BREAKING: New Primaris Super Heavy Tank Astraeus

Say hello to my little friend. The First Ever Primaris Super-heavy tank has been revealed by Forge World – the Astraeus has come!

via Warhammer Community

What happens when you cross a Sicaran, a Repulsor and a Fellblade? Meet the Astraeus Super-heavy tank.

Just as the Primaris Space Marines themselves blend the best elements of several millennia of Space Marines, the Astraeus Super-heavy Tank represents the pinnacle of Imperial engineering, a devastating war machine that makes the perfect accompaniment to your Space Marine army.

What we know so far is that it’s coming with

  • a pair of macro-accelerator cannons
  • sponson-mounted las-rippers or plasma eradicators.
  • rear mounted storm bolter
  • void shields
  • an enhanced repulsor field (anti-flyer rules)
  • No Transport Capacity
  • Steel Behemoth rule
  • Power of the Machine Spirit
  • and more!

Check out the full write up from Warhammer Community HERE. This beast is rumbling your way soon from Forge World. The rules will be free to download as well!

 

A Primaris Super-heavy Tank?! What’s next – a Primaris Super-heavy Plastic Thunderhawk? (yes please…)

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Phew thats a beast of a tank kit!

    • D. B.

      Looks like a floating Mastodon (the tank, not the animal), and that really says something.

  • Dirheim

    And if it is like the Sicarian and Fellblade you will need liters of hot water to straighten all those large pieces and hours of prayers to hope that those long barrels don’t break while trying to straighten. I’ll wait till next summer before buying, my old Hydras are cooler than the plastic ones that no barrel could hit anything smaller than the Imperial Palace

    • Jason

      Hair dryer man. Worked so much better for me.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      I said screw it and left my Siccaran with a weirdly bent barrel.

    • Badgerboy1977

      Complete non issue for me, a few seconds with a hair dryer (as others have said) and they’re perfect with absolutely no worries about them breaking. It also works both ways as many of the ammo feeds, pipes etc are designed to take advantage of that so that you can bend them to the exact shape you need.

      • Dirheim

        Bald man here, no use for hair dryer

        • Badgerboy1977

          Lol 🙂 They’re cheap, just get one as a tool same as buying a set of brushes etc.

        • Aurion Shidhe

          Same here. Bald as heck. So I bought a heat gun at the home depot. Just as cheap as a hair dryer and much more manly. I call it my melta-pistol.

          • LankTank

            You roast your head with a heat gun? Are you mad? Use a hot glue gun. Then you can make hair

  • Heinz Fiction

    Does this fit in a 12″ deployment zone or do I have to deploy it sideways?

    • SilentPony

      It deepstrikes. Duh!

      • BaronSnakPak

        Maintaining a 9″+ distance from enemy units would be a nightmare with that thing if your table has any terrain or friendly units on it.

        • zeno666

          Like most of the titans and such. They’re amazingly boring to play with or against.
          Cause they just stand there and shoot. But thats “tactics” in 40k…

          • Koonitz

            Clearly you need more terrain on your board. Definitely more large terrain, too, if you find titans tend to do nothing but stand and shoot. Block some line of sight, force things to maneuver to get shots on more than one or two units. Try playing on a proper claustrophobic city-fight board where even a Warhound has to poke around corners.

            If you often face off against the taller Titans, like Phantoms and Warlords, then maybe try some bigger boards (or even a floor space board). The smaller stuff will definitely have some issues struggling to get into position while the big things duel with each other.

            In the bigger boards, you’ll also see some things truly come into their own, like flyers or long ranged artillery like the Earthshaker.

            The big super-heavies have their place, and definitely need a proper board for them to thematically fit. A 6’x4′ board with little to no line of sight blocking and most things don’t need to move, let alone super-heavies.

          • zeno666

            Part of them beeing boring is just because of terrain.
            They can’t move.
            Too big for the game.
            40k really should be at 15mm.

