Some smart boffin at GW has had a look at the market and very cleverly worked out what's out there, and how they can tap into that market. It started with cheap (somewhat quality sporadic) bases and now we are at the pointy end; basing bitz and skulls! Skulls are the bread and butter of some resin casting companies and they produce some amazing products, but now GW have stepped into the ring with three new sets that are not only official, but cheap, these things are going to sell like hot cakes! Drawing on the knowledge they gained from plastic manufacturers like Bandai we have the flexible plastic Creeping Vines. Having not seen these yet, they look like the same material as the polycaps used in Gundam kits to keep the arms and legs in place and not limit poseability. You get 12 creeping vines - 4 sheets. The Skulls are going to be the big seller - 340 different skulls from right across the Warhammer universes. Have a look at the sprue pics and rejoice; Tau, Kroot, demons, humans, Orks! Finally in the basing bitz, Barbed Bracken - probably a more niche set, but the ability to have foliage camouflage on vehicles, actual ground cover which looks alien too! Another cool set. Away from basing,. the Primaris Marines get reinforcements iwth the new Inceptor Priamris Marines and the very first Primaris Upgrade sprue - which of course is so predictably an Ultramarines Upgrade Sprue. The choice of Ultramarines has been met with howls of indignation in the community, but GW will press on. Why not release Fists, Wolves and Dark Angels in the same week? Short sighted release that does little to keep the fans happy. Speaking of specialist products, the Astartes dice for the new Chaplain, Apothecary, Librarian and Techmarine are out too. Wait...Techmarine?
Meanwhile, books - the next Horus Heresy novel, this time White Scars related is on it's way; The Path of Heaven and despite deleting some of the Imperial Knights from their catalogue last week, Kingsblade by Andy Clark is set around Imperial Knights.