The Land Raider Excelsior is a specialised variant of the Adeptus Astartes Land Raider that serves a command and control function for a Space Marine planetary assault as well as a role as a heavy main battle tank and armoured transport. As a designated command vehicle, it possesses an unusually powerful array of Augur sensor arrays, Cogitators and advanced communications gear to carry out ship-to-surface coordination of a planetary assault. It often acts in concert with the Rhino Primaris, a variant of the standard Rhino APC also intended to carry out command and control functions, to help target orbital bombardments from a Space Marine fleet in high orbit of an embattled world. The Land Raider Excelsior can transport 10 Space Marines into combat.
When working in concert, Space Marine command tanks can secure victory within only solar hours of making planetfall in a combat zone. Orders weighed and delivered by one of the foremost tactical minds of the Adeptus Astartes galvanise those Space Marines nearby to heroic feats of war, whilst targeting Augurs relay telemetries that make each punishing volley impossible to escape. Not only is the strategic worth of these tanks hard to overstate, but they overwhelming destruction upon the foe. The Land Raider Excelsior's Lascannons swivel and track, annihilating those enemy vehicles not crushed by its forward Grav-cannon, while the Battle Barge high above unleashes the final blow. Guided by the Augur array of the Rhino Primaris, the resultant orbital bombardment hurtles out of the sky, leaving nothing but a crater in the planet's crust where a strongpoint lay moments before.
The Land Raider Excelsior is one of a number of new and more advanced patterns of military vehicles to have been created for deployment with the new Chapters of Primaris Space Marines raised by Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl in preparation for the Indomitus Crusade begun by Lord Commander of the Imperium Roboute Guilliman in 999.M41.
- 2 Twin-linked Lascannons
- Smoke Launchers
- Aquila Aegis Shield - A new addition to the Space Marine armoury, the Aquila Aegis Shield is a defensive energy shield much like the more potent Void Shields generated by Imperial starships that can deflect a certain amount of incoming directed energy and kinetic fire until it is overwhelmed. It represents a significant upgrade in the defensive capabilities of those Imperial vehicles advanced enough to deploy this latest wonder of Archmagos Cawl's forge.
- Dozer Blade (Optional)
- Storm Bolter (Optional)
- Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher (Optional)
- Extra Armour Plating (Optional)
The Land Raider Excelsior can take one of the following:
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications
The Adeptus Mechanicus has not publicly released the technical specifications of the Land Raider Excelsior.
- Adeptus Astartes: Space Marine HQ Command Tanks (Forge World Model Set Data Sheet)