05 September 2010

Exterminator Update 5 (Fluff)

 Vet. Sgt. Knebel leading his Exterminator into battle

Vergnitz IV Exterminator (Pattern III Ausf. C)
Models: Patterns II and III
Forge World: Vergnitz IV
Weight: 60 Tonnes
Length: 7.10 m
Height: 4.1 m
Armour:  100-150mm
                50mm Sideskirts (Ausf. C)
Crew:  5 (commander, gunner, loader, driver, machine-gunner)
Armament:  1 x PbM.34 Pattern Autocannon, 1 x hull-mounted heavy bolter
Ammunition: 360 Rounds,

This locally produced pattern of Exterminator is typical of the Vallivar system.  The original tank (Pattern II) was largely replaced by Pattern III in M35.  The Pattern III incorporated a new Autocannon and targeting system.  It's higher muzzle velocity,  larger caliber and faster rate of fire than the standard Autocannon gives it the same capabilities but lowers the weight of the tank.

The tanks largest draw back is it's armor, in that where the standard Leman Russ has up to 200mm of armor the Vergnitz IV Exterminator has only 150mm. For this reason this tank is used almost exclusively by the Vallivar system's PDF.  When seen in the service of the Imperial guard it is typically upgraded with bolt on armor to the front and armoured sideskirts.  With these additions it equals the armor of a Leman Russ.

1 comment:

  1. Nice fluff which explains the origins and armaments of the tank :)

    I like the presentation of the specs like the armor thickness and rounds. Gives it that feeling of realism.