The Stormlord is a super-heavy main battle tank and variant of the Shadowsword tank-hunter and Titan-killer tank used by the forces of the Imperial Guard. The Stormlord 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 extra space has been opened up near the rear of the vehicle which allows the Stormlord to carry up to 40 infantrymen as an open-topped armoured transport. The Stormlord excels in the exact opposite role as the Shadowsword, as an infantry support vehicle, as its armament allows it to easily rip through infantry and light vehicles. Like every sanctioned Imperial variant of the Shadowsword and Baneblade, the Adeptus Mechanicus Forge World that manufactured each Stormlord records each tank's service number and tracks all of its accomplishments in the Emperor's service as each Stormlord is considered to be a divine servant of the Machine God.
The Stormlord replaces the Volcano Cannon of the Shadowsword with the much more compact Vulcan Mega Bolter, which frees up space within its armoured chassis for infantry 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 plating, 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 tank's overall vehicles firepower. The Stormlord 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.
Regiments Known to Use Stormlords
- Catachan Jungle Fighters - The Catachan Jungle Fighters often make use of the Stormlord's massive infantry support firepower and its large transport hold to enhance their highly mobile and powerful light infantry fighting forces.
- Tallarn Desert Raiders - The Tallarn Desert Raiders use the Stormlord for its unsurpassed ratio of firepower to infantry transport space.
- Tingoya Infantry Regiments - The Tingoya Regiments are a highly mobile fighting force of light infantry, and they benefit greatly from the transport capacity and heavy firepower of the Stormlord.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
|Vehicle Name:||Stormlord||Main Armament:||Vulcan Mega Bolter|
|Forge World of Origin:||Lucius||Secondary Armament:||1 hull-mounted Twin-linked Heavy Bolter, 2 top sponson-mounted Lascannons, 2 sponson-mounted Twin-linked Heavy Bolters|
|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 Capacity, can have 2 Heavy Stubbers)|
- Imperial Armour Apocalypse II, p. 12
- White Dwarf 351 (AU), pp. 28-29