I base my theories on the two Heresy tactical squads, Heresy and Deathwing Terminators and the Devastator box.
I’m sad to say that I think this is your critical point of failure.
Once upon a time I’d have said your guess was pretty reasonable, if a little optimistic on the Terminators front. But then, once upon a time GW
made kits that helped the hobbyist and gave people what they wanted. Now is the era of multi-part, but mono-pose kits that look great... once. If you want to have more than one infantry squad, prepare to have your guys look in the mirror.
Don’t be surprised if the CSM Squad kit comes with something like not enough bolters to make a squad (so some models have to have pistol/chainswords), and exactly one armament loadout for the Champion.
Havocs we might get lucky and have you be correct; the way they’ve done the Devestators is sort of the only way for the kit to work. Don’t expect any more than one loadout for the Champion, though.
For the Terminators, expect to get maybe ten close combat weapons with like 2 pairs of claws, 3 fists, 4 power weapons and a mutation, plus maybe a special version of something for the Champion. On the guns side, expect maybe 4 combi-bolters and one each of the combi-plas/melta/flamer, plus a Reaper Autocannon and Heavy Flamer.
Across all kits though, expect there to be only one set of bodies that can’t cross-pollinate. So Torso A goes with Legs A and Legs A only, Torso B goes with Legs B etc.
Gods I hate what GW
has become. I’m begging to be proven wrong and shown to be an unkind cynic, but I’d put money on my being at least mostly correct.
Edit: Oh, and if we are getting a new Chaos Codex, expect it to take an axe to any loadout on every unit that doesn’t have a specific new model for it. The Havocs box didn’t happen to include a Missile Launcher this time? Well that’s now an illegal option. No power maul in the Terminators box? :cuss
outta luck mate, you can only use axes or swords now. Aspiring Champion model only has options for a Chainaxe and Plasma Pistol? Well, guess what every Aspiring Champion in your army now has to be armed with?
Edited by kombatwombat, 07 March 2019 - 04:11 AM.