Warhammer World has a new diorama to celebrate the new edition of Warhammer 40,000 and it’s one of our best yet, depicting the Dark Angels fighting to reclaim the industrial world of Khendrel IV from the clutches of the Death Guard.
The new display was a chance to demonstrate Space Marines on the offensive, doing what they do best – striking from orbit and crippling the enemy in a single, brutal action. Enormous displays like the Battle for Angelus Prime already depict the Imperium mounting desperate defenses against hordes of invaders, and while these are cool, it’s exciting to see this dynamic reversed, with the Death Guard on the defensive, scrabbling to repel the invaders with hordes of Poxwalkers, Plague Marines and even a heavily converted Reaver Titan.
There’s a number of narratives that emerge when looking at the display, and we won’t spoil all of them here, but one of the best is watching Primaris Space Marines working in tandem with their brothers in the Ravenwing and Deathwing. As Terminators distract the foe and Thunderhawk Assault Gunships clear the skies, the Primaris Space Marines – led by a Captain in Gravis Armour – form a beachhead, backed up by Tactical Marines in Drop Pods.
The display isn’t just a visual marvel but a technical one too, featuring new techniques developed during the project. Most impressive among these (and Studio Manager James Karch’s favourite) is seen in the flying Thunderhawks. Depicted dodging incoming fire from a Reaver Titan, these titanic vehicles are mounted seamlessly to the display in such a way that they look like they’re really flying. As well as large scale details, even smaller features like the vats of toxic ooze at the front of the board add a distinct sense of realism and place to the display.
While the Death on Khendrel IV display is already pretty packed with detail, it’ll grow and change in the months ahead with Easter eggs and more for dedicated visitors to hunt for. We think it’s well worth checking out – you can see it in our Exhibition Hall at Warhammer World, alongside a range of other awesome dioramas from the worlds of Warhammer 40,000, Warhammer Age of Sigmar and the Horus Heresy. You can find out more about visiting on the Warhammer World website.
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