Vanaheim is an Imperial Forge World of the Adeptus Mechanicus that is notable for the production of variant patterns of several common Imperial war machines including the Salamander Command Vehicle, Basilisk, Centaur, Griffon and Medusa.
The early history of this Forge World has been lost down the long millennia. When the galaxy-wide civil war known as the Horus Heresy began, Vanaheim remained loyal to Terra. Later, it was invaded by Traitor Legion forces during a Dark Compliance action. During the subsequent drop by Traitor forces, the populations of three hive cities were slaughtered as a warning against further resistance, yet still the defenders of Vanaheim fought on until the last man. Later, Vanaheim would be cleansed of Heretic forces during the Great Scouring and would go on to be a loyal and industrious Forge World of the Imperium.
Vanaheim is notable for producing numerous patterns of various combat support and armoured vehicles. This includes the Vanaheim Pattern Centaur (Patterns II-XIV) as well as the Vanaheim Pattern Centaur Grenadier variant. Vanaheim also manufactures the Vanaheim Pattern Salamander Command Vehicle (Patterns II-XXII). The driver of this variant is also provided with a multi-spectral Auspex surveyor, fitted as part of the overhead hatch. This is an advanced piece of equipment, providing the vehicle with magnification, tracking and night vision capabilities. The Vanaheim Salamander Command Vehicle is also outfitted with a Vanaheim Pattern Heavy Flamer. This Forge World also produces the Vanaheim Pattern Salamander Scout reconnaissance armoured vehicle (Patterns I-XIXX), which is used as a highly mobile yet effective fire support platform for units engaged in forward reconnaissance. Finally, Vanaheim is the source of the Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier (Patterns I-VIII), which is a medium-range artillery vehicle based on the Chimera chassis and equipped with a Heavy Mortar Cannon.
- Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard & Imperial Navy, pp. 130, 168
- Imperial Armour Volume One: Second Edition - Imperial Guard, pp. 77, 80, 83, 85-86, 168
- Imperial Armour Volume Three - The Taros Campaign, pg. 234
- White Dwarf 267 (UK), "Assault on Holy Terra - The Battle for the Emperor's Palace," pg. 22