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This is a fluff type question, hopefully leading to a modelling project.
Was the thunderhawk gunship in use by the Space Marine Legions prior to the Horus Heresy?
If it was, did the traitor legions take any with them?
If not, how feasible would it be for them to have captured and refitted one?
Obviously a more recently 'turned' regenegade chapter could have Thunderhawks, but I'm interested if one of the original traitor legions might have one.
Mind you the traitor legions now have other choices to achieve planetfall, but a thunderhawk is still cool.
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Well my friend plays an Iron Warriors fleet in Battlefleet Gothic and he was able to use Thunderhawks. I asked him the same question.
In line with that game, one would suspect that yes they did have them. But its not quite concrete evidence.
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According to the Horus Heresy books, yes they were in use at the time and the legions that later turned to chaos certainly had some. They were used as smaller versions of 'Stormbirds' which were the standard dropship of the era.
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In the word bearers novel, Dark Apostle, they make use of thunderhawk's; noting that the crew has been fused with the ship along with a daemon. (I don't believe that all chaos thunderhawks would be like that, but that at least gives you one legion that has them before looking at the six horus heresy books.)
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They were issued to the legions just before the heresy broke out so although the legions would have them they wuld be in fewer numbers than the more common used stormbirds.
Does anyone have a pic of a stormbird or know of any fiction they are in?
Stormbirds were like prototype Thunderhawks. The concept was invented by Dan Abnett, and you can figure it out mostly from the name. Think of those old beaky helmets (the "Corvus" pattern armour) compared to the current power armour, which is the Aquila pattern if I'm not mistaken.
I'd imagine the Imperium has refined the design a little, like with their Predators and Rhinos, but overall the Thunderhawk is the same ship it was ten thousand years ago.
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The stormbird is not the prototype of the thunderhawk or even closely related to it, it isn't even a stc if I recall, it's also far larger, able to carry 100 battlebrothers compared to the 30 of the thunderhawk, more streamlined, it's cockpit described as beeing arrow-headed, it also carries less armerment.
Last edited by Dreachon; January 2nd, 2008 at 15:18.
The Thunderhawk was in use before the Heresy, but it was fairly new, not unlike Terminator Armor. The Stormbird was in use more commonly then, because the Thunderhawk was new and many of the marines preferred the Stormbird. The Thunderhawk is being described as smaller but more well armored (and possibly a little more agile I think). If I remember correctly, the Stormbird is supposed to have wings swept forward, like a diving raptor or some such.
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