Is it a wolf? Is it a boat?…

…No, it’s the new Space Wolves flyer!

I was very disappointed when flyers were first released that the Space Wolves lost out, I was even more frustrated when they had dog-fighting rules in Death from the Skies and nothing (save for pricey and exotic Forgeworld goodies) to use them with, but now at last, we have something and I’m not sure what to make of it.

First up, as you’ll probably all have read by now there are two variants, the Stormfang gunship and the Stormwolf Assault craft. I guess they needed to get “fang” and “wolf” in there somewhere. I think, at least to begin with I like the idea of the Stormwolf betterjust because of its ability to disgorge a whole large mob of Blood Claws into the thick of the action. Looking at Stormclaw (which I’m going to do, honest, this just got into the way first), it looks as if Blood Claws might be getting considerably cheaper and a little more reliable in the near future. If this is the case, I think I may build a few more of them so that I can try this out. The Stormfang looks as if it has a bit of punch and toughness, even if it is fairly short range. I guess that it’s fairly Space Wolfy in its lack of subtlety, it’s a stonking great, ugly bit of trouble looking for a flight. As for how good the new flyers really are, I think that will have to wait until the codex is released so that I can compare them with the other options in the codex. For instance, as it is we don’t know if either of them are a dedicated transport, the Stormwolf looks as if it’s set up to be a Blood Claw school bus but we won’t know for sure until the book is out.

Eventually I will probably want to add at least one of these craft to my army, if only so that I can annoy my boyfriend’s Dakkajet, however I am going to wait a little bit before I buy one as they are fairly pricey and I have a feeling (which I’ll expand upon in my nextish post) that I’m going to have to rebuild a large chunk of my army when the book comes out.

In the next few days I’m going to take a look at the Stormclaw box, I know that it’s been out a week but I’ve only just seen it. Until then!

L.o.F.

A brief update

So, a few weeks back I moved back to the UK and my laptop promptly broke. I’m currently making do with my ancient and unwieldy tablet which is not particularly good considering that it has no word processing capacity and the multitouch software is a little bit buggy. This meant that the two posts I tried to write using it were binned rather than posted, so I’m writing this on my Mum’s laptop. It’s kind of a pity that I’m disconnected at the moment as there’s so much going on.

First of all the Stormclaw boxset is out and I’ve split a set with my boyfriend. I’ve not seen it yet, seeing as it was sent to him and I’m currently at my folks’ house, but I’m looking forward to it, I need something to encourage me to paint more Space Wolves. The other thing that looks like it might encourage me to paint more Wolves are the current rumours that a new codex is coming very soon. I enjoy playing with my Space Wolves but I need a little new inspiration for models to paint.

Secondly, I’m back building and painting more Exodites. I spent some leftover Christmas money on a couple of kits and I’ve been busy using them for some conversions. I’ll post a little taster here. Sorry for the picture quality, again, I’m missing my laptop. The guy on the Cold One is going to be an Autarch on “Jetbike”. He deserves a post to himself when he’s finished so I’m not going into detail now but he was an impulse build after I flicked through the Eldar Codex and read the description of their wargear and found a use for one of the rather lovely Wood Elf Eternal Guard shields.  The other guy is going to be a Guardian Jetbike rider, although I’ve used mostly Helion bits to build him. I like the fluff that says that Guardians are everyday Eldar from other paths who have answered the call to arms, so I’ve tried to make him look a little less staid and polished than his kin in the Shining Spears. The Terradon Riders kit also screams out for a less rigid rider than the Cold One Knights kit.

exodite progress

Finally, I should encourage you all to go my boyfriend’s new blog at www.redsquigracing.com. He’s my usual Orky opponent as regular readers might already know, and he’s finally set up a blog for his Orks, so go and take a read.

Hopefully I’ll have my computer back in a couple of weeks (with a brand new hard drive- ouch) and I’ll be able to get back into posting with the renewed vim and vigour, I’ve frankly been missing recently.  Until then!

L.o.F.