Huh, so it seems the manager at my local GW was spot-on with these
Also, bladeguard and eradicators aside, Indomitus was full of characters. Will these be disappear forever like the ones from Dark Imperium now that Indomitus is gone?
The Indomitus ones are exclusive to that box I think, thus the demand for it.
I'd be shocked if Dark Imperium's characters didn't appear in a Primaris/Death Guard Start Collecting(!) soon though, since I don't think they ever said anything about those being exclusive.
Well, in the "New Models coming" teaser, we saw what is unmistakably a Death Guard character with a cloak.
Dark Imperium had 3 Marine Characters, 3 Death Guard characters. Of those six, only the Captain in Gravis, Primaris Ancient, Malignant Plaguecaster* and Noxious Blightbringer haven't gotten a (widely available) separate release.
I can definitely see them becoming single, multipart characters later on.
*The Plaguecaster did, but it's in Space Marine Heroes 3
This is interesting. I've been wondering if we'll see multipart versions of the outriders and assault intercessors. It seems to me that the squads that fit completely on a single sprue like that don't really need to be created as multipart kits. I wouldn't be surprised if they just released a box with the outriders in at some point, for example.
There were models in Dark Imperium that never got an independent release. The Primaris ancient, for example. I think that was on the equivalent of the same sprue with all the squad leaders, lieutenants and so on.
I could be extrapolating too much though. It's entirely possible they just designed the intercessors, outriders, necron warriors etc. to be on their own sprues so they could go into starter sets like this. In that case it wouldn't have much bearing on whether they were going to be replicated in future. The intercessors, inceptors and hellblasters in Dark Imperium all did get their own kits eventually.
They'll all get Multiparts. The Bladeguard show this.
The ones on the single sprues are going to be in the starter boxes from here on out, but the Multipart ones are necessary because we can get wargear options (however minor) and different poses.
Plus: Do you really think GW will make players who want more have to cut off shoulder pads to use their own chapter iconography?