          • Heinz Fiction

            40k should be about Infantry and small vehicles…

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            yeah its meant to be company or reinforced platoon level. huge warmachines are battalion or division group assets. they are out of place. I can see why people like them, but thats what Apocalypse was for ~IMHO.

          • Jesus, I miss Fifth edition…

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            bring back Laserburn!

          • ieyke

            Epic is for super huge vehicles.

          • ZeeLobby

            Gotta agree with Zeno. Which is one of the reasons I’d love Epic to return.

          • euansmith

            I can see why GW expanded the various forces, adding bigger tanks, flyers and titans, to sell more models; but I can’t help but think that they could have acheived the same sales, by just adding more and more factions and sub-factions, and keeping the game at company level.

          • ZeeLobby

            Yeah. It definitely started when they moved FW models over to plastic like the baneblade and IG fliers. They sold well and they were like, lets add more giant stuff :/ …

          • euansmith

            It could be cool to play a 40k game with a side table set up for Epic Scale Super Heavies. The big stuff could maneuver and fight each other and target stuff on the 40k battlefield, and even enter the 28mm environment by moving towards the centre section of the “epic” table top. At that point, you’d swap the epic scale mini for its 40k counterpart.

          • BaronSnakPak

            My biggest issue is line of sight. Titans, and now Astreaus, can be shot at by anything on the board. Nothing quite as annoying as spending over 400 points on a model and taking it off as a casualty before it’s even your first turn.

          • euansmith

            Bill boards make great LoS blocking terrain. They can be long enough and tall enough to hide big things behind, but don’t have a large footprint on the table; leaving more room to maneuver.

          • BaronSnakPak

            The Astraeus will be mobile los blocking terrain. Tokyo Drift it up the table with your entire army running behind it. Dominate the meta, BE the meta.

          • euansmith

            It is like a physical manifestation of the meta! It is meta-physical!

        • euansmith

          Maybe it will have a special “K-splat!” rule, allowing it to deepstrike on to units?

      • Kritarion

        *thunk*

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Looking at the pic with the containers in it. I would say it’s roughly the length of two of them, so about 10″? Definitely a tight fit though.

  • BaronSnakPak

    Will cost 600 points, get killed by 180 points of conscripts turn one.

    • BK Ripper

      Now I can appreciate everyone’s dislike of conscripts, but even at their worst, a single unit of 50 (which is not even legal anymore) at 12 inches with first rank fire second rank fire (so 200 shots at bs 5+) will only inflict 3.7 wounds on something T6 and higher with a 3+ save.

      If we assume this thing is only as tough as a knight, then it would take 1300 some odd shots from conscripts to kill it.

      • BaronSnakPak

        You can get a squad of conscripts to whatever size you want, just spend CP on squad consolidate.

        I was mainly poking fun at all the recent articles stating how it’s all about cheap horde armies this edition, and expensive elite armies are lower tier.

  • I like the pair of void shields on the rear-sides. Happy to see the Primaris get a Super-heavy.

    I still think the rear lower hull looks like a cargo container that can be dropped off. In fact the entire model has a strong Thunderhawk Transport vibe to it.

    • Red_Five_Standing_By

      Yet it is not a transport, lol.

      • Bootneck

        50 Primaris marines can be transported in a sokar stormbird!

      • euansmith

        Can’t they surf in on the roof?

  • dave long island

    So what does general David Patreus have to say about getting a tank named after him?… lol

  • Vepr

    Kind of looks like a hover tank rear ended a land raider.

    • ZeeLobby

      Haha. “This isn’t where I parked it!”

  • Pcm979

    Much like me, they just keep getting uglier.

    • af

      I must say… look at the Leman Russ, the Rhino, the Basilisk… all of them had a clunky charm. They had elements of real WW2 vehicles, taken to the extreme.

      These new vehicles are simply awful and overdesigned.

      • Pcm979

        Modern CAD techniques allow for an unprecedented level of detail, but the design team badly needs to be reminded that just because you can do something doesn’t mean that you should.

