The Talon of Corax – Dom
I painted my Stormtalon Gunship a few years ago, when it first came out, as part of my Raven Guard army. I decided that it should have a suitably weathered appearance and so, once basecoated, I attacked it with a sponge and various colours to make it look like it had flown through a few flak barrages.
With the release of Stormcloud Attack I decided to make a pilot as well (after all, this is a game of fighter aces) so I kit-bashed a combination of Tactical Squad bits with the Techmarine torso and shoulder pads from the Space Marine vehicle accessory sprue to make Tech-priest Voden Schurr. Glory awaits him (or death. It’s probably going to be death – Ed).
Due to the fun I had building a Space Marine pilot, I turned my attention to making an imperial Navy pilot. Inspired by a very old diorama by Dave Andrews I rummaged through my bits box and assembled a model I’m quite proud of. Combining part of an Astra Militarum tank commander, Militarum Tempestus Scion bitz, a Valkyrie pilot head and the odd pouch from a Sicarian Infiltrator I ended up with an as yet unnamed pilot (never mind unnamed, he doesn’t have a plane! – Ed)
Da Big Blu Blasta – Jamie
Gasgob Splitgrin pilot’s Da Big Blu Blasta, a contraption more gun than flyer. Gasgob Splitgrin earned his name for the rictus grin permanently spread across his face. Caused by flak damage to his face on one of his many sorties (that’s what you get for not having a roof – Ed).
Da Big Blu Blasta has no reputation amongst the enemy so far but is hoping to develop one for fearless, nay lunatic, manoeuvres and death-defying strafing runs. I can’t see him living too long and he has already been shot down once. I fully expect him to arrive in the Orky afterlife at full speed and on fire, but with his grin still intact.
TG86-01 (White Stripe) – Josh
The Imperial Aeronautical Combat School is a rigorous academy for the Astra Militarum’s top pilots. With a pass out rate of 5 percent and a mortality rate of 85 percent it falls well within the Imperials acceptable losses margin. However it has a darker purpose. Those who pass out never return to their original units and are often requisitioned by agents of the Imperium, seeked out for the skills they operate in some of the harshest and deadliest of environment. For many it is their first and last mission.
Two such pilots, Mallitus and Wulffan, commandeered by Inquisitor Kalypsia and deployed to Herodian IV are no more than a pair of hot-headed rookies eager for combat. Although upon transporting one of Kalypsia’s agents, the pair were engaged by a foul Xeno aircraft. After a brief but bloody engagement Mallitus and Wulffan arise victorious. With their first kill confirmed and surviving their first mission can the pair survive to become the aces they so desire to be, or do they become another meer casualty statistic of the Imperium’s bloody meat bill.
We will be introducing more of the participating flyers and telling you about our games in the coming days, so keep checking back every day.
Author: Dom, Jamie & Josh
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