This paper model is a Macharius Heavy Tank with Conqueror Cannon, a heavily armoured tank of the Imperial Guard, often referred to as a “Second-Generation” Baneblade, based on the game Warhammer 40K, the papercraft was created by Patoroch. Macharius is larger than the standard Leman Russ Tank but smaller than the Baneblade it was built to replace when none are available.
The Conqueror Cannon is a lightweight alternative to the Battle Cannon used on Leman Russ Tanks. Although the cannon has a shorter range and fires smaller shells, the drastic reduction in recoil allows the vehicle to fire with more accuracy on the move. Currently the only Forge World producing them in large numbers is Gryphonne IV.
Macharius tanks are built by Adeptus Mechanicus Forge Worlds that are eager to secure large military contracts, but do not posses the Standard Template Construct (STC) designs which are needed to manufacture super-heavy battle tanks such as the Baneblade or Shadowsword. Many Forge Worlds even lack partial STC designs for these tanks and are unable to create any of their lesser variants such as the Stormblade and Stormsword. Only a handful of Forge Worlds are allowed access to the original STC designs for these ancient and powerful war-machines, and a Mechanicus Magos may petition Mars for access to these designs for centuries or even a millennia without success. As a result, these Forge Worlds may turn to the manufacture of the more readily available Macharius design.
Although the 174 tonne Macharius lacks the massive size and multitude of weapons of the Baneblade, the tank is still capable of fulfilling the same battlefield role. The standard and most common armament for the Macharius is turret-mounted Twin-Linked Battle Cannons, a hull-mounted Twin-Linked Heavy Stubber, and a sponson-mounted Heavy Bolter on each side. There are other, less-common variants of the Macharius, such as the Macharius Vanquisher that is armed with Twin-Linked Vanquisher Cannons as its main weapon, and another variant pattern called the Macharius Vulcan, which has a Vulcan Mega Bolter as the main turret weapon. All Macharius Tanks can be upgraded with the following improvements: a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, an improved communications system, a minesweeper, a Pintle Mounted Heavy Stubber, a searchlight, and a Smoke Launcher. Another variant, known as the Macharius Omega, has been created by the Adeptus Mechanicus with the sole purpose of using the new Omega Pattern Plasma Blastgun, this variant of the Plasma Blastgun is smaller and is able to be mounted on smaller tanks such as the Macharius.
Due to the scarce number of Forge Worlds that have access to a functioning or complete Baneblade STC template and the huge demand of the Imperial Guard for super-heavy armour, many Forge Worlds have resorted to building heavy tanks that perform the same battlefield role as Baneblades, but possess reduced features and abilities. During the Emperor’s Great Crusade in the 31st Millennium there were many more heavy tank designs in use by the Imperium than at present. There are many within the Adeptus Mechanicus that have spent their entire lives trying to find the data needed to construct these machines. Through diligent study and cross-examination of ancient documents recovered deep within the archives of the Forge World Lucius a Magos known as Nalax discovered the missing fragments needed to construct one of these long-lost and mostly forgotten tanks. The Magos was eventually able to find enough data on the vehicle to construct an entire tank, and he took his plans to Mars and to the High Fabricator-General for approval. The process of approval took nearly two hundred years and Nalax himself did not live to see the outcome, after long testing and consultations with many other Forge Worlds, Lucius was finally sanctioned to start production. The tank was named after Lord Solar Macharius, the great Imperial general who led the Macharian Crusade of 392-399.M41 and liberated one thousand worlds in the name of the Emperor of Mankind. Ironically, in the time it took for the plans for the tank’s construction to be approved, the Forge World had also lobbied for and been given the right to build STC Baneblades, and it had seemed that Nalax’s life’s work had been wasted.
Notable Users of the Macharius Heavy Tank
- The Death Korps of Krieg – The Death Korps of Krieg fielded many Macharius tanks during the 17 year-long Siege of Vraks, where they fought against traitors to the Imperium
- The Vraksian Traitor Militia – During the 17 year-long Siege of Vraks there were several instances of the Vraksian Traitor Militia forces capturing Macharius tanks for their own use
- 6th Cadian Armoured Regiment – The 6th Cadian Armoured Regiment fought in the defence of the Imperial Mining World of Betalis III against the Eldar of the Craftworld of Mymeara.
- 14th Vaust Armoured Regiment – The 14th Vaust Armoured Regiment fought in the defence of the Imperial Mining World of Betalis III against the Eldar of the Craftworld of Mymeara.
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