This paper model is a Leman Russ Tank, based on the game Warhammer 40k. The Leman Russ is the main battle tank of the Imperial Guard, and is also the most widely deployed tank in the Imperium. The tank is named after the Space Wolves Primarch, Leman Russ. The Leman Russ tank is the mainstay of most Imperial Guard armoured regiments and is produced by the millions in Forge Worlds and Hive World manufactorums across the galaxy. The tank is also used by many other Imperial forces such as Planetary Defence Forces and the Adeptus Arbites. Far from a sophisticated vehicle, the Leman Russ was designed and built with reliability and versatility in mind. It can survive the worst the galaxy can throw at it, and can run on almost any liquid fuel. Though slow, its frontal armour is strong enough to withstand the multitude of weaponry wielded by the enemies of the Emperor of Mankind. Its side and rear armour remain thinner to reduce the strain on the tank’s engines. This characteristic does make the Leman Russ vulnerable to assault from these angles, requiring infantry support, other tanks or very careful operation to protect the vehicle. The Leman Russ can perform to its optimum capabilities when all of these elements are combined during an Imperial armoured advance. The Leman Russ is crewed by a minimum of four crewmen, including a commander, gunner, loader and driver. Side sponson weapons may be added, each of which requires an additional crew member to operate. The Leman Russ is simple to operate, but very loud and uncomfortable for its crew. Due to the noise, intravehicle communication is only viable by an enclosed intercom system, with the commander having access to an external Vox-caster. [Source: Wikia]
The basic and most common armament of the Leman Russ tank is a turret-mounted Battle Cannon and a hull-mounted Heavy Bolter. Alternatively, a Lascannon can be mounted on the tank’s hull instead of the Heavy Bolter. The Leman Russ can be equipped with two sponson mounts, one on each side. The most common configuration for the sponson-mount is 2 Heavy Bolters or 2 Heavy Flamers. Leman Russ tanks that are a part of a well-equipped armoured regiment sometimes have 2 Multi-Meltas or 2 Plasma Cannons as their sponson weapons. The tank can also be equipped with camouflage netting, extra armour plating, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, improved communications equipment, a mine sweeper, a Pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter, a searchlight, track guards, rough terrain modifications, a dozer blade, and smoke launchers.
The Leman Russ seems to be a crude, slow, and poorly designed tank, but it is an excellent benchmark for the abilities and advanced nature of Imperial technology. Despite being famed for its simplicity and reliability, the Leman Russ is an extremely complex and advanced main battle tank. The tank’s frontal armour is 150 millimetres thick, meaning it can withstand all but the most dedicated anti-tank weaponry, yet its side armour is much thinner. With a range of 105 miles on just 360 gallons of fuel, a feature the later Land Raider would also possess, the Leman Russ can accept almost any sort of combustible fuel. Though its top speed is a mere 29 kilometres/hour, this is mostly because of extremely heavy governing of the tank’s engine, as a properly tuned Leman Russ can reach speeds in excess of 70 kilometres/hour. The Leman Russ is also noted for its ability to turn on a dime, and its ability to reverse direction in only seconds remains a “signature move” for the vehicle. The Russ is equipped with a variety of high-tech scanners and Auspex systems, plus inertial dampening technology designed to provide better stability for the firing of the tank’s main weapon.
Known Users of the Leman Russ Tank
- Imperial Guard – The Leman Russ is the basic and most common battle tank of the Imperial Guard, and is the mainstay of nearly all Imperial armoured regiments and companies.
- Planetary Defence Forces – The Leman Russ is used by many Planetary Defence Forces stationed on Imperial worlds.
- Adeptus Arbites – The Precincts of the Adeptus Arbites will sometimes have a small number of Leman Russ tanks at their disposal, though these vehicles are usually ancient and rarely, if ever, see any action.
- The Lost and the Damned – The Lost and the Damned is the name collectively given to the multitude of beings that have turned to Chaos over the millennia, the vast majority of whom are the ordinary mortals who fight for Chaos. They are not a single coherent force, but rather a diverse and infinite collection of warbands and hosts under the leadership of Chaos Champions. These forces take their weapons and vehicles with them, and as many of them were former members of the Imperial Guard or Planetary Defence Forces, they make use of an uncountable number of Leman Russ tanks.
- 17th Tallarn Regiment – Fought during the Taros Campaign against the Tau
- 12th Tallarn Armoured Regiment – Fought against the Tau during the Taros Campaign
- 3rd Tallarn Armoured Regiment – Fought during the Taros Campaign against the Tau
- 61st Death Korps of Krieg Tank Regiment – Fought against the Traitor forces during the Siege of Vraks
- Vraksian Traitor Militia – Fought against the Loyalist forces during the Siege of Vraks
- 261st Imperial Guard Siege Regiment – Fought against Traitor forces during the Siege of Vraks
- 7th Death Korps of Krieg Tank Regiment – Fought against Traitor forces during the Siege of Vraks
- Tyrant’s Legion – Fought against Loyalist forces during the Badab War
- 14th Vaust Regiment – Aided the defence of Betalis III against the Eldar of Craftworld Mymeara
- 6th Cadian Armoured Regiment – Fought during the defence of Betalis III against the Eldar of Craftworld Mymeara
- 412th Cadian Regiment – Fought against Eldar, Ork, and Necron forces on the planet of Lorn V
- 1st Kronus Regiment – Fought against enemy forces during the Dark Crusade
- 252nd Kauravan Conservator Regiment – Fought during the defence of the Kaurava System against enemy forces
- 85th Vendoland – Fought during the Second Aurelian Crusade against the Forces of Chaos
- 14th Phyressian Armoured Regiment
- 12th Vellurian Armoured Cavalry Regiment
- 113th Mortant Armoured Regiment
- Armageddon Steel Legion – Fought during the Third War for Armageddon against the Orks
- 22nd Death Korps of Krieg Armoured Regiment
- 13th Valstadt Armoured Regiment – Fought during the Lammas Campaign
The Leman Russ chassis is the basis for many other Imperial armoured vehicles, including the:
- Destroyer Tank Hunter – Tank Hunter
- Thunderer Siege Tank – Short-range Artillery
- Atlus – Recovery Tank
- Bombard – Heavy Short-range Artillery
There are several different Leman Russ patterns used by the Imperium. Many of these differences between them are only cosmetic, but several offer increased interior room, better performance, or increased armour.
- Mars-Alpha- The Mars-Alpha Pattern Leman Russ has a slightly larger chassis interior than any other pattern. The Mars-Alpha Pattern is commonly used for Leman Russ tanks that serve as squadron or regimental command vehicles, as the extra space allows for the installation of more powerful communications equipment and provides more room for a command staff.
- Gryphonne IV
- Stygies VII
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