Blood Angels Baal Predator on display at Warhammer World.
The Baal Predator is a specialised variant of the Predator design. The Baals weapon load-out is far more closely suited to the close range fire fights favoured by the Blood Angels, employing twin-assault cannons to shred enemy formations. Furthermore, equipped with a turret mounted flamestorm cannon it is capable of swiftly clearing bunkers and barricades.
One of the delights of viewing the galleries in Warhammer World are all the beautifully painted models on display. One of the reasons I take photographs of the models is to review the painting and modelling in my own time, mainly when I am looking to paint my own models.
This lovely Dark Angels Land Raider was on display, but it looks a little dusty.
The Land Raider’s heritage predates even the founding of the Imperium of Man, yet it remains the single most destructive weapon in the Adeptus Astartes’ arsenal. Protected by bonded Ceramite and Adamantium armour, the Land Raider is nearly impervious to all save the most destructive weaponry.
The Predator, is the most common main battle tank employed by the Space Marines of the Imperium of Man and the Traitor Legions of the Chaos Space Marines. It is a more heavily armed and armoured version of the Rhino armoured personnel carrier. This Predator has a fair few purity seals attached, as well as Dark Angels iconography and torches.
Compare it this “plainer” version taken on a previous visit to Warhammer World.
Forge World have released another retro Predator model, this time the Executioner.
One of the most prized, and almost lost, Predator tank patterns is the Deimos Pattern Predator Executioner, which mounts a rare Executioner-pattern Plasma Destroyer. This ancient and powerful weapon fires a series of sun-hot plasma blasts capable of incinerating flesh and blasting apart even power armour with contemptuous ease. Only the forge world of Ryza is still able to manufacture the advanced photo-plasmic cells needed for the Executioner weapon, so many chapters whose Techmarines have sufficient skill and knowledge replace the Plasma Cannon with a Heavy Conversion Beamer.
This turns the Predator Executioner into an extremely powerful siege unit and long-range tank destroyer, but this firepower is gained at the cost of manoeuvrability and increased vulnerability to short-ranged attacks. That such a modification carries a long-standing seal of remittance from the Adeptus Mechanicus speaks of cataclysmic battles in a forgotten age, in which such devastating firepower was more common, and more necessary.
I quite like the retro theme that Forge World are going through, certainly taking me back to when I started playing Warhammer 40K twenty five years ago when it was first released. Back then I didn’t really have the money to buy lots of models, whereas now I don’t really have the time to paint lots of models….
Quite hope that they start thinking about doing some retro Ork stuff, it would be really nice to see Forge World updated versions of the Ork Dreadnought, the War Buggy and the War bikes.