Spinefists seem to be pointless, still! But alongside the redundant Strangleweb, still at 10pts there seems to be a new template in town that looks worth taking, although its15pts!. Anyway, Hormies become Beasts, which might make them worth taking again and a Tyranid Prime can finally join a unit of Warriors in a Spore Pod if they're his 'retinue'!
But yet what's this we also have a rumour that suggests 'things without models, not in Codex' - theres no models for the Spore Pod, does that mean there will be no new model for this.
And to cap it all NO ACCESS TO BIOMANCY, just the powers we already have in our Codex that won't be changing - SERIOUSLY!
Every rumour coming out now just sucks, we've relied on Biomancy to make us competitive and it's taken away?! Gaunts for 4pts and Hormies as Beasts, whoopee. Tervigons can still be wiped out even with Iron Arm or Endurance, you're lucky if they survive the game. We adapted to what was considered a poorly produced Codex. We found ways to overcome our deficiencies, like the gribblies themselves. Without allies, without all the whistles and bells of other armies we had time on our side to perfect a few small lists that not only could stand against our opponents but with a bit of luck overcome them!
The only conclusion I can come to is whatever 'big bad' is in the works that will be the prime target and 'must have purchase' we're forced into getting to leave the other models unmolested. I hat this idea and I'm even less convinced of this 'team' approach we're hearing about the author. So the 'team' got on board to finally make this the Codex the nids deserved, well we all know how 'design by committee' works - it doesn't. Maybe having a team makes it easier for them to shift the blame should this be as disastrous as it's shaping up to be.
This is why I'm not feeling the excitement. All these rumours are just spoiling what should be a new dawn, although if they're true it may end up being not so much a Dawn of War as a Dawn of Meh!