40K is over 30 years old. Along the way, we’ve lost some units to the mists of time. Let’s look at some of our favorites.
Today’s list comes to us from the very early Forge World Imperial Armour I and II books. These were the very first softcover books Forge World put out way back in 2000 and 2001.
Over the years, Forge World has had a lot of terrific units, campaign books, and rules – but there were some complications. Sometimes units got redone in plastic, invalidating the older resin models – such as the Baneblade and Valkyrie. Sometimes, game systems went out of print, and the miniatures had no reason to exist, like the old EPIC Forge World range.
Some were just too odd or niche and were subtly pulled from production. Even within these, some still soldier on in 8th Edition with Power-Level only rules for the Open and Narrative play gamers out there. But some like these below are now just legends – curiosities to pull off the shelf to wow and impress the newer folks in the hobby.
The OLD Dark Eldar Air Force
The Raven was firmly set in the design aesthetic of the 3rd edition plastic Dark Elf range. It also has a lot of Joel Schumacher Batman thrown in.
Even rarer and more exotic was the twin-hulled Razorwing. These are a Dark Eldar version of the F-82 Twin Mustang.
The Grot Bomb Launcha
Looking for some Grot “volunteers.” Adventure seekers wanted, no experience necessary. These guys were great and led to under-wing mounted versions for the bigger Ork flyers. Ahh, an old classic “GUESS WEAPON,” but note you get to reroll the scatter due to the pilot.
Salamander Commander Vehicle
While the related Salamander Scout vehicle survives to this day, the Salamander Command tank is no more. Open-topped, and sporting only a flamer and heavy bolter to keep away plucky attackers, this tank was purchased for the boost it gave Imperial Guard reserve rolls and preliminary bombardments. It’s the 40K equivalent of Rommel’s GREIF (Griffon) command tank.
There was a brief window in the game when AAA (Anti-Aircraft Artillery) vehicles started to become a thing. The Firestorm was the Eldar contender – originally hailing from EPIC. Today only the Hydra and Marine AAA tanks remain – mostly on dusty shelves. The Firestorm was an odd duck, effectively a Falcon variant. It replaced its main turret with the Firestorm Scatter Laser, but retained the 6 model transport capacity. Neat!
~Which other units have been lost from that game that you miss the most?