I've never understood why templars were pushed into codex Marines and reduced to such a low profile by GW as I can't think of another faction that is so completely grim dark gothic space monks.
Because literally all their units, save for troop one, were 100% identical?
I played BT in 4th, literally only difference was oath, renamed chapter champion, veterans, and 2 HQs. Oh, and no librarians. And even in the troop unit case most people were just playing it like tactical squad with 1 heavy, 1 special, making them almost indistinguishable from Codex SM. Big whoopedoo, if your 'differences' can fit on one page, condensing them was the only sane thing to do. It's not like BT are the only chapter with interesting visual design, there are dozens of them.
Granted, DA should have been condensed long before BT, because they ARE Codex chapter, and before some fanboy at GW gave them zillion units with broken rules (especially most recent terminator ones, giving them better rule than relics of multiple armies do on a single character, for free, on whole army, for pretty much no fluff reason...) they were completely identical to codex SM (and should return to being so), but ultimately, they both belong there. I for one am glad the better system from HH was finally adopted, 3 editions late, but still.
I recently heard whisperings of a BT release but to be honest I didn't believe them, and when I used to post stuff on the forum I was crucified if it didn't come true
Gee, I have no idea why people would be upset with *glances at Rumor Accuracy Tracker* 3 half true rumors, 15 false ones. That's, like, perfect score
Speaking of which, can you tell GW to hurry? I am still waiting for the plastic warhound you said is coming, as well as third plastic HH army box set with "Forge Lord, Assault Marines, Breachers, Deredeo Dread, and maybe additional HQ character". Oh, also that AdMech robot bigger than castellan, would be nice to paint them over winter. It will surely appear aaany day now, after all, only 4 years passed from the date of your post saying it's "imminent"?