they dont make all the models for each release any more. they just put out a few models so they can bring out a new book every month. they will bring out new models in waves in a few months, this gets everyone excited to buy the new models and spend all their money.
we will probably see the new models in a year or if were lucky at the release of the new editon
It was explained to me that they have several molds and/or greens prepared. This includes things like the WHFB Daemon Prince (pictured in the WoC book), some of the other Daemon models, and on the 40k side: a Thunderhawk, and Emperor Class Titan, notably.
The reason that they haven't run all of these, is that they feel there is not enough demand for the models. They don't have enough room at their current factory, and would have to bring in more injection machines in order to cast these figures. Machines like this are expensive and huge, and they have neither the funds, nor the space to bring them in currently. They could facilitate this, but the cost would be passed on to the consumer. With low demand, and increased production costs, the price of the models would skyrocket.
Additionally, there are models and molds available for sale right now. However, these were not put into production immediately and will be released in waves after the books. Supposedly, by the end of the summer, most of the metal cavalry models will have been phased out (with the likely exception of Blood Knights). I'm not sure what the situation is when it comes to the missing lines for Daemons and apparently Beastmen.
If 8people's sweetheart has a different answer, it will be interesting to read. GW is a mammoth company, and their game has been around for a long time. People may gripe about their business practices, but they are doing what they have to in order to stay in business. Unfortunately, you can't please everyone 100% of the time, and the people who feel slighted are going to be far more vocal, leading to GW getting a bad rep.
I would hazard a guess that some of the models can be converted, and that unless you intend to participate in a sanctioned event, third-party sculpts can likely be found.
Cygor - Two strips of green stuff. A Giant, One pair of Minotaur Horns, A Pair of the Large Stegadon Horns, Foam to Make a Rock, Spikes From Ungor Raider Bows For Teeth And Plastic Lightning Claws for Canines
Jabberslythe - Stegadon Body, Cut/Filed off the horns from most of the face, Hunting down a plastic dragon for the kinky legs and tail, going to greenstuff a massive, toady mouth on him and use a whip from a spare corpse cart sprue as a long, slimy tongue. Add scenery to taste
Ghorgon - Boyfriend has a spare Balrog that I'm going to mutilate. Will not be putting cutlery on him though, bony protusions, certainly, but looking like actual cutlery like in the pictures is a bit far, lol.
I was partly mistaken beforehand - the Jabberslythe has no picture because the sculpting team wanted a good crack at it without having something in the book to live up to. By the sounds of it the sculptors are going to work on the 'Big Three' but will probably take a while - the Beastmen release flopped a fair bit
(My hearing is poor, so when the story was passed round when we had guests over I misheard a part of it - I thought I'd heard the sculpting team wanted the models for themselves, I presumed they had been greened the sculptors had gone "MINE" lol)
I ordered three McFarlen toys... The Jaberslythe is probably a little big but what can you do? I know it's a little lame but I cant be expected to buy a bunch of Chaos Spawns for conversions - Plus I already glue my hands together enough as it is, no need to add an exacto knife in the mix!
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