What next for Aeronautica Imperialis?

Aeronautica Imperialis Logo

I’ve enjoyed painting my Aeronautica Imperialis models and even I am impressed that I have managed to build, undercoat and paint them in a relatively short timeframe. I did my Valkyrie Assault Carrier in a week! I would usually take a few years to paint them (if at all….).

I started to think about which models I would get next, and that got me thinking what we have seen that still needs to be released and also what could be released in the future and what I would like to see in the future as well.

Some of these are obviously core Games Workshop releases, some could be plastic kits and I think others might be Forge World models or upgrades to plastic kits.

Forge World have released some kits for Adeptus Titanicus, such as weapon upgrades, new titans and scenery. I would like to think that they would do something similar for Aeronautica Imperialis.

What I might get next?

So, there are now quite a few released models for Aeronautica Imperialis, Ork, Imperial and now T’au aircraft. I bought Wings of Vengeance, so I already have Ork Dakkajets, Fighta Bommerz as well as Imperial Thunderbolts and Marauders. I also bought a box of Valkyrie Assault Carriers.  I was lucky enough to find a box of Ground Assets recently, so I have those as well.

The obvious answer for me is a pair of Grot Bommerz. I do like the concept of these, though I am not a big fan of the actual models, but Orks is Orks, so they are next on my shopping list.

Aeronautica Imperialis Ork flyers from Warhammer World

If I get those then I might get the Heavy Ork Bommerz as well. Continue reading “What next for Aeronautica Imperialis?”

Space Marine Flyers

One of the huge dioramas at Warhammer World was a Space Marine space port or airfield. There were plenty of Forge World aircraft on display.

This is the Space Marine Storm Eagle

Storm Eagle

A formidable gunship, the Storm Eagle mounts fearsome firepower for a vehicle of its size and is capable of transporting twenty Space Marines directly into the thick of an assault. The exact provenance of the Storm Eagle is unknown, but it bears clear similarities to the Stormravens employed by the Blood Angels and Grey Knights. Certain sources place the principal manufacture of the Storm Eagle upon Tigrus and Anvilus IX, both primary-grade Forge Worlds that suffered catastrophic damage during the Horus Heresy. In recent decades the number of Storm Eagles in active service has begun to increase, especially amongst those Chapters known to have favourable relations with the Adeptus Mechanicus. This has lead some observers to believe that production has been restored at an as yet unknown location.

Thunderhawk Transport complete with load.

Thunderhawk Transport

The Thunderhawk Transporter is a logistical variant of the standard Thunderhawk gunship used by the Adeptus Astartes to carry Space Marine vehicles into combat zones. The Thunderhawk Transporter, while lacking the firepower of the standard Thunderhawk, is no less important to an Astartes Chapter.  The Thunderhawk Transporter can quickly load up to two Rhino sized vehicles of any type, or a single Land Raider sized vehicle.

The Thunderhawk transporter is no longer available from Forge World.

This is the Sokar pattern Stormbird.

Sokar pattern Stormbird

The Sokar pattern Stormbird is a dedicated attack lander. It has served as a high-durability orbital assault craft, a mobile bastion and firebase which could land a Space Marine strike force and withstand heavy ground fire while its cargo or troops and war machines disembarked to press the attack. One of the later patterns developed, the Sokar was the design precursor to the smaller Thunderhawk Gunship. The Stormbird’s standard armament is four turret-mounted twin linked lascannon, three twin-linked heavy bolters, and a complement of six dreadstrike missiles. It is also equipped with particularly dense composite armour plating, and is further protected by a series of void shield generators which it can extend to protect disembarking troops and war machines. Its cavernous transport bays can hold 50 fully armed Space Marines. Alternatively it can carry up to 5 Dreadnoughts, including the mighty Leviathan; Jump-pack equipped infantry; Rapier batteries; bikes; jetbikes; a Rhino armoured transport; or a mixed force of all of the above.

I’ve always preferred the original concept of the Stormbird.

Providing fuel and supplies for all the aircraft was this tanker. I think this model was a conversion as I don’t recollect seeing it before and it’s not mentioned on the Forge World website.

Supply vehicle

The aircraft colour scheme did remind me of the old BOAC livery used in the 1960s and 1970s.

Massive Stormbird

I have just uploaded (and updated) a new version of my GamesDay 2009 Gallery, which has been offline for a few years. Moving to a new host has meant I am reviewing existing content, creating revised pages and uploading higher resolution images. Going through the images I was reminded of this interpretation of the Stormbird that was at GamesDay 2009, well before Forge World released their version. It is much bigger than the resin model.

The Stormbird Gunship is an armoured versatile craft that combines the role of dropship, armoured transport and strike craft.

Stormbird Gunship

This model was based on this pencil drawing from White Dwarf.

This was a lovely scratch-built model, with nice little details, such as these Assault Marines dropping from the ship.

Stormbird Gunship

Nicely painted as well.

Stormbird Gunship

Stormbird Gunship

Space Marine Sokar Pattern Stormbird

The Stormbird Gunship is an armoured versatile craft that combines the role of dropship, armoured transport and strike craft.

This is from an old White Dwarf and shows how Games Workshop back then thought the Stormbird looked like.


Back in 2011 I posted one gamer’s interpretation of that pencil drawing of a Stormbird. This was a huge model.


Over the weekend Forge World showed pictures at the Horus Heresy event of their version of the Stormbird.

Space Marine Sokar Pattern Stormbird

Looking very similar to the Thunderhawk, that has been out for years, however as you can see it has a much larger hull, big enough to carry a whole Rhino. There are extra engines and looks like bigger wings.

Space Marine Sokar Pattern Stormbird

Personally I would have preferred to see something more akin to the original concept of the Stormbird rather than something like the Thunderhawk.

One possible interpretation of the Stormbird

This is one interpretation of the Stormraven Stormbird that was at GamesDay 2009 well before GW released their version in 2011. It is much bigger than the new plastic model.

The Stormraven Stormbird Gunship is an armoured versatile craft that combines the role of dropship, armoured transport and strike craft.

Stormbird Gunship

Stormbird Gunship

Stormbird Gunship

Stormbird Gunship