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A Baal Pattern Predator on an urban battlefield

The Baal Pattern Predator, better known as the Baal Predator, is a specialised variant of the standard Space Marine Predator Destructor battle tank. The Baal Pattern Predator is used only by the Blood Angels Space Marine Chapter, and their Successor Chapters. This variant of the standard Predator battle tank replaces the vehicle's standard Autocannon with Twin-linked Assault Cannons. The Baal Pattern Predator is also faster and more maneuverable than the standard Predator design. The Baal Pattern Predator's Standard Template Construct (STC) blue-prints are not verified by the Adeptus Mechanicus, and thus their use by Space Marine Chapters that are not the Blood Angels or their Successor Chapters is limited, and the vast majority of these vehicles are not true Baal Pattern Predators but standard Predators equipped with Twin-linked Assault Cannons, and lacking all other Baal Pattern features.

History

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A Baal Predator during combat

The Standard Template Construct (STC) designs for the Baal Pattern Predator were found by the Blood Angels Space Marine Legion near the beginning of the Great Crusade. The designs were found on the planet of Atium III from the ruins of the arch techno-heretic Lord de Ladt's fortress. After the Blood Angels stormed into the fortress and defeated the techno-heretic's forces they found the Baal Predator's STC designs in his inner sanctum. The Blood Angels never returned the designs to the Adeptus Mechanicus, and instead returned them to their homeworld or Baal, where they remain to this day. The designs are stored alongside the Chapter's Relics, and is protected from both enemies and allies. This act has caused great friction between the Blood Angels and the Adeptus Mechanicus, which claims that this variant and its STC template were never officially sanctified. The Blood Angels only allow the knowledge of the Baal Pattern Predator's construction to be known to their Successor Chapters, who also protect this knowledge from falling into the hands of others.

Armament

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A Baal Predator with a Pintle-mounted Storm Bolter

The Baal Pattern Predator is the Predator pattern the differs most from the original. The Baal Predator can be equipped with either Twin-linked Assault Cannons or a Flamestorm Cannon, which is a massive flame-thrower based weapon. Unlike other Predator variants, the Baal Predator is able to equip Heavy Flamers and Multi-Meltas to the vehicle's sponson-mounts. The differences between the Baal Pattern and the more standard patterns doesn't stop with its armament, the Baal Pattern is also faster and more maneuverable than any other Rhino chassis based vehicle in use by the Adeptus Astartes, the Blood Angels have also reverse engineered these features into their other vehicles. Due to the designs of the Baal Predator being kept secret, it is only assumed that these are the only differences from the standard pattern Predators. The Baal Pattern Predator, like all other Predator Patterns can also be outfitted with a dozer blade, extra armour plating, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, improved communications equipment, a Pintle-mounted Storm Bolter, a searchlight, and smoke launchers.

Known Users of the Baal Pattern Predator

Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications

Baal Pattern Predator
Vehicle Name: Baal Predator Main Armament: Turret-mounted Twin-linked Assault Cannons
Forge World of Origin: Baal Secondary Armament:

Sponson-mounted Heavy Flamers

Known Patterns: I - VI Traverse: 360 degrees
Crew: 1 Driver, 1 Gunner Elevation: -15 to 28 degrees
Powerplant: Quad Mark II Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactor Main Ammunition: 1,200 Rounds
Weight: 44 Tonnes Secondary Ammunition: 20 Shots
Length: 6.6 metres Armour:
Width: 6.0 metres with sponsons
Height: 4.4 metres Superstructure: 65 millimetres
Ground Clearance: 0.44 metres Hull: 55 millimetres
Max Speed On-Road: 68 kilometres per hour Gun Mantlet: 65 millimetres
Max Speed Off-Road: 50 kilometres per hour Vehicle Designation: 0120-766-0724-PH 120
Transport Capacity: N/A Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret:

65 millimetres

Also See

Sources

  • Codex: Blood Angels (3rd Edition), p. 13
  • Codex: Blood Angels (4th Edition), p. 11
  • Codex Blood Angels (5th Edition), p. 36
  • Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition', pp. 45-48
  • Imperial Armour Volume Nine - The Badab War - Part One, pp. 113

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