Imperial Navy Valkyrie

Imperial Navy Valkyrie Flyers from a demonstration game at Games Day 2009.

Imperial Navy Valkyrie from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.
Imperial Navy Valkyrie from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.
A pair of Imperial Navy Valkyries from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.
Imperial Navy Valkyrie from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.
Imperial Navy Valkyrie from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.
Imperial Navy Valkyrie from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.
Imperial Navy Valkyrie from a demonstration game at GamesDay 2009.

Chipped Imperial Navy Valkyrie

This Imperial Navy Valkyrie was an entry in the GamesDay 2009 UK Golden Demon awards.

A Valkyrie which was entered into the 2009 Golden Demon awards.
A Valkyrie which was entered into the 2009 Golden Demon awards.

Another view.

A Valkyrie which was entered into the 2009 Golden Demon awards.
A Valkyrie which was entered into the 2009 Golden Demon awards.

I do like the modelling and the markings. However I am less sure about the weathering.┬áDon’t get me wrong, I do like it, but not sure how realistic it is. This chipping is used quite extensively by people who paint Games Workshop models, including the ‘Eavy Metal team. However if you look at these pictures of combat helicopters you can see that there isn’t really any chipping.

Most times paint will be worn away on surfaces that the crew and passengers use to get on and off the aircraft. So the chipping on the footplates by the canopy would be likely.

It is unlikely that such chipping would happen near the nose, unless those panels were coming off on a regular basis.

So though I like the effect, think it works, I am less sure how realistic it is? Then again how realistic can models be for Warhammer 40K and should we care?

See more photographs of the Imperial Navy Valkyrie.

Imperial Heavy Flyer

In one of the demonstration games at GamesDay 2004 was this huge Imperial Heavy Transport Flyer.

Almost too big for regular games, but a nice piece of scenery.

I assumed it was converted from a Forge World Maruader Bomber.

Doubt we will ever see something like this from Forge World itself, but I sometimes think that the Imperial Guard would need a heavy transport of some kind.

Thunderbolt Dispersal

This wonderful Thunderbolt diorama was on display at the Forge World Open Day.

Mark Bedford's excellent Thunderbolt diorama.
Mark Bedford’s excellent Thunderbolt diorama.

If it reminds you of Dave Andrews’ classic Thunderbolt diorama then you wouldn’t be too far wrong, it inspired the diorama above.

There is lots of lovely detail in the model.

See all my photographs from the Forge World Open Day 2009 in this gallery.

See more photographs of the Thunderbolt Fighter.