The Rhino is a tracked armoured troop transport produced by the Imperium. Its use is entrusted to only the most loyal of soldiers: the Space Marines, Sisters of Battle, Adeptus Arbites and the Inquisition.
The Rhino's versatile design has allowed the development (mostly through the rediscovery of STC designs) of several variants, each fulfilling a different tactical role. Popular variants are the Razorback, Predator, Whirlwind and Immolator.
The Rhino has been in service throughout the history of the Imperium. As a Standard Template Construct vehicle, the Rhino dates back to the distant time of Mankind's initial colonisation of the galaxy. Originally named "RH-1-N-0 Tracked Exploration and Multi-Purpose Defense Vehicle," it was used to explore newly colonised worlds. First field-tested on Mars, the "Rhino," as it came to be known, was a success, thanks to its extreme dependability, ability to run on any semi-combustible fuel source, and the fact that it can be produced from any locally available material.
The earliest evidence of the Rhino in combat was at Torben's World in battle against the indigenous alien population. During the attack, three hundred Rhinos were deployed to the largest alien city. The speed of the assault meant the xenos had no idea of the coming of the humans and had not prepared any defences. The Rhinos poured their firepower into the flimsy structures and then deployed nearly three thousand warriors. The city was destroyed and, with the alien presence removed, the colonisation proceeded easily. The news of this victory spread and the use of the Rhino was adopted more and more by other planets.[Needs Citation]
As the empire expanded, more aliens were encountered, and the STC system gave a forward army access to advanced vehicles such as the Predator, Immolator and Whirlwind. Unfortunately, during the Age of Strife, the STC systems were lost, and all the planets of the empire were affected.[Needs Citation]
The Rhino in the 41st Millennium
With the loss of the STC systems, the ability to construct Rhinos was also temporarily lost, leading to many Rhinos becoming holy relics, thousands of years old. Eventually the rediscovery of STC printouts (hard copy blueprints and information on their construction) by the Adeptus Mechanicus allowing the construction of Rhinos to resume.
In the early Imperium, the Rhino was a far more ubiquitous vehicle, employed by most Imperial military forces. Since then, knowledge has faded, and the employment of the Rhino has become limited to the Space Marines and a few other Imperial organisations.
Now, only the Adeptus Mechanicus possess the knowledge to build a Rhino (although a Rhino could easily be built on virtually any world in the Imperium if it possessed a copy of the Rhino design schemes). Each Rhino is purified and blessed, each piece appeased before being put in place. Should a Rhino be lost in battle, it will be salvaged and repaired, being sent back out into the field to give the Machine Spirit a chance for retribution against its enemies.
At its most basic level the Rhino MkIIC is an armoured personnel carrier with large tracks designed to cope with any terrain and protect its passengers from harm. It is such a basic design, able to be constructed from almost any material and be powered by any semi-combustible material, that little has changed throughout its 10,000 year history. Such is its resiliency that damage sustained in battle can often be repaired in the field by the crew themselves.
The Rhino is armed with a Storm Bolter, which is remotely operated by the driver. It can also be equipped with a second pintle-mounted Storm Bolter, which can be fired by a passenger from the top hatch.
The most common form of armouring is a bonded ceramite layer over a cast plasteel hull. However, other materials have been known to be used instead, from composite carbon compounds to conventional hardened steel.
The Rhino is powered by four MkII Mars-pattern adaptable thermic combustor reactor engines. The engines are fed by a fan-assisted air intake and each one is hooked into a dynamo, which in turn is connected via power coupling to two electric motors, which power the vehicle's batteries. Each engine also has its own fuel tank and air supply to use if necessary (i.e. fighting in toxic atmospheres or vacuum). This level of redundancy means that, should one engine be disabled, power reduction is minimal; if both engines on one side are lost, the remaining two can still power the drive wheels through an auxiliary drive shaft and locking differential, though the Rhino's speed will be cut in half. Should all four engines be destroyed, electrical energy stored in the vehicle's batteries, recharged by the electric motors, can be used to continue operation for a short period of time. In addition, most Rhinos include rudimentary self-repair systems able to restore motive and drive functions. This basic design feature lends towards the Rhino's reputation as a rugged carrier, able to keep moving after suffering damage that would cripple lesser vehicles.
