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Postby Matapiojo » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:19 am

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Valkyrie Airborne Assault Carrier
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The Valkyrie Assault Carrier is a twin-engine attack craft used for aerial insertions and drop missions. Screaming across a battlefield, a Valkyrie aircraft deploys its cargo into the fray, providing a deadly torrent of covering fire as the troopers within disembark. Valkyries carry a fearsome array of anti-personnel rockets that can shatter entire formations. Lethal strafing runs leave a trail of destruction in their wake.
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Type: Vehicle (fast, skimmer)
Wargear: Multi-laser; 2 Hellstrike Missiles; Searchlight; Extra Armour
Transport Capacity: 12 models
Special Rules: Deep Strike; Scout; Grav Chute Insertion
/ GW Website (06/27/12)*, - 40K Armies - Imperial Guard


Known Variants
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Valkyrie Sky Talon
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This is a complete resin and plastic kit, includes plastic flying base and plastic Hellstrike missiles and Rocket Pods. / FW Website (06/27/12)*, - **

Valkyrie Vendetta
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The Vendetta is an up-gunned variant of the Valkyrie Airborne Assault Carrier. This resin conversion kit for the plastic Valkyrie consists of nose- and wing-mounted lascannons and a replacement sensor pod. / FW Website (06/27/12)*, - **

Vulture Gunship
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The Vulture Gunship is a purpose-built variant of the Valkyrie STC; a high-speed, low-level hunter-killer, capable of mounting a wide range of payloads to carry out its assigned mission. Commonly used in a close protection role for air-to-surface Imperial Guard deployments for regiments such as the Drop Troops of Elysia, the Vulture is also assigned to strafing missions against massed infantry formations and lightly-armoured vehicles. This is a complete resin and plastic kit, includes plastic flying base and plastic Hellstrike missiles and Rocket Pods. / FW Website (06/27/12)*, - **


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Re: (40K) Valkyrie [Discussion]

Postby Matapiojo » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:23 am

- On Vulture Gunships:
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“They were too frightened to come within range of Imperial support weapons to engage troops so close to Imperial-controlled provinces. They were far too frightened of the Vulture gunships. This close to the seaboard base camps, a Vulture gunship could be voxed and en route within minutes. With an operative distance of five hundred kilometres, the gunships threatened a wide radius of wilderness that the Carnibales insurgents had taken to calling the ''death circle''. Only the hardiest or bravest insurgents dared to operate within the death circle. At any moment, a Vulture could rise above the canopy, its presence heralded by the ominous whup whup whup of turbine engines. The sound itself was enough to send insurgents scrambling into hiding. There the Vultures would hover above the canopy, pivoting on the spot while hunting for movement. Once sighted, the Vulture would sound its guns, thunderous and clapping like a locomotive chattering through a tunnel. Vultures were heavily favoured by the 31st Riverine. Back home on Ouisivia, the swamp orks were so wary of these war machines that they considered them an incarnation of Gork's wrath. And indeed, there was a crude resemblance; painted in the jade green and tan of the Riverine with its sloping, pugnacious profile, the Vulture was a predator in the field of war. A chin-mounted heavy bolter was housed below the cockpit, while two autocannons were cradled in hard points beneath its wings. These weapons discharged in rotation so that while one fired, the others would load, generating enough firepower to flatten a hectare of mangrove into quagmire within a minute. But the Riverine pilots preferred to hit and run, strafing the enemy with conservative bursts of fire. In one swooping charge, the tracer trials from its combined arms seemed to merge into one puff of orange flame. With such air dominance at their disposal it was little wonder that the insurgency resisted attacking the 88th Battalion during the early stages.” / Flesh and Iron, p.72 & 73 - **
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