer forum members) has posted the following info
My friend has some of the new harlequin sprues and some fantasy stuff that's yet to be released as well! I'm going to see if I can get pics or more details, but he hasn't mentioned jetbikes at all so either they aren't coming out or he doesn't have those bits.

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7344940&viewfull=1#post7344940

More news -

6 figures included on the sprue (possibly one is a venom crewman).
No seer or jester on the sprue my source has.
Masks are separate to heads and there are far more masks than needed.
Lots of swords/blades for various poses.
Nearly all are in dynamic leaping/dancing poses on Eldar ruins.

http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7345095&viewfull=1#post7345095



Update on January 19 2015

Archibald_TK found this on the last page of the upcoming Necron White Dwarf issue (#52)

End of the Necron WD refers for the following week to "Dance of Death".

Source: http://www.warseer.com/forums/showthread.php?403593-A-Laugh-For-Christmas&p=7362142&viewfull=1#post7362142

This sounds a lot like Harlequins in issue 53 - probably with pre-orders for the first miniatures on January 30



Update on January 20

 ClockworkZion wrote:
So for the 50/50 shot on it being right we have one from Faeit212:

via Steve the Warboss
Harlequin Release Details
-1 Clampack
-2 Box Sets
-First Set is a Jetbike Unit
-Second Set is a Combi for two Infantry Units



Update on January 21

Sad Panda wrote:
 MrFlutterPie wrote:
I totally agree about hopping that we see Solitares make a comeback.


The BoLS/Natfka guesses are mostly off. If things go as usual, you may see something taking design cues from this leaked on the interwebs this weekend, right after Necron Codex. Troupe Master is part of box, not a clampack.



Update on January 23

 ClockworkZion wrote:
ShadowWolf32387 on Faeit 212 wrote:
Natfka,
I just noticed in the White Dwarf Paint Splatter section that the hint for next week's Paint Splatter says "Trouping the colors...". The only thing that could reference using that spelling is a Troupe, which to my knowledge ONLY applies to the Harlies. Combine that with the "Dance of Death" hint we got, and it makes a convincing argument that the Harlequins are very close, maybe even next week.



kaldanesh wrote:
Credit to aracerssx on Warseer:
aracerssx wrote:
here is next week

-harlequin troupe: 6 models $40
-harlequin solitaire: 1 model $26

-horus heresy: Tallarn executioner john french hardback 125pgs $25
-the masque of vyle: By andy chambers hardback 128pages $20
-path of the dark eldar omnibus: By andy chambers paperback 128pgs $17.50
-warhammer visions issue 13: 236pgs $12

also the hints for next week for issue 54 on saturday 7 feb
*the dance continues
*exclusive warhammer 40k mission
*some very converted orks



 pretre wrote:
Harlequin Rumors - Jan 2015
via an anonymous source on Faeit 212
A new Solitaire model. He is in a dynamic pose leaping into the air with one hand out front and his harlequin caress hidden from his target reared back ready to strike the final blow. the model is supported by his jacket on the base. He has a high collar with a demon mask on his face complete with two horns.
infantry (character) unique
WS9 BS9 T3 W3 A6
Wargear
Holosuit, Harlequin's caress, Harlequin's kiss, flip belt

Special Rules
deepstrike, eternal warrior, fear, fearless, fleet, furious charge, hit and run, precision strikes.

Blitz- once per game can blitz. Roll a d6 equal to the turn number, and that is the distance he moves and ignores all models and terrain. When blitzing his attacks are increased to 10.

3+ invul save
Cannot ever be joined by another character, and cannot take warlord traits
Can move 12" in the movement phase.

Can take haywire
may take one item from the "Enigmas of the Black Library" list

Harlequin caress S: user AP - ,melee, Caress of Death any 6 to hit causes an automatic wound regardless of of toughness at ap2, against vehicles a to hit of 6 auto glances

Harelquin kiss S: user AP- melee, kiss of death. One attack is a kiss of death, resolved at S6 ap2 and if a 6 is rolled its instant death

Flip belt- not slowed by difficult terrain and no penalty for charging through cover. also 2+ look out sir rolls.



 pretre wrote:
Harlequin Rumors - Jan 2015
via an anonymous source on Faeit 212
Unit of harlequin troupes are 4 Players and a Troupe Master according to next week's White Dwarf.

