One of the things I've always loved about Combined Army and that drew me to it initially is the EI Aspect units. The Charontid, Avatar, Anathematic, and Skiavoro are some of my favorites in the game, both aesthetically and mechanically. When Onyx was first announced and the previews contained units like the Unidron and Xeodron Batroids, I got excited that the biomechanical horror sectorial had finally arrived. Of course, when I actually got to see it, I was disappointed; it had some of the aesthetics I liked, but it excluded all of my favorite models and required building lists in ways that I ended up not enjoying. And while I've mostly stopped playing Onyx because I'd rather play vanilla and MAF, that's not to say that I didn't have fun. A Samaritan and Xeodron Haris is pretty neat, Unidron fireteams are interesting and powerful, but in the end, I just kept on feeling like I was missing out on what I really wanted to be able to do. When I've commented on this in the past, one of the responses I always get is that if Aspects were in a sectorial, then nobody would play Vanilla anymore. Now, I'm not really sure that's true, but let's pause a moment and take a look at OperationS. Aleph has a lot of similarities to Combined Army, both in theme and mechanics. They're both factions controlled by AIs, and when they were designing Aleph, they clearly drew a lot of inspiration from what they'd previously done in Combined. It's hard to deny the similarities between a Combined list with a Charontid, Daturazi, Med-Tech, and Imetrons and an Aleph list based on an Asura, Myrmidons, Sophotect, and Netrods. And this is why OperationS stings so much - they started with all the same counterarguments about how you can't put all of that into a sectorial without cheapening the generic faction, except they managed to succeed. A mixed link of Dakini and Devas looks a lot like the Unidrons and Nexus/Legate team. Yes, you gain the ability to take multiple Asuras, possibly in fireteams - but you don't have any smoke, so their power is kept in check. And you know what? Onyx doesn't have access to smoke, either! So I guess the obvious question is, why don't I just pick up the Coldfront box and play OSS? I've considered it. But in the end, I'd still end up feeling like I'm not actually playing the army that I want to. While I'm happy to see Aleph players getting a chance to try out all their new toys, and new ways of playing old toys, I'm just a little sad that Combined Army didn't get the same treatment.