The Avenger is a nice looking aircraft though, although the engine shape still bugs me for some reason I cannot define. I do hope Forgeworld gets mainstreamed so that we see more of these models in standard games and tournaments.
via Games Workshop
It's time to don my scarf and flying goggles again because today a new aircraft makes it into the skies of the 41st Millennium - the Avenger Strike Fighter. As a staunch defender of the Imperium I was pleased to see an impressive number of guns mounted on the front of the the Avenger including the avenger bolt cannon - a high-Strength multi-barrelled affair that can tear up enemy planes (and even light vehicles) with ease. It'll also make quite a mess of Space Marines (traitor ones, of course).
At over nine inches long and with a nine inch wingspan, the Avenger is a pretty sizeable craft. Beneath its wings there's plenty of space to fit extra weaponry such as hellstrike missiles and multi-lasers just in case the bolt cannon and lascannons weren't enough firepower for you. To cap off this wonderfully detailed flying machine are two clear resin canopies that fit over the cockpit, which have been specially designed for the Avenger. There's also a cheeky heavy stubber peaking out the rear-facing secondary dorsal cockpit (we spend ages trying to find its technical name on the internet) to put a couple of holes in enemy craft that get too close.
Forgeworld has just released the pre-orders for this flyer, so here is their link to get in your orders.
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 in particular its 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 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, whatever the truth of its providence.
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.
Full rules for the Avenger can be found in Imperial Armour Aeronautica, and the kit is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 27th July.