Tau versus Adeptus Mechanicus

This diorama was on display at Warhammer World in 2018.

T’au battlesuits flew over the attacking forces attempting to stop them.

The Reaver Titan was marching forward despite being repeatedly attacked by T’au forces.

Imperial Warlord Titan engaging the T’au.

Another view.

See more photographs of the diorama.

Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill

Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill at Warhammer World

Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill
Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill at Warhammer World

A specialised transport vehicle, the Termite is capable of deploying a full squad of warriors onto the battlefield whilst bypassing enemy fortifications and sentries.

Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill at Warhammer World
Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill at Warhammer World

It is capable of tunnelling rapidly through even the densest of materials at speeds comparable to surface transport craft, thanks to the grinding drill of the Termite which utilises a linked array of melta-cutters and phase-shield generators to aid in its progress.

Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill at Warhammer World
Terrax Pattern Termite Assault Drill at Warhammer World

Once at its target location, it emerges onto the surface, or even directly into the lower level of macrofortifications, scattering nearby enemies with its melta-cutters before disgorging its deadly cargo.

Adeptus Mechanicus Onager Dunecrawler

Owing its origin to the lost knowledge of millennia, the Onager Dunecrawler is based on the Mars Universal Land Engine; itself inspired by the bad-tempered beasts of burden that transported their masters across Holy Terra in ancient times. The Onager Dunecrawler, rather than being a mere people-carrier, is absolutely brimming with advanced, powerful weaponry capable of reducing worlds to wastelands.

Adeptus Mechanicus Onager Dunecrawler
Adeptus Mechanicus Onager Dunecrawler

This Adeptus Mechanicus Onager Dunecrawler was in the displays at Warhammer World.

Imperial Knight

Well, well, well, what do we have here then?

Imperial Knight

Yes Games Workshop after nearly twenty years have finally produced a 28mm version of the Imperial Knight that first saw the light of day with Epic back in the 1990s.

At 8 inches tall the Imperial Knight is a towering war engine. Crafted in the Dark Age of Technology and resplendent with gothic details it presents a unique silhouette both in a display cabinet and on the battlefield. Fighting alongside armies of the Imperium, most Imperial Knights are part of a Knightly House. They are affiliated with either the Imperium or the Adeptus Mechanicus. Some Imperial Knights choose to forsake all ties to a noble house. Known as Freeblades, they are masters of their own destiny.

Fully jointed at the head, arms and waist this kit allows you to create some wonderful poses. You can assemble the Imperial Knight as a Knight Paladin armed with a Rapid-fire battle cannon or a Knight Errant armed with a Thermal cannon. Both are equipped with a Reaper chainsword and protected by an Ion Shield. Each also has the option to add Heavy Stubbers. You have the choice of three unique face-plates: one for Mechanicus affiliated Knights and two for Imperial Knights.

This looks a very nice model and would certainly probably give my Stompa a bit of a kicking!

Mechanicus affiliated Knight

Now at £85 this is up there with the BaneBlade and Stompa as a somewhat pricey big model. However though I know that Games Workshop are going down the “let’s all have huge number of large models on the table” type game these days, I still there is room for these types of models in more narrative games. I can imagine an Ork Kommando raid on a single Imperial Knight that has been disabled. Will the Imperial Guard looking after the Knight be able to protect the Knight whilst it is repaired and powered up, or will the Ork Kommandos manage to lay their charges and make their escape.

So will I be buying one? Well you never know, but I do need to finish that Ork Bommer first.

Reaver Titan

This beautifully painted Reaver Titan was part of a huge demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.

It’s very well painted and I quite like the firing effects that have been added to the main weapons, as well as the missiles launching from the top missile launcher.

There are some lovely details on this model, for example note the shell casings been ejected from the left arm weapon.

More photographs of the Reaver Titan.

Imperial Knight

This was probably my favourite model at GamesDay 2010, an Imperial Knight.

Imperial Knight from the GamesDay 2010 Golden Demon Awards.
Imperial Knight from the GamesDay 2010 Golden Demon Awards.

Wonderfully scratch-built and a very nice paint job.

Imperial Knight from the GamesDay 2010 Golden Demon Awards.
Imperial Knight from the GamesDay 2010 Golden Demon Awards.

It’s the sort of thing that Forge World could and should produce as well as all their Titans.