Wargear
Holosuit, shuriken pistol, close combat weapon, plasma grenades, flip belt

Special Rules
Fear, fleet, furious charge, and hit and run

Can include up to 7 additional Players
any model can take a fusion pistol or neuro disruptor 12" S1 AP2 fleshbane

Upgrades are a harlequin's embrace-S: user AP- melee embrace of death gives d3 hammer of wrath attacks at S6, harlequins kiss, and harlequins caress. Any model can upgrade
The Troupe Master can take one item from the Enigmas of the Black Library and can select a Starweaver as a dedicated transport.




Update on January 25

Sad Panda wrote:
Plastic Jester and Seer should be bringing up the rear of this release. Seeing how they have miniatures, they are the ones without IP risks, while Solitaire, Skyweavers and Starweavers (which also builds a HS alternative) come first.

This might well be a 4 week release, the largest since .. Orks or Space Wolves I believe?


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Makes sense to focus on Eldar considering they have the most non-plastic kits out there aside from the Forgotten Sisters of Metal. Harlequins would also round out the Dark Eldar range while allowing GW to release more DLC for folks that still convince themselves into playing 40k.

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Might this mean that the guardian jet bikes finally maybe possibly against all odds be getting an update at some point in the near future???

Who knows....



Don't hold your breath though.

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Necron/Eldar campaign box? That'd be interesting.

But plastic Harli's is a great thing. The less metal (or FineCost), the better.

   
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I love Harlequin models . I would definitely collect a plastic set of these.
   
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Is it weird that I genuinely do not remember if I own any Harlequins?

   
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I was guessing that ELDAR had to be up soon and even speculated among our local game group that we would see a Necron/Eldar campaign. This will be cool if it pans out. Looking forward to seeing the plastic harlies....maybe even a harlie supplement.

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And something that lets DE players take them again.

And an expansion on what Harli units we can get *cough* Solitaire *cough*

   
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 H.B.M.C. wrote:
And an expansion on what Harli units we can get *cough* Solitaire *cough*


That would make sense, given GW's fondness for dual-build kits these days - either two unit types of Harlequin, or a ret-conned brand new unit which by an amazing coincidence uses most of the same bits
   
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Eldar really need a lot of models redone, so I could totally see this.

Aspect warriors next please!


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Love the current scorpions. The hawks and dragons are fine looking if not a little monopose. The banshees are great. I feel the reapers need *something* done to them. The spiders REALLY need a redo though. Those ugly arse monopose clunky looking fethers are in dire need of a new look.

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Yeah, I left off spiders for a reason :p They only have a single version.. same with shining spears. As many many other threads have said, the main issue is that aspect warriors can't do dual kits so probably not very economical for GW to create plastic kits for A) Units that mostly suck besides FD/hawks and B) Are only used in small quantities.

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So... who else is hoping for a Dataslate for a Harlequin Formation?

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 whembly wrote:
So... who else is hoping for a Dataslate for a Harlequin Formation?
Does anyone actually look forward to dataslates?

Here, I'll just make one up:

Harlequin Troupe. - +40 points
Buy a bunch of Harlequin boxed sets.
If you didn't buy them at a discount, they all get free Kisses.
If you buy 10 or more sets directly from Games Workshop, you get a the ability to field an Autarch with the Mantle of the Laughing God for 100points. No model for it, but you can call it a Solitaire.

You can feel free to run that dataslate for free. It'll be as balanced as GW's and just as much "fun". Enjoy your hobby.

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 Absolutionis wrote:
 whembly wrote:
So... who else is hoping for a Dataslate for a Harlequin Formation?
Does anyone actually look forward to dataslates?


Ain't that the truth.

No one wants DLC. We want the complete product sold to us at once thanks, not siphoned off into smaller products for (even more) inflated prices.

   
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WOO HOOO! Harlequin supplement! Finally GW do something right, now if I can just get an Eldar Exodietes supplement I'd be happier (though no fully until they bring back the Squats and the Sisters of Battle)

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Well, I hope that's true. The more finecast fades back into a distant memory (or nightmare) the better.

