I guess it's not surprising that the discussion has focused on the resin/plastic models so far.
For me, the more pressing issue is whether or not we'll continue to see Imperial Armour campaign books. Forge World's method, after all, was to align model releases with campaigns - giving us models for units that appear in the campaigns. This wasn't universal, but it covered the majority of their releases. When the Age of Darkness series became so popular, a lot of Forge World's resources were aligned with supporting the Horus Heresy units and the other "modern" campaign books slowed down considerably. These campaign books also allowed Forge World to present us with new sub-factions (e.g., Red Scorpions, Ellysian Drop Troops, Eldar Corsairs). Presently, Forge World's primary support is for the Age of Darkness, the Hobbit/Lord of the Rings, and the Specialist games (Necromunda: Underhive and Adeptus Titanicus: The Horus Heresy). When the Age of Darkness ends (Black Library novels coming to a climax soon, FW game likely ending soon, too), what happens then? Will we see campaign books? Will Forge World continue to give us new sub-factions? Will we see the specialist games range expand? Two fondly-remembered games from the old Specialist Games range were Epic: Armageddon and Battlefleet Gothic. The old Aeronautica Imperialis models were Epic scale models, and that game was a bridge between BFG (space naval combat) and Epic (surface combat).
I mean. They're doing heresy. They're doing specialist games. The release schedule for the heresy books hasn't exactly been stellar lately. I don't think they're gonna push their luck and insert things like a new vraks or badab in the middle of that. The next book would have to come out when, the next decade?
Even when Forgeworld was churning out stuff like crazy for the heresy, new stuff like every other week, it started to become pretty apparent that they didn't have enough time to focus on things they had been doing in the past. Things like new stuff for non legion space marines (most of their 30k heresy that can be used in 'modern' 40k aside) all but vanished under weight of legion specific contemptors (and now leviathans!)and shoulder pads and torsos.
I struggle to recall anything for 40k they've done recently beyond making their pet chapter the redscorpions chapter master into a leviathan and a command set for them, along with what, a Gabriel Angelos model that coincided with the flopped release of DoW3.
Forgeworld is not what it once was. Maybe if they conclude the Heresy they COULD go back to doing a new badab or similiar, but I'd expect that to come out from GW proper like a new Vigilus instead.
EDIT: Even if they might get done with the Heresy, they (presumably) won't get done with specialist games. It seems fairly clear to me they don't have the same amount of resources/lack of other obligations to take much of anything else on atm. I think we would've had seen all legions out for the heresy by now if they did, at the very least.
Edited by Reinhard, 12 April 2019 - 11:23 AM.