Hello. I've been a lurker since WII's reveal (Chaos Dwarfs, where is the love? is still best thread ever). You all have provided me so much entertainment over the years (especially this week) and due to needing an account for G&R I decided to show some gratitude.
With the current popular theory that the DLC will be the Ratman vs Edgy Elves, Clan Moulder is the most logical choice for fleshing (haha) out the Skaven as they are lacking their most "ICONIC" monster; The Giant Rat. As such Throt the Unclean is the most logical choice for leading the clan, however we all know CA likes to be subversive for better or worse and they LOVE saving money. So who better to accomplish this than Skweel Gwawtooth.
Skweel has four things going for him that I believe CA will find more appealing than my Goi Throt.
I. He is one of 4 remaining 7th Edition Skaven Army Book Characters to choose from and as we saw with Tretch, CA does not view Lord choices above Hero choices (Throt was a LL and Skweel was a LH).
II. He is a Packmaster from Clan Moulder. This means he can be justified leading the Great Clan even if it should be Throt. More importantly here however, is his creation can easily lead to the creation of a Packmaster hero or a Master Moulder/Mutator Lord.
III. He has a natural affinity with Giant rats and other Moulder monsters apart from the Hell Pit Abomination. This makes the special skills easy to plan out and also makes unit choices easier. Giant Rats, Wolf Rats and Brood Horrors (Though I wouldn't mind if this was what a hypothetical Throt got as well). Brood Horrors as well lead to the final point and largest (haha) point.
IV. Animations. CA works on a budget obviously, so who would be easier to animate? A "GENERIC" Ratman with a special whip or an obese ratman with a third arm? The third arm is my main reasoning for this thread. Skweel can use the existing Skaven model like Tretch, but Throt would require a new model just for that third arm.
Another problem with the new model is CA LOVES MOUNTS! So they would want their new Skaven LL on a mount. Skweel would be easy to place on a mount as the Brood Horror would also be given to the Warlord/Master Mutator as per the Forgeworld rules. Skweel could reuse those assets, whereas Throt would need his own unique animation set for the Brood Horror mount.
I of course could be wrong and I hope so. Throt the Unclean is a far more important character in both lore and TT, and as the last DLC proved their mount obsession hopefully has started calming down and I have no real knowledge of how models/animations work, I just tend to be pessimistic. I'm curious as to how this community feels as there are so many conflicting personalities on this Forum.