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 Absolutionis wrote:
Makes sense to focus on Eldar considering they have the most non-plastic kits out there aside from the Forgotten Sisters of Metal. Harlequins would also round out the Dark Eldar range while allowing GW to release more DLC for folks that still convince themselves into playing 40k.


Could you be a bit more passive-aggressive? I think one 40k player somewhere missed that. There's no need for this. Some people enjoy 40k, deal with it.

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I'm okay with everything that ends with metal or failcast kits remade in plastic. Well. maybe not with some prices, but I'm mostly okay with this.


 
   
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As much as I welcome this news, the prospect of having to paint a chequered colour scheme on these models, has me breaking out in a cold sweat. There's got to be an easy way to do it.

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I'll grant you they are very similar but there are actually several poses for warp spiders, as many as there were for all the original aspect warrior types.

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I don't own a single Eldar model, but assuming these are good enough and there's a formation/datalslate that lets me use them alongside my other armies then I might well be in for a box unless the price is obscenely stupid (£25.00+).

Not that I'll buy the Dataslate, it should be minimal enough that the codex profile and a few notes made from leaks will suffice.

   
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 H.B.M.C. wrote:
Necron/Eldar campaign box? That'd be interesting.


I'd buy that for a dollar, or possibly for 80 euro. And I wouldn't have to find some schmuck to take the Marines off my hands, like with the last two versus sets.

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 H.B.M.C. wrote:
Necron/Eldar campaign box? That'd be interesting.


Doubt it.

Necrons are technically part of the Shield of Baal campaign, as Grey Knights were part of the Stormclaw campaign.

Also, after the Orks-Space Wolves (& Grey Knight) campaign, Dark Eldar came out on their own.

So...

After the Tyranids-Blood Angels (& Necrons) campaign, Clown Eldar come out on their own?

   
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 Absolutionis wrote:
 whembly wrote:
So... who else is hoping for a Dataslate for a Harlequin Formation?
Does anyone actually look forward to dataslates?

Here, I'll just make one up:

Harlequin Troupe. - +40 points
Buy a bunch of Harlequin boxed sets.
If you didn't buy them at a discount, they all get free Kisses.
If you buy 10 or more sets directly from Games Workshop, you get a the ability to field an Autarch with the Mantle of the Laughing God for 100points. No model for it, but you can call it a Solitaire.

You can feel free to run that dataslate for free. It'll be as balanced as GW's and just as much "fun". Enjoy your hobby.


I look forward to Dataslates.

I love the "DLC" model that GW has been doing lately. There are several reasons.

1. It supports an environment where "fluff" releases with models are possible. Deathwatch 5 man box with HQ clampack? Add a dataslate and release. Genestealer Cult 5-10 man box with Magus clampack? Add a dataslate and release. Kroot Mercenaries new unit box with Shaper clampack? Add a dataslate and release. There is no reason to wait potentially years for the next Codex to come out.

2. It supports an environment where not all releases and rules have to come in a Codex or White Dwarf. More sources means more rules means more ways to play. I like options. I like that Black Library can drop a random Dataslate on me. My friend is an Ork player. Getting the freebie Heroes of Sanctus Reach was really cool in that it had a named Flash Gitz unit with a relic gun for the "Sarge". This would never have happened under the old system.

3. It's cheaper if you don't want all of the rules. I don't play Eldar. Currently, if I want to play with Harlequin models, I have to buy a Codex and the requisite HQ and Troops Eldar unit "tax". I'm looking at $50 for the Codex and maybe ~$75-100 for models I'm not interested in plus the cost of the Harlequins. A Harlequin dataslate would allow me to pay, we'll say, $20 for a dataslate plus the cost of the models. Cheaper overall. Vindicare Assassins are another good example. I don't want to play Grey Knights, but I do want to play with an Assassin. Dataslate: Officio Assassinorum is cheaper than the old Codex: Grey Knights.

Ultimately, assuming you aren't the kind of person who needs to have ALL OF THE RULES, you now have more options, more quickly from more sources and for less money per option. If you are the kind of person who needs to have ALL OF THE RULES, be aware that you're looking at more than 1500 USD. If this is too much, find another hobby?

