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A Space Wolves Contemptor Dreadnought

The Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought is a Space Marine Dreadnought developed prior to the Horus Heresy. The Contemptor is larger and more powerful than standard Dreadnought patterns, featuring systems similar to those used by the automatons of the Adeptus Mechanicus Legio Cybernetica branch, including Atomantic Shielding field generator technology that would be implemented into the Storm Shields of Space Marine Terminators.[1]

Overview

The Contemptor comes equipped with a twin-linked Heavy Bolter, a Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with inbuilt Storm Bolter, and Smoke launchers. The Contemptor can replace its standard equipment with a variety of weaponry, including: a Multi-melta, twin-linked Heavy Flamers, Plasma Cannon, heavy Conversion Beamer, or twin-linked Lascannons. The Contemptor can also replace its inbuilt storm bolter with a heavy flamer. The Contemptor can also be upgraded with Extra armour and a Searchlight.[2]

Once the standard pattern of Dreadnought in the Great Crusade-era, the ability to create new Contemptors is now beyond the Adeptus Mechanicus or perhaps a closely guarded secret by certain Tech-Priest factions. Some believe that the design may share systems with the dreaded, near-mythical battle-automata of the Legio Cybernetica. If this is the case, it may explain why so few Contemptors remain in service as of M41. Those few that still remain in service are relics of the Great Crusade, Horus Heresy, and The Scouring.[4a] In the 41st Millennium, the Castaferrum Pattern Dreadnought has become the most common.[3]

Technical Information

Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought Main Armament: Twin-linked Heavy Bolters, Lascannons, Volkite Culverins, or Heavy Flamers, or single Multi-Melta, Plasma Cannon, Conversion Beamer, Rotor Cannon
Forge World of Origin: Mars Secondary Armament: Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon, Storm Bolter or Heavy Flamer
Known Patterns: I-XXVI Traverse: 360°
Crew: Interred Space Marine Elevation: From -90° to +90°
Powerplant: tomantic arc reactor Main Ammunition: Variable
Weight: 14.5 tonnes Secondary Ammunition: Variable
Length: 2.1m Armour
Width: 3.1m
Height: 4.5m Superstructure: 75mm
Ground Clearance: N/A Hull: 75mm
Max Speed - on road 12kph Gun Mantlet N/A
Max Speed - off road: 7kph Vehicle Designation: 8681-756-127-DR 081
Transport Capacity: N/A Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: N/A

Variants

Contemptor-Cortus Class Dreadnought

First created during the Ullanor Crusade, the Contemptor-Cortus was a variant of the highly successful ‘Prime’ Contemptor pattern. Utilizing many base components, the most sophisticated systems were replaced with robust - if less potent - systems which could be more readily fabricated in the field by the Legiones Astartes. The result was a war machine with its own unique strengths and combat characteristics, but also with a not-undeserved reputation for instability. However as the Horus Heresy broke out, this more easily produced variant of Contemptor Dreadnought was returned to widespread service.[5]

A Contemptor-Cortus Class Dreadnought with a heavy Conversion Beamer

Contemptor-Galatus Class Dreadnought

Similar in aspect to the Contemptor Dreadnoughts of the Legiones Astartes, the Contemptor-Galatus is a markedly superior war machine. The unrivaled skills of the warrior entombed within its sarcophagus notwithstanding, the Contemptor-Galatus is stronger, faster and better armoured.

Designed to provide an anchor for a Legio Custodes battleline, the Contemptor-Galatus is armed in similar fashion to the Custodes themselves – wielding a huge Galatus Warblade with its inbuilt twin-linked infernus incinerator, and equipped with a vastly enlarged version of the Custodes Praesidium shield. Already able to withstand heavy assaults with its armour and refractor field, the Praesidium shield allows the Contemptor-Galatus stand nigh on impregnable, enduring the enemy onslaught and reaping a murderous toll with its immense power blade.[6]

A Contemptor-Galatus Class Dreadnought

Contemptor-Achillus Class Dreadnought

The Contemptor Achilus Dreadnought is another model used by the Custodian Guard.[7]

In those isolated cases where the body has been all but irrevocably destroyed but the Custodian’s mind remains intact and their will to survive undimmed, internment within the cold and unyielding body of a Dreadnought is the next step. To this purpose, the few Dreadnoughts of the Legio Custodes are as singularly advanced as their other wargear, outfitted with weapons and systems artificer-made by the servants of the Imperial Court. At the time of the outbreak of the Horus Heresy, the most widely employed was the Contemptor-Achillus, a general battle unit which combined phenomenal strength and speed with the echoes of the interned Custodes’ own unmatched martial skill.[7]

The primary weapon of the Contemptor-Achillus was the mighty Dreadspear, a weapon modeled closely on the Custodes Guardian Spear but larger and equipped with a Corve Las-Pulser. It was also equipped with two wrist-mounted storm bolters, incinerators or Adrathic destructors.[7]

A Contemptor-Achillus Class Dreadnought

Contemptor-Mortis Class Dreadnought

Instead of standard twin-linked heavy bolters, this class armed with two weapons of the same type - Multi-Meltas, twin-linked Autocannons, Kheres pattern Assault Cannon or twin-linked Lascannons.[4b]

A World Eaters pre-Heresy Contemptor-Mortis Pattern Dreadnought.[3]

Osiron Class Dreadnought

The Osiron Class Dreadnought was a type of Contemptor used by the Thousand Sons. These dreadnoughts were created by Magnus himself, and consisted of a mortally wounded psyker Space Marine laced with a psychometric barrier for his brain. This allowed the Dreadnought to perform psychic abilities that was far safer to the user and its allies. As such, these Dreadnoughts were equipped with Force Weapons.[8]

Osiron Pattern Dreadnought

Notable Contemptor Pattern Dreadnoughts

See Also

Images

A Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought of the Astral Claws chapter.
A Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought of the Word Bearers
A Contemptor Pattern Dreadnought of the Thousand Sons

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