Warhammer 40K – Thunderhawk Gunship Free Paper Model

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Warhammer 40K – Thunderhawk Gunship Free Paper Model

Posted on Jan 20 2013 at 09:54:29 PM in Visual Arts

Warhammer 40K – Thunderhawk Gunship Free Paper Model

This paper model is a Thunderhawk Gunship, used by the Adeptus Astartes as their primary means of deploying forces during combat as well as their primary source of air support, based on the game Warhammer 40k, the papercraft was created by Patoroch. The Thunderhawk gunship is often considered the lynchpin of any Space Marine Chapter, as it is able to fulfill many combat roles.

The Thunderhawk is fully capable of functioning as an orbital drop ship, a heavy ground attack gunship, or as a bomber. The aircraft is able to quickly carry Space Marine forces from orbiting starships down into the midst of a battle, while at the same time providing supporting fire against enemy ground or air targets. Even though the Thunderhawk is a large vehicle, it is controlled with a relatively small crew, which includes the pilot, co-pilot, gunner, and navigator.

The Thunderhawk gunship was first developed for service in the Legiones Astartes during the later days of the Emperor’s Great Crusade in the late 31th Millennium. The Thunderhawk was designed to bridge the gap in size and capacity between the smaller Legion craft such as the Storm Eagle and the larger, much more costly Stormbird and Argo Drop Ships. Early on, the Thunderhawk was not popular with some of the Space Marine Legions, as they had grown attached to their Stormbirds and their ability to transport more units into battle than the smaller and more compact Thunderhawk, yet by the outbreak of the Horus Heresy the Thunderhawk had proved itself a worthy addition to any Legion’s fleet, and was mass-produced to meet the on-going demands of the war. Eventually the Thunderhawk was widely used by all 18 of the Legiones Astartes during the Horus Heresy. The craft was produced in such numbers that after the war ended and the Loyalist Legions were broken down into smaller Chapters many of the newly formed Chapters would would find themselves with many Thunderhawks, and only a few if any of the larger craft. As a testament to the craft’s design, and how easy they are to produce, the Thunderhawk has far outlived the Stormbird and Argo Drop Ships in usefulness and is still the main assault-craft used by both the Loyalist Astartes of the Imperium and the Traitor Legions of Chaos after nearly 10,000 standard years.

The Thunderhawk gunship is capable of carrying a fearsome array of weaponry depending on which type of mission it has been tasked for and is able to undertake a wide array of battlefield roles. The basic armament of the Thunderhawk gunship is that of 4 twin-linked Heavy Bolters located near the front of the craft’s fuselage and under the aircraft’s main wings, 2 Lascannons located under the wings, and a dorsal-mounted Battle Cannon known as a Thunderhawk Cannon. The aircraft can also be outfitted with up to 6 Hellstrike Missiles, and 6 triple bomb pylons, for a total of 18 bombs. The aircraft can replace its dorsal-mounted Thunderhawk Cannon with a Turbo-Laser Destructor for extra firepower. The craft is also capable of carrying large guided bombs with various warheads, which are used during bombing missions. The Thunderhawk can also be outfitted with an amoured cockpit and illumination flares. During the later decades of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy eras in the late 30th and early 31st Millennia, the Thunderhawk Gunship could also be outfitted with a Flare Shield. Flare Shields were similar to present-day Imperial Void Shield technology, but were effective on a smaller scale. It is unknown if this technology is still in use in parts of the Imperium in the late 41st Millennium or if it has been lost over the millennia like so much else from that era. During these ancient times it was also common practise to equip Thunderhawks with an additional layer of ceramite plating, for added protection against enemy fire. The Thunderhawk’s weapon systems are able to be swapped out to better suit whatever combat role it has been given. The basic armament of the Thunderhawk is usually used for standard Astartes troop insertion missions. There are several other standard mission loadout packages the Thunderhawk can be outfitted with, including the following:

Troop Insertion Mission
  • 1 dorsal-mounted Thunderhawk Cannon, or Turbo-Laser Destructor
  • 2 wing-mounted Lascannons
  • 2 front fuselage-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 2 wing-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
Close Air Support Mission
  • 1 dorsal-mounted Thunderhawk Cannon, or Turbo-Laser Destructor
  • 2 wing-mounted Lascannons
  • 2 front fuselage-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 2 wing-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 6 wing-mounted Hellstrike Missiles
Saturation Bombing Mission
  • 1 dorsal-mounted Thunderhawk Cannon, or Turbo-Laser Destructor
  • 2 wing-mounted Lascannons
  • 2 front fuselage-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 2 wing-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 18 wing-mounted bombs, including several incendiary bombs
Long-Range Bombing Mission
  • 1 dorsal-mounted Thunderhawk Cannon, or Turbo-Laser Destructor
  • 2 wing-mounted Lascannons
  • 2 front fuselage-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 2 wing-mounted external auxiliary fuel tanks
  • 4 wing-mounted large guided bombs, delayed fuse
  • 2 wing-mounted large guided bombs, Melta warheads
Naval Intercept Mission
  • 1 dorsal-mounted Thunderhawk Cannon, or Turbo-Laser Destructor
  • 2 wing-mounted Lascannons
  • 2 front fuselage-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
  • 6 wing-mounted large guided bombs, Plasma warheads
  • 2 wing-mounted large guaided bombs, Melta warheads
Known Users of the Thunderhawk Gunship
  • All Loyalist Space Marine Chapters
  • All Chaos Space Marine Legions and warbands
  • All Renegade Space Marine Chapters and warbands
Variants

The Thunderhawk gunship has a small number of known variants:

