Sunday, 19 June 2016

WIP: 40k Scale Doomwing

The Doomwing of Tzeentch is thought by Imperial Scholars to be a medium-sized attack craft similar in combat role and effectiveness to the more common Heldrake. It is almost exclusively seen in the armies of the Great Conspirator, swooping low across the enemies of Chaos, ripping apart tanks and scorching scores of soldiers with daemonic flames.

In terms of armaments they share identical load-outs, the dreaded Hades Autocannon for anti-armour duties, and Baleflamers for incinerating infantry in raging infernos. 

Doomwings attack in a similar fashion to the smaller disc-daemons known as Screamers. Unlike the Helldrake, which claws and bites at the armies below, it instead slashes with its mighty wings, the edges of which appear super-heated by the speed it travels or my magical influence. Like a knife through butter, these bladed wings cut open tanks and soldiers alike, leaving similarly messy results to the Heldrakes talon strikes. 

Though no two Doomwings are truly alike, they all share a common appearance: large swooping wings, bedecked in faux (or sometimes real) feathers, burning sigils and icons of the change god. They feature an avian-like head at the front, crafted in the likeness of greater daemons. The 'pilots' of these craft are barely recognisable, and like many vehicles of the dark hordes, the pilot's body has fused completely with the daemon bound to it. It is unknown whether they have any sentience left or if they are given completely to the new host.

In flight, Doomwings are very hard to focus on. Whether through blistering speed or sorcery, their outlines shimmer with warpflame, making them harder to hit. When they arrive, a shrill scream slices through the air, bursting eardrums and driving many to madness. And this is before the torrents of flame and bullets rain down...

Here it is, a new flyer for the Thousand Sons. A while ago I ran a Heldrake with the Sons, but I was never 100% sold on it. Whilst it is a great looking flyer, the aesthetic of it didn't fit with my Thousand Sons, who I wanted to have a string Tzeentch-look to them (especially of late). I came across an image of the old epic Doomwing. Which is was clearly a very old model, I loved the overall feel of it, and after seeing a great sketch of an updated version, I was motivated to rebuilt it.

Truth be told this is a project I started a long time ago, but never got around to finishing. What started off as a Chaos Lightning soon turned into an abandoned husk. But as you can see, I finally got about to fixing the poor flyer up.

The hull is the main section (and probably only real GW section) of the craft, and was from an Ork Bomma. The wings and head are completely scratch built-with two heavy flamers inserted in the head to act as the Baleflamer.

Like the linked drawing, I decided to go with metal feathers for the wings, which were far too bland for my tastes. Rivets and some greenstruff detailing help complete the look.

My favourite part is the pilot, who is clearly now one with the craft, whether he likes it or not! The body is the torso of one of the chaos Chosen from the Dark Vengeance kit. I chose this particular one for the rebreather tube and exposed rib cage, which work well for the conversion. A ton of greenstuff, cables and vents help fill out the Ork Cockpit. The arm fused with the cockpit was 100% sculpted and a complete accident, but I went along with it and it's turned out fantastic.

As you can see there's a long way to go until it's finished, but it's great knowing that an old project is finally getting some love. Hopefully the Fire Raptor/Storm Eagle follows suit.


  1. That is seriously cool! Awesome re-imagining of the old epic model!

  2. Wow that is going to be awesome Matt. I love the dakkajet as the core. Can't wait to see how this bad boy turns out!

  3. This is awesome. I'm not a big fan of the Heldrake either - I use a Forge World Hellblade for air support for my Emperor's Children.

    The Heldrake & Forgefiend have grown on me in recent times but I still prefer a more evil militarised and a less monster Dinobot look for my Chaos Space Marines

  4. I like the conversion! The Heldrake is a sad model when looking back on it. Part of GW's Dinobots craze. I like your use of the Orks bomma, kind of an irony in a way :-)