1.) it was an example of a paint scheme. Hence why I said if I painted up SOMETHING
, LIKE THIS
. I picked my favorite EC
color scheme and applied. But it's irrelevant, as 30k models are very legal to play in 40k
2.) If you don't give a "monkeys", why are you posting in the first place? That's all that needs to be said. It's not an answer to the issue, you posted here as though you had one and it's been dispelled. "I don't give a monkeys" is just another way of saying "I was wrong and now I'm going to act as though I don't care".
3.) I cited my claim to authority as GW
and ITC's ruleset. Did you mean unsourced? It's not my job to educate on you on basic policy for ruleset, if you are going to weigh in on that discussion that's the minimum amount of knowledge you should obtain for yourself before dictating to others about how it works.
You claim that the rules require
that models in different detachments be visually distinct. I don't recall any such rule in the rulebook, and you didn't cite one. Now, I agree that it's a common house rule in tournaments, and a good idea, but that's not quite the same thing.
The original point to which I responded was that I can buy an army right now and play it as Emperor's Children. If they subsequently get a Codex to themselves and some of the units I own are not in that Codex, then I can continue to field those units as a detachment using the Codex: Chaos Space Marines datasheets, so I've not lost out in any way. The restrictions you wanrt to place in my way are irrelvant to me and probably to the majority of other people. Will it be a problem at an ITC event? probably, but since that's got nothing to do with me, I dismiss it as a concern.
This isn't a discussion just about competitive events, after all.
The comment about shoulder pads is specifically in the context of post-Heresy Emperor's Children - the sort of colours used by Slaaneshi warbands would mean to me that having units with large areas of blue, yellow, green, etc would be perfectly appropriate, and so that's how I would choose to obviously distinguish a second detachment (if the fact that it's made up entirely of models that aren't allowed in an Emperor's Children detachment isn't enough). "I don't give a monkey's" about strict visual deliniation of different detachments because i trust my friends to keep me right about the differences (and vice versa), that's all.
Back to the original topic, which I've inadvertently derailed.
No matter what the information window is, there'll always be a point where someone could buy something, only to find out the next day that it's going away (unlikely) or being replaced by a new model or there's a new unit available that they might have wanted instead. Whether this point is a week before the release or six months before doesn't change much. If you're always thinking "should I wait for something new", you'll never get anything. I just buy the models I like when I want them. If something new comes out, then perhaps I'll get that too, but it doesn't invalidate what I've already got.