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40k Unboxing- Forge World Avenger Strike Fighter

Checkout one of the coolest flyer from Forge World, the Avenger Strike Fighter!

Today I’m unboxing the new Avenger Strike Fighter from Forgerworld, and I gotta tell you I really like the look of this thing.

I think the reason that it is so appealing to me, is because it borrows so many design elements from other fictional aircraft.

I mean at first glance it seems to be styled like a Naboo Star Fighter from Star Wars Episode I. Heck, it looks like they almost even subconsciously painted it yellow above!

I got into a lot of the styling aspects similarities in my video, but I think we all know this was meant to be Forge World’s version of the A-10 Warthog; a gun build to fly.

Recently, I even did a huge spread on Stormtalon that was converted up to resemble the Warthog, and be a “counts as” Stormraven.

That thing looked pretty good, and I’m itching to try a similar conversion.

Back to the Avenger though, released at the end of July this kit even has official rules, as Forge World published them in their IA: Aeronautica book on the same day! 

Hopefully this is a precursor to future Forge World releases where the rules follow or coincide with the release!

The Kit



Avenger Strike Fighter  available for 70 pounds (~$109) from Forge World.

The Avenger is a dedicated strike fighter, intended to conduct high-speed, low-level attacks on ground targets, with armoured vehicle formations and high-value strategic assets such as munitions dumps forming its principal prey. The Avenger Strike Fighter boasts firepower that exceeds most other Imperial aircraft of its size, and its particular reputation as a tank-killer is due to the Avenger bolt cannon it carries. 

The Avenger is an ancient design, believed to originate on Ancient Terra sometime during the Age of Strife. It was adopted by forces loyal to the Divine Saint Sebastian Thor during the bloody wars of faith and schism now called the Age of Apostasy. Its effectiveness is such that it is now a staple of any Imperial Navy air support mission, holding a glamour of holy import in the wider Imperium. The Avenger is often specifically requested by the Adeptus Sororitas should they require close support in their purgations, 

The Avenger Strike Fighter is a finely-detailed multi-part resin kit designed by Daren Parrwood. The kit contains two crew figures and a fully detailed cockpit interior, and the two lascannons supplied with this kit can both be supplemented and replaced with other Forge World Imperial Navy weapons. Courtesy FW’s site

Unboxing


Enough talk from me, enjoy the unboxing video below!

Oh and don’t forget to checkout this unboxing of a cool Chaos baddie, the Decimator! -MBG

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Xtreme Close Up- Unboxing the Sicaran Battle Tank

Behold the unboxing of 40k’s Newest Battle Tank, the Sicaran from Forge World.

The Sicaran is the first of a new line of battletanks produced by Forge World for games of both Horus Heresy, and Warhammer 40k.

Recently an even more extreme tank hunting version was announced, and will be on the way soon.

The base Sicaran tank has been super anticipated since Forge World leaked previews earlier in the year, and this kit was well worth the wait!

The tank comes with multiple weapon options for the sponsons (Heavy Bolters or Lascannons), as well as an incredibly detailed chassis that raided a few questions in and of itself.

There is no doubt in my mind that the majority of this kit was produced with the aid of an computer program. The exactly symmetrical halves coupled with the filleted out hollow regions internally is something that can only duplicated (and mirrored even) with the assistance of a computer.

Not that that’s a bad thing, this kit is amazing. I’m just making a statement that there seems to be a shift in how Forge World is designing their models, and it’s probably for the better!

The Kit



Sicaran Battle Tank available for 72 pounds (~$112) from Forge World.

One of the most advanced armoured units in the arsenal of the Great Crusade, the Sicaran Battle Tank was the exclusive province of the Space Marine Legions. The Sicaran utilises component technologies from various STC patterns to create a high-speed ‘destroyer’ tank to complement the more commonplace Predator and Land Raider designs. 

The primary armament of the main Sicaran variant is the sophisticated Herakles pattern accelerator autocannon, a superior rapid-firing and highly accurate weapon. It fires shells at far higher velocities than a standard autocannon, enabling it to successfully track and engage swift moving targets and pinpoint vulnerabilities in enemy armour with lethal precision. 

The Sicaran Battle Tank, designed by Phil Stutcinskas, is a complete resin kit. The rules for this model can be found in the Horus Heresy Book 2: Massacre..  -Courtesy FW’s site

Unboxing


I can not wait to get this assembled and on the tabletop!  For now though, enjoy the video of Forge World’s newest main battle tank!

Oh and don’t forget to checkout my unboxing of another fan favorite the Fire Raptor. -MBG

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40k Unboxing- NEW Fire Raptor from Forge World

It’s finally here! Checkout the unboxing of the Fire Raptor Gunship, Forge World’s newest flyer model.

