The Centaur is a small, armoured utility vehicle that is used in a wide variety of battlefield roles.The Centaur is a common sight both within the armies of the Astra Militarum and those Planetary Defence Forces with sufficient technological knowledge to build them. The Centaur can serve as an Imperial Guard Command Squad transport, a communications vehicle, and a supply vehicle, but is most commonly used as an artillery tow vehicle during prolonged sieges of fixed enemy emplacements.
The vehicle has a normal crew complement of only two -- a driver and a gunner -- but can be crewed by just one in special circumstances. During sieges the Centaur can tow the lighter pieces of artillery and the crew can ride in the back until they reach their destination. Up to five passengers can ride in a Centaur's crew compartment.
The Centaur can be used for a large number of logistical purposes on the battlefield, but the most common use is that of artillery tow vehicle. The vehicle has a very powerful engine capable of pulling artillery pieces such as the Heavy Mortar Cannon and the Quad Cannon across the battlefield. It can also tow the much heavier Earthshaker Cannon and Medusa Siege Gun, but only on flat terrain. Passengers in a Centaur can mount any heavy or special weapons they may possess to a mount on the vehicle near the front, adding their firepower to that of the vehicle.
A Centaur can also be assigned to a squad of Imperial Guard Grenadiers as a transport. In this case the vehicle is also modified with Extra Armour Plating to protect its crew and passengers from enemy fire. When not being used to tow heavy weapons, the vehicle is capable of moving very quickly, at speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour off-road. Centaur crews greatly enjoy moving at this speed as it keeps them safer from enemy fire, made reliable by the Centaur's incredibly resilient engine which can run on low-quality fossile fuel.
The Centaur is armed with only a single Pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber, but can accept any heavy or special weapons that its passengers are carrying. The vehicle can also be upgraded with Camouflage Netting, Extra Armour Plating, a Mine Sweeper, a Dozer Blade, rough terrain modifications, a Searchlight, track guards, and a Smoke Launcher.
Known Regiments That Make Use of CentaursEdit
- The Death Korps of Krieg - Used thousands of Centaurs during the Siege of Vraks and the Orphean War.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
|Vehicle Name:||Centaur||Main Armament:||Heavy Stubber|
|Forge World of Origin:||Vanaheim||Secondary Armament:||N/A|
|Known Patterns:||I - XIV||Traverse:||160 degrees|
|Crew:||1 Driver, 1 Gunner||Elevation:||-22 to 45 degrees|
|Powerplant:||Vulcanor 8 Twin Coupled Multi-Fuel||Main Ammunition:||300 Rounds|
|Weight:||6.2 Tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||N/A|
|Height:||2.3 metres||Superstructure:||80 millimetres|
|Ground Clearance:||0.4 metres||Hull:||50 millimetres|
|Max Speed On-Road:||110 kilometres per hour||Gun Mantlet:||N/A|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||70 kilometres per hour||Vehicle Designation:||5657-436-0671-CN71|
|Transport Capacity:||5 Soldiers||Firing Ports:||N/A|
- Imperial Armour Volume Five - The Siege of Vraks - Part One, pp. 109-111
- Imperial Armour Volume Six - The Siege of Vraks - Part Two
- Imperial Armour Volume Seven - The Siege of Vraks - Part Three
- Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard (Second Edition), pp. 9, 75-79, 258, 267
- Imperial Armour Volume Twelve - The Fall of Orpheus, pg. 194
- Titanicus (novel) by Dan Abnett