        There is beauty in simplicity.

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          Jervis gave a ramble once and said (roughly) that GW is always “pushing” the design team and CAD to make the most detailed and amazing models with more sculpted bits than you can shake a stick at. Sadly the art team isn’t responsible for the nightmare that has come from that. It worked for the Genestealer cult models and I was pleasantly surprised by how nice those models look. Otherwise the balance of the models with space and scale is off. But this is the new way sadly.

          • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

            Yeah, its really visible in the recent space wolf and death guard stuff. Fugly.

          • Dennis J. Pechavar

            Sadly true.

          • Pcm979

            That explains so much.

          • Dennis J. Pechavar

            Again I want to complain about the Studio but it really isn’t their fault. The “higher ups” have a vision and it doesn’t happen to be mine. Same goes for the paint style, other than the Genestealer Cult models. I dislike that style of super highlighted models. It’s to show all the details and the artists are very skilled, I just don’t like that style. The Cult models and paint scheme however are amazing IMO and the best I have seen from GW in a long time. To me it’s a style issue, FW has a Plague marine upgrade kit. It’s simple yet beautiful and captures the feel of the Death Guard. Then we have the new PM models, some are very nice but most of the infantry models are cluttered with details which IMO detracts from the model.

          • Pcm979

            I loathe the new DG models for the exact same reason.

      • LankTank

        The Rhino is ridiculous. It’s literally a box. An expensive stupid box. This looks awesome. Its supposed to be wizz wizz blam blam fancy

        • af

          The Rhino is a thinly disguised M113, a real-life APC which is indeed boxy and utilitarian. I love it. This new atrocity looks like it was (over)designed by people who do not believe form follows function.

          • LankTank

            If I wanted realism I would play Flames of War =) Instead I have an army of rotting super solider led by the foul offspring of the Grim Reaper and Mothra

          • af

            Good sci-fi design is informed by the real world. You take a machine or vehicle that exists and distort it to make it look different. Even when you completely make stuff up, there must be some imagined function to it. And when you completely give up these rules, you’re communicating “this is completely alien, you cannot figure out its purpose”, which is valid… but also not the case with Space Marines! The Death Guard gets a pass because they are the plaything of a god/demon.

            This new tank just looks like it was designed by kids and/or people ignorant of these rules, which where forced to take it to 11.

            Also, a nitpick: the only “realistic” thing about Flames of War is that it uses WW2 tanks. It’s essentially a fantasy game with tanks.

          • euansmith

            Your comment reminded me of the hard tech look of Masamune Shirow’s designs. I’m feeling warm and fuzzy now. Man, I love to have a functioning Landmate.

          • af

            Definitely Shirow! Also relevant: how “visual futurist“ Syd Mead designed props and vehicles for the original Blade Runner — as well as an artist, the guy had a background designing futuristic but possible cars for Ford.

    • Gweltaz Scordia

      helgast primaris sicarian fapulous tank

  • Jabberwokk

    They gave Space Marines Mammoth Tanks…….

    SON OF A…..

    • Jason

      The the fellblade, falcion, glaive, spartan etc? Remember, Guilliman is still in the space marine legion mode of thinking. Hence why the primaris are equipped more like the legions.

      • Severius_Tolluck

        more of a command and conquer reference there…

        • Jabberwokk

          +1

          • Severius_Tolluck

            I was actually just working on some team yankee lists playing the CnC soundtrack on my Walkman. So pretty good timing there.

          • Jabberwokk

            ….not when you are on the receiving end of those b@stards.

            But yes If it doesn’t say in a footnote of the Codex Astartes somewhere to play the hellmarch when deploying….it should.

        • Jason

          Ah, sorry. Didn’t notice.

      • euansmith

        I like the idea that Guilliman would constantly be asking for stuff, only to be sheepishly told, “Um, we’ve forgotten how to make them.”

  • phobosftw

    yea.. no,this thing looks like a bad shoop – I know for a fact people have made deoderant tanks that look better than this. Shamefur dispray!

