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FW has now published pict and info about the new space marine stuff. Looks great !
New CAESTUS ASSAULT RAM:
Check links for more pictures:
Forge World - CAESTUS ASSAULT RAM
Forge World - MK III IRON ARMOUR
The info in the newsletter seems to indicate that we will see more Space Marine armour sets.
Special weapons :
Forge World - SPACE MARINE SPECIAL WEAPONS PACK
SPACE MARINE BOLTER - UMBRA PATTERN X10:
And the text from the newsletter 243 with info :Hi There,
At last your wait is over! As you know, we've been whetting your appetite over the past few weeks with some exclusive sneak peeks and in this Newsletter we can proudly announce the first wave of our fantastic new Space Marine releases, with an array of full resin kits that are now available to pre-order. We've also got an FAQ on our recent Death Korps army list update and Experimental rules for you to download. Read on to find out more!
Space Marine Caestus Assault Ram
The speartip of our Space Marine releases is the intimidating Caestus Assault Ram. This hulking full resin kit, designed by Daren Parrwood, is armed with a devastating Magna-Melta, designed to carve through the hull of a mighty star ship, and wing-mounted Firefury missile batteries, capable of unleashing a storm of deadly micro-warheads in the seconds after an assault has begun. As you can see here, the Caestus is an intimidating behemoth of a miniature - measuring 9.5" long with a wingspan of 10" - that dwarfs even the might of a Land Raider with its ceramite-armoured bulk.
Assault Rams are void attack craft, intended to participate in close-range space boarding actions, that can also act as drop-assault vessels for direct orbital attack. There are many patterns of Assault Ram in use across the Imperium, but among the Space Marine Chapters, the multi-role Caestus is the most commonplace. Smaller than either the Thunderhawk Gunship or the Shark-class Boarding Torpedo, the patterns' chief advantage is its speed and phenomenal durability which make it a highly resilient assault craft, even in the most fire-swept landing zones. Compact and heavily armoured, the Caestus Assault Ram is designed to survive direct collision with an enemy, leaving only ruin in its wake.
The Caestus Assault Ram is available to pre-order for despatch in the week commencing August 23rd, and as an added bonus, experimental rules for this devastating attack craft are available to download here, fresh from the keyboard of Imperial Armour writer Alan Bligh.
Space Marine Infantry Upgrade Sets Available to Pre-Order Now:
MkIII 'Iron' Armour Set
The first of our new Space Marine armour sets is this fantastic MkIII Armour Set sculpted by Will Hayes. The full resin kit provides enough parts to build 5 Space Marines in MkIII 'Iron' Armour, including two different sets of legs, shoulder pads, arms, torsos and helmets. You can see these here, along with a gallery of photos showing examples of how these brilliant parts can be combined with plastic Space Marine kits.
The MkIII 'Iron' Armour is a variant of the previous 'Crusade' pattern adapted with additional armour plates to the front, as well as a reinforced helmet faceplate and strengthened vambraces for the savage firefights of fleet-based boarding actions. This extra armour turns an already resilient Marine into an almost unstoppable juggernaut within the cramped confines of a ship. This detailed kit can be pre-ordered for despatch in the week commencing August 23rd.
Umbra Pattern Bolter Pack
The Umbra Pattern Bolter Pack is the first of a range of Weapon Packs that we will be announcing over the next few weeks. Like power armour, the sacred Bolter of the Astartes has undergone various design changes over the millennia, and the Umbra pattern first saw use during the latter years of the Great Crusade, produced in huge numbers to ensure that the Astartes were constantly supplied with effective firepower.
Click here to view a gallery of close-up shots of the parts and accessories supplied in this pack; veteran hobbyists will see shades of the venerable RTB01 box in the design of these fantastic accessories. The Umbra Bolter Pack, designed by Will Hayes, contains 10 detailed weapons and optional bayonets, and can be pre-ordered here for despatch in the week commencing August 23rd.
Space Marine Special Weapons Pack
The second of our new weapon sets is this fantastic Space Marine Special Weapons Pack, sculpted by Phil Stutcinskas. Each Sergeant is able to freely select his squads' armament for a given mission, and the Chapter Armoury contains many weapons that are ancient and sacred relics - patterns of weapons long since replaced by other designs that are nevertheless maintained diligently. This Weapon Pack contains 2 Flamers, 2 Meltaguns, and 2 Missile Launchers complete with arms, reminiscent of the venerable Rogue Trader-era miniatures fondly remembered by veteran hobbyists, and perfect for adding variety to your squads.
