had a look into the lore and the empire as far as they go are kaput. mechanically they still exist as they arn't going to make an army no longer exist as players would go crazy but the old world is gone.Richard wrote:Guys, does the Empire still feature or is it just the Goldie Guys now? Just wondered as Warlord have just released their long awaited Landsknechts and they look rather nice...
the world that existed before where all 8 winds of magic blew and all races existed is gone it was blown up in the final moments of the war against chaos. afterwards, Sigmar and other gods were scattered around the place on the rubble of the old world and the gods of chaos went back to fighting amongst themselves.
Later a giant dragon appears who talks with Sigmar and shows him that 8 new realms exist in the place of the old 8 winds of magic, so one for death, metal, fire, heavens, shadow etc. and on those realms new life has come to being but with the winds of magic affecting them in some way. for instance, I think the new fire dwarves are from the plane of fire and the flying dwarves from the realm of metal were I to hazard a guess.
while Sigmar is being shown around he draws the attention of the 3 chaos gods (as slanesh I think is only in 40 as he is born from the Eldar's gluttony or something) who are all drawn to the realms and want to conquer them like the good old days. usual *** happens where chaos cannot fully manifest until shock horror, Nagesh betrays the alliance of gods and allows the chaos gods to properly manifest. with this Sigmar and his chosen retreat back into his realm/ rubble of the old world and goes about making the Stormcast Eternals. this is known as the age of chaos.
finally Sigmar things his stormcasts are ready and bursts forth from his rubble home and begins to reform the alliance of gods against chaos. This begins the Age of Sigmar. any who are in the grand alliance of Order are on Sigmar's side, Chaos on Chaos Side, Death their own and Destruction seem to be there for *** and giggles as usual
were I to speculate I could see some form of empire and bretonia popping back up in the realm of metal in some form in the future. hopefully at least so empire and bretonian players get some love without having to play stormcast. same for the actual elf contingent of wood elves, the high and dark elves likely from the realm of the heavens and the realm of shadow.
But yeah beyond lore you can play what ever. there are free battle scrolls to update all the old books for free online you just need to google them. I can see empire or bretonian's getting some treatment in the future, hopefully, sooner rather that later as there isn't a human race with updated rules as the stormcasts are living weapons with the souls of man (not quite the same )
sorry for the long post
tldr: can play anything the rules are online but lore wise I am sure something that uses empire like models will be released in the future.