The Ironstrider Ballistarius (plural — Ballistarii) is a walker used by Adeptus Mechanicus Skitarii.
Used as mobile artillery platforms, they are Gyroscopically balanced. These walkers are also equipped downlinks providing them with the sum knowledge of their enemies, making the deadly accuracy of the Ironstrider Ballistarius legendary. These walker teams tirelessly search the galaxy for high-value targets alongside their Skitarii Ranger escorts. Their mechanized mounts are able to walk on the most hostile terrain for years on end without stop. Such a high quality is its mount that the monotask Servitor charged with the duty of steering the vehicle is often the first component to fail. This is in large part thanks to their Ironstrider Engines.
When Ironstriders near a war zone, they are downloaded with the sum total of the Mechanicum's knowledge of that specific battlefield. Standing out in particular in these datalinks are the locations and appearances of enemy commanders, allowing for quick and easy identification and elimination with either twin Autocannons or Lascannons.
- 1: Games Workshop
- 2: Codex: Skitarii (7th Edition) pg. 29