40k: New Thunderhawk Sighted?!

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Forge World might have just teased a new Thunderhawk kit in their Inferno previews… you decide.

Yesterday, we saw a preview of Inferno from Forge World. Among the preview pages was a look at some of the Space Wolf dropships.


But wait, let’s look at what’s going on in the background there.


Right away it looks like there are a few differences from the standard Thunderhawk:

  1. Horizontal Stabilizer on the Tail is gone.
  2. The wings have several degrees of anhedral (they’re canted down)
  3. Armor plate layering to the rear of the forward side hatches looks different.
  4. The forward ramp looks wider and has a different lower hinge.

For comparison, here’s the current model from a similar angle:


So get out your magnifying glasses and take a look.

Could this mean that a new (maybe plastic) Thunderhawk is finally coming our way? Let us know what you think!

  • Red_Five_Standing_By

    Looks nice

    • Zingbaby

      Agreed, but I don’t follow the ‘getting a plastic thunderhawk’ logic. What am I missing here?

      It’s Forgeworld, they already make Resin Thunderhawks, they don’t do Plastic, they do however make lots of variant/conversion type kits.

      And – isn’t that just an illustration?

      • bfmusashi

        The Plastic Thunderhawk is the Half Life 3 of 40k.

        • Zingbaby

          Sorry I don’t get the reference? Is that a video game?

          • Xodis

            Its a video game that will never exist, but has been “claimed” to be in the works for at least a decade.

            Its the video game equivalent to Plastic Sisters.

          • Nero Hairetikos

            its comming….. one day.. Valve is WORKING ON IT…..

          • cuda1179

            Well….. They did have Duke Nukem in development hell for 12 years.

          • euansmith

            If only it had stayed there. :'(

          • NNextremNN

            And the final result was … let’s say disappointing.

          • euansmith
          • NNextremNN

            I’m pretty sure we see plastic sisters first.

          • Xodis

            Quite possibly lol

      • Cergorach

        People REALLY want a plastic Thunderhawk for a couple of reasons:
        #1 GW Plastic versions of FW resin kits are often a lot cheaper. Add to that that it would be available in retail for further discounts. Looking at previous releases, I would expect to pay <€200 with online discounts.

        #2 Plastic is way easier to work with then resin, plastic glue vs. super glue, pinning, straightening, etc.
        #3 Weight, a plastic version would probably be a lot lighter.
        #4 Being plastic and assembled with plastic glue, it would be a lot more resistant to damage. Falling, chipping, etc.
        #5 Far easier to convert.

        Heck, if properly priced, I would buy several!

        • Zingbaby

          I want one (or 3) too! 🙂 …but NOTHING about this article gives me the slightest hint that a ‘plastic’ Thunderhawk is coming – NOTHING.

          • Cergorach

            I know, but all we have is hope, HOPE to get that plastic Thunderhawk… Some day, one day… 😉

          • euansmith

            Hope… disappointment… yabba yadda. 😉

        • Death Company Andro

          Well No.5 I strongly disagree with. Resin is far easier to convert. The rest are good points though

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          #4 being my biggest selling point.

  • DrLove42

    Its the Stormbird kit which is based on the Thunderhawk


    • Karru

      I’m not sure it is, unless it comes with the Turbolaser. The Stormbird doesn’t come with one, right?

    • Patrick Boyle

      Eh, it looks way more like a Thunderhawk. The Stormbird has a narrower front ramp, has two tail fins rather than a single, doesn’t have a big gun on the upper hull, and doesn’thave those second wings above the main pair. Which is all to say, the thing in the front of that image is a Stormbird. The thing in the back looks more like a Thunderhawk, pointed out differences aside.

      • Karru

        Also, it lacks the side guns.

      • DrLove42

        Youre right, i was looking at the one in front of the pic, like an idiot

        Its definetly a Thunderhawk, different to the current one but not sure if its a real one or an illustration.

        I know FW use real model photos to make these images, but thats quite in the background amd could easily be just a drawing

        • Shatterclaw

          30k thunderhawk Variant? The side front bolters are in the old “box” style sponsons. Not the newer “razorback” style sponsors. It looks like there a box at the back like thebold tanks have had.

        • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

          it might also be taken from a CAD render image…

  • solarbear55

    But not a mention of the one in the front having ball turrets behind the forward side hatches instead of the bolters on the current model

    • Mitchell

      First thing I noticed as well

    • amaximus167

      The front model is a Stormbird, right? i thought that had ball sockets.

    • Becasue the one in front is a Stormbird.

  • Stealthbadger

    Isn’t it just an illustration? Bit of artistic licence maybe? Could be they’ve decided to modernise the current design though. It’s not exactly a great model to put together.

    • Drew_Da_Destroya

      Or it’s an illustration of a Non-Mars Pattern Thunderhawk, which wouldn’t necessarily get a model but certainly exists in-universe

    • Deacon Ix

      FW generally don’t do ‘action’ illustrations, they are photos of the models (taken from a good PoV) and then heavily photoshopped, one of the guys showed me the layers of the one he was working on (for the new titan legion game) just the sky was an almigamation of 4 different photos.

      The drawings of tanks and such in the FW books showing markings and colour schemes are illustrations tho 🙂

  • deris87

    “It’s only a model.”

    Seriously, I feel like I’m taking crazy pills, how is that not just a drawing?

  • Could just be wishful thinking, but could be legit. Could have been an artist tweaking things for aesthetic reasons, as an artist, I do that shiz all the time. THOUGH, the Thunderhawk transporter had been pulled a year or so ago and when asked what the status was on it, FW said that they were redoing the kit and it would be out again. Smoking gun? Nah. But, it all adds to the narrative of potentially changing the thunderhawk. And honestly, having assembled one, that is an old kit, amazing, but showing its age design wise.

  • Xodis

    Article released on Feb (2) 1st, 2+1 = 3 Half life 3 confirmed……..
    same amount of credibility as this article.

  • SilentPony

    Photoshop fail!
    I always knew Thunderhawk used photoshop to look slimmer than it actually is. And improve its ramp size too!

  • Deathwing

    Before anyone gets cray with the plastic thunderhawk talk lets remember that the next step is a plastic storm eagle/fire raptor kit.
    Until we see some un-repelled firepower of that magnitude lest not just skip right to the starkiller base mmmm kay.

    • SilentPony

      Are you saying its a trap?

  • Emprah

    It is a HH era thunderhawk, with the old style sponsons. Used to be in older role a less powerful Thunderhawk version, guess they could bring that back for HH.


    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      access denied, owner of this website does not allow hotlinking…

  • Manuel David Martín Marín

    The new rumor engine pic from that door may be from that miniature

  • AreyouaNazi? Isthatyourelf?

    Well, hate to point it out, but in book IV Conquest they showed a picture of the Stormhammer super-heavy for the Solar Auxillia, and it was not even up to prototype stage and a lot changed.

    Generally they take shots of miniatures and composite them together to create the desired effect, often including dozens of source images (as one poster below remarks). It is possible that they have designed a new kit, but more likely that they just tweeked the image in post and this was the result.

  • Loki Nahat

    clutching at straws, the assault ramp has the same number of nubs

  • Grand_Master_Raziel

    It doesn’t matter if the model is different, or if it’s resin, plastic, or made out of solid gold. It’s far too big and far to many points for all but absurdly large games.