Games Workshop announced in the midth of november that the Old World of Warhammer would return. And this has created an incredible amount of buzz. So far it has been updated with an insight to the new map of the old world. And so far, we only know, that it is still a lot of time until it returns.
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Games Workshop announced in the midth of november that the Old World of Warhammer would return. And this has created an incredible amount of buzz. So far it has been updated with an insight to the new map of the old world. And so far, we only know, that it is still a lot of time until it returns. At least two or rather three years from now. Interestingly enough the map adds to that theory, as the different coat of arms seen, could point towards a civil war like crisis, like the Time of Three Emperors.
A very fitting comparison to the civil war of 40k. What is Horus Heresy to Warhammer It is a premium product to the already above average ranked main game. Primarely supported by Forge World and Black Library, with themed rulebooks, a vast variety of resin kits, from unit upgrades to giant sets, and dozens over dozens of novels. And Warhammer Forge supplied the late and last, 8th edition with such incredible books as Tamurkhan: The Throne of Chaos , very similar to the Horus Heresy books, that Forge World supplied so many of for Warhammer 30k.
Later a second book was released, the Monstrous Arcanum, that would cover parts of the vast bestiarium that lived in the realm of the old world. Warhammer Forge covered kits, that were to big to be manufactured in plastic - at least back in the day - so we've seen monsters and gigantic creatures, like the magnificient Landship of the Empire and the Magma dragon.
The later has now a close "relative" as a complete plastic kit, the Magmadroth of the Fyreslayers. We had upgrades to existing units, similar to the Space Marine upgrade sets, that cover different chapters and pre-heresy gear and armour pattern. In this case a rather weird decision, as the whole bodies were replaced and only the weapon bits from the main kits would be used, for both ranged and close combat weapons from the Empire range.
And these units came with additional command groups, but not just for the Empire, for other races like Orks or Dwarves too. As Tamurkhan covered an invasion of Chaos into the heart of the Old World, with different factions being involved in the battles. Very similar to the Horus Heresy books that are focused around specific campaigns, like the Battle of Isstvan V.
And as such we had special characters, for example Theodore Bruckner on his demigryph. What's my point? I expect some of these products to return. So it would be an easy entry to see how people react to the "new" product. But more importantly, we already had something like this, it might just be quite a while back to properly remember.
From a economic point of view, that is the biggest risk I see to that project. Space Marines are incredibly popular and produce a very notable part of the revenue. So a Space Marine civil war, like the Horus Heresy, has a much broader audience. I don't think that any of the Warhammer races has the ability to reach that. Don't get me wrong. I am interested to see how this plays out and what we can expect.
I have read a lot of ideas, wishes and hopes on this projects and some of these are already so far above the ground, that never the less what Games Workshop releases, those can not be reached.
With the arguments above, I'm just trying to point out certain things and give a frame for a more realistic and more likely to happen expectations. Yet, with Age of Sigmar going for a more entry level product and beyond. Warhammer was - at least for me - a game of huge regiments and larger battles.
A very epic moment for me was the battle report in White Dwarf May - 48, points. Quite the line up and a very impressive collection between them at the infamous Perry wargaming rooms you can see a couple more recent games on their Facebook page. Yes, that is Ronnie reacting in to the "blast from the past", during our visit to Mantic Towers.
But the pictures show people having a good time while moving large colourful armies, with monsters, battle engines and such into battle. Ronnie's smile remembering that moment confirms it as well. And with the nostalgia of Oldhammer not being for everyone, the old lore combined with new techniques and possibilities similar to the things we've seen for Blackstone Fortress , like the Ambull , Zoat and such things offers a perfect solution for that audience.
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Forge World monsters of all kinds and sizes. Those that are part of another army because they have the relevant keyword are linked to their faction page. Everything else requires you to be a Grand Alliance in order to use them. Dread Saurian: here. Exalted Greater Daemon of Khorne: here. Mazarall the Butcher: here.
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