Sounds like someone had a nice talk at Warhammer World regarding near-future plans for the Dark Eldar range. Juicy stuff after the jump.
rumors via Straightsilver
I had a chance to have a chat with Jes Goodwin today and got some more info regarding DE release schedule.
He said that they will have 90% of the Dark Eldar models in the Codex released by June next year, so no more than 7 months.
Basically people have waited so long for this release and as it looks set to be so popular he wanted to get everything out quickly.
There are 4 new plastic kits coming next year, he wouldn’t say exactly what they were but that the Venom is definitely coming soon and they have models for both flyers listed in the Dex on ready to go (but he wouldn’t confirm if these were part of the 90%).
He said that the models which would take longer were the special characters, so these may form the missing 10% which means we have a lot of new models coming soon.
He is still working on a few bits, something he wants to do is have Haemonculi passengers/hangers on the Raider but isn’t sure how best to do that.
The Wych passengers/hangers on for the Raider will be included in the plastic Venom kit, but there isn’t another suitabe release to make up Haemonculi equivalents.
He also said that now that rapid prototyping and CAD technology has progressed the design team can use 2 ups instead of 3 ups which means that making larger apocolypse style kits (Stompa and Baneblade) in plastic is now more possible.
This means that they are currently working on one of these types of kits as the sales for the Stompa etc were very good, but wouldn’t say whether they had decided on what this would be, although I got the impression he wanted it to be Eldar.
Talking of Eldar he said that producing the Dark Eldar had fired up his enthusiasm for a new Craftworld Eldar Codex and models, and he has lots of ideas for this. However this hasn’t even started yet so a new Eldar Codex is a long way off.
He is still trying to work out how best to tackle plastic Sisters of Battle but they are still being problematic.
He also mentioned that he would love to produce an Ad Mech Codex but said it would be very unlikely for GW to produce it as there isn’t room in the range for them at the moment. However he said it was possible that Forge World would do them at some point, and his take on the concept was “Vampire Counts in space”. In other words Necromancers and zombies, which sounds cool.
So there is whole lot is stuff in there to parse through. First off, more confirmation as we know of Games Workshop having lots of finished kits “on ice” with the primary decision being when to bring them to market. So four new Dark Eldar plastic kits would probably look like this:
-Venom (listed by name)
-Talos/Cronos – (strongly hinted)
-Mystery kit #4
Interesting to hear of the flyers being ready to go as that would be a very new and exciting category of kit for the game. Finally talk of Plastic Sisters (someone wake up Melissia), and Craftworld Eldar beyond them is quite comforting.
~So what do you think is coming in the months ahead for Dark Eldar, and what do you want to see the most? Have at it folks.