These weapons are compatible with the full range of Space Marine units available from Forge World including our new MkIII 'Iron' Armour. The set is available to pre-order now for despatch in the week beginning August 23rd.
Additional Web Content Now Available
Since the launch of the new Forge World website we have received many queries about what had happened to much of our additional content - well worry no more, because many days of painstaking work has come to fruition. As you may have noticed, the image galleries in our Online Store are gradually being fleshed out, and the Downloads section has returned, complete with several updated documents for many older Imperial Armour books.
Following last weeks' update to the Death Korps Army List, we received lots of questions from you and so we have compiled this free FAQ to help answer these. Thanks for all your queries and please keep them coming!
We have also prepared a parallel update to the Imperial Armour Volume 5 Renegades and Heretics army list that you can find here, again it's a completely free download for you to enjoy.
Forge World Events News
Forge World will be attending Games Day Baltimore on August 21st. The Reservation period has now closed for this exciting event but if you have any specific requests or queries, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be pleased to offer any assistance we can.
Forge World will also be attending Games Day UK on September 26th - keep an eye on forthcoming newsletters for more information about our stands at this event as we have plenty up our sleeves!
That assault ram looks awesome, and the rules are really nice as well..
Too bad you can´t use it in regular games, it seems more efficient then a LR to get your Termies where you want them to be, specially with the anti-melta rule.
And the melta blast weapon is just plain nasty ...
not a big fan of the MK3 helmets thought, hoped for a bit more GK style look, but that´s just me i guess.. the armour looks great.
the weapon bits are great as though..
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The Marines are crying out to be used as Iron Warriors, or any veteran type unit. Missile launcher very similar to original plastic one from about 20 years ago.
Assault ram looks as much Imperial Guard / Navy as it does Marine in design and appearance, but nice, large model for cost.
. . . . . The harder we stare the more complete the disintegration . . . . .
I'm loving the boosted movement - talk about getting places in a hurry! Also, if this thing were ever to manage a full speed ram, it would auto-penetrate anything in the game with an utterly monstrous strength 16 hit! And thanks to that invulnerable save it gets, it's not a totally suicidal move for the Caestus, either!
I think it's just me who thinks that the Caestus looks absolutely revolting. It's plain as it has no character, it's role is out of the blue, the fluff in not exactly accurate when you look at it's design (you see this thing plunging into the hull of a starship on it's boarding run, those missile batteries look like they're going to be ripped off the moment they'll contact, why not design them so that they're closer to it's hull like the Land Speeder Typoon), and another thing if you blur your vision for a few minutes it looks like a long-snouted dog with droopy ears.
I'd rather point a Railgun at the mangy mutt
The Iron Armour is sexeh, a welcome change to all those marines that are all too commonly seen on the table nowadays. Screams Iron Warriors to me (setting for the next IA perhaps?)
Special weapons - look like re-casts of the older weapons going waaay back to the earlier editions of WH40K (1st and 2nd Ed.), something I guess you can get away with but too much and FW would be pushing it.
Umbra pattern X10 - good idea but don't they look a little plain and featureless? and judging from the RTB001 Marines they look too small to be even held by an Astartes, and the attached weapon looks to be a pain to attach (not enough surface for the glue to cling on to).
Now here come the return attacks
Last edited by Kai-Itza; August 2nd, 2010 at 14:37.
Hello my new Stormraven Gunship...If only I had the money...
And now my bitter hands cradle broken glassOf what was everything... - Black by Pearl Jam
I have to agree with Kai-Itza, I think the Caestus looks more like a Star Wars Pod Racer than someting Space Marines would use.
It also seems to be filling a gap that doesn't exist in the space marine armoury - boarding torpedoes already exist to fulfill the ship to ship boarding role.
Even if it was designed for this, it looks like it would be rubbish at it. It looks like it would break in two the first time it rammed something. Twin hulled is not the space marine way, we like blunt and brutal.
The Caestus just seems to be a vehicle that's lost it's purpose... I really wanted to like it, but I just don't. I'd rather put the £92 towards a Thunderhawk.
The MKIII Armour on the other hand, is genius. I only wish you got more in the kit (i.e. assault weapons and arms for them) but that would just bump the price up. They also look to be modular with the plastic kits which is even better. I'll be buying at least one set of these to snazz up my army a bit, can't wait to see what the others look like.
I'd like to see the weapons kits used on models before I decide about them though, as scale and fit are all important.