Place your bets!
The latest 40k Starter Kit is flying off the shelves and GW's thoughts must be now turing to the next Fantasy set (if they have not in fact already started work on it).
'Tis an exciting prospect to consider, given the quality of the last few sets.
What though, will be in it?
As a general thing, the following holds true:
It will almost certainly be Order Vs Disorder. There haven't been two armies from the same side since 5th ed's Brets Vs Lizardmen.
Is very likely to be Elite(ish) Vs Hoard(ish).
It will most likely NOT feature any army that already has an 8th ed book, nor any of the armies which get a book in 2013. GW generally (there are exceptions) likes to update the armies in the kit very close to the kit itself - most often one just before and one just after the new edition.
Those points actually give us quite a lot to work with.
So far in 8th we've seen Greenskins, Tomb Kings, Ogres, Vamps and Empire. To these we may confidently add Warriors of Chaos, Daemons and High Elves as also being 'too early' to be likely features of a 2014 Starter Kit. (We may also disregard both High Elves and Skaven for other, more obvious reasons).
That leaves the following contenders:
Going out on a limb here, I'd say Dwarves are unlikely, purely because they got the job in seventh.
Any of the remaining Forces of Order could appear, in fact, all of them have appeared in previous starter kits except for the Wood Elves.
Whilst it's not unknown for an army to feature in two starter kits (HE and Greenskins have both got two to their names) I'm going to have to call this one for the Woodies.
For the Forces of Disorder, Beastmen are the stand-out choice. $0k's Marine Vs Marine kit notwithstanding, having two similar armies like Wood Elves and Dark Elves in the kit seems like a bad idea.
Beastmen tick all the boxes, though. They can be hoardish compared to the Woody's Elitishness, they have a very differnet playstyle (CC compared to shooting).
I think the Beastmen's aesthetic is also a good choice. I can see the Wood elves performing poorly in the all-important 'Little Timmy' demographic. They are a bit girly looking, but the Beastmen will definately appeal to Timmy with their gnarly, macho vibe...
So, Battle for Loren, anyone?
What d'you think? And what would you like to see in the kit, or done with the kit? (Ideally for more reason than you collect army X and want some cheap minis).
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