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Leman Russ Vanquishers

The Leman Russ Vanquisher is a rare and specialised variant of the Leman Russ Battle Tank used by the Imperial Guard. It mounts the significantly more powerful Vanquisher cannon, firing special Vanquisher shells which are extremely effective at penetrating armour even at great ranges, and is a favourite among tank company commanders.[1a][2a]

History

The Vanquisher was primarily built on Forge World Tigrus until it was overrun by the Ork Warlord Arrgard the Defiler in M35, resulting in the number of remaining Vanquishers reserved only for experienced tank crews. With the loss of Tigrus the Adeptus Mechanicus made strenuous efforts to reproduce the tank's specialised cannon, selecting a number of Forge Worlds known for their craftsmanship and devotion to the Machine God to spearhead the effort. While the process was slow and with limited success two Forge Worlds - Gryphonne IV and Stygies VIII - have succeeded in producing their own version of the Vanquisher while several other worlds continue their work. A small but increasing number of Vanquishers produced by Gryphonne IV and Stygies VIII have been used to equipped Imperial Guard regiments, however both jealously guard their secrets and have not allowed any comparative tests to take place.[1a] Only those tank crews that demonstrated they can perform their duty against the most heavily armoured enemies, may receive the Vanquisher as their new battle tank.[5a]

Technical Information

The centerpiece of the tank is its Vanquisher Cannon, a modified cannon with superior range, accuracy and a first-hit kill ratio.[1a][2a] Both Forgeworlds produce a cannon able to achieve these effects, albeit through different methods, and the tank has achieved a fearsome reputation among the Imperial Guard and its enemies.[1a] The Vanquisher is also equipped with advanced auspex sensors including threat detectors, terrain finder[4a] and motion sensors,[4b] along with Targeter gear including range-finders.[1b] Many are fitted with co-axial Storm Bolters while other secondary weapons come in the form of a hull-mounted Heavy Bolter, Heavy Flamer or Lascannon; if fitted with side sponsons it can also mount additional Heavy Bolters, Heavy Flamers, Multi-meltas or Plasma Cannons. A Searchlight and Smoke Launchers are standard on Vanquishers, while other upgrades include Camo Netting, a Dozer Blade, Extra Armour, a Hunter-Killer Missile and/or a pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber/Storm Bolter.[2b]

In the relatively large or lucky Armoured Battle Groups the Vanquishers may be armed with the special Beast Hunter Shells which are mostly used against enormous alien creatures and Tyranid bioforms. The shell themselves contains a powerful bio-mutagenic acid designed to be devastating against all organic matter.[5b]

A Stygies VIII Vanquisher (Forge World)
Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Leman Russ Vanquisher[1a] Main Armament: Vanquisher Battle Cannon
Forge World of Origin: Stygies VIII Secondary Armament: Lascannon or Heavy Bolter
Known Patterns: I-VI Traverse: 360°
Crew: Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, 2 Sponson Gunners Elevation: From -8° to +25°
Powerplant: HL230 v12 Multi-Fuel Main Ammunition: 28 Rounds
Weight: 63 tonnes Secondary Ammunition: Unlimited or 600 Rounds
Length: 7.08m Armour
Width: 4.86m
Height: 4.42m Superstructure: 180mm
Ground Clearance: 0.45m Hull: 150mm
Max Speed - on road 32kph Gun Mantlet 100mm
Max Speed - off road: 19kph Vehicle Designation: 0427-941-1880-LR0065
Transport Capacity: None Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: 200mm
A Gryphonne IV Vanquisher (Forge World)
Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Leman Russ Vanquisher[1a] Main Armament: Vanquisher Battle Cannon
Forge World of Origin: Gryphonne IV Secondary Armament: Lascannon or Heavy Bolter
Known Patterns: I-VI Traverse: 360°
Crew: Commander, Gunner, Driver, Loader, 2 Sponson Gunners Elevation: From -8° to +25°
Powerplant: HL230 V12 Multi-Fuel Main Ammunition: 28 Rounds
Weight: 63.5 tonnes Secondary Ammunition: Unlimited or 600 Rounds
Length: 7.08m Armour
Width: 4.86m
Height: 4.42m Superstructure: 180mm
Ground Clearance: 0.45m Hull: 150mm
Max Speed - on road 30kph Gun Mantlet 100mm
Max Speed - off road: 18kph Vehicle Designation: 0427-941-1880-LR0066
Transport Capacity: None Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: 200mm


Forge World Variations

  • Gryphonne IV - Immense barrel length for superior shell velocity.[1a]
  • Stygies VIII - Smaller calibre shell with no rifling for increased velocity and consequently superior first-shot accuracy, although increased barrel movement counteracts follow-up shots despite better gun stabilising and recoil dampening.[1a] It is said that Mechanicus of the Stygies VIII continue to work on correcting of this flaw, but knowing the slowness of their bureaucratic structure it may take decades or even centuries.[5a]

Regiments known to contain Vanquishers

Named Vanquishers

  • "Steel Dog Alpha" - tank of Obadiah Schfeer of the 254th Varolian Regiment. Equipped with a loud speaker system used to both inspire the Imperial forces and depress the enemy.[1c]

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