  • Belechem

    How many bucks for this one? 600? 800? I think i will kitbash one…

  • Chet Atkinson

    Prob around £450 – 500 I would think. Those macro accelerators are gonna need a fair bit of warm water!

  • Chet Atkinson

    I wonder if Guy Haley will write a book called Astraeus

    • georgelabour

      I’d only read it if it was somehow a continuation of both Baneblade and Shadowsword.

      Maybe with a tie in to Warlord, and Knights of the Imperium as well. ^_^

  • Rafał Pytlak

    It kinda looks like somebody glued 2 different tanks together. A bit clunky and disjointed. But it’s big so orks will love to loot the Gork’n Mork outta it

  • Watcherzero

    Lack of troop capacity is disappointing as it looks near enough same dimensions as a baneblade (same height, slightly thinner and slightly longer). The void shields sound imba particularly the stuff about them saving against mortal wounds and damaging flyers as well as reducing their charge range against it. Is really shooty though.

    • WhenDidVicesBecomeVirtues

      I enjoy when things have a level of immersion, the rear underside is empty I can’t really see how primaris inside this can do anything inside.

  • zeno666

    Really meh

  • georgelabour

    I’m digging it. Or at least I like it more than the repulsor tank from the base codex. Maybe it’s the bigger turret or those ‘wings’ full of repulsor skids sticking out to the side but I like the shape of it a bit more.

    Now we just need to know the backstory. Is this another one of Cawl’s acts of ‘techno-heresy’ or is it a pre-heresy template that never went into production due to Horus Heresy making the Mechanicus wary of further advancement?

    • vlad78

      Nah, it’s Guilliman beating the crap of the Cawl’s head replicating his mind in order to unlock the oldest databanks.

      • georgelabour

        I can’t wait for that to be a thing in canon.

    • Dennis J. Pechavar

      Cawl is the Avatar of the Omnissiah. Or will be proclaimed soon to be so. He knows more than anyone, can do anything and technoheresy splashes off him like water off a ducks back. Can’t wait till his next invention. This is Wardian Heresy at it’s worst, Draigo, Cato SIcarius, Spiritual…

      • georgelabour

        You really should go read some of the books for the material you’re commenting on.

        • Dennis J. Pechavar

          Thank you for that suggestion that way I can quote the exact pages. The Avatar part is my attempt at sarcastic humor that obviously angered you but the rest is in the fluff. He understands necron pylon tech, which has baffled all Imperial. He created new marines, armour vehicles, weapons, super healing armour and helped bring back a mostly dead Primarch. All this and he lived for over 10k years with no loss of mental acuity or madness. GW is now telling us that his list of accomplishments isn’t done yet! I am possibly missing a few of his deeds. So not trying to start an argument but how am I missing something from the books?

          • georgelabour

            Firstly I am not angry. But way to play defensive as you try not to ‘argue’ anything.

            Secondly you’ve vastly misrepresented his relationship with the mechanicus at large, and his immunity to certain things.

            You also make the same , seemingly willful, mistake in your statements about his abilities in relation to the rest of his ilk. Especially in regards to his knowledge of the pylons.

            Heck you even claim he’s sane and hasn’t lost any mental faculties.

            As those are all common (and usually purposeful) acts of ignorance on the part of folks who get their information from a friend whose cousin (who hates 40k) reads 4chan I’m sure you can understand why you’d be referred to canon material.

            If you don’t believe me then please go read every thread involving Cawl since his first appearance.

            Heck go read any thread involving anything in the new edition. You’ll find some edgelord whinging up a hissy fit using many of the untrue opiniones you just gave.

          • Dennis J. Pechavar

            This is the internet and we are complete strangers of course I am going to play defensive when I am replying to someone, you might be a rational person who states his/her opinion with clear and concise facts and statements or you might be an emotional rage machine looking for someone to vent your spleen on. We obviously disagree on the fluff and I’ll let it go at that as neither of us is going to agree on the others point of view.

