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.

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