Forge World’s Thunderhawk Gunship Soars Into Battle

June 9, 2017 by brennon

Forge World has released their awesome resin kit for the Thunderhawk Gunship onto their webstore. If you’re looking for an iconic Space Marine flyer to drop into the mix then this would be it…

Thunderhawk Gunship #1

Here’s some of the background on this particular flyer, something which many players of Warhammer 40,000 have been aching to have in their collection for years.

“The Thunderhawk Gunship fulfils a number of different strategic and tactical roles. Its primary mission is that of a drop ship but its utility does not end with the deployment of its lethal cargo of Space Marines, for it is a formidable heavy weapons platform in its own right.

Thunderhawk Gunship #2

Equipped with a dorsal-mounted turbolaser, the Thunderhawk is able to engage targets as large as a Scout Titan or super-heavy tank as well as enemy fortifications. In addition to its main weaponry, the Thunderhawk mounts numerous heavy bolters with which it can scour a landing zone clear of enemy troops in a storm of mass reactive shells.

An additional payload of wing-mounted missiles allows the gunship to operate in direct support of the squads it delivers into battle.”

Thunderhawk Scale #1

This is a massive flyer that comes armed with some rather insane weapons including two massive lascannons, six different sets of missile pylons, and numerous heavy bolters which are fastened beneath the wings.

Thunderhawk Detail #1

Now you just need to work out where this is going to sit in your collection and indeed whether this is something you’d like to work on as an aspirational project. I love the idea of tinkering away on one of these over a number of months.

Thunderhawk Detail #2

Now you just need to work out which Chapter you’re going to paint this for. Whilst I like the red here I think it would look awesome in Ultramarine Blue.

Thunderhawk Detail #3

If the Thunderhawk Gunship wasn’t enough for you, you can also pick up the Thunderhawk upon a Landing Platform which gives you a perfect excuse to create a diorama.

What do you think of the Thunderhawk?

"Its primary mission is that of a drop ship but its utility does not end with the deployment of its lethal cargo of Space Marines, for it is a formidable heavy weapons platform in its own right..."