Unboxed: Forge World’s Fire Raptor

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Checkout the changes Forge World has made to make shipments of the fan favorite Fire Raptor Gunship more secure!

The Fire Raptor is the second Stormraven variant Forge World has released with the first being the Storm Eagle.

This thing was super anticipated when Forge World leaked previews of it during the UK Games Day a few years ago, and it has not disappointed fans since 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, a point Forge World has sought to fix:



Recently these kits have been coming from Forge World re-enforced with card strips and rubber bands to keep the fragile mid section from snapping!



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

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.

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  • latro990

    one of the most frustrating models i’v ever put together

    • John Burns

      Heard that. What a mess -_-

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    • Marcus Cabeceira

      Agreed. Was almost as much of a PITA as the Hell Talon Bomber. I love when 90% of the model arrives warped to all hell /s

    • Crevab

      Even fully assembled mine still curves a bit :/

    • Tirelion

      Ooh oh yeah. When I put my first one together I thought I had made a mistake purchasing it. I wanted to just cry in the corner, rethinking my life as a hobbyist. I got my second one not long ago and it was waaaaaaay better. Only took me about 7-8 hours to assemble.

  • Thatroubleshootah

    But it only cost $142 bucks. If you want something easy to put together you have to spend more than that. Remember you get what you pay for

    • SonoftheMountain

      please tell me your sarcasm font on

      • Thatroubleshootah

        Yes, i had activated my sarcasmatron. I was going to go with

        Hmmmm. Two of these or a ps4 or xbox one. Tough choice.

  • Tirelion

    The plane that almost singlehandedly fixes the Chaos dex, especially since sorcerers are considered technomancers now. I rock two in my chaos lists and they are brutal.

    • latro990

      No dude, it does not fix the book lol… Go play 4 riptides and see how long it stays in the sky

      • Tirelion

        I did say “almost”. Also, citing one extreme example does not invalidate an argument. I could turn that around d by saying “Unless you are playing 4 riptides the fire raptors will wreck you”. Citing extreme examples to prove a point just doesn’t work. You can always argue that unit “x” is trash because 4x unit “y” wrecks it. It’s the type of argument I get from my 7 year old.