The Armoured Supply Carrier, also known as the Armoured Supply Crawler, is a logistics vehicle used by the Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes and other factions of the Imperial military to carry munitions and supplies during prolonged ground campaigns. Although many fighting forces of the 41st Millennium have some sort of air or space-based supply system, there are times when those avenues are not available, whether because of dense terrain features, enemy air superiority, or adverse weather conditions that may prevent such operations. In these situations, ground-based Armored Supply Carriers (ASCs) become necessary to fill the gaps and ferry vital supplies.
There are a wide variety of ASCs used by the Imperium of Man, and by various other human and xenos factions. These vehicles are specifically designed to ferry important cargo through heavily contested areas when air support is not possible. The vehicle features a variety of Servo-arms and other equipment to help speed up loading and unloading times along with thick, reinforced armour and a turret-based weapon to ensure that the cargo gets to its destination. Many times these vehicles are crewed by Servitors, although humans or Tech-priests may also accompany them. Many ASCs also possess High-torque Engines for increased speed and traction over rough terrain and Dozer Blades to remove obstacles from the vehicle's path.
The Armoured Supply Carriers used by the Chapters of the Adeptus Astartes are armed with a single set of turret-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters and no other weapons, as these vehicles are not meant for combat duty. Current Imperial records do not indicate whether or not the Heavy Bolters can be replaced with alternative weapons, although the similarity between the remote-controlled turret and those found on the Space Marine Razorback may indicate that this is a possibility.
It is also unknown, but highly likely, whether or not pintle-mounted weapons such as Storm Bolters can be attached. The Astartes ASC is also equipped with a Dozer Blade, a Searchlight and High-torque Engines.
- 1 Armoured Supply Carrier
A standard Armoured Supply Crawler of the Adeptus Astartes is armed and equipped with:
- twin-linked Heavy Bolters (turret-mounted)
- Dozer Blade
- High-torque Engines - The engines used by Armoured Supply Carriers are more powerful than those of other Rhino chassis-based vehicles, allowing the ASC increased speed and traction over rough terrain.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
|Vehicle Name:||Armoured Supply Carrier (Adeptus Astartes Variant)||Main Armament:||1 set of turret-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters|
|Forge World of Origin:||Unknown (Varies)||Secondary Armament:||N/A|
|Known Patterns:||Unknown||Traverse:||360 degrees|
|Crew:||2 Crew (Servitors)||Elevation:||-5 to 45 degrees|
|Powerplant:||Eight MkII Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactors||Main Ammunition:||22 Rounds and 18 Rounds|
|Weight:||60 Tonnes (Approx.)||Secondary Ammunition:||1600 Rounds (Approx.)|
|Length:||13.5 metres (Approx.)||Armour:|
|Height:||3.6 metres (Approx.)||Superstructure:||60 millimetres (Approx.)|
|Ground Clearance:||0.44 metres (Approx.)||Hull:||60 millimetres (Approx.)|
|Max Speed On-Road:||Unknown||Gun Mantlet:||N/A|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||Unknown||Vehicle Designation:||Unknown|
|Transport Capacity:||5 Infantry (Cannot carry infantry such as Assault Marines or Terminators )||Firing Ports:||N/A|
|Access Points:||1 Rear Ramp, 4 Side Ramps, 1 Top Hatch||Turret:||50 millimetres|
The Armoured Supply Carrier is a vehicle that was scratch-built and featured in an article on the Games Workshop website by Ty Finocchiaro. The vehicle was built using a Rhino and Razorback vehicle kit along with parts from a Sentinel kit and an Imperial Vehicle Equipment sprue. The build guide, shorts bits of lore, and even a playable mission were included.
This is a pseudo-canon vehicle, no mention of Armoured Supply Carriers exist anywhere else, however the idea that logistic vehicles don't exist within the Warhammer 40,000 setting is preposterous, and other logistics vehicles have been mentioned in various canon novels and short stories, such as the Cargo 10 and Cargo 18 and one, the Arvus Lighter, even has a usable model and rules.
- Games Workshop - Website (Archived)