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A Hunter of the Ultramarines Chapter

The Hunter, also known as the Whirlwind Hunter, is a variant of the standard Space Marine Whirlwind Artillery Tank and serves as the Space Marines' primary surface-to-air combat unit. Armed with a potent Skyspear Missile Launcher, the Hunter has proven its worth in countless war zones, scouring the skies of enemy bombers and fighter craft. The Hunter is the primary surface-to-air combat vehicle of the Adeptus Astartes and is the first known dedicated anti-aircraft platform fielded by the Astartes. Prior to the discovery of the Standard Template Construct (STC) data for the Hunter, many Space Marine Chapters had attempted to retrofit the Whirlwind in various ways, with mostly negative results. The vehicle is based on STC data which is much older than the much more recent Whirlwind Hyperios anti-air tank. Though the Whirlwind Hyperios is a stable pattern of anti-air combat vehicle and is becoming widely adopted by many Chapters, there are still many Chapters that have continued to use the Hunter on the battlefield, including during the recent Third War for Armageddon, where the Hunter was used in great numbers by Astartes Chapters like the Black Templars who participated in that conflict. The Hunter also features improved front and side armour over the standard Whirlwind, and is outfitted with hydraulic stabilisers that anchor the vehicle to the ground so that when it fires its anti-aircraft artillery it suffers no recoil.



The Skyspear Missile Launcher used by the Whirlwind Hunter

The Hunter is a variant of the standard Adeptus Astartes Whirlwind Artillery Tank. The Hunter replaces the Whirlwind's Whirlwind Multiple Missile Launcher with a Skyspear Missile Launcher. The Skyspear Missile Launcher fires pre-blessed savant warheads, each a relic in its own right, housing the entombed remains of a distinguished Chapter Serf. The Servitor's mummified brain augments the missile's auto-targeters, allowing it to second-guess enemy pilots or home in on the heretical emissions of their debased aircraft's Machine Spirit. Against the dogged pursuit of a savant warhead and its entombed pilot, there is little chance of escape, while the vehicle's servo-loaders maintain a steady rate of fire. The Hunter can also be outfitted with a dozer blade, extra armour plating, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, improved communications equipment, a Pintle-mounted Storm Bolter, a searchlight, and smoke launchers.

Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit

Whirlwind Hunter Anti-Air Tank
Vehicle Name: Whirlwind Hunter Main Armament: Turret-mounted Skyspear Missile Launcher
Forge World of Origin: Unknown Secondary Armament: N/A
Known Patterns: Unknown Traverse: 360 degrees
Crew: 1 Driver, 1 Gunner Elevation: 0 to 55 degrees
Powerplant: Quad MkII Adaptable Thermic Combustor Reactor Main Ammunition: Unknown
Weight: 33 Tonnes (Approx.) Secondary Ammunition: N/A
Length: 6.6 metres (Approx.) Armour:
Width: 4.5 metres (Approx.)
Height: 5.0 metres (Approx.) Superstructure: Unknown
Ground Clearance: 0.44 metres (Approx.) Hull: Unknown
Max Speed On-Road: Unknown Gun Mantlet: N/A
Max Speed Off-Road: Unknown Vehicle Designation: Unknown
Transport Capacity: N/A Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: Unknown

Previous EditionsEdit


An Epic Scale Hunter

The Hunter originally appeared in Warhammer Epic 40,000 and was equipped with a Hunter Missile Launcher instead of the Skyspear Missile Launcher. The Hunter Missiles fired by the Hunter Missile Launcher were faster and more accurate than those used by Whirlwinds armed with standard anti-air missiles, and made use of unfolding fins to help guide them to the target. The vehicle itself also had a longer operational range. The Hunter Missiles were guided by a large scanning array that featured an algorithmic precognitive targeter located opposite the vehicle's cylindrical missile feed. These Hunters featured one large launch tube fed by a single rotary system, but some Techmarines have modified their charges with paired launch units and a central sensor suite for improve efficiency. This version of the Hunter is no longer considered canon or available for use by Space Marine Chapters.

Also SeeEdit


  • Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition), pp. 100-101, 121, 176
  • White Dwarf (September 2013) - Space Marine Hunter
  • Games Workshop - Whirlwind Hunter / Stalker
  • Warhammer Epic 40,000 (Rulebook), pg. 81
  • Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pg. 58
  • Warhammer 40,000: Munitorum - Stalkers and Hunters (Digital Edition)


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