  • Koen Cambré

    Finally, some new space marine models! That faction really was in dire need of some new stuff…

  • Orgeston

    “the pinnacle of Imperial engineering”
    I thought this was supposed to be a Warhammer tank.

  • Aaron Hawthorn

    These cross overs with other franchises are getting silly.
    I mean, 40k + Thunderbirds is a bit naff.

    • Orgeston

      I was just thinking, this thing barely looks Warhammer anymore. If you painted it beige or white, it’d look like it was from star wars.

      • georgelabour

        You could say the same thing about Sentinels, and Dreadnoughts.

        Guess that means 40k hasn’t been ‘propr’ warhammer since they added flying surfboards to the game.

        Which is to say, since day one.

        • Orgeston

          Well, not really, since Sentinels and Dreadnoughts both have big rivets and cables and aquilas all over them. Not to mention the big fist/gun arms on the dred, which is more Warhammer than Star Wars, and its stylization as a walking sarcophagus. This new tank has no grim/gothic aesthetic whatsoever. The sentinel also gets a bit of a pass, since it belongs to the Guard, who have always had more spartan vehicles when it comes to grim adornments.

          I guess I also should have specified that the new tank looks more like prequel Star Wars.

          • georgelabour

            Looking at my ‘scout walker’ made by GW back in 1994. It has one Aquila.

            It also has a boxy sloped cockpit mounted above a pair of spindly digitigrade legs. Oh and big claw toed feet.

            Good thing Star Wars doesn’t have a vehicle that matches that description. Because then your entire argument starts to look a bit ill informed. Right? 🙂

            Oh, and as for boxy walkers that pack a lot of power in a boxy shape I believe one word will suffice.

            GONK.

            Incidentally my metal dark angels dreadnought from 1993 also only has one aquila, and zero skulls on it. They’re also pretty tiny so I thinks its safe to say that it does not quite meet the technical criteria for ‘all over’.

            =^.^=

          • Orgeston

            Of course the AT-ST is the structural basis of the Sentinel, that’s obvious. Its theme and details are very different, though. The Sentinel is covered in rivets, has large protruding cables, and industrial looking pistons. Machinery of the Imperium looks very exaggerated and inefficient, hence the large exhaust pipes. In contrast, the AT-ST simply looks like a reasonable piece of sci-fi military equipment. There is a definite aesthetic different between the two, with the Sentinel being a smoke belching, lurching piece of archaic technology.

            If it’s a Dark Angels dred, I’m guessing it has an angel on the lid of the sarcophagus. Not only that, but it has two huge bundles of pipes going into the middle piece, and probably a giant claw. And it’s a /walking coffin with a corpse inside/. Very much not Star Wars, very grimdark, very gothic.

            This is the part where you try to tell me how the new tank /does/ match the grimdark cybergothic integral theme of Warhammer.

          • georgelabour

            So you’re entire argument rests on a couple of hoses making something look entirely different from the thing it’s clearly been inspired by….

            Shall we get back to those flying surfboards, and anti tank guitars now?

          • Orgeston

            And your entire argument rests on a couple models looking like starwars models, and therefore the new tank is grimdark…

            Anyway, apparently you can’t see the hoses for the theme.

          • georgelabour

            Actually that was never my argument. Mine was that the original statement was silly and made from a position of ignorance.

            Also if arbitrary numbers of rivets, and hose placements is truly a legitimate means of determing the ‘grim dark level’ of a ‘real’ warhammer vehicle then that too proves that this new tank is in no way anything like a star wars vehicle. It has far more extraneous thingers than ‘not an AT-ST because hoses’ walker that’s been determine to be appropriately grim dark.

            Also, someone’s still ignoring those flying surfboards , and literal death metal weapons.

            Oh, and someone might tell want all the white scars players that GW ruined the game by forcing them into the game, and that they’re not a ‘real’ part of the setting…

            You know, since they’re a bunch of enhanced soldiers wearing bright white armor. WHich is totally only a star wars thing apparently.

