The Stormlord is a super-heavy tank and variant of the Shadowsword super-heavy tank-hunter and Titan-killer battle tank used by the forces of the Imperium, particularly the Imperial Guard. The vehicle replaces the Volcano Cannon of the Shadowsword with a Vulcan Mega-Bolter. By removing the large capacitors and generators required for the Volcano Cannon to operate a lot of extra space has been made near the rear of the vehicle, this extra space allows the Stormlord to carry up to 40 infantrymen as an open-topped transport. The Stormlord excels in the exact opposite role as the Shadowsword, as an infantry support vehicle, as it's armament allows it to easily rip through infantry and light vehicles. Like every sanctioned variant of the Shadowsword and Baneblade, the Adeptus Mechanicus record the Stormlord's service number and tracks all of its accomplishments in the Emperor's service.
Regiments Known to Use Stormlords
- Catachan Jungle Fighters - The Catachan Jungle Fighters enjoy the vehicle's massive infantry support firepower and make use of its large transport hold for a higly mobile and powerful fighting force.
- Tallarn Desert Raiders - The Tallarn Desert Raiders use the Stormlord for its unsurpassed ratio of firepower and infantry transport space.
- Tingoya Infantry Regiments - Like the two listed above, the Tingoya Regiments are a highly mobile fighting force, and they benefit greatly from the transport capacity and firepower of the Stormlord.
The Stormlord replaces the Volcano Cannon of the Shadowsword with the much more compact Vulcan Mega Bolter, which frees up space for transport capacity. The tank is also armed with a hull-mounted Twin-linked Heavy Bolter, 2 top sponson-mounted Lascannons, and 2 sponson-mounted Heavy Flamers. The 2 sponson-mounted Heavy Flamers can be replaced with Twin-linked Heavy Bolters, extra armour plates, or another set of sponson and top sponson-mounts identical to the first set. The infantry hold near the rear of the vehicle has a firing platform with room for up to 20 soldiers to fire their weapons at the enemy, adding to the vehicles firepower. The vehicle can also be equipped with the following enhancements; a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, a Pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter, a searchlight, smoke launchers, and 2 Heavy Stubbers mounted on the troop hold's firing platform.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
|Vehicle Name:||Stormlord||Main Armament:||Vulcan Mega Bolter|
|Forge World of Origin:||Lucius||Secondary Armament:|
|Known Patterns:||I - XI||Traverse:||0 degrees|
|Crew:||1 Commander, 1 Driver , 1 Main Gunner, 2 Remote Gunners, 2 Loaders, 1 Communications-Operator, 1 Engineer||Elevation:||-4 to 18 degrees|
|Powerplant:||LC503 v18 p4 Multi-Fuel||Main Ammunition:||4000 Rounds|
|Weight:||312 Tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||300 and 4000 Rounds|
|Height:||6.3 metres||Superstructure:||210 millimetres|
|Ground Clearance:||1.2 metres||Hull:||190 millimetres|
|Max Speed On-Road:||25 kilometres per hour||Gun Mantlet:||180 millimetres|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||18 kilometres per hour||Vehicle Designation:||0427-658-0784-SL471|
|Transport Capacity:||40 Infantrymen||Firing Ports:||Rear Hold Firing Platform (20 Infantry Capaity, can have 2 Heavy Stubbers)|
- Imperial Armour Apocalypse II, p. 12
- White Dwarf 351 (AU/NZ) p.28-29