Warhammer Fest 2017 is now done and now we wait for the the Forge World open day in August in the meanwhile we can digest what we've found out from the event. I wish I was there to be honest but I've been kept in the loop about all the news and gossip from the weekend.
Well, where to start... First off, as reported here over the weekend: Rogal Dorn will be the next Primarch! I'm so glad that this is the case, after waiting for 4 years for even a hint that he is in the works, he's going to be arriving on a tabletop near you - probably end of this year with any luck!
The new Sokar pattern Thunderhawk - oh man, that kit looks sexy, I think I'll be saving up for that and Dorn!
The new Telemon Heavy Dreadnought - beastly, might have to get one but we'll see how my hobby budget is looking (or if I just buy it on a whim anyway).
Magnus - saw him coming from a mile off, I like that they've done a diorama base for him and Russ, I think this one has worked better than Fulgrim and Ferrus' one.
Constantine Valdor - I'm looking forward to seeing a cast version of him. Liking the look so far though I may be tempted to redo the head myself to match the artwork in Inferno.
Blood Angels transfers - very pretty! I shouldn't be surprised by this - it is the Blood Angels legion after all!
More new stuff for the Talons of the Emperor - very cool, was nice to see the Sisters transport though I think some other stuff needs some attention, actually starting to feel sorry for the Vlka Fenryka players out there pleading for at least a Grey Slayers kit or something!
The future of Horus Heresy (40k 7.5 or HH 1.0) - I would have loved to hear news about Horus Heresy moving to 8th over the coming months but I can understand the reasons why that isn't happening in the short- to mid-term - namely moving the rule set from 7th to 8th would be a huge undertaking due to the huge fundamental changes made to the core rules. I'm worried that the rules may still be bloated like they are currently (I need to take 4 books with me to play my World Eaters, 5 to play my Imperial Fists - would love to see that change some time soon) but the main bit that worries me is accessibility for new players as they need to learn a new rule set to start with HH from mid-June. It works out alright for us veteran players however as are army lists are still valid and play in the exact same way for now.
This in the software development world is known as "forking" from the main development branch, it's a great idea if you are planning to just do you own thing and have no intention to merge back with the "master" rule set (8th edition) however if you do plan to do so it will be much more difficult to merge any rule changes from the "master" rule set into the Horus Heresy rule set.
What did you guys think of the event. Any high points you think I've missed? What are your thoughts on 40k and Horus Heresy taking different paths in terms of core rules?
Until next time!