The Fire Raptor is the second Stormraven variant Forge World has released in two years, the first being the Storm Eagle (which you can checkout our review of HERE).

This thing has been super anticipated since Forge World leaked previews of it during the UK Games Day a few months ago, and it has not disappointed fans with it’s arrival.

The kit comes with multiple weapon options for the ball turret weapon systems, as well as a semi detailed interior compartment and new fuselage sections.

Overall it looks great, but it will take a little extra work to straighten out the left and right fuselage sections during assembly.  Plus the socket on each side where the ball turrets go seem to be a potential weak point as well.

The Kit



Fire Raptor Gunship available for 95 pounds (~$153) from Forge World.

The Fire Raptor Gunship is a specialised variant of the Storm Eagle known to have its origins in the Imperium’s dim and distant past. The vehicle is configured to maximise ammunition stowage in order to feed the voracious appetite of its numerous weapons and this is achieved by sacrificing the Storm Eagle’s transport capacity.

The secrets of the Fire Raptors construction were lost sometime after the Horus Heresy but Fire Raptors are now being fielded in increasing numbers across the countless war zones of the 41st Millennium, suggesting that an as-yet unidentified Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World or Adeptus Astartes Chapter Forge has come into possession of a complete STC imprint. 

The Fire Raptor Gunship, designed by Stuart Williamson, is a complete resin and plastic kit armed with twin-linked avenger bolt cannon, wing-mounted hellstrike missiles and two ball turrets sporting either quad heavy bolters or twin-linked autocannon.  -Courtesy FW’s site

Unboxing


Hopefully I can get a break from this weekend’s madness to assemble this puppy and report back on that as well!  For now though, enjoy the video of Forge World’s newest flyer.

Oh and don’t forget to checkout my unboxing of the first Stormraven variant, the Storm Eagle.  -MBG

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40k Unboxing- Forge World Avenger Strike Fighter

Checkout the newest flyer from Forge World, the Avenger Strike Fighter!

Today I’m unboxing the new Avenger Strike Fighter from Forgerworld, and I gotta tell you I really like the look of this thing.

I think the reason that it is so appealing to me, is because it borrows so many design elements from other fictional aircraft.

I mean at first glance it seems to be styled like a Naboo Star Fighter from Star Wars Episode I. Heck, it looks like they almost even subconsciously painted it yellow above!

I got into a lot of the styling aspects similarities in my video, but I think we all know this was meant to be Forge World’s version of the A-10 Warthog; a gun build to fly.

Recently, I even did a huge spread on Stormtalon that was converted up to resemble the Warthog, and be a “counts as” Stormraven.

That thing looked pretty good, and I’m itching to try a similar conversion.

Back to the Avenger though, released at the end of July this kit even has official rules, as Forge World published them in their IA: Aeronautica book on the same day! 

Hopefully this is a precursor to future Forge World releases where the rules follow or coincide with the release!

The Kit



Avenger Strike Fighter  available for 70 pounds (~$109) from Forge World.

The Avenger is a dedicated strike fighter, intended to conduct high-speed, low-level attacks on ground targets, with armoured vehicle formations and high-value strategic assets such as munitions dumps forming its principal prey. The Avenger Strike Fighter boasts firepower that exceeds most other Imperial aircraft of its size, and its particular reputation as a tank-killer is due to the Avenger bolt cannon it carries. 

The Avenger is an ancient design, believed to originate on Ancient Terra sometime during the Age of Strife. It was adopted by forces loyal to the Divine Saint Sebastian Thor during the bloody wars of faith and schism now called the Age of Apostasy. Its effectiveness is such that it is now a staple of any Imperial Navy air support mission, holding a glamour of holy import in the wider Imperium. The Avenger is often specifically requested by the Adeptus Sororitas should they require close support in their purgations, 

The Avenger Strike Fighter is a finely-detailed multi-part resin kit designed by Daren Parrwood. The kit contains two crew figures and a fully detailed cockpit interior, and the two lascannons supplied with this kit can both be supplemented and replaced with other Forge World Imperial Navy weapons. Courtesy FW’s site

Unboxing


Enough talk from me, enjoy the unboxing video below!

Oh and don’t forget to checkout my most recent unboxing of the newest Chaos baddie, the Decimator! -MBG

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40k Unboxing- Forge World Chaos Decimator Engine

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar! Part Deamon, part Dreadnought, all attitude.

Today I’m unboxing the Forge World Chaos Decimator Engine, and you would not believe just how far down the rabbit hole the styling on this one goes.

