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I'm very new to Warhammer 40k but have been eying the websites for a while now. I see models occasionally show up in new releases and advance orders. Now since I'm new a lot of these I can't recognize as being new or simply re-releases. So I was just wondering how often they actually release new models for any given army? Do they ever release models that are in a codex but don't have an official model already? (e.g. Old Zogwort).
Well, they usually update one race a few times a year, possibly alternating to a degree between Fantasy and 40K but I don't think it's quite as organised as that. As to new models, though... they release updates for models every few weeks, but usually only 1 at a time (for example, releasing new Leman Russes or whatever). They usually get round to releasing all the special characters eventually, but not always... certainly there's a few which people have been waiting a while for and probably won't ever see outside of custom builds.
Thank you for the response!
I kind of got the impression they sort of aimed to release something every half-month or so... But I've never really paid that much attention to exact release dates and it's probably not that organised, as Demon in White said.
But it depends on what they're releasing. I mean, for example, they've just brought out the new edition of Fantasy, so the release for the month is a rulebook and the boxed set (which may have some new models in it, I guess...). If they were releasing a Codex you might get the Codex and some miniatures at the start of the month, and then half way through the month a second release of minis.
If you want regular releases of stuff, play space marines, because you'll get something every couple of months. For any other army, you could be waiting years for anything new.
Normally characters (such as Old Zogwort), presuming they're in the new Codex/Army Book, would be released around the same time as that Codex/Army Book. GW don't tend to delve back in to their old stuff all that much, although it's hard to say definitively that they wouldn't ever do something like that.
They released Zagstruck and Snikrot a while after the Codex was, maybe we'll get a Zogwort?
P.S New killa kan models look AWESOME!
Releases are pretty common really, although unless it's Marines it could be a while until you get something new. As was mentioned they usually rerelease codices every couple of years or so with an initial batch of new models and rereleases with shiny boxes, followed by a secondary wave a few months later, and the occational extra thing now and then, often blisters.
If it's Marines you want, you'll get something new pretty much every month at least.