I have to disagree with the line of reasoning; while we do have some definite missed opportunities, I don't feel that GW really shortchanged us.
That's why I said by a little. But that's just how you feel I suppose. It seems like a lot of sons fans felt the same about missed opportunities since post codex we witnessed a pole, numerous facebook posts and whatnot. Another example is look at our exalted kit. Beautiful kit. Oddly packaged with 3 models that make up single characters but so much room for customization. You would think we might get more options as far as rules are concerned, take for example the death guard release. A ton of new character options with unique rules. You would think that the exalted kit would get similar treatment. I feel this is a missed opportunity. And as far as what more could fans want? As mentioned, soooo many posts about wanting a psyker dread. Why not havoc rubrics? How about a unique land raider or tank that utilizes twin soulreapers, or heavy warpflamer cannons? Or some kind of new magic-based weapon? How about a new flyer that is a new version of the model from epic, the doomwing? Heldrakes are fine, but everyone (minus death guard) has them. How about they bring back twisted magically driven battle automaton from 30k? (fluff be retconned). It would add further to the rubric golem aesthetic and bring more love to the actual thousand sons portion of the army. Not the goat/critter/monster half. OR even take a page from khorne and bring in our own unique LOW besides a primarch like a small splinter off of a silver tower. These things used to be in epic. Perfect opportunity. Let the imagination run wild! I don't think we need a rubric version of existing units like bikers and jump packs. Death guard didn't follow suit, they received new concepts via the mortor tank, drones, and haulers. Rubric havocs make the most sense as it would fit in with the age old 15th legion tactic of "keep the enemy at range". But the doomwing, robots, new vehicle, and tower could all be 15th legion specific and completely unique to us.
Going back, I think that's why a lot of people felt short-changed. When death guard came out, they had more death-guard unique models, units, and warmachines. They got 3 types of vehicles and lots of characters, plague zombies and then some.
But I feel like it makes sense that we got what we got. From what I understood, thousand sons being the first release, GW used us as a test bed to see how well chaos legion armies would sell. So instead of investing more into the initial release, they went with rubrics, exalts, SOC, ahriman, and magnus to see how things went. Holy crap! they did well! Ok then....roll out the death guard!....and throw the sons a bone and give them some existing kits via the tzaangor line. I hope the combination of death guard sales and messages from fans have started a few of the model designers on some more T.sons projects....I mean...I am just recalling last year. While things have settled out now, there was a lot of comments from fans hoping for more t.sons stuff over the goat people stuff.
To put it into perspective:
Thousand sons release:
Added existing models:
Death Guard release:
Plague marines(multiple variants)
blight lord terminators
Edited by Ahzek451, 13 September 2018 - 01:43 PM.