            Or do service studs count towards the required number of rivets to qualify for grim darkness?

            =^.^=

          • Orgeston

            You seem to have no interest in the definition of an art style. You continue to reduce my definition of the art style to “arbitrary aspects”, yet you offer no alternative definition. I’m really not interested in continuing the conversation if you aren’t going to offer an actual counter-argument besides “So you’re telling me you’re saying this stupid thing?”

          • georgelabour

            But telling me stupid things is the only way you’ve tried to substantiate the original statement. And they haven’t even been stupid things that have borne up when comprared to what was being commented upon.

            Which is to say this association of rivets and hoses being a defining difference that marks something as being of one thing and not in any way resembling a certain other thing. Not to mention the original statement that implies a certain color scheme being purely for one thing and not the other.

            Oh, and again we come back to things that have been in the game since day 1. Which according to the complaint the existence of those things ruined the game decades ago by doing far far more than the item being whinged over.

            And yet there’s a very noticeable refusal to address their mere mention. As if someone was utterly ignorant of the canon existence of the things in question. Which again lends credence to my own argument that the complaintant did not have sufficient knowledge of the subject he was attempting to critique.

          • Orgeston

            Right. But you haven’t been correcting me. You haven’t defined what the 40k art style is, nor what the Star Wars art style is.
            Rivets and hoses, among other things such as large smoke stacks and burgeoning power plants (both present on the sentinel and dreadnought), are marks of crudely engineered, inefficient, over-built, and hazardous machinery. This is the 40k art style. Horrible grinding polluting war machines of a stagnating empire.

            I didn’t say that one color scheme is purely for one franchise. What I meant by that is that the only relation to 40k is that it is blue, like Ultramarines. And the only thing separating it from a Star Wars vehicle is the fact that nothing in Star Wars is that rich shade of blue. Therefore, change the color to beige or white, and it will fit nicely in a lineup of Star Wars vehicles. Obviously the White Scars aren’t all Star Wars models, because it’s just white paint on 40k sculpts. I’m talking about white paint on what appears to be a Star Wars sculpt.

            You really like putting words in my mouth. I never said anything about ruining the game. I’m talking about representation of an art style. A gangly weapons platform with belching smoke stacks and riveted plates is certainly well within the 40k art style, as is a walking coffin with big gun and claw arms. You’ll have to try harder than that to prove to me that the Sentinel is not within the 40k art style. Or, if you don’t want to prove that, then prove to me how this new tank is within the 40k art style. But then, you don’t seem to like proving anything. You just like telling me I’m wrong.

            I can’t think of anything more heavy metal and grimdark than a guitar cannon. I don’t remember the surf boards at the moment, though. Are you talking about the old RT Imperial speeder bikes? I really hate to bring credentials into this, but you brought it up in your cute ad hominem questioning my knowledge, so here I go. I collect old models, I’m currently painting squads of RT eldar and first generation Necron models and a chaos warband of my own design, I have a whole set of Space Crusade models waiting to be painted, I sculpt my own chaos models, so I know exactly which artist I want to emulate when I’m sculpting the trim, I’ve looked through all the catalogues on solegends, I convert old metal fantasy models, I have hundreds of WD issues on my shelf, as well as almost every codex from 2nd ed through to 5th ed, I own Ratspike and the Inquisitor Sketchbook, and I have a whole pile of old metal models that I pull from eBay lots. One project I have on the back burner is to go through all of my codices and pick out the mechanics and rules I like the most and make my own rules, though that may or may not happen. I know, you probably have hundreds of models and you’ve played the game for decades, right, this isn’t a competition. But you brought up how much I know, so I thought I’d just clarify.

