So here is an suggestion I came up with, what do you think about having sub-factions ?
It would allow alot of game workshop's armies to be represented in the game while allowing diversity inside each races.
Sub-faction would have different elite units and a few specific abilities.
Each sub-faction would be the 'pick and ban' option on multiplayer matches.
An example for a Space marines vs Eldar matchup :
1 ) So the 1st player wants to play Space Marines, and he is playing against an Eldar
2 ) The Eldar player doesn't like playing against the blood rage ability and Sanguinary Guard elite unit, so he bans the Blood Angel sub-faction.
3 ) Space marine player bans the Iyanden sub-faction, because he doesn't like the wraithguards army
4 ) The 2 players can then select a sub-faction from the remaining choices (in blind pick = opponent doesn't know what you choose at that moment) and enter the game.
NOTE: Different game scenarios and team matchups, can make it possible to draft pick (visible picks, and 1 player at a time chooses the sub-faction)
Options for some races would look like this (5-6 for each seems reasonable) :
- Space marines chapters (blood ravens, blood angels, space wolves, black templars, dark angels)
- Eldar Craftworlds (Iyanden, Uthwe, biel-tan, Alaitoc, Saim-hann)
- Orks clans (Blood axes, Goffs, Deathskulls, Bad Moons, Snakebites, Evil Sunz)
- Imperial guard doctrines (infantry, artillery, tanks, defenses, titans)
- Chaos gods (tzeentch, nurgle, khorne, slaneesh, undivided)
Each sub-faction would provide different strenghs and weakness in their gameplay, allowing specific strategies and counter-plays for each of them, and all that good stuff.
Extensions would bring armies, with a minimal set of sub-factions.
DLC could bring more sub-factions ... if they are correct and balanced enough.
Mods, could take the job of adding even more armies, and having even more sub-factions for each armies. They could also control the scale of battles with the base units from each races and the elite units from the sub-factions. And extend the epicness of battles.
Feel free to tell what you think, if you want to add something, if the suggestion seems good or bad, or even complicated.