Waaaghboss in Training
If we're going to get Primaris bikes, it'll be a couple of years. IIRC, Shadowspear and the new codex were the first major expansions of the Marine range since the previous codex, which came out about two years ago. I'm guessing it'll be at least 18 months to two years until we see a completely new unit. In the meantime, GW is going to be busy filling out the codex supplements with new characters and upgrade sprues and bringing the three non-codex chapters up to speed.Primaris will probably get bikes eventually, so if I wanted to do White Scars, I'd probably be holding out to see what those models are like.
Also, I'm wondering if we're even going to see bikes at all. So far, GW has avoided making straight Primaris analogues to existing unit types, which is why I think the jetbike/speeder suggestions are the most likely outcome.
I think it's much simpler than that. YouTube incentivizes long videos, and it's a lot less work to just flip through a book and ramble on than to script and edit a concise review. It's been a trend on a lot of video game channels as well, and as long as viewers are fine with it, we'll keep seeing more raw, undeveloped, overly long content.But then I started to wonder - is the reason super-longform video content for miniatures games seems so dominant, because people can watch them while painting?
Getting back to the new Space Marine codex, it's clear that Marines needed a bit of a boost, but I'm not sure if the new book has overshot the mark a bit. I have three possible opponents eager to give it a go, so I'll be able to judge for myself soon. Still, there's already two positive takeaways for me. One, this is a serious effort from GW to combat soup and encourage single-codex armies. And two, the usual fears of GW killing off the old Marine range are again unfounded, despite baseless rumormongering from clickbait sites like BoLS.