While this kit does not have a book yet, it still has a set of pretty sweet experimental rules from Forge World (posted on the item page).

The model itself is like a huge dreadnought, (and even towers over them physically) designed to go toe to toe with the loyalist Contemptor model released awhile ago.

Hopefully this is a pre-cursor to future Forge World releases for Chaos or even a rumored Chaos campaign book expansion (Horus Hersey- cough, cough),

The Kit



Chaos Decimator Engine  available for 35 pounds (~$55) from Forge World.

The Decimator is a brutal and hellish creation; the essence of a creature of the Warp bound and fettered within the armoured bulk of a bipedal war machine. Great slab-shoulders of tainted and defiled ceramite and adamantium, and a low-set ‘head’ give the Decimator a characteristic hunched posture which exudes brooding and vicious menace.


Inquisitorial savants do not know for sure what malefic party is responsible for this sinful innovation as the Decimator is capable of fielding a wide range of armament: rapid-firing Butcher Cannons, multi-barrelled Stormlasers, and great raking Siege Claws to name but a few. Towering over even the mighty Contemptor Pattern Dreadnoughts of the Adeptus Astartes, the Decimator is believed to be an attempt to bolster the ranks of such ancient devices that still serve the Traitor Legions. If this is the truth, then it is feared that many warriors of the Imperium will fall before these deadly war machines.


The Decimator Daemon Engine, model designed by Daren Parrwood and Edgar Skomorowski, is an incredibly detailed full resin kit that stands roughly 4″ (102mm) tall. Arms / Weapons sold separately. Courtesy FW’s site


Unboxing


For now though, enjoy the video. Oh and don’t forget to checkout my unboxing of the newest Forge World flyer, the Storm Eagle. -MBG

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40k Unboxing- Forge World Eldar Revenant Titan

MBG here with some more Eldar Super Heavy lovings.
This is the Reventant titan, and it’s younger brother of the biggest titan in existence, the Phantom.

Today I’m unboxing the Forge World Eldar Revenant Titan for you, and while its not over three feet tall, it’s still pretty sweet!

Recently in conjunction with their Imperial Armor 11 “Doom of Mymera” book, Forge World revised the rules a bit, clarifying how it’s holofields work. Now they go off against all attacks even close combat ones (as long as it moved in its’ movement phase)!

Plus its got Jump Jets for getting into the fray fast and re-positioning quicker. This puppy will go toe to toe with any Titan it’s size out there, and decimate any army foolish enough to not bring a super heavy against it.

All for under 1,000 points. Not too shabby.

The Kit



Eldar Revenant Titan  available for 182 pounds (~$283) from Forge World.

The Eldar Revenant combines high speed with devastating firepower. It is armed with 2 Pulsars and Revenant Missile launcher. Complete resin multi part model that can be built in a variety of poses. Standing approximately 12inches (300mm) tall to the top of its head. This model comes with 2 head variants, base not included. Master Model by Will Hayes, crew sculpted by Simon Egan.
 Courtesy FW’s site


Unboxing


For now though, enjoy the video. Oh and don’t forget to checkout my unboxing of the Limited Edition Boarding Marine from last week. -MBG

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Sparrowhawk- Imperial Guard Flyer Conversion

Today I have for you a blast from the past, the Sparrowhawk.

This conversion is one of the first articles I ever did for the blog, and look whats out now, a bunch of new flyer models.  

I think it’s also one of the coolest conversions I’ve ever done as well I’ts funny because I actually made two, I needed another one to do the “how-to” article!

The best part about this model is that can represent almost any flying vehicle in the Warhammer 40k universe.

Just add some Lascannons on the wingtips and you have a Lightning, or model both engines, one on each wing, and you have a Thunderbolt. Add a few Orky bits and you have a Ork Fighter or a Fighter Bomber. Make it a little pointer and it becomes a bit Chaotic.

I suppose you can even use it as a Valkyrie/ Vendetta, although it may get a little windy for the embarked troops. All this for the price of a Valkyrie kit! (which now doesn’t really seem like such a great deal…)

So here is a step by step guide for this conversion. The only part that is hard per ce is converting the cockpit assembly. After that it is all downhill.

So grab you tools and follow along with my guide, but remember to be safe and if you are a youngster get your parents help with this. Spikeybits is for the children.


These are the parts you will need to start with. The tail fins you may not need right yet, but I think they were all around the same spot so I may have clipped them to save time.

I used Testors Plastic Glue with applicator tip for almost all the assembly of this model. Just apply the glue like normal and then dab the wet glue with a paper towel and it will become tacky and adhere better.

