Friday, June 24, 2016

Sisters of Battle on the way?

The rumor on the interwebz, whether true or not, was that the molds were worn out for the actual Sisters of Battle models prompting GW to make a decision.  They have been liquidating their existing stock, as compared to what they had been doing with it, which was melting it down for reuse and they upped the prices quite a bit as they did so.

Nonetheless, the faithful have gathered up what they can.  At first many feared there might be a Squatting in the offing.  But then hope shined through the gaps in the dark foliage overhead to reveal that in upcoming publications, the Sisters of Battle will be featured.  Rejoice, for the Emperor is surely with you.

I see that going one of three ways.

If it is simply fluff and lore, it will be an exploratory effort to see what the interest levels are, and with the possible advent of the new FAQ regarding the Adepta Sororitas, they are at least making an effort to support the line for now so an exploratory effort makes sense.  If interest and commentary is low on it then perhaps they will not be overly zealous in expending resources on the line in the short term.

...But...  It has been said about one million times that players would delve right into the line if it had updated plastics that look awesome.  Well I don't foresee that as being any great problem for a company that produces ridiculous quality models (in a good way) like Games Workshop does.  Even those who do not enjoy the business model enjoy the product and Games Workshop has been trading on that fact in dire times and in good for quite a while.

So the second way this can go is with a new codex.  In it I would not at all be surprised for them to fully port over the Forge World Repressor tanks as a multi-kit you can build into the Rhino or the Immolator as well.  Naturally with a price bump so that those JUST wanting an Immolator or a Rhino with all the Sororitas filigree will have to pay a little more for it.  I also would then foresee the availability of your choice of heads for the Sisters of Battle and the usual scalping they do in order to get the special weapons models by including "one of each" in every Sisters of Battle box.  For new collectors, no problem.  For old ones, hopefully you got them while you could.

Another interesting prognostication I will make on the matter is the possibility of a flyer being added to their repertoire.  Whether it would be the Forge World one or not is pretty debatable.  My reasoning behind thinking they will create a new one is because I know that Skies of Death lacks stats and such for the Forge World models and so a new jet would be needed in order to stat them completely.  It is also possible they could use the product drop as the excuse TO give some of those same planes stats you can use.  But ultimately Games Workshop makes more money with a new plane.  Edge goes to making more money.  They are, after all, not running a charity for disgruntled gamers (the resources needed to run such a charity would be astronomical).

The last way this can go is to incorporate the Adepta Sororitas forces into a splash release like the Raven Guard and the Imperial Guard got for example.  In that scenario, new models may still be coming because of the mold issue, but perhaps not as extensive a commitment will be made on that end.  In that case only the Sisters of Battle models themselves would be replaced and possibly the Exorcist which is (currently) a monstrously poorly designed model that requires a lot of conversion work on its gun to fit right but for which a plastic gun sprue could be produced and embraced most likely and most easily.

All of this wild speculation on my part is as much wish listing as anything but it does seem very plausible that we will be seeing the Adepta Sororitas in their full panoply sooner than later.  I for one would be quite excited by the prospect.

Oh and for the love of all that is holy, one hopes they get Celestians right this time.  They were onto something when it came to them in the White Dwarf version of the Codex, but are now kind of the black sheep again.