“Not to drop a bomb or anything, but yes, 8th edition will be out next summer with a new boxed set in the fall. I’ve heard Empire vs. Orks in the box with a new O&G book out in Q1 2011. Plastic Empire Knights and Orc Boar boys will be in the new set I’ve heard. They keep one-upping themselves with the box sets so I would expect a mountain of amazing plastics in the new starter set.
However, I’ve said it over and over again that anything outside of six months is pure speculation. But there is certainly a plan for 2010 and it’s going to be a great year for WHFB. It stands to reason that if we are getting Empire and Orcs in the box (I can confirm this with 99% certainty) then we will get revised army books for those two around the same time.
I’m hearing that 8th edition is a significant “upgrade” to the rules and those pitched battles will become a thing of the past. GW has said in several places that the plan is for WHFB to get a level of support rivalling 40k’s. So “Legendary Battles”, perhaps a Siege book with accompanying Castle kit? We’ve already seen a taste of some of the rules changes with the Skaven book (war machines and blast/template weapons…check it out!).”
~Standard caveats apply to all of this. It is yet more corroborating rumors of what we’ve been hearing for a bit regarding 2010 being the “Year of Warhammer Fantasy”. You can chime in and follow the topic in the BoLS Lounge here.