          • Orgeston

            I really gotta say, if there’s one thing I know about, it’s the art style of Warhammer. I love looking through all the WDs and codices and picking out the works of the different artists, seeing how each of them saw Warhammer. What carried over between Fantasy and 40k, how they differ and their common elements. The dangerous edges and explosive presence in Wayne England’s work, the unknowable sprawl of John Blanche’s art, the regal nobles and servile menials of Karl Kopinski, the sheer brutality shown by Mark Gibbons. I’ve followed some of them to what they’re working on currently, to see what they’ve retained from their time at GW. I’ve looked at their predecessors, those who laid the groundwork for sci-fi and fantasy art, as well as some of the more surreal elements. Artists like Mobius, Chris Foss, Giger, and Beksinski (I know at least Ian Miller drew a bit from Beksinski). I’ve looked at the real world influences they drew from, to see what exactly they were trying to portray. Classical, medieval, and renaissance architecture, sculpture, and paintings. Arthurian legend. The cultural works following the black plague.
            So yes, I think I know what I’m talking about when I make judgements about the art style of Warhammer.

          • georgelabour

            Power boards. Which are still a thing in the ‘modern’ 40k canon thanks to the works of FFG’s RPG line.

            Specifically Rogue Trader’s Hostile Acquisitions book.

          • Orgeston

            Ah, thanks, now I know.

          • georgelabour

            And knowing is half the 80s pop culture reference.

          • Orgeston

            I really gotta say, if there’s one thing I know about, it’s the art
            style of Warhammer. I love looking through all the WDs and codices and
            picking out the works of the different artists, seeing how each of them
            saw Warhammer. What carried over between Fantasy and 40k, how they
            differ and their common elements. The dangerous edges and explosive
            presence in Wayne England’s work, the unknowable sprawl of John
            Blanche’s art, the regal nobles and servile menials of Karl Kopinski,
            the sheer brutality shown by Mark Gibbons. I’ve followed some of them
            to what they’re working on currently, to see what they’ve retained from
            their time at GW. I’ve looked at their predecessors, those who laid the
            groundwork for sci-fi and fantasy art, as well as some of the more
            surreal elements. Artists like Mobius, Chris Foss, Giger, and Beksinski
            (I know at least Ian Miller drew a bit from Beksinski). I’ve looked at
            the real world influences they drew from, to see what exactly they were
            trying to portray. Classical, medieval, and renaissance architecture,
            sculpture, and paintings. Arthurian legend. The cultural works
            following the black plague.
            So yes, I think I know what I’m talking about when I make judgements about the art style of Warhammer.

  • Peripheral

    All I can think of is O.G.R.E.

    But that is in no way a bad thing.

  • That looks just… trashy.

  • Shane Davis

    At what point did they decide to move away from old actual tank designs with sci-fi added in to just full on G.I. Joe

    http://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/4b5da846d0120c78a919d911402fa56408bf9aa038f5a49cd059193263f1848e.jpg

    • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

      Hmmm, there is a certain resemblance… does this reflect the younger age of GW sculptors?

    • Jack Boland

      8th edition is meant for children.

  • ZeeLobby

    It definitely looks like a toy. More so than they did before. I can’t quite put my finger on it. Shockingly it may be because it’s less box shaped than the older ones…

    • Matthew Pomeroy

      what size table are these massive models playing on?

      • ZeeLobby

        I played with my GI Joe’s on lots of tables! Not sure how’d they’d work in a tactical tabletop wargame tho…

  • Xodis

    Im waiting for that to transform and take on Goldar.

  • BrassWitch

    “First ever” I certainly don’t look forward to more of these abominations.

  • uatu13

    Meh, it’ll be like $500, so who cares. I want to see GW make a cool super-heavy in plastic for marines!

  • Iconoc1ast

    Looks soo cool…. (looks at funds set aside for necromunda)

  • Urban Bungledorph

    It looks exactly like the tanks from Halo 1.

  • BT

    I kinda wish they would ‘bring back’ some of the Heresy 30k vehicles. I am also half surprised they just don’t make a hover Land Raider or a hover Predator or Vindicator… or even a hover Whirlwind than can also ‘direct fire’ than something like this.