  • Thunderhawk Transporter – The Thunderhawk Transporter is a logistical support variant of the Thunderhawk. The Thunderhawk Transporter is used to quickly transport a Chapter’s vehicles from their orbiting Battle Barges or Strike Cruisers to a planet’s surface. The Thunderhawk Transporter is not designed for battle and is only armed with two sets of wing-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters for self-defense. The Thunderhawk Transporter is similar in appearance to the standard Thunderhawk with the exception of the missing dorsal-mounted heavy weapon and the addition of an extra engine mount. Additionally, the aircraft’s 4 engines are mounted on its wings as opposed to having one mounted on the rear fuselage. The aircraft’s troop compartment is removed and replaced with a set of large magnetic clamps to hold on to its cargo of vehicles. The Thunderhawk Transporter is capable of carrying up to two Rhino-sized vehicles or a single Land Raider-sized vehicle. The aircraft also sports a powerful winch which allows it to recover Drop Pods from the field.
  • Grey Knights Thunderhawk Gunship – Thunderhawks used by the Grey Knights Chapter of Space Marines differ from the standard pattern Thunderhawk. The Grey Knights Thunderhawk’s armour, like most of the Grey Knights’ vehicles, makes use of psycho-reactive armour plating as well as the psychically-active Aegis system, which provides the aircraft with extra protection from daemonic and Warp-based weaponry. The aircraft’s standard Heavy Bolters are often replaced with devastating Psycannons and the vehicle’s Hellstrike Missiles are replaced with Mindstrike Missiles. These changes allow the Grey Knights to be more effective in combat against Chaos Daemons and Renegade psykers and Chaos Sorcerers.
Notable Users
  • Avenging Sons – The Avenging Sons Space Marine Chapter deployed 5 Thunderhawks during the Taros Campaign against the Tau.
  • Raptors – The Raptors Space Marine Chapter deployed 8 Thunderhawks during the Taros Campaign against the Tau, and several during the Badab War against the Seccessionist forces.
  • Red Scorpions – The Red Scorpions Space Marine Chapter deployed 3 Thunderhawks to the planet Beta Anphelion IV to combat escaped Tyranids, and they deployed several during the Siege of Vraks and during the Badab War.
  • Dark Angels – The Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter deployed 16 Thunderhawks during the Siege of Vraks against the Traitor Forces of Apostate Cardinal-Astra Xaphan, and several during the Relief of Rael’s World, and many more during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.
  • Grey Knights – The Grey Knights Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Siege of Vraks to combat the daemonic forces unleashed upon the planet by the Forces of Chaos.
  • Angels of Absolution – The Angels of Absolution Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks to Vraks Prime during the Siege of Vraks.
  • Raven Guard – The Raven Guard Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Imperial raid on the Ork-held world of Kastorel-Novem, and many more during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.
  • Fire Angels – The Fire Angels Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Badab War to combat the Secessionist Forces of the Tyrant of Badab, Lufgt Huron.
  • Star Phantoms – The Star Phantoms Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Badab War.
  • Salamanders – The Salamanders Space Marine Chapter deployed 7 Thunderhawks during the Badab War, and many more during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.
  • Minotaurs – The Minotaurs Space Marine Chapter deployed 2 Thunderhawks during the Badab War.
  • Space Wolves – The Space Wolves Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the defense of the Imperial Mining World of Betalis III against the Eldar of Craftworld Mymeara, and many more during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.
  • Blood Ravens – The Blood Ravens Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Tartarus Campaign, the Dark Crusade, the Kaurava Campaign, and the Aurelian Crusades.
  • Ultramarines – The Ultramarines Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Devastation of Boros, the Damnos Campaign, the Joran Retaliation Force, and many more during the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy.
  • Dark Hands – The Dark Hands Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Chinchare Hrud Infestation.
  • Black Templars – The Black Templars Space Marine Chapter deployed several Thunderhawks during the Third War for Armageddon against the Orks and during their many Crusades.
  • White Scars –The White Scars Space Marine Chapter deployed five Thunderhawks on the planet of Cernis IV and another nine on the world of Quintus during [[Kor'sarro Khan]‘s Hunt for Voldorius.
Notable Conflicts

Thunderhawk gunships were widely used during these famous Imperial military campaigns and Crusades:

  • Great Crusade
  • Horus Heresy
  • Third War for Armageddon
  • Achilus Crusade
  • Assault on Black Reach
  • Hunt for Voldorius
  • Damocles Gulf Crusade
  • Battle of The Fang
  • Siege of Vraks
  • Badab War
  • Aurelian Crusades
  • Macharian Crusade
Notable Known Thunderhawk Gunships
  • Gladius – The Gladius is the personal Thunderhawk of the Ultramarines 2nd Company’s Captain Cato Sicarius.
  • Xiphos – The Xiphos is a famed Thunderhawk gunship of the Ultramarines Chapter.
  • Pilum – The Pilum is a well-known Thunderhawk gunship of the Ultramarines Chapter.
  • Harald IV – The Harald IV is a well-known Thunderhawk gunship of the Ultramarines Chapter.
  • Stormwalker – The Stormwalker is a Thunderhawk gunship of the Fire Angels Chapter.
  • Sunderer – The Sunderer is a Thunderhawk gunship of the Raptors Chapter.
  • Khorma – The Khorma was a Thunderhawk gunship of the White Scars Legion during the time of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy.
  • Perfection’s Flight – The Perfection’s Flight was a Thunderhawk gunship of the Emperor’s Children Legion during the tme of the Great Crusade and the Horus Heresy.

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Created: Jan 20 2013 at 09:54:29 PM
Updated: Jan 20 2013 at 09:54:29 PM
Category: Visual Arts
Language: English

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