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- "Target sighted! Red Corsairs Predator, left of the bunker. See the repair seam on the turret? Steady. Fire! Good shot. Driver. AT mines, steer left now. Gunner! Enemy infantry in crater, eleven o'clock. High explosive, fire! Sponson gunners keep an eye out, there's plenty more where they came from..."
- — Internal comm log, Hand of Steel, Operation Retort (Second Assault on Fort Lycos)
Knight Commander Pask is considered one of the Imperial Guard's most renowned tank aces. A