Monday, 26 June 2017

Back on Track: Legion Sicaran Battle Tank Variants


Okay, so it's been a while, but I'm going to try and get this properly up and running over the summer, so I've turned to something I have a decent amount of experience with: designing variants on the 30k Sicaran Battle Tank. With Forge World having previewed a trio of new Sicaran types, I thought it was the perfect time to revisit and update some of my older designs, as well as providing relic rules for their use in 40k to help get my teeth into the 8th Edition ruleset.

Hope you like em'


30K LEGIONES ASTARTES: SICARAN BATTLE TANK VARIANTS


FAST ATTACK: Legion Sicaran Advancer Armoured Transport


Since the very first deployments of the Sicaran Battle Tank, a number of Forge Lords and Mechanicum Magi had contemplated the potential benefits of utilising the vehicle's speed and mobility as an Armoured Transport for the elite warriors of the Legiones Astartes. However, despite myriad different approaches from a dozen Forge Worlds, success could not be found, with the complexity of the Sicaran's internal construction hampering any attempts to extend its hull to allow for an expanded transport capacity.


Instead, the Magi of Armatura conceived of a Sicaran variant which combined a smaller passenger contingent allowed for by the existing hull with a suite of sensory and communication systems, which would allow the transport to function as a reconnaissance or command vehicle whilst maintaining considerable firepower. Although the Sicaran Advancer tended to find favour amongst specialist Legion formations rather than mainline forces, the limited production run before the Heresy's outbreak resulted in most vehicles being assigned as dedicated transports for commanding officers, a role in which the vehicle excelled.



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Sicaran Advancer: BS: 4 Armour (Front/Side/Rear): 13/12/12 HP: 3


Unit Composition:
* 1 Sicaran Advancer


Unit Type:
* Vehicle (Tank, Transport, Fast)


Wargear:
* Twin-linked heavy bolter
* Heavy bolter
* Extra armour
* Search light
* Smoke launchers
* Enhanced auspex sweeper


Transport Capacity:
* The Sicaran Advancer has a transport capacity of 6 models, and may not transport models with the Bulky, Very Bulky or Extremely Bulky special rules.


Fire Points:
* None


Access Points:
* One access hatch on each side of the hull.


Options:
* The Sicaran Advancer may take any of the following upgrades:
- Hunter-killer missile
- Dozer blade
- Auxiliary drive
- Armoured cermite
* The Sicaran Advancer may exchange its twin-linked heavy bolter for one of the following:
- Twin-linked lascannon
- Twin-linked missile launcher (with frag and krak missiles)


Enhanced Auspex Sweeper:
The Sicaran Advancer’s hull integrates a number of high-power auspex scanners, linked into a central communications array mounted upon the vehicle’s exterior armour and networked in such a manner to provide accompanying troops with highly detailed tactical information on nearby enemy disposition and strength. Shooting attacks made by friendly models against enemy units within 24” of the Sicaran Advancer ignore cover saves, including those provided by the Stealth and Shrouded special rules. This effect extends to the Sicaran Advancer’s own shooting attacks.


The Legion Sicaran Advancer Armoured Transport is a Dedicated Transport option for Legion Command Squads, Legion Reconnaissance Squads and Legion Seeker Squads that number 6 models or fewer.




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HEAVY SUPPORT: Legion Sicaran Vindex Air-Denial Tank

With the early successes of the Sicaran Battle Tank during initial testing by the Xth and XIIIth Legions, a second stage of development was envisaged by the twin intellects of Ferrus Manus and Robute Guilliman, the ultimate goal of which would be the eventual supplanting of the venerable Predator and its myriad variants as the premier medium battle tank of the Legiones Astartes. One of the earliest ventures of this secondary project undertaken by the Magi of the Tempestora Sect was the modification of the Sicaran's extremely sophisticated turret targeting array to alter the vehicle's function into a dedicated anti-aircraft tank, capable of keeping pace with Legion vanguard formations whilst purging the skies of any opposing aircraft.


