For the most part, Warhammer 40K has always been very land-based - tanks, infantry, mechs - it's all about the foot slogging, exploding artillery shells and trenches.
It's not that aircraft haven't existed, Hell the Dark Eldar are all about the skimmers and flyers, but having a rule set other than "Imma Gonna Strafe You!" just haven't really been that important... UNTIL NOW!
Loved Top Gun but needed more Orks - well have we got news for you - there is a now a rule set to make it so.
Death From The Skies brings not only a new rule set, but also some new missions and two new kits - the Wazbom Blastajet and the Stormhawk Interceptor.
Interestingly though, this week's White Dwarf is not obsessed with it. It's not wall to wall flyers. Sure there's the kits, an overview of the book and a battle report, but they still leave room for ONE OF THE BEST PAINTED ARMIES i HAVE EVER SEEN!. I am not kidding...
So is this issue worth buying?
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Based on the Stormtalon chassis, this kit brings a longer nose and dedicated air to air capability.
As much as the Stormtalon gets a hammering by the forums, this seems to take the small nature of that design and give it a better shape. It doesn't look like a fat bumblebee anymore. Its been on Weight Watchers and got a tummy tuck. This thing is ready to hunt!
The kit itself also allows you to make the Stormtalon if you'd prefer and comes in at the $90 AUD mark.
For an interceptor it's actually pretty chunky, and the old Dakkajet itself looks more like a fighter jet.
This new option in the old kit means a repack and some new parts - it also means a price hike - $25 AUD has been added to the original price of the kit just to add this variant. So if you like the idea of the old Ork flyers and want to save a bit of coin, try and get the old kit. It's certainly cheaper.
Also getting a show is next week's Warhammer Visions and a new set of dice, this time themed around the Ork deities, Gork and Mork.
Forge World show off their excellent new Cataphractii Shoulder Pads. These look amazing. There isn't a huge amound of room on them, so the fact they have made these look so good is impressive.
They've done this really well actually and integrated it into the land battle going on underneath them.
I can see that the Ork fighter bombers may really come into their own with this new rule set - even the narrative of the Imperium trying to stop the bombers before they bomb the troops adds a nice dynamic.