8th Edition is going to be bringing an Imperial Ton of changes with it. Here are some we’d take over Nakatomi Plaza to see.
That’s right. It’s time for more wild speculation, hopes and dreams waiting to be crushed, rumormongering (the 3rd best kind of mongering), and quarterly benchmark blue-sky thinking as we get closer to release date. But this is no ordinary wishlist. Anybody can put together a wish list of things that would be “good for the game’ or that “make any kind of sense” or that “aren’t bad.”
But that’s not what I’m here for.
Today we’re penning a screed–a one page manifesto that’s made out of magazine clippings and the rantings and ravings of 40K players who haven’t picked up models since the Tau were still doing the Fish of Fury. Since the Astra Militarum were the Imperial Guard. When people still picked Predators.
With that in mind, let’s begin the crazy demands.
Vespids that Suck
They say one of the best ways to get your demands met is to start off with something reasonable. With that in mind, first on this list of demands is Vespids that maybe seem promising on paper at first glance. But the second you start to think about them for even a moment, you realize, no wait these are terrible. That’s how they’ve been in every iteration since their inception. So why not make it an official tradition. Instead of having a whole army like “the dark eldar” be the bad army that nobody picks, why not just make Vespids the thing that’s terrible–find new and inventive ways to make something terrible in the rules.
Maybe doing it on purpose will help figure out what a terrible unit looks like so that when it pops up on something “real” it can be fixed! Scapegoats are a fine tradition–and what’s the worst that could happen, you accidentally make Vespids that are good? Madness!
Xenos Faction Follies
As we all know, in 8th Edition there will be 3 different sides to the story. The Imperium vs. Chaos, and then over at the kids’ table, the Xenos. Expected to sit quietly while the grownups talk, the Xenos faction has the second stage–so why not make the most of it. You don’t want to ruin the main event by getting crazy–and look at what the big new rumored hotness is for the next wave. Biggerer Badderer Spacier Marines. More of the same.
But the Xenos are a chance to get weird.
Let’s have a Hrud Army. Or a consortium of allied xenos races–why should the Tau and their mind control hats be the only ones who can cooperate with the other species in the galaxy? Give me a pack of Jokaero getting up to some monkey business any day of the week.
Legions 2 and 11
As long as we’re talking heresies. And since we know that space marines are going to be needing something so that they don’t feel left out when the Indomitus Marines (or whatever they’re called) start hitting the table, maybe it’s time to have Guilliman keep digging into all the secrets at the heart of the Imperium. After all, he’s teamed up with Cawl to mess with the gene-seed (probably) why stop there?
Legions 2 and 11 were basically sentenced to damnatio memoriae, but man, what a time for them to come back. Things are already going to be tense enough with Guilliman working to pass his agenda through the Imperium’s tiers of bureaucracy (we know he had to clean house to get this far)–what would that do to his plans if the Forgotten Legions suddenly reappeared on the scene? I think it’d be a chance to explore fresh new ground. These guys were around before the Heresy–they may not care about Chaos at all. What would that look like in Newhamemr?
I mean, Dino Riders was a great cartoon. We already have big models making a comeback–and plus, having Eldar who were never “tainted” by the fall is an extra dimension to add to the battle against Chaos. It may be a great inroad for the Eldar to prove they’re mature enough to join the grownups conflict.
We’ve already talked about how you can make a Squat-themed list for Kharadron Overlords. We don’t really want Age of Sigmar to be the only ones getting in on that action, do we?
Bonus: Space Marines
Okay look, I just want one of these demands to have a remote chance of being met. So let’s just say Space Marines. Of some kind. There, done. Mission Accomplished.
What are your crazy demands for 8th Edition? Good rules? Bring back an old favorite model? Make Abbadon go away forever? Have him sit on the Throne? Let us know!