An all-metal Thunderhawk Gunship, a uncommon Warhammer 40,000 miniature produced by Video games Workshop in 1997, not too long ago bought at public sale for $34,882. That’s the best worth ever paid for the uncommon mannequin, which was assembled and painted by Emil Nyström and the staff at Squidmar Miniatures. Affirmation of the sale was made in a video posted Monday on YouTube.
The Thunderhawk Gunship is a heavy assault craft from the lore of Warhammer 40K, designed to ferry Area Marines to and from hostile environments. It’s additionally one of the advanced fashions Video games Workshop (GW) has ever produced. Not solely does Nyström do a wonderful job documenting the assembly and the painting of this epic miniature, he additionally does an incredible job digging into its historical past. That features talking with the unique sculptor, Tim Adcock.
In response to Nyström’s analysis, solely three of those fashions have been produced within the first run. They might function show items for Video games Workshop’s Video games Day occasion in 1995. Solely later, in 1997, did the kits lastly go up on the market to the general public. Every of the five hundred numbered Thunderhawks got here inside its personal wood field, which along with the 204-piece mannequin weighed in at 22 kilos. They value $649.99 plus transport, or greater than $1,000 adjusted for inflation.
At this time a completely painted Thunderhawk, whereas uncommon, isn’t terribly exhausting to seek out. Items from this 1997 run go for round $3,000. Unassembled fashions go for lots extra, someplace within the neighborhood of $5,000. That makes Nyström’s sale all of the extra outstanding, contemplating that he added worth to the miniature by portray it up.
The record-breaking Thunderhawk is at the moment on its approach to the consumers at The House of War, a recreation store in Australia. Let’s hope it makes it there in a single piece. Nyström’s subsequent challenge? The largest model currently in the GW catalog. It’s referred to as the T’au Manta assault ship, and it’s bigger even than the corporate’s large Warlord Titan.