First you are going to need to remove the area highlighted in red on the left and right fuselage pieces. I used a bonesaw and just removed it all in one cut. The line that you need to cut down follows the recessed area that the wings normally fit into.It should look like the piece on the right when you are done.

Now turn over the pieces you just cut and remove the support structure highlighted in red above.You want the whole interior flush with the outer wall. You will be putting the cockpit assembly in here. I used side cutters and just snipped it off using the inner wall as a guide.  File it down if necessary afterwords.

Another easy step is just to take the right and left front cockpit pieces and remove the area highlighted in red. I found that its easier to cut it from the inside, like the pic on the right. Again I used a bonesaw and sliced down the diagonal line shown with one cut.

You should now have two of the pieces shown on the left. Now just cut off thier rear sections, again highlighted in red, and following the diagonal line shown.


Now you are ready to start the cockpit assembly. Take the front nose plate and attach the two cockpit frames to it as shown.

Now attach the front pilots seat with controls to the assembly. You have to use a random piece of sprue to support the seat in the rear. I used regular super glue and  zip kicker to attach the support bar so it would give the plastic glue around the rest of it time to set.  You have to make sure the sides of the hull attach to the inside cockpit or else you clear glass will not sit right. I used a glue cap to prop the whole thing up while it was drying. As the whole thing starts to set be sure to dry fit your clear cockpit glass and make adjustments as needed. (P.S. this step is annoying but important.)

Once the cockpit assembly is dry, test fit the two long fuselage pieces to it.  You can see how they attach to each other in the picture on the left. Now the tricky part is to figure out the measurement for the horizontal supports that will hold the fuselage together.

The grid squares on my mat are about one inch, so your supports will be between 3/4″ to 1″ wide.  Cut them out of random sprue and attach the first one in the very rear. Keep the whole thing flush, don’t let one side bulge out or anything. Use the front cockpit assembly to line things up, but attach it last. I used glue and kicker the fuselage supports to give me quick strength. After those are dry and things are all lined up, use plastic glue to attach the cockpit assembly.

Attach a square of plastic card to the bottom as shown. Make sure you don’t cross the red line as the jet engine will go here. I think I used .20″ width card on this project, but feel free to use whatever will fit and look good.

Now you have to make the top of the fuselage. Grab the Valkyrie engine block piece shown, and set it down next to your assembly. (you dont have to attach the front of the engine block) As you can see in the picture on the left some of the fuselage must be removed to accommodate the top. Make sure that your assembly is dry and mark out where you will need to cut. While you are doing all of this keep in mind he top of this piece you are adding has to square up with your cockpit glass. So multiple dry fits are needed here as well to make sure your glass will fit snug. Don’t forget the plastic frame as well that attaches over the glass- that will truly define where these two pieces touch.

Again I used my bonesaw to get a straight edge when cutting into the top of the fuselage. You could probably used clippers if you dont mind using putty to make a straight edge later. As it stands you will have to putty in the highlighted area in green on both sides of the frame. You may want to add some plastic card to give you a bottom to add putty to in that area as well. Otherwise you will just lose the putty into the hull!  More on this later, from here the rest of this conversion is pretty easy.

Before you start on the wings, mix up a batch of Kneadatite (Green Stuff) and fill in the gaps in the mid fuselage area.  Just take it slow and follow the taper of the plane.  I added in one of the panel gaps as well to make it blend in better. You can do as much or as little as you want here.


Grab your normal Valkyrie wing sections and cut them, again with your bonesaw, where they bend. You also have to trim the wing tip thrusters and the landing skid housing off as well. This is so the wing is flat like a jet fighter’s would be.  I found that it is easier to trim down the wings before you glue the top and bottom halves together.  After the glue has dried cut them in half using the bend in the wing as a guide. You may also have to make a secondary cut to square the left and right wing halves up. I used a combination of the bonesaw, clippers and 100 grit sandpaper for this.  When it’s all said and done you should have the four wing sections pictured.

Now you have to cover up those unsightly gaps in wings with a little plastic card. I made a pattern so all the panels would look the same, and used a leather punch to add rivets to the plates so that they matched the existing stricture.

In order to give you wings the strength they need to not fall off, you have to pin the halves and then the whole wing assembly to the fuselage. A little trick I use for pinning is to cut the pins then put them in a upside down base. Then I hit them with some Kicker and leave them to soak in for a second. I apply glue to the holes I drilled and use my side clippers like tweezers to place the pins in the pre-drilled holes.  Make sure your area is ventilated or do this outside cause this stuff will give you a headache, and it causes cancer in California.

