FW: Stormbird Now Available


Pre-orders for the Sokar Pattern Stormbird are now available from Forge World!

Get ready Horus Heresy fans – The Stormbird is here and it’s going to blow your mind…And take your wallet out in the blast.

via Forge World

Battering the air into submission as it enters the war-zone, tearing through enemy infantry and armour with ease, and delivering a cohort of Space Marines and war-machines to the heart of battle – the Stormbird is here!

Stormbird Space marines Forge World

Heavily armed, heavily armoured, and fantastically detailed, the Sokar pattern Stormbird can transport up to 50 Space Marines, or a mix of infantry, bikes, dreadnoughts, and even a Rhino. Add one of these incredible, colossal flyers to your collection today.

Stormbird Rhino 1


Sokar Pattern Stormbird £750


The Sokar pattern Stormbird is a dedicated attack lander. It has served as a high-durability orbital assault craft, a mobile bastion and firebase which could land a Space Marine strike force and withstand heavy ground fire while its cargo or troops and war machines disembarked to press the attack. One of the later patterns developed, the Sokar was the design precursor to the smaller Thunderhawk Gunship.


The Stormbird’s standard armament is four turret-mounted twin linked lascannon, three twin-linked heavy bolters, and a complement of six dreadstrike missiles. It is also equipped with particularly dense composite armour plating, and is further protected by a series of void shield generators which it can extend to protect disembarking troops and war machines.


Its cavernous transport bays can hold 50 fully armed Space Marines. Alternatively it can carry up to 5 Dreadnoughts, including the mighty Leviathan; Jump-pack equipped infantry; Rapier batteries; bikes; jetbikes; a Rhino armoured transport; or a mixed force of all of the above.


The Sokar pattern Stormbird is the largest Imperial aircraft we have produced. Weighing 6 kg and measuring over half a meter from nose to tail, it’s so large, a Deimos pattern Rhino can be loaded inside it and disembark by the rear hatch. Its interior includes extensively detailed transport bays and cockpit, and six Space Marine crew: two pilots and four turret gunners. Optional quad heavy bolters and twin-linked lascannon to be mounted on Stormbird’s four ball-turrets are included.

Rules for using the Sokar pattern Stormbird in Horus Heresy games can be found in The Horus Heresy Legiones Astartes: Age of Darkness Army List. Rules for using the Sokar pattern Stormbird in standard games of Warhammer 40,000 can be downloaded from the rules tab on this page.


Download the Rules HERE


Price point aside, this looks like an amazing kit. The Stormbird clocks in at 6kg (13.2 lbs) and is over half a meter from nose to tail (that’s over 1 1/2 feet long); This kit is MASSIVE. If you’re up to the challenge and your wallet is ready then more power to you and good luck on snagging your very own Stormbird!


Super-heavy Flyer with 12 HP, void shields, a deadly armament, and 50 marines on board? Yeah that’s going to cause some problems.

  • It’s only marginally bigger than the Thunderhawk, nothing like the descriptions in any of the HH books (ie “elegant” and “quite a lot bigger than a TH”). Yea, it can house a Rhino…

    And ofc, this lumbering brick of horror is an assault vehicle by using the rear ramp. Is there a reason for it to be an assault vehicle other than being a Space Marine transport? It’s not as if other factions didn’t have flyers/skimmers with rear ramps or something… And yet, they don’t get their stuff being assault vehicles.

    • gordon ashacker

      It is definitely elegant! Really nice model!

      • Really? I never saw anyone else with that opinion.

        • ZeeLobby

          It’s a flying toaster strapped to a brick. I always imagined, based on HH descriptions, that storm bird would be hefty but have an almost eldar-like streamlined appearance.

          • Yea, something with a little more curves. Or any curves at all…

          • Nick1080

            Yeah, one of my only disappointments with the HH line is that they haven’t done more stuff with the curved aesthetic of the javelin speeder, jet bikes and HH era bikes – guess they didn’t sell as well they hoped. A stormbird with that look with be awesome

          • Leif-Georg Johansen

            That’s beacause the Sokar isn’t the Stormbird pattern described in the novels. Those are indeed more sleeker in apparace and more aerodynamic in shape (I always think of them as imperial versions of the Tau Manta, but with a little more body and less broad wings). And they are multi-level multi-compartment vessels with an cargo space abel to hold several Spartans and maybe seventy or so Astartes. The Sokar is described as a smaler and newer pattern of the original Stormbird, and almost an excuse for FW to produce a vessel with a semi-practical and reasonable size to call a “Stormbird” within their range.

          • ZeeLobby

            I guess. I’d still prefer a closer aesthetic to the books then a slightly fatter thunderhead. To be honest if they released a full-size storm bird itwouod be an awesome piece of terrain to fight over

        • Carey_Mahoney

          So now you’ve seen two. I also think the Stormbird looks absolutely awesome. If it wouldn’t be that expensive, I would buy one just to use it as a piece of terrain.
          Well, opinions, I guess…

    • georgelabour

      Quick quote from the product blurb ‘One of the later patterns developed’

      Considering what we know about the imperium that means there’s different variations on the same basic concept in use. Some of which will be quite different in appearance.