The capacity of a Rhino is ten Power Armoured warriors, although it is not equipped to handle Terminator Armour or Jump Pack-equipped Space Marines. Two side hatches and a rear ramp allow for quick exits, while a fourth top hatch allows two passengers to fire from the Rhino, in addition to serving as an emergency escape hatch.
|Vehicle Name:||Rhino Armoured Personnel Carrier||Main Armament:||Storm Bolter|
|Forge World of Origin:||Mars||Secondary Armament:||N/A|
|Crew:||Driver||Elevation:||From -65° to +45°|
|Powerplant:||Quad MkII Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactor||Main Ammunition:||800 rounds|
|Weight:||30.0 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||N/A|
|Max Speed - on road||70kph||Gun Mantlet||N/A|
|Max Speed - off road:||55kph||Vehicle Designation:||0120-766-0724-PR113|
|Transport Capacity:||10||Firing Ports:||1|
Chaos Rhinos are Rhino vehicles in the service of Chaos Space Marines. Serving as their most common vehicle, over the ten thousand years since the Long War began, Chaos Marines have continued to use the robust Rhino as their favored transport. Chaos forces are known to loot and confiscate Rhinos from Imperial armies, though they quickly burn them clean of Imperial insignia and replace them with spikes, blades, and gory trophies.
The oldest surviving Rhino pattern is the MkIb, which was produced in such numbers that many surviving examples still exist. However, these machines are considered past their prime and no longer constructed, though they are still used with honour and respect. Compared to the current MkIIc pattern, the MkI's drive and engine system is less robust, lacking the same redundancy system. However it has a slightly higher top speed, load-bearing capacity, and requires less maintenance time. The MkIC Deimos Pattern Rhino was the mainstay of the Legiones Astartes during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy.
- List of all Rhino miniatures
- 1: Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pg. 76
- 2: Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pgs. 12-13
- 3: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition), pg. 25
- 4: Chaos Rhino
- 5: Forge World
- 6: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (6th Edition) pg.54
- White Dwarf 103 (UK) (1988), Rampaging Rhinos, by Rick Priestley
- Codex: Space Marines (4th Edition)
- Chapter Approved 2001
|HQ||Supreme Grand Master • Grand Master • Brother-Captain • Brotherhood Champion • Librarian • Ordo Malleus Inquisitor • Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor • Ordo Xenos Inquisitor|
|Elites||Techmarine • Purifier Squad • Venerable Dreadnought • Paladin Squad • Callidus Assassin • Eversor Assassin • Culexus Assassin • Vindicare Assassin • Inquisitorial Henchmen Warband|
|Troops||Terminator Squad • Strike Squad|
|Fast Attack||Stormraven Gunship • Interceptor Squad|
|Heavy Support||Purgation Squad • Dreadnought • Nemesis Dreadknight • Land Raider • Land Raider Crusader • Land Raider Redeemer|
|Transports||Rhino • Razorback • Inquisitorial Chimera|
|Special Characters||Kaldor Draigo (HQ) • Vorth Mordrak (HQ) • Arvann Stern (HQ) • Garran Crowe (HQ) • Anval Thawn (Troops) • Torquemada Coteaz (HQ) • Fyodor Karamazov (HQ) • Helynna Valeria (HQ)|
|HQ||Canoness • Celestian • Sister Dialogus • Sister Hospitaller|
|Elites||Celestian Squad • Sisters Repentia Squad • Preacher|
|Troops||Battle Sister Squad|
|Fast Attack||Seraphim Squad • Dominion Squad|
|Heavy Support||Retributor Squad • Exorcist • Penitent Engine|
|Transports||Rhino • Immolator • Repressor|
|Special Characters||Saint Celestine (HQ) • Kyrinov (HQ) • Uriah Jacobus (HQ)|