The mythical beast of 40k, the plastic Thunderhawk has a new possible sighting, the last page of the latest White Dwarf. This definitely is a Thunderhawk, or something similar, but the question is..... is it the magical creature we have been searching for?

The roar of engines, the recoil of cannons, that is where the true joy of battle lies


Well, it definitely is not a Stormraven, and at first glance has a different look than the Forgeworld varieties we currently have. With an apocalypse updated 6th edition release sitting ahead of us, anything is possible. I will let the speculation and conspiracies begin.

A huge thanks to the Wolfspider for sending this in from his own copy of April's White Dwarf

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    1. That'll be £800 please... it's definitely the FW one, and I think it's the one painted by Keith Robertson, as seen here: http://www.games-workshop.com/gws/content/blogPost.jsp?aId=13600007a&setLocale=en_AU
      Wish it was plastic, but alas no.

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  2. Oooo make a plastic Thunderhawk and be so kind to bring over the Tau Tigershark AX-1-0 as well. I need more of those suckers with the upcoming changes to my Broadsides.

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    1. Screw the Tigershark, I want the Orca. It may not be great in game terms, but its a centerpiece of the same price range.

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    2. Screw the Orca, where's my plastic Manta?!

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    3. I want the Tigershark (A-X-2) version that carries the stealth drones. They only ever made it for Aeronautica, but it looks awesome:

      http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Epic-40000/Epic_40,000_Tau/AERONAUTICA-IMPERIALIS-TAU-TIGERSHARK-AX-2-2-WITH-REMORA-DRONE-STEALTH-FIGHTERS.html

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    4. What's the main Armament of the AX-2-2?

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    5. Long Burst cannons, I think?

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    6. Ah oh so it's pretty much a Superheavy Transport for Remora's then?

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  3. This is mythical as that thing alone will put GW in the black upon release. I can't imagine what Jervis will say when he sees how many of those get off the shelves.

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    1. Depends. Bigger Kit = Bigger moulds = Bigger Cost & its Not the Kind of Kit you will buy 10 of.

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    2. The question is, Is a plastic Thunderhawk as mythical as the return of Squats?

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  4. Looks small...
    Rather have plastic titans...
    :(

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    1. It's also standing about 6"-8" behind the Ork fliers. Forced perspective, my good sir.

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    2. Gotta be Titan releases with new apoc book, please gw give us bugs a plastic hierophant kit.

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    4. Hydraphant, please. Or Malefactor. Both.

      Could carry them around in a plastic Manta.

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    5. Any plastic apoc bug kit and ill buy 3 on release.

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    6. If plastic Warhound Titans were to appear, two things would happen in rapid succession.

      1) I would whimper about the months it took me to paint and assemble my resin one.

      2) I would look all of my money.

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    7. I'm glad it seems like a reuse of the Apocalypse reload model. I still hold hope for titans. The parting shot having anything to do with apoc is great though, this is not lost on me.

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  5. April issue. Think about it.

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    1. April's Fool?I don't think so.WD comes the 6th,no 1st

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    2. Seeing as how GW has NEVER played an April Fool's joke on it's consumer base, I doubt they will suddenly become funny now.

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    3. Not true, they made a joke about their spray gun before. Granted it was very obvious so no one would be confused.

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    4. I'd like to weigh in with a reminder of 'how to roll citadel dice'... GW has a sense of humour

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  6. It looks identical to the forgeworld model, thus I'd say that's what it is.

    Rather it's the opening for a new apocalypse set.

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    1. It isn't identical, the cockpit and the main gun both have obvious differences. Look at this pic of the Forgeworld one:

      http://www.forgeworld.co.uk/Images/Product/AlternativeFW/xlarge/Thawkgun8.jpg

      The picture above has a simpler cockpit design and there is no ring of holes around the gun barrel.

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    2. Check again pegboard. Forgeworld's gunship has a more decorated cockpit and a different cannon. Removing decoration I could buy but changing the cannon?
      Fingers still crossed :P

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    3. The FW THunderhawk comes with two different main cannon bits.

      I know because I have one sitting directly in front of me.

      I'm 99.9% positive that is the FW one. The cockpit cover does not look that different.

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    4. Damn, KoIR beat me to it... Stupid iPhone trying to switch pages on me mid type!

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    5. I believe the Forge World picture is of the Thunderhawk Cannon and the White Dwarf pic is of the Turbo Laser. The cockpit's decorations (i.e. the skull and aquila) can be left off.

      Probably just the resin Thunderhawk, but who knows?

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    6. The plastic Trygon looked identical to the resin one too. The plastic Hive Tyrant is, detail for detail, the exact same as the metal one (with more bits thrown in the box).

      Baneblade looks the same too.

      It's not hard for them to convert the same details to a plastic mold, as most of their designs are in a CAD program.

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    7. As owner of both the resin and the plastic Trygon I can assure you they don't look the same at all. Completely different master-model I would say...

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    8. Baneblade was also slightly different in plastic, smaller fuel drums...
      Tbh, I'm probably just too hopeful for a plastic (ie, cheaper) thunderhawk

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    9. Yes... Its the FW Model from the Apoc reloaded Book

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  7. O___O

    Plastic Thunderhawk it's same Bigfoot; every 3 years ther's another fake sitening. But you want believe!

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    1. The "sightings" don't often include official GW pictures though.

      While I doubt this is actually a new plastic model (and more of an Apocalypse teaser), the Thunderhawk is a model that would sell. Enough people play Imperial armies that it could turn a profit. Chances are, it will be really expensive, however, as it's not designed to sell in bulk.