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Well said, Kriswall; particularly part 1.

A Harlequin release sounds similar in concept to the recent Stormtroopers codex – so I'd expect a small amount of kits, no campaign, and a small standalone Codex.

I'd expect the dual nature of the jetbikes simply to be that Guardian rider/pilots are included – so similar to the Taurox, one box supports two Codices. Harlequins are iconic enough that I don't really expect a dual kit; I'd anticipate simply lots and lots of optional extras, like the Blightkings.

Either way, I'm excited to see the models.

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Agreed Kriswall. Everytime someone shows up with one of these data slates to my local gaming group, it add variety to the weekly games.

It is nice as Kriswall posted for the individual building the list, but also for their opponent. It is something new, with its own rules and fluff if you're interested in such a thing.

Here is hoping for a harly supplement!
   
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We'll find out soon enough eh.

 Kriswall wrote:
 Absolutionis wrote:
 whembly wrote:
So... who else is hoping for a Dataslate for a Harlequin Formation?
Does anyone actually look forward to dataslates?

Here, I'll just make one up:

Harlequin Troupe. - +40 points
Buy a bunch of Harlequin boxed sets.
If you didn't buy them at a discount, they all get free Kisses.
If you buy 10 or more sets directly from Games Workshop, you get a the ability to field an Autarch with the Mantle of the Laughing God for 100points. No model for it, but you can call it a Solitaire.

You can feel free to run that dataslate for free. It'll be as balanced as GW's and just as much "fun". Enjoy your hobby.


I look forward to Dataslates.

I love the "DLC" model that GW has been doing lately. There are several reasons.

1. It supports an environment where "fluff" releases with models are possible. Deathwatch 5 man box with HQ clampack? Add a dataslate and release. Genestealer Cult 5-10 man box with Magus clampack? Add a dataslate and release. Kroot Mercenaries new unit box with Shaper clampack? Add a dataslate and release. There is no reason to wait potentially years for the next Codex to come out.

2. It supports an environment where not all releases and rules have to come in a Codex or White Dwarf. More sources means more rules means more ways to play. I like options. I like that Black Library can drop a random Dataslate on me. My friend is an Ork player. Getting the freebie Heroes of Sanctus Reach was really cool in that it had a named Flash Gitz unit with a relic gun for the "Sarge". This would never have happened under the old system.

3. It's cheaper if you don't want all of the rules. I don't play Eldar. Currently, if I want to play with Harlequin models, I have to buy a Codex and the requisite HQ and Troops Eldar unit "tax". I'm looking at $50 for the Codex and maybe ~$75-100 for models I'm not interested in plus the cost of the Harlequins. A Harlequin dataslate would allow me to pay, we'll say, $20 for a dataslate plus the cost of the models. Cheaper overall. Vindicare Assassins are another good example. I don't want to play Grey Knights, but I do want to play with an Assassin. Dataslate: Officio Assassinorum is cheaper than the old Codex: Grey Knights.

Ultimately, assuming you aren't the kind of person who needs to have ALL OF THE RULES, you now have more options, more quickly from more sources and for less money per option. If you are the kind of person who needs to have ALL OF THE RULES, be aware that you're looking at more than 1500 USD. If this is too much, find another hobby?


Which would be lovely, if they weren't also using the system to release stuff which could and should have been part of a codex. Further, if you wander back into the distant misty past of the early oughts, the sort of thing you're describing would pop up in White Dwarf, or even *shock-horror* for free on their website. This isn't about people who have to have "ALL OF THE RULES", it's about people being annoyed they're often now being asked to pay for a more expensive Codex, a more expensive Supplement, AND multiple Dataslates/White Dwarfs, sometimes not even just to have all the rules for the faction they play but simply to continue playing their army in the same style.

If this was simply a matter of GW releasing random fluff-based units, characters, and allies then you'd have a point, but it's not and you know that perfectly well.

I need to acquire plastic Skavenslaves, can you help?
I have a blog now, evidently. Featuring the Alternative Mordheim Model Megalist.

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