      Kind of like how heresy era grand cruisers are noticeably different from ‘modern’ imperial battleships and cruisers.

      So it’s entirely possible that the elegant ones mentioned in the novels are based on an different pattern. Possibly something similar to the landing craft used by the Soul Drinkers during the middle series of novels. Only not as OP.

      But as this is an interim design that will be supplanted by the Thunderhawk it makes sense for it to start taking on that boxy almost riveted together look we see from the Imperium’s stuff that was made to be mass produced as quickly as possible under uncertain logisticial conditions.

      Basically it’s the mkV power armor of stormbirds, and the thunderhawk will be the VI.

      • Well, that’s a good point. A mars pattern Warhound looks totally different to a lucius pattern one. Still, the size… I thought it was bigger, based on HH-novel-descriptions.

        • somewhatdamaged

          As mentioned above, this is a different pattern. FW have said in the past that doing the stormbird as mentioned in the heresy novels wouldn’t really be feasible due to the size, so they made a smaller pattern. It’s mentioned in the description that this is the precursor to the thunderhawk, hence the size similarity.

        • georgelabour

          In addition to the other reply someone posted to you here I’d also mention 40k models don’t always fit to the same scale as each other. This is actually a pretty common issue with a lot of wargames. Especially ones that have been putting out product for multiple decades.

          Just compare a cadian guardsmen to the turret on a leman russ tank. Then remember that turret is supposed to have two to three men making use of it during combat.

  • gordon ashacker

    Could it be that this model will replace their resin Thunderhawk? Might that mean a plastic Thunderhawk is about to be dropped on us for Christmas?????

    • Emprah

      Lets hope so! This is a cute tank, but it has no turbolaser.

      • OolonColluphid

        D strength Orbital bombardment and enough las-cannons to take down a Titan is good replacement for the turbolaser.

    • Leif-Georg Johansen

      A plastic Thunderhawk sounds like a dream come true, but I don’t think it’s ment to replace it. It is a entierly different vessel and far more advanced. I am surprised they made 40k rules for it as it is a vessel that existed during the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy, and that the Imperium most likely lost the technology to make them afterwards.

  • Monty

    Does not fit the book description at all. Also over at Spartan Games I can buy 10 of these for that price… http://shop.spartangames.co.uk/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=HGEX01

    • Badgerboy1977

      That’s nowhere near as big and certainly not anywhere close to being as detailed, not particularly comparable as far as I’m concerned. Also as far as I’m aware there are many different versions in the books of the stormbird and many different sizes as well.

    • georgelabour

      And for the price of one warlord titan I can buy a lot of battletech mechs….

      Will you be letting your opponents use a 5m Locust for a ‘counts as’ warlord titan in your games there friend?

    • somewhatdamaged

      That’s because it’s not meant to be the one from the books, it’s a smaller, later pattern.

  • miniwar monger

    Its more like a piece of terrain with rules. Stuff like this is kinda unplayable as a model in 28mm. I really hope the new epic brings all this awesome stuff to the table.

    • Moonsaves

      Well, it works for apocalypse and scenarios. Same can be said for the Warlord Titan, or even the Reaver.

    • Jennifer Burdoo

      I look forward to the new epic, because I’ve started playing Pocket 40K.

  • Commissar Molotov

    We’re gonna need a bigger table.

  • MechBattler

    QUICKLY Bonita Boy, to the BANANA JET!


  • ZeeLobby

    Sad it’s not a real storm bird :/. Oh well. Maybe one day.

    • georgelabour

      Just 27,932 more years to go man. We’ll be there before ya know it.

  • Emprah

    The rear bolter is a nice point defense weapon, but I hoped that the quad bolters/twin lascannons would be in a more… useful position where they could do some AA coverage.

  • OolonColluphid

    Another FW vehicle I have to leave unpainted due to wanting play more than one Legion.

    • georgelabour

      Just paint it in Alpha Legion colors.

      • OolonColluphid

        Nah, too much work and the light blue would clash badly with the Iron Warriors, Dark Angels and Raven Guard.

    • Carey_Mahoney

      Maybe a generic Imperiel Navy colour scheme?

      • OolonColluphid

        That might work.

  • Talos2

    I didn’t know it wasn’t to be honest

  • Aaron Elvis Pearce

    I picked one of these up at the FW open day! Its a hefty piece of kit!

  • petrow84

    It screams to be looted!

  • MechBattler

    WAHOO! CHAOS can use it for 40k!!!

    And who would give up half it’s space to put a Rhino in there? That’s double the space a rhino occupies in the 30k rules….