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  8. Sorry cheapskates - thats the FW model!

    You suckers are just going to have to shell out the $600 or so to buy a super heavy flier like the rest of us true enthusiasts!!

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    1. Tau don't have to shell out that much for a super heavy flyer just around $200 for the Tigershark. Oh you want large transport capability?? Wheres the black market so I can sell my kidney?

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    2. O I can just just scratch build one that will look just as good for a fraction the price!

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  9. "...at first glance has an identical look to the Forgeworld variant they currently have for sale."
    fix'd

    The only difference I can spot is that this has the symbol of our Spiritual Liege where FW shows the Imperial eagle, though not owning the kit I do not know whether the eagle is actually a separate piece (the transporter variant does not have that).

    Otherwise, hatches, hinges, nuts, bolts, and rivets seem to be in exactly same places: antennae behind cockpit, engines, wings, weapon pylons, even the grooving inside the main cannon barrel.

    Though, they could of course troll us and this time delivar a near-identical plastic version (unlike the Baneblade & Shadowsword).

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    1. Yes, the FW thunderhawk includes a sprue or two of little detail parts, such as aquilas, nameplates, and the like. They can be added to the model or left off according to personal preference.

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  10. Here's a glimpse into the production of space marine flyers:

    Engineer: Alright, we've finished designing the new aircraft.

    Tech-Priest Overseer: Well, it's ok, but we should try to make it more like the Land Raider. Those things sell like hot cakes.

    Engineer: What? Like make it a box? That will really hamper maneuverability. In fact, I'm not sure that kind of design can even support flight.

    Overseer: HERESY! (shoots engineer)

    Seriously, what is the imperium's obsession with making things that look like they can't actually fly. Silly 'umies.

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  11. It certainly looks very similar to the current Forgeworld one. It does have some small differences though. It does not have the Imperial Aquila or the Giant Skull on the front that the version on FW's site does. It possible thought that this is just a FW one with those details removed. That being said, GW will release something big if they do an apocalypse relaunch and given their love of flyers and that fact that Space Marines sell big it is entirely possible that a plastic Thunderhawk is in the works. I will take three please.

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  12. just looking at the two pictures, there are two differences I see immediately between the FW version and this one. (1) there is no skull between the windows in the WD picture; (2) the cockpit windows are not all tall vertically in the WD picture

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    1. 1) The FW model includes separate sprues of little detail bits that can be added according to preference. Skulls, scrolls, etc.

      2) The cockpit windows look difference because the two pictures are taken from different angles. It is just camera perspective making it look different.

      This is the FW model.

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  13. When they released tha Valkyrie (and the tau pirahna) they actually continued to use the FW models in WD for some time. Could be a similar situation.

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  14. Plastic Thunderhawk has been in warehouse since early 2011. The shots i was shown on phone from a source who had access had no idea what it was for or when it was for release it was just boxed up sitting there. Finally! i dont collect Space Marines but i would have 1 !

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    1. Honestly, that is one of the dumbest things I have ever seen suggested. Are you honestly suggesting that GW, a publicly traded corporation, has been sitting on the fruits an investment costing hundreds of thousands of dollars for 2 years?

      That not only doesn't make sense, but would be a violation of the directors' duty to their share holders.

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  15. Why should we say that this thunderhawk is made of plastic?

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  16. Looking at the FW website, they no longer have the various chapter options for the Thunderhawk - don't know if this is recent as it has been months since I looked at the Thunderhawks there - but that would support clearing the inventory in prep for a plastic release.

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    1. There are just as many thunderhawk options on the FW website as there were for months. They recently switched the chapter-specific orders to a new page so you can get the set of land raider doors to go along with it.

      But no - FW hasn't removed any "cheaper option" Thunderhawks from their web store.

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  17. If there is a plastic Thunderhawk released, I'll be getting some as I've wanted a Thunderhawk for as long as I can remember but don't want to shell out on Forge World. Don't like resin either.

    If that's just a Forge World Thunderhawk in the picture, it was fun to wishful think and I'll spend my money on something else.

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  18. im pretty sure the parting shots have nothing todo with releases. either way if it did its obviously an advert for Apocalypse 6th Edition Rulebook in summer as Warhammer world are doing a 4player tournament in october where on the 2nd day is an Apocalypse game allowing the use of forgeworld

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  19. if only. didnt enjoy my FW thunderhawk. too heavy. didnt go together well. so i need a plastic one to fix my craving for a thunderhawk. of course i'd need five though. one for each chapter.

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    1. 5 would hold an entire battle company, with room for 2 dreadnaughts, since their transport capacity is 30.

      Command squad and 2 tactical squads
      2 x 2 tactical and 1 devastator squads
      2 x assault squad and dreadnaught

      Certainly better than fielding loads of Stormravens.

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  20. Looks the same as this one from 2008
    http://www.dakkadakka.com/s/i/at/at2/2008/11/21/5c6120e0ee676edf9fb07b301cdb930e_5914.jpg

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  21. It would be amazing if the release of a plastic thunderhawk heralded the release of a resin stormbird from forge world. Their heresy releases have been superb and it would be great to see such a transition between gw and fw

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  22. Even if it is a plastic kit, it will still cost mega bucks! It's 3 times bigger than a storm raven so will easily cost £150+

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  23. This picture is a Fake. I was talking with a GW staff member today, and this came up.

    There's a tell-tale droop on the side of one of the (what I think is) a gun barrel. It's often a tell-tale sign of Resin construction rather than Plastic.

    Sorry guys, but this is debunked for the time being.

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    1. Yup, overwhelming evidence against this being a new model... Shame

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