The newly designated Sicaran Vindex had only seen limited deployment at the outset of the Heresy, with early contingents supplied to the Vth Legion, which had previously relied on dedicated aircraft to maintain air superiority parallel to its notoriously swift ground deployments. Although a number of Forge Worlds which owed fealty to the Iron Hands and Ultramarines continued to produce this variant of the Sicaran for Loyalist forces throughout the Heresy, the Warmaster's machinations had seen the lion's share assigned to those Legions which would discard their ties to the Imperium before the conflict's start.



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Sicaran Vindex: BS: 4 Armour (Front/Side/Rear): 13/12/12 HP: 3


Unit Composition:

* 1 Sicaran Vindex


Unit Type:

* Vehicle (Tank, Fast)


Wargear:

* Vindex bolt cannon array

* Heavy bolter

* Extra armour

* Search light

* Smoke launchers

 
Options:

* The Sicaran Vindex may take any of the following upgrades:

- Hunter-killer missile

- Dozer blade

- Auxiliary drive

- Armoured ceramite

* The Sicaran Vindex may take a single pair of missile launchers (with flakk missiles)


Vindex Bolt Cannon Array:

A caliber of bolt weapon rarely seen outside the hosts of the Mechanicum, the Vindex bolt cannon array prioritises accuracy over rate of fire, with complex gyro-stabilisers enabling for negligible loss of accuracy despite the Sicaran’s considerable speed.


Vindex Bolt Cannon Array: Range: 36/48”* Str: 6 AP: 3 Type: Heavy 4, Skyfire, Sunder, Twin-linked


* The Vindex bolt cannon array has 2 ranges depending upon whether the Sicaran Vindex has remained stationary. If the Sicaran Vindex has moved in the preceding Movement phase, the weapon has a range of 36”. If it did not move, the range is increased to 48”.




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HEAVY SUPPORT: Legion Sicaran Ustor Assault Tank


Designed in unison with the Sicaran Punisher, the Ustor variant of the Sicaran battle tank mounts the esoteric but nonetheless formidable Volkite Cascade in place of the former’s rotary cannon, a weapon otherwise unknown outside the armouries of a handful of Mechanicum Magos. It was with some consternation that many within the machine cult learnt of the Tempestora Sect’s bequeathal of the weapon’s design to the Forge Lords of the Legions, for while notoriously difficult to produce, the Volkite Cascade harnesses considerable destructive power for its size, and represents a cornerstone in the Mechanicum’s understanding of this class of energy weapon, whose origins date back to the Age of Strife.


This Volkite Cascade provides the Sicaran Ustor with considerable infantry-killing capacity, becoming especially devastating against entrenched enemy positions, where the weapon’s rapid rate of fire combined with the inherent combustive potential of Volkite beams creates a searing wave of incendiary energy around the target position, driving foes from cover and blossoming outwards is a series of secondary ignitions.





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Sicaran Ustor: BS: 4 Armour (Front/Side/Rear): 13/12/12 HP: 3


Unit Composition:

* 1 Sicaran Ustor


Unit Type:
* Vehicle (Tank, Fast)


Wargear:
* Volkite cascade
* Heavy bolter
* Extra armour
* Search light
* Smoke launchers



Options:
* The Sicaran Ustor may take any of the following upgrades: - Hunter-killer missile
- Dozer blade
- Auxiliary drive
- Armoured ceramite
* The Sicaran Ustor may take one of the following sets of two sponson weapons:
- Heavy bolters
- Lascannon


Volkite Cascade:
Although bearing common purpose with a number of rotary projectile weapons, the addition of a rotating component to the complicated internal assembly of Volkite class energy weapons is entirely impractical, with the Volkite Cascade’s fixed multi-barreled design instead firing in a cyclic pattern to similar effect, unleashing a continual barrage of incendiary energy to scythe down anything within range.


Volkite Cascade: Range: 48” Str: 6 AP: 5 Type: Heavy 12, Ignores Cover, Deflagrate



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