Hmmm I don’t think this means that they will retire the basic CSM kit - I mean - I hope so, but I doubt it. Plus I love the multipart options in the old kit so much, I hope it remains as the basic building blocks.
My reasoning is that the old tactical kit was practically unusable due to the severe moldlines. Same with the old Assault marine kit. Both moulds had been so thoroughly used that the moulds had slipped so far, basically making them unusable. How bad was trying to assemble the old jump packs, there was almost 3mm worth of flashing to clean.
So the basic Space Marine, tactical and assault, needed to be updated. Pure speculation on my part, but I feel that is what has capitulated the last 3-5 years of Space Marine transformations. I don’t think the new tactical kit sold as well as the old. It just felt off somehow. Hard to compete with the original Jes Goodwin sculpts for anyone.
So first they updated the tactical (arguably the flagship kit of the entire catalog.) but it didn’t sell so well. People are into Horus Heresy now, that’s the cash cow. So they tried the plastic mk3 and mk4 tacticals. But again, probably didn’t do as well as they hoped they would. (My opinion is due to the transition to digital sculpting, just lacks the same personality and character the old kits had.)
Besides, people are into true scale now, that’s where the action is at. And thusly, as a final last ditch attempt the recapture what was lost, they went with the primaris, and will basically overhaul the entire Space Marine range, taking cues from the Horus Heresy range and amalgamating the SM scouts in for good measure.
HOWEVER - none of that applies to the Chaos Space Marines. Their kit is still in decent shape, the moldlines aren’t so bad. Plus it’s still the original Jes Goodwin sculpts, which actually started this whole amazing phenomenon in the first place. I remember hearing Jes joke once in an interview they were being investigated because the gov thought the must be running drugs or something, due to the sheer amount of plastic soldiers they were shipping out of the country, the officials assumed it was a cover 🤣
But yes, anyway, none of that applies to chaos. I think this will be a mostly monopose, easy to build, easy to paint type thing. Maybe ‘multipart’ but not in the true sense like we know it. I’m not sure if I’ll be happy or not if they replace the CSM kit. People complain that they are old and squatty, but as the old saying goes ‘if it ain’t broke - don’t fix it.’
I really do see the last few years of Space Marine releases as a mad scramble to recapture the esssense of the basic Space Marine kit. Now that Jes is no longer ‘on the tools’ so to speak. And with GW
constantly pushing the envelope and trying new ways to make miniatures, and pushing miniatures in new directions. I feel that the old days of ‘make your own miniatures’ are more or less behind us.
Darren talks about (in the voxcast) if they can include extra bits, they will. And if they can make them seperate torsos, legs heads etc, that they will do. But the most important thing is making cool miniatures. Judging all the entire range of miniatures GW
has released over the last 3-5 years, Daz’s are the only ones I like.
Anyway, sorry for the ramble! It’s great to be back!