Space Marine Hunter

Having posted the Space Marine Stalker model yesterday, here is an image of the Space Marine Hunter AA vehicle.

Space Marine Hunter

The Hunter model comes with a single barrel, whereas the Stalker has three. It is an anti aircraft tank for the Space Marines.

Having now seen both models, I much prefer the Hunter over the Stalker.

Presented here as a news item.

Space Marine Stalker

Space Marine Stalker

This is a photograph of the forthcoming new Space Marine Stalker model, well it is alleged that it is and the rumourmill seems to confirm it. The Hunter model comes with a single barrel, whereas the Stalker has three. It is an anti aircraft tank for the Space Marines.

Presented here as a news item.

Update: this is the Stalker model.

Update 2: changed image to an improved  one

Flames of War Plastic Shermans and Stugs

After speculating about plastic Sherman tanks for Flames of War and finding that in the end they were resin, I have heard a new rumour that the new third edition starter set, Achtung! due to be released on the 28th April will contain plastic Shermans and Stugs.

Flames of War Plastic Shermans (possibly)

Saw and heard two things this week that have made me think that Battlefront will be releasing plastic Sherman tanks for Flames of War.

Already there are quite a few plastic 15mm models now available from other manufacturers and it’s not as though Battlefront have no experience of working in plastic, they have been using plastic for tracks and bases for a while now.

So what’s the evidence?

Firstly a conversation over the phone that was leaked to me, indicated that Battlefront said they were putting together a plastic Sherman kit.

That on its own, is maybe not proof enough.

However the second piece of evidence is not only direct from Battlefront, it’s also on their own website.

This photograph of tanks for the forthcoming Blood, Guts, & Glory supplement.

These really do look like plastic models, more so than resin. The tracks we know are already plastic, but look at the sharpness of the hull and turret detail.

It won’t be too much of a surprise if Battlefront head down the plastic model route, the key will be quality, price and what models they put out in plastic.

Never saw the light of day…

I took a photograph of this concept sketch at the Forge World displays at GamesDay 2005.

Now six years later we’ve not seen anything like this appear from the depths of the Forge World studio, though we have seen very similar models.

First impression was that this was a Thunderhawk Transporter.

It carries stuff, it carries a Land Raider. However though it has similarities, which makes me think the sketch is for a Space Marine vehicle, is it a Thunderhawk Transporter? Probably no.

We’ve also had the Valkyrie Sky Talon which does look similar, but the Sky Talon is for moving the Tauros Venator rather than some big infantry pod.

Likewise I don’t think the Caestus Assault Ram was derived from this sketch, much more likely that the Assault Ram was a big Land Speeder!

The reason for discussing the sketch is the current rumours flying around about a mystery Space Marine vehicle.

There’s word of a new Space Marine vehicle in the works. Here’s the latest we’ve heard.

Apparently this is the big “new kit” to accompany the updated Codex:Space Marines.

-The term “Space Marine Gunship” has been mentioned.
-It’s NOT the Stormraven
-It’s NOT the Caestus Assault Ram
-Its NOT an “assault themed” vehicle
-There are whispers of that ancient bit of fluff regarding the “missing link transport” Astartes vehicle.

So it’s not the Stormraven either! Could it be this?

So is that sketch from GamesDay 2005 any indication of what we might see, or something completely unrelated, we’re going to have to wait and see.