I honestly dont like the new baneblade variants. For one thing I think that they will become more commonplace than the baneblade simply cause their is more in the box which wouldnt fit the background and anything that leads to the massive proliferation of Strength D will just be annoying as hell. In addition it seems like the bulk of them are just made up so that they can justify having them in the box without doing anything really different from one of the existing tanks. Every one of them has a match in the list of Baneblade, Shadowsword, Stormblade, Hellhammer with possibly the exception of the transport. Literally all they did was put new names on annoying vehicles.
Meh... each to their own, mate.
I agree that GW seems to be pulling this shit out of their tail-pipes. I mean, where are the Stormblades and the Stormhammers? Those are in Epic. Was the Hellhammer?
However, I still like these new things. They are interesting alternatives and will add variety to the super-heavy tanks out there. As for fluff, this is Warhammer 40K here. There are about a bujillion different varients on the toothbrush. The Aquila pattern toothbrush may be the most popular and common, but its a big universe.
I wish they would do some smaller scale stuff for marines though. Most of what we got in reload is rules for formations that would cost over 1000 of dollars to collect.
Yeah... because the Masters of the Chapters and Marius Calgar's formation aren't small scale, very cost-efficient for free assets, and completely exclusive to marines. And 'small scale' seems completely counter to the very concept of apocalypse.
If you don't like em, make your own. Make it "Triangulum's Custom Marine Formation, because he doesn't think there are enough", and put in it whatever you want. We have this rather long and well loved thread dedicated to that sorta stuff
Marines need more love and attention like the Sahara needs sand.