Monday, January 31, 2011
This machine spirit is another intelligence, not to be confused with artificial intelligence, which can control functions of the vehicle even when the crew are debilitated. There are even recorded instances where a Land Raider's machine spirit was responsible for solely defeating an enemy or evacuating non-able crew. Although the Tech-Priests of Mars keep the secrets of this machine spirit completely hidden away, the Space Marines can always count on it as they can any other battle-brother.
Land Raider Phobos
It is armed with two twin-lascannons, great for busting tanks, and a twin heavy bolter, useful for suppression of nearby enemy troops. This pattern is the most common, and provides anti-tank firepower AND heavily protected transport for troops.
Land Raider Crusader
In addition, the Crusader has an expanded transport capacity. The Black Templars make great use of this with their 'mob' squads, while Space Wolves and Terminator assault squads also take advantage.
Land Raider Redeemer
While not enjoying the same expanded transport capacity as the Crusader, it does enjoy all the other benefits. The redeemer flamecannons are especially scary as they work at very short range, a Land Raider's favorite. In addition, the fury of the flames is such that even power armor is no protection.
Land Raider Helios
It has given up some of it's transport capacity, but the Helios is still a capable firebase, using the twin-lascannons to engage armored targets, and the Helios launcher for two main roles: long-range barrage support and anti-aircraft. Using the same missles as the Whirlwind artillery tank, the space marines add valuable artillery support, and can quickly re-arm to engage flying targets.
Land Raider Prometheus
It is armed with four sets of twin-heavy bolters, allowing the Prometheus to lay down a punishing amount of firepower. Although deadly to most infantry and even some light vehicles, the most important part of the Prometheus is the expanded command and communications equipment. With the additional command capabilities, the Prometheus allows more accurate and timely reinforcements, making the space marines even more lethal.
Land Raider Aries
Records on the Aries are rare, at best. In appears that