Phoenix Bomber Squadron

Each Phoenix Bomber is a heavily armed strike craft utilised by the Craftworld Aeldari, carrying a payload tailored towards ground attack missions. Despite these modifications, they remain fast, nimble aircraft. Capable of engaging both air and ground forces, the Phoenix Bomber is an integral tool in the Asuryani air war. While most bombers are large, tough, and a bit lumbering, the Phoenix Bomber is anything but. With the same structural integrity as a typical fighter, it relies on speed and maneuverability to get out of tight spots, while the customisable payload allows it to excel in a wide variety of missions. The missile array can be exchanged for specialised plasma and krak missiles to target aerial and ground targets, respectively, and they can be fitted with twin bright lances, twin starcannons, or twin pulse lasers on top of their standard shuriken cannon and bomb rack armaments. A savvy Asuryani commander will find a juicy target for them more often than not, making each one count in a protracted firefight.

There are three of these in the Wrath of Angels boxed set. These are the painted versions on the GW website.

There are three models on the single sprue you get in the Wrath of Angels boxed set.

If you buy them as the individual boxed set you also only get three models, which makes it maybe better value to buy a second Wrath of Angels boxed set. I find the cost of the individual box both confusing and surprising.

These were simple models to construct.

I gave them a white undercoat.

My Ork flyers are red and yellow, so decided I wanted something different to that. My Imperial Navy flyers are dark blue, and again I wanted to avoid duplication. So what was left on the colour wheel was potentially green.

I did quite like this Eldar colour scheme from the GW displays at Warhammer World and Games Day.

Eldar Falcon
Falcon Grav Tank

So that was that really, I was going green.

For the base coat I went with the Ork Green Contrast paint to cover the models.

It did what I wanted on the model in the sense of adding shadow to the panel lines.

This wasn’t as effective has I hoped with some pooling in places on the flat wings. I think with a heavy dry brush I can retain the shadows and remove some of the effects of the pooling.

The next stage will be that heavy dry brush and then a lighter dry brush to draw out the highlights.

After that it will be detailing the engines and weapons.