You can see I used 2 pins per piece. Use the horizontal lines as a guide to drill your holes. Don’t glue the wings together yet.

Now you have to attach your wings to the hull. You will want to line up the bottom of the wing with the highlighted line in red.  Once you figure out where the pins will attach to the fuselage drill your holes as normal. However make the rear hole a bit bigger so that you can adjust the taper of the wing to the bottom of the hull. Its very hard to line the two holes up perfectly so this gives you a little wiggle room to make the wings perfectly flush with the bottom of the hull.

Use plastic glue only attach closest wing halves on.  As its starting to bond use kicker and glue to secure the pins to the hull. You have to flip the assembly over and glue into the hull from the bottom for this, but its pretty easy. Then add the wingtip halves on and your wing is finished.

 Assemble the engine as normal, except to not add the turbine bit to the end. Once its dry add it to the bottom of the plane as shown. The front lines up with the piece of plastic card you attached earlier. If your fuselage is too wide for the engine, just cut a strip of plastic card to attach it to.  The rest of the fuselage will be covered with card from here on out.

So grab some plastic card and cut out sections to enclose the rest of the fuselage. Once those were dry I cut more sections and added rivets to them to make the whole thing blend together.

The last step is to add your tail fins. They attach just like normal although they are upside down from the placement on the Valkyrie.  Now its best to let the whole thing dry for awhile. So find some way to suspend it with the weight on the wings. This way they should dry straight and it also won’t interfere with the drying of the lower fins and engine.

If you know what vehicle you are making you can add weapons and icons at any time. Don’t forget about the pilot and adding your canopy glass once you are done painting it.

Here is some extreme close ups of my jet. I’ll be working on this puppy some more in the future.

 
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40k Unboxing- NEW Orks Bommer Model Kit

Last but not least… DA ORK BOMMER, har, har, har.

If you haven’t had a chance to checkout the newest flyers yet, be sure to take a closer look at this kit. You just might catch the Green Fever…

The Ork Bommer model is amazing, it’s also the only three sprue flyer kit of the new releases, and contains a TON of extra bits for Konversions.

On this video unboxing I had a very special guest helping me, but I’ll let you watch the video to find out who it is.

I cracked open all the new “Flyer” kits recently and did a wave of  unboxing videos for them.  You can check them out from their embedded links, or scroll though my YouTube Channel for more!

I can’t wait for more awesome ground breaking plastics from the Citadel Design Team in the future, as  2012 has been amazing in terms of quality plastic kits!

Oh and if you haven’t heard yet, we’re giving away FOUR choices of flyer kits to four lucky blog followers.

Checkout all the details, here.

Enjoy the video, and have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to make machine gun noises with your flyers either! -MBG

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40k Unboxing- NEW Necrons Night / Doom Scythe

Yeah more flyers!

Well new flyer models have official been released, and

Today I have for you the unboxing review of The new Necron Doom / Night Scythe

I also had a very special guest helping me, but I’ll let you watch the video to find out who it is.

This model is pretty straightforward, but remarkably detailed.  It was also surprisingly large model wise, not really what I expected. Still very well designed, none the less.

I cracked open all the new “Flyer” kits recently and did a wave of  unboxing videos for them.  You can check them out from their embedded links, or scroll though my YouTube Channel for more!

I can’t wait for more awesome ground breaking plastics from the Citadel Design Team in the future, as  2012 has been amazing in terms of quality plastic kits!

Oh and if you haven’t heard yet, we’re giving away FOUR choices of flyer kits to four lucky blog followers.

Checkout all the details, here.

Enjoy the video, and have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to make machine gun noises with your flyers either! -MBG

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40k Unboxing- NEW Stormtalon Gunship

Begun, this Summer of Flyers, has.

If Yoda was in the 40k universe I’m sure that is what he would say.

Well new flyer models have official been released, and today I’m reviewing the Stormtalon gunship.

I also had a very special guest helping me, but I’ll let you watch the video to find out who it is.

So I’m stoked about this kit, even though *some* people think it looks rather silly.

The Stormtalon has tons of neat weapon options, and thruster bits that will open up a whole new world of aerial conversions.

I cracked open all the new “Flyer” kits recently and did a wave of  unboxing videos for them.  You can check them out from their embedded links, or scroll though my YouTube Channel for more!

I can’t wait for more awesome ground breaking plastics from the Citadel Design Team in the future, as  2012 has been amazing in terms of quality plastic kits!

Oh and if you haven’t heard yet, were giving FOUR choices of flyer kits to four lucky blog followers.

Checkout all the details, here.

Enjoy the video, and have a great weekend!  Don’t forget to make machine gun noises with your flyers either! -MBG

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