I think with the new improved GW taking the story in so many interesting directions it will be interesting to hear the communities thoughts on where they think the storylines will go in future in terms of Vigilus, the wider Imperium, Eldar gods, Chaos in the Eye, events on Terra etc.
In general it is a safe bet to say 'big shiny hero models' sell armies, and I think the return of several recently herald a likely pattern GW will continue to capitalise on, who do you think will return? Missing/Daemon Primarchs seem obvious, but there also seem other options....
Kirioth did a beautiful video outlining his theory regarding Vigilus:
in short - a facedown between Dante and Abby ending in Dante's near-death and elevation to Primaris or Sanguinor-like state in order to develop the BA storyline and bring about a decent new primarch-scale model to the Blood Angel model range.
I have wondered about the Two Blades story in Horus Heresy fluff with the disappearance of Constantin Valdor, and I would think it would be likely that he is another prime example of a shiny new 'big' model to sell more Custodes alongside a wave two Custodes reinforcement in future (especially considering how widely popular they are).
Story-wise I think some form of direct threat to Terra itself involving Magnus results in the return of Russ and Valdor in a future campaign focus - I think some of the seeds are already there in the fluff for this that would be easy to pick up and work with.
Thoughts on this? Do you think we will see Valdor?
I think an interesting point yet to be fleshed out is what will happen to the Grey Knights with the development of Primaris marines, will we see them convert over to this or not? I think eventually it is inevitable to bring them in line from a scale perspective, but story-wise it will be interesting to see if they are willing to incorporate this?
In the fluff surrounding the creation of the new Primaris Marines there are hints that Cawl has gene-seed from traitor legions, I think it would be cool to see story-arcs surrounding this, and building on Guilliman's mis-trust of him, could we even see new loyalists with 'traitor' gene-seed?
I can imagine based on Blackstone Fortress models and other hints, (as well as what is just practical) we may see the development of the following also:
1) Traitor Guardsmen/ Lost and Damned being fleshed out with Gors, Guardsmen and access to many of the IG equipment similar to Genestealer Cults.
2) Dark Mechanicum - potentially alongside the above or as an entirely independent faction, if I was to guess I would say probably together.
3) Adeptus Arbites probably just for Necromunda I imagine, I believe someone mentioned this recently at the Weekender in casual conversation.
4) Inquisition - probably as an Index Imperialis Codex in White Dwarf soon after/along-side the release of Sisters of Battle. It would be really nice to see a multi-part plastic boxset but I would say that is definite wish-listing and probably unlikely
What are your thoughts where do you see Warhammer going in 2019 in terms of story and development?