A Legion Land Speeder Squad was a specialised fast attack unit of the ancient Space Marine Legions used during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy eras in the late 30th and early 31st Millennia. Land Speeders were a mainstay of the early Space Marine Legions and were often utilised for high-speed reconnaissance, tank-hunting and close air support on the battlefield.
During the Great Crusade the Land Speeder was a mainstay of most Space Marine Legion armouries. These high-speed reconnaissance and rapid attack skimmers utilised anti-gravity technology to achieve extraordinary battlefield mobility and speed. As lightly armoured two-man craft, they required the kind of skill and reflexes to operate at peak performance that only a Space Marine could bring to bear, and relied more on their extreme manoeuvrability and speed for survival than durability.
Land Speeder squadrons provided a Space Marine force with a flexible core of rapidly deployable firepower and made for highly able tank-hunters and close air support units. As a result, mixed formations of Land Speeders were often called upon to operate as a rapid reaction force, held in reserve to quickly intercept enemy counter-attacks. Striking fast and hard they were particularly apt to fight delaying actions whilst the rest of a Space Marine force moved into attack positions or redeployed, and were able to use their speed to retreat successfully if needed from the very teeth of a foe.
- 1-5 Space Marine Land Speeders
- Horus Heresy: Collected Visions (Art Book), pg. 155
- The Horus Heresy - Book One: Betrayal (Forge World Series) by Alan Bligh, pg. 214
- Forge World - Legion Javelin Attack Speeder with Missile Launchers
- Forge World - Legion Javelin Attack Speeder with Lascannon