RW Darkshroud by Vadskaer

The Darkshroud model to be honest isn't a favourite of mine — something to do with the very awkward-looking front turret (looking something like a World War I Handley Page 0/400), the strange faired-over co-pilot's canopy and its general ungainliness I think.

But putting all my pre-held prejudices aside, Vadskaer has put one together and made it look like something worth having. Critical to its success is its angle. Set upon a Scribor base, with all focus on an invisible enemy somewhere within the radius of its turning circle, it now looks like it's sweeping in for a low level strafing* run. Even the pilot is getting in on the act with his bolt pistol, a nice touch. Brings a rather clunky model to life. This pose has just captured that banking movement, nicely emphasising its airborne freedom.

As there's only a few of these birds in the DA arsenal I opted for a more decorative and ornamented look. There are several bits from other kits, such as the Ravenwing upgrade frame, the Dark Angels upgrade frame and also from the Ravenwing command squad.

Vadskaer

A great centre-piece for any Unforgiven force.

*Did you know the word 'strafe' comes from the adaptation of the German First World War catchphrase Gott strafe England ‘may God punish England’.


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