Fly High With New Rules For Warhammer 40k In Death From The Skies

April 30, 2016 by brennon

It looks like you’ll be able to take to the skies once more in Warhammer 40,000 with the updated rules present in Death From The Skies. See what you think of the new book from Games Workshop

Death From The Skies

Inside this book you will find…

“…the 160-page hardback contains new rules for Flyers that completely replace those found in Warhammer 40,000, with datasheets including new Agility, Combat Role and Pursuit Value characteristics and options for fielding Flyer Wing units, with their own leaders.

On top of this, the book introduces the Dogfight phase – detailed combat between Flyers is now possible!”

I do like the sound of this but I’d potentially run with using these Flyers independent of my regular games of Warhammer 40,000 simply to see if the Dogfight Phase holds up by itself.

You will also find twenty-one data sheets covering the armies of Warhammer 40,000, six new Air Missions and formations as well.

We also have the flyers.

Space Marine Flyers

So now we need to check out what’s coming to the tabletop for the armies of 40k. Kicking things off we have the addition to the Space Marine arsenal with the Stormhawk Interceptor

Stormhawk Interceptor

This is the new and decidedly sleeker looking addition to the Space Marines. It still has a bit of a chunky look to it but it feels more like a flyer when you look at the profile of it. I do really like the big guns strapped to the wings too.

As well as the Stormhawk they also have the existing Stormtalon Gunship available.

Stormtalon Gunship

This looks back to the older range of flyers. I’m still not entirely convinced by the look of this as a flyer but it seems a few people did like it. Still, it’s good to see it return so that there are additional flyers for the Space Marines.

Orks Go Flyin’

As well as the Imperial side of things the Orks have also given this flying lark a go. First up is the newer flyer with the Wazbom Blastajet.

Wazbom Blastajet

If you’re looking for a proper Ork flyer then I reckon this epitomises it. It is covered in guns, it has massive engines and it looks bulky and mean. I think it would look even better with a splash of battle damage and such across it though – smoke damaged and blasted.

The additional Flyers include the Burna-Bommer

Burna-Bommer

…the Dakkajet

Dakkajet

and finally the Blitza-Bommber.

Blitza-Bommer

It seems like the kit has been updated to allow you to build all of these different variants from the one kit which is rather impressive. I do like the novelty of Ork vehicles and I’d love to see what people did with this as a massive fleet of aircraft.

I’m still not entirely sure about adding more to the regular game of Warhammer 40,000 which is big and chunky as it is – but maybe this will bring in the final element of combined arms that people are looking for.

Will you be picking up one of these new flyers?

"...maybe this will bring in the final element of combined arms that people are looking for"