    I guess I am not against new vehicles, and it fits that with the new marines some form of progress should be made in terms of vehicles after 10k years. But you know the /one/ vehicle that they have never released? A 40k version of a jeep. Something that a character can get into that is fast, open topped, lightly armored, no guns or a storm bolter with a driver who stays with the vehicle and a transport capability of 3-5 that is cheap. Like less than 25 points. Make it standard across the Imperium so the IG get it, Ad Mech, Scions, etc… Heck, make it a under gunned Land Speeder Storm since you already have the kit.

    • euansmith

      An Assault Rhino could be a quick and easy conversion or kit. The same as a regular Rhino, but open-topped (I don’t know if that has the same advantages and disadvantages as it used to in the previous versions of the game).

      • BT

        Heck, just give it Assault doors for a extra +5pts. But yeah, with how the game is built, how hard would it be to give us a framework of points to build our own legal vehicles with? Have a Vehicle Compendium and just build your own vehicles or allow you to customize existing vehicles. Maybe I want a Pred with a twin Assault Cannon Turret? Or a Razorback Turret on a Pred, or add a turret to a Land Raider at the cost of carrying capability? Give us pros and cons that make sense… if a Pred can have a twin Lascannon, why can’t it have twin Autocannons? Why can’t it have Autocannon sponsons? I think a Vehicle Compendium would be a big hit and solve a lot of problems.

    • Jack Boland

      please, never say this again. Leave the purity that is heresy out of this abomination.

  • Timotheus

    This looks redicilous and nothing like 40k Space Marines for me……more like Necrons or Tau and a lot of new Cleanhammer-Fu. But hey: it’s new, it’s shiny and it’s oversized. I’m sure a load of people will love to buy it!

  • Knight_of_Infinite_Resignation

    that is huge, and hugely ugly!

    It has bingo wings!

    I know its important a new model fits into the existing range, but there is no need for it to look like its literally been made by gluing the existing range together into one huge lump…

  • GnomesForge

    Once we get GI Joe tanks and female Marines the game will really pick up. This is the bold new direction GW has always needed. Much Grim. So Dark.

    • Drpx

      I can’t wait till Guilliman creates the Imperial Senate, reigns in all those crazy church militant types with their silly fire fetish and opens up the Departmento Xenos for the Tau and Eldar embassies.

      • Crablezworth

        The imperium’s strength is diversity after all :p

  • Lion El’ Jonson

    Looks like they took a Battle Barge, and turned it into a tank….

    I oddly like the thing…

    • Jack Boland

      that is odd

  • Drpx

    Is it just me or does it seem Space Marines are being slowly turned into a power armored, more elite version of Guard?

    • Jack Boland

      or just every generic sci fi troupe possible

  • Ravingbantha

    I find it kinda ironic that GW starts putting rear facing weapons on vehicles only after the get rid of fire arcs.

  • af

    What’s the rationale for having tanks that can probably engage targets at 5000+ km on the same table as the enemy? Or is 40K supposed to be played in a football stadium these days?

    If it’s just a kit for display, then fine. (It’s ugly, though).

  • Marcus Clark

    And just to realy make this thing over the top they could give it, “Emperors Smite” because 8th loves Smiting things.

  • Nesred22 .

    GWs digital sculptors are taking kitbashing to a whole new level.

  • LankTank

    No transport capacity? Surprising

  • Crablezworth

    It looks like every ship from master of orion 2

  • David Ortiz

    reminds me of “Centurion: Blood and Steel” by FASA

  • SacTownBrian

    Pretty cool, I’ll definitely add to my Primaris force. Can’t wait to see the rules. Merry Christmas.

  • Arthfael

    Eldar called – they want their Scorpion back.

  • Huntard

    This is an insanely better looking kit than the repulsor.

    • Jack Boland

      thats like saying aids is better than cancer

  • Fluffy the destroyer

    The supreme commander is strong in this one…

  • Jack Boland

    that looks truthfully abominable

  • becizzle

    Still worse than a pair of double tapping Leman Russ.