The roar of engines fills the skies and crude bombs drop on unsuspecting foes, accompanied by the manic laughter of greenskin pilots. Space Marines move to intercept them, their Stormtalon Gunships raking the enemy aircraft with bullets. Missiles leave trails of smoke through the air, exploding amongst enemy squads and decimating their vehicles. Necron Doom Scythes glide across the battlefield, their technological weaponry making short work of enemy forces. The time for aerial shenanigans has begun!
If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then where have you been? Last week we announced the release of three new multi-part plastic kits - the Space Marine Stormtalon, the Ork Bomma and the Necron Doom Scythe, all of which will be flying into your local Games Workshop Hobby Centre tomorrow morning. So clean the bugs off your goggles, sling your best flying scarf into the wind, grab your control stick, and fly into town to pick one up for your collection.
Of course, if you really can't make it to your local Hobby Centre this weekend (perhaps you're busy perfecting your dive-bombing technique or teaching the Grot ground crew not to put bullets in the petrol tank), then you can always order them right here from the website and we'll send them out to you first thing on Monday morning strapped to the underside of a Bltiza-bommer.* Hopefully the pilot will just deliver it by hand and not from a 20,000-foot nosedive. And for those of you getting the Stormtalon Gunship and the Ork Bommer, make sure you pick up a copy of June's White Dwarf as that's where you can find the rules for them.
Land Speeders have a long and illustrious history in the armies of the Space Marines - their speed, firepower and relatively cheap points cost makes them very useful for flanking enemy armies and taking out tanks and other unsavoury units that would otherwise put a crimp in your best-laid battle plans. The Land Speeder Storm is no exception, and can even carry a squad of Space Marine Scouts into battle, giving you a very useful rapid-response unit. This model was painted by Broken Jaw (still not his real name) for his Omega Warriors Space Marine Chapter.
Representing the Tau is the Piranha - a nippy little beast that can cause considerable damage if used well. Piranhas can be taken as a squadron (or should that be a shoal?) of five and all of them can be armed with fusion blasters, making them a real threat to enemy vehicles. They also have access to a bewildering array of upgrades, enabling them to take seeker missiles, targeting arrays and disruption pods (and plenty more besides). If you're not confusing the enemy with magnetic fields and sparkly chaff, then you're almost certainly laying waste to them with highly-accurate concentrated firepower. This Piranha was painted by Jon Hart, who opted for a camouflage scheme to disorientate his foes (though the bright orange squad markings might give the game away).
And to round off the day we found this Valkyrie painted by Tryzna. The dark grey and green colours are nicely complemented by the yellow squadron markings on the tail and the nose cone, while the red lenses and missiles provide an extra splash of colour to the miniature.
Right, I'm off to enjoy a nice four-day weekend assembling my Ork Bommer. I mean, er, celebrating the Queen's Jubilee. Yes, that's right... What's New Today will return on Wednesday once the nation has finished celebrating 60 years of the Queen's reign. Now, where are the cucumber sandwiches?
*We may resort to more conventional shipping methods should reality actually kick in.