Forge World taking pre-orders for Space Marine Glaive tank

By Polar_Bear
In 40K
Jun 22nd, 2013

Forge World has started taking down names of those gamers who want their new Space Marine Legion Glaive Tank as soon as it’s available. Be the first gamer on your block with this tank when it’s released.

From the website:

The Legion Glaive, designed by Stuart Williamson, is a multi-part resin and plastic kit that is packed with detail. It is available to pre-order now for despatch from Friday 28th June

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  • 4tonmantis

    Normally not crazy about these types of designs but this one doesn’t quite feel like one we’ve seen a million times.

  • JRacel

    My issue with this tank is the exposed treads in the front. Why would you ever design a heavy tank that exposes one of the most vulnerable parts of the vehicle to direct enemy fire? I see no advantage being offered by this decision to leave the treads exposed and it just spoils the look of the tank for me.

    • Haibane

      I don’t think many people decide whether they like a sci-fi tank’s aesthetics based on an analysis of how practical the design is.

    • Soulfinger

      What spoils it for me is that there is no way that the vents on that plasma cannon would be sufficient for heat dispersal. A magnetic fusion plasma discharge like that is going to run 108 Kelvin with a 103 Tesla magnetic field. The dymalloy passive heat exchanger components would therefore need a much higher fin protrusion with an exponential convection coefficient. Who builds a tank like that? Totally unrealistic!

      • Soulfinger

        Also, I agree about the treads.

      • 4tonmantis

        That would have been convincing sciency BS if 108K didn’t = -265F

        The joke wasn’t lost on me.. I laughed and was like.. “wait! I must spoil this!!!”

      • Khromargus

        Would it ease your mind to know its not a plasma cannon?

        Personally I have no issue with the tracks. Tracks a tough. They have to bear the weight of the entire tank. Thats why many a WW2 tanker welded spare tracks onto the hull as extra armour. If you want to find issue with the tracks how about the unexposed bits: WHEN the tracks break, as all tracks eventually do. How do you get the thing back on without disassembling the tank?

  • wormwoode

    The exposed treads would definitely be a bit of an issue on a real tank, but it does look really cool on this toy. If it’s really driving you nuts on the gaming table, a little plastic card and a bunch of tiny rivets should calm your troubled soul.

    • wormwoode

      Woah. Just saw the price. At $240 USD, that thing should come with a remote control and a bag of airsoft bb’s. What the hell is going on with gw/forge world? I guess I’m out of touch here or something, but with all the backlash and general bitching about gw’s prices, are people still really spending this much cash on their 40k toys?

      Fifty bucks, maybe sixty for the niche market-ness of it all, I could understand. Pinch a few pennies and you get yourself a nice little space tank. But with enough spare time, patience and plastic scraps you could scratch-build something real close for maybe $40.

      I know what Forge World is and what they do. I actually like it a lot. I’m glad they’re still here. I’m just a bit stunned that they can keep things moving with price points like this one. Crazy.

      • 4tonmantis

        There’s model kit stores that sell generic tank parts that are for kitbashing a tank like this. I think it’s Skull and Bone Industries or something.. I don’t know the size of this thing but I presume it’s similar to a Baneblade. If you really want to run one it wouldn’t be hard to get one together that looks of similar quality for about half the cost (or cheaper).

        • wormwoode

          Thanks for the heads-up on that particular company. Looks like they do Baneblade-specific conversion bits. Mostly turret add-ons. Not cheap, and not as cool lookin as the dome on this beast (in my opinion), but pretty good stuff on the whole. Much more reasonably priced alternative, especially if you can get a deal on a straight-up Baneblade kit to work with.

          Looks like they’re actually called “Blood and Skulls Industries”. They’ve got some good flying bikes, too. I’m probably gonna spring for a set of those- see what their castings look like before I commit to any of their tank bits.

          • 4tonmantis

            Their tracks range from Chimera all the way up to Baneblade width but yeah the other stuff tends to be specific for superheavy class. If you have a strong sense of cutting and scoring styrene it’s incredibly easy to build your own hull. Most of the challenge scrachbuilders/kitbashers face typically comes from complex parts like road wheels/running gears and repetition of treads. The rest is pretty easy to fabricate yourself. For the dome I would probably just go to Home Depot and look through pool parts or plumbing stuff.
            Sorry to derail the topic but I use to build a lot of stuff like this and the topic took me on a bit of a nostalgic kick.