The Contemptor-Galatus Dreadnought is a sub-variant of the Contemptor-Achillus Dreadnought utilised exclusively by the Legio Custodes during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy eras. Similar in aspect to the Contemptor Dreadnoughts of the Legiones Astartes of this same era, the Contemptor-Galatus is a markedly superior war machine. The unrivaled skills of the transhuman warrior entombed within its sarcophagus notwithstanding, the Contemptor-Galatus is stronger, faster and better armoured. Armed with a formidable array of weaponry, the Contemptor-Galatus is a potent close-combatant and was nigh unstoppable, even against the heaviest enemy firepower. It is unknown if the Contemptor-Galatus is still in use by the Adeptus Custodes of the 41st Millennium.
The Contemptor-Galatus was designed to provide a mobile anchor point for a Legio Custodes battleline in the field. To this end, the Galatus was analogous to the specialised Sentinel Guard formations of the Legio Custodes, and is armed with a potent combination of a huge Galatus Warblade and vastly enlarged version of the Praesidium Shield. The warblade allows the Contemptor-Galatus to swiftly and efficiently reap a murderous toll of any massed infantry assault at close-quarters, or indeed hack through armoured vehicles and monstrous xenos with equal ease. It is the defensive power of the hulking Praesidium Shield, however, that is the Contemptor-Galatus' most significant feature, as with it the already durable Contemptor chassis becomes nigh on impregnable, even against the heaviest of firepower.
- Galatus Warblade with built-in twin-linked Infernus Incinerator - A huge power blade wielded by the Dreadnought as easily as a Sentinel Guard might their own sword, the Galatus' signature weapon is able to shear through ranks of armoured troops with a single pass, while its inbuilt incinerator units are equally designed to swiftly purge a numerically superior enemy.
- Dreadnought Praesidium Shield - Essentially a scaled-up version of the prototype energy-reinforced battle shield carried by the Sentinel Guard of the Legio Custodes, the Dreadnought Praesidium Shield made the Contemptor-Galatus a truly formidable defensive element in any Legio Custodes battleline; a bulwark upon which the strongest shock attack might break and shatter.
- Smoke Launchers
- Refractor Field
- Extra Armour
- The Horus Heresy - Book Seven: Inferno (Forge World Series) by Alan Bligh, pp. 114, 279, 283
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