FW: Astraeus Super-heavy & Beastman Up For Pre-Order

The First Primaris Super-heavy arrives along with a new Bounty Hunting Beastman from Forge World!

via Forge World

Astraeus Super-heavy Tank £220

The Astraeus is a super-heavy tank, similar in form to the smaller Repulsor transport in use by the newly created Primaris Space Marines. It mounts a formidable array of weapons, designed around a pair of immense macro-accelerator cannon. Providing a stable firing platform for these temperamental weapons are banks of enhanced repulsor plates, allowing the inexorable advance of the Astraeus to continue unhindered by hostile terrain or the vain defiance of the foe, while its layered void shields can shrug off even the most devastating weapon strikes. The Astraeus is a symbol of the Imperium’s might, unbowed by the dawning of a bloody new millennium and unbroken by the onslaught of its foes.

An appropriately large and aggressive-looking model, this multi-part resin kit makes 1 Astraeus Super-heavy tank. It features 4 repulsor pods, 2 at the rear and 2 smaller ones at the front, configured to allow the Astraeus maximum manoeuvrability. These are connected to the 2 hull sections – the rear hull is dominated by the enormous twin macro-accelerator cannon, which extends along the entire length of the rear hull, with a detailed ammunition feed featured. Backing this up in terms of weaponry is a turret on the front hull, which can be equipped with twin heavy bolters or twin lascannon, and 2 sponson turrets which feature your choice of las-rippers or plasma eradicators. Included are 2 void shield projectors on their own mounts.

The kit is supplied with a 160mm round base and flying stem. Rules are available as a PDF download.


Gor Half-horn, Beastman Bounty Hunter £18

Gor is a Beastman – a mutant of the strain Homo Sapiens Variatus – and as such is possessed of horribly animalistic features and an unpredictable and violent temperament. These characteristics serve to make Gor a figure of dread in the underhive, but equally, they make him a target for every raving zealot he encounters. As a sanctioned Bounty Hunter, Gor is entitled, in theory at least, to go wherever he will in pursuit of his targets; in reality, he has often found himself the quarry, though so far none have bested him.

This is a multi-part resin kit which makes Gor Half-horn. He’s an appropriately grotesque miniature, as you’d expect from someone horribly mutated in the underhives – his animalistic facial features are distorted further by the cybernetic augmentations (and the grim, cigar-chomping expression of a beastman who’s ready to kill.) He’s absolutely covered in the tools of his trade – extra grenades and pouches are attached to the his upper body armour, and his furred, digitigrade legs feature a stiletto knife. He carries 2 holstered guns – a plasma pistol and shotgun – which accompany the plasma pistol clutched in his left hand nicely. His right hand? That’s given over to a huge chainsword.

Gor Half-horn can be added to any Necromunda gang, in games of Underhive and Gang War: a Fighter Card is included. The kit comprises 7 resin components, and is supplied with a 32mm round Necromunda base, featuring sculpted detail that matches the game board tiles.

Download Gor’s Rules HERE.


That is a MASSIVE Tank…

  • uatu13

    Massive tank with really underwhelming rules….

    • benn grimm

      Nah, all FW rules are broken and OP, I read it on the internet, so it must be true.

    • I_am_Alpharius

      Rules read on par with Baneblades and other Super Heavies.

      • uatu13

        Which would be fine if this was a new Baneblade variant. It doesn’t fit the feel of Primaris Marines at all. Hell, a repulsor can almost do as much damage as this tank, and it has a transport capacity and way more defensive weapons.

    • Byungwook Kim

      It can, at average, one-shot a knight or any baneblade type with help from guilliman. The rule is actually alot nicer than most large units that are none- forgeworld

      • Hell Fish

        True, but you can buy almost two Shadowswords for the price of one Astraeus, each of which can do the same.

    • Spade McTrowel

      It has the only rule needed.
      Fly. 🙂

    • Drpx

      This tank IS the Primaris.

  • Badgerboy1977

    Loving that tank, looks great in the official FW pics. The beastman’s a brilliant throwback as well 🙂

    • ZeeLobby

      It is a pretty awesome mini.

  • benn grimm

    Ugh, now I have to play with the new rules, if just to use that awesome beastman, darn you FW!!!!

  • I_am_Alpharius

    Both are gorgeous kits. Great stuff as ever from FW.

    Loving the sleek design of the Astraeus. Looks brutal and menacing. The details great now we have more images of it.

    Gor is also a sweet sculpt – can see it being a popular model at painting competitions.

  • Gamecock13

    There are over a half dozen other armies our there, but somehow forgeworld generates new options almost exclusively for space marines. Feel like throwing xenoes something, FW? Aside from another Tau flyer (that only varies in size)?

    • NNextremNN

      Except this is a 40K specific and the first Primaris model all the others they did lately were for HH

      • Gamecock13

        Quite the caveat. Check the Forgeworld website, filter by 40K and take a look at the number of Imperium models versus literally all other armies.

        • NNextremNN

          Most of them were still made for HH and they just allowed use in 40K to increase sales. And take a look at GW it’s not like they do that many more Xenox models then SM models.

          • Gamecock13

            This article was focused on ForgeWorld. You’ll find me beating that drum on articles discussing Space Marines getting new items a year after other armies have (still) not received a single update.

  • Rainthezangoose

    I’d like the beastman but if I’m paying for forgeworld it’s going to be for the Exclusive Hobbit stuff. Shouldn’t be too hard to convert my own tbh.

  • Byungwook Kim

    At this rate, we will be having primaris titan next year. – In plastic

    • Spade McTrowel

      Yeah. It’ll be the only Knight towering over the Imperator.

  • LordKrungharr

    Looks too big to be not a transport. I think it should be able to carry 5 or 10 Primaris dudes on each side, and the repulsor field can launch them out giving them a 12″ fly move with rerollable charges when the disembark like that, and they can take a mortal wound on a D6 roll of 1 for each model as they crash into the enemy unit.

  • frank

    Id like to see them do more with beastmen in 40k. When the old sisters codex came out i thought it would have been cool to do a witch hunters force that used beastmen instead of aribites-storm troopers.seemed like the loyalist beastmens’ self hatred thing would work really well in a radical witch hunters army.

  • Mike Forrey

    You know because nothing says a game a of 40K like a $300 Tank to face. /facepalm

  • eMtoN

    3 ravagers would make short work of the Astraeus… but they’d have to go first. 😉