The Deimos Vindicator, sometimes called the Deimos Pattern Vindicator, is an early pattern of the Imperial Vindicator siege tank that was used by the Space Marine Legions during the Great Crusade and later during the Horus Heresy in the late 30th and early 31st Millennia. The Deimos Vindicator, like the now common Mars Pattern Vindicator, is a Rhino variant that features improved armour, particularly on the vehicle's front and sides, and a hull-mounted forward-firing Demolisher Cannon. The Deimos Vindicator is a variant of the Deimos Rhino, which was much more common during those ancient days than at present, although many Deimos Vindicators are still operational in the service of Space Marine Chapters in the late 41st Millennium. The Deimos Vindicator, like the Mars Pattern Vindicator, is used as an assault and siege tank, usually during urban combat where its main weapon's short range is most useful. The Deimos Vindicator is effective at destroying enemy barricades and other obstacles during urban conflict and is usually found directly supporting infantry squads, as its heavy armour and low hull profile increases its survivability, offering the supporting infantry the equivalent of a mobile strong-point. The Deimos Vindicator can also be used as an assault tank, spearheading attacks on enemy fortifications and strong-points by relentlessly closing in on the enemy and unleashing the power of its main weapons.
The Deimos Vindicator is armed with a hull-mounted, forward-firing Demolisher Cannon that unleashes massive, rocket-propelled high-explosive shells that are capable of inflicting great amounts of damage against enemy structures, vehicles, and groups of tightly-packed enemy infantry. The Deimos Pattern Vindicator, unlike the Mars Pattern Vindicator, can have its Demolisher Cannon replaced with a Laser Destroyer Array, turning the vehicle into a tank hunter similar to the Sabre Tank Hunter. The Deimos Vindicator is also armed with a remote-controlled pintle-mounted Combi-Bolter, or a Storm Bolter. The vehicle can take an additional Combi-Bolter or other Combi-Weapon, a Heavy Flamer, a Heavy Bolter, or a Havoc Missile Launcher as a manually-controlled pintle weapon. The Deimos Vindicator can be outfitted with a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, a dozer blade, an Auxiliary Drive, extra armour plating, armoured ceramite plating, a Machine Spirit, a searchlight, or smoke launchers to improve its effectiveness on the battlefield.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
The Adeptus Mechanicus has not made the technical specifications of the Deimos Vindicator publicly available at this time.
- Imperial Armour - The Horus Heresy - Book One: Betrayal, pp. 221, 225
- Deimos Vindicator - Forge World