The Fire Raptor is the second Stormraven variant Forge World has released with the first being the Storm Eagle.
This thing was super anticipated when Forge World leaked previews of it during the UK Games Day a few years ago, and it has not disappointed fans since arrival.
The kit comes with multiple weapon options for the ball turret weapon systems, as well as a semi detailed interior compartment and new fuselage sections.
Overall it looks great, but it will take a little extra work to straighten out the left and right fuselage sections during assembly.
Plus the socket on each side where the ball turrets go seem to be a potential weak point as well, a point Forge World has sought to fix:
Recently these kits have been coming from Forge World re-enforced with card strips and rubber bands to keep the fragile mid section from snapping!
FIRE RAPTOR GUNSHIP £100
The Fire Raptor Gunship is a specialised variant of the Storm Eagle known to have its origins in the Imperium’s dim and distant past. The vehicle is configured to maximise ammunition stowage in order to feed the voracious appetite of its numerous weapons and this is achieved by sacrificing the Storm Eagle’s transport capacity.
The secrets of the Fire Raptors construction were lost sometime after the Horus Heresy but Fire Raptors are now being fielded in increasing numbers across the countless war zones of the 41st Millennium, suggesting that an as-yet unidentified Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World or Adeptus Astartes Chapter Forge has come into possession of a complete STC imprint.
The Fire Raptor Gunship, designed by Stuart Williamson, is a complete resin and plastic kit armed with twin-linked avenger bolt cannon, wing-mounted hellstrike missiles and two ball turrets sporting either quad heavy bolters or twin-linked autocannon. -Courtesy FW’s site
Hopefully I can get a break from this weekend’s madness to assemble this puppy and report back on that as well! For now though, enjoy the video of Forge World’s newest flyer.
Oh and don’t forget to checkout my unboxing of the first Stormraven variant, the Storm Eagle. -MBG