We’ve got a good one today folks. The era of multi-waves may be headed for the trashbin.
The birds have been chirping, and they are saying that once 6th Edition is launched, the entire multi-wave concept for miniatures may be over from Games Workshop. There is talk that the Chaos Marine codex will launch with all its units, or at least have them shown in pictures in the codex.
Its no known exactly what the impetus for this change would be, but if true, it leads back to one of the core issues with the Games Workshop codex/army based concept. Primarily it means that as a player, you have nothing new to buy for your army for the entire 6-7 year timeframe until your codex is revamped.
This has had me thinking that fundamentally Privateer Press’ model of a pair of annual “omnibus books” that add onto the core game and offer a handful of new units for every faction is superior. In that model, every player of the system has an incentive to buy the new book (because you get new core rules that expand the game), and you get your own new minis to collect for your personal army.
The drawback of course is more books to haul around over the life of an edition until the next rulebook version collates all the current stuff into a single book.
Still on balance, I think the annual books seem the better way to go. Have at it folks.