The Return of Slaanesh – Or What To Expect When You’re Excessing
After 6 years since their last miniature release and 3 years of being MIA in AoS, Slaanesh’s time might finally be here. What could GW have planned for the Return of the Dark Prince?
The last time we saw a new Slaanesh model, the year was 2012. That means it’s literally been six years since we’ve gotten ANYTHING from GW for the lords of excess. Six just also happens to be Slaanesh’s Magic Number…coincidence?
But with the teaser from Games Workshop for Realm of Chaos: Wrath and Rapture, it sure seems like it’s time for a prison break and an old rivalry to be reborn. Khorne already has a full miniature range and while he’s all about the Skulls, it only when his forces are facing off against an equal opponent that they can truly be tested. So isn’t it about time Slaanesh got on an even playing field, too?
I’ve already said that I think Wrath and Rapture could be a throw-back to the 30 year old Realm of Chaos: Slaves to Darkness book, but what else could we see from Slaanesh? Well let’s just take a quick look at the model range to see what we think should be updated and replaced.
Bring On The New Shiny
New Keeper of Secrets Model
Oh wow. Can we PLEASE get an updated Keeper of Secrets model? Rumors have been floating around for years that a new Keeper of Secrets model is on the way. But we know how that has gone. But we do have good reason to believe that it could actually come true. It’s the last of the large Greater Daemon kits that needs to be produced – that’s just a fact. You can bank on 80% of the rumors coming from that simple deduction. But what actually gives this some more weight is that GW had some new artwork done for the recent Knight Codex:
Sure, it’s not exactly the most impressive posture for the Greater Daemon, but at least it’s THERE.
New Fiends of Slaanesh
Hey if the Beast of Nurgles can a redo, why the heck can’t the Fiends of Slaanesh? Emperor knows they sure could use one. I wouldn’t be shocked if they DID get a new box set alongside whatever release GW has planned.
The Masque has actually been bouncing around in the lore for a few codexes recently. But as a model she’s still in Finecast and could definately need a new fancy plastic version. Nurgle Maggotkin got a TON of new characters and The Changeling got the plastic treatment for Tzeentch. It’s time for the Masque to get a touch-up.
I’m also in Finecast!
Look at all the Nurgle Poxbringer – it’s basically a Herald but in plastic. Why wouldn’t GW make one for Slaanesh too? Besides, if you really want to run a full Slaanesh Army you kind of need a bunch of Heralds to keep your troops operating at peak performance.
Any of those kits could be source of that rumor engine…
Something Entirely New?
If we’re really lucky we might even some completely new daemons/model ideas for Slaanesh. Tzeentch got a ton of new stuff between the Tzaangors and Brimstone Horrors. Nurgle got a freaking Daemon Tree (not to mention all the Death Guard Stuff in 40k). Who knows what excesses the Dark Princes has in store for his devotees…
Games Workshop has lots of room to work with and it’s going to be very interesting to see where they take it from here. The ground work is there and the fans have been wanting it for years…Will Slaanesh get to come out and play or will it be another 6 years of silence?
What new kits would you like to see for the Daemons of Slaanesh? What cross-over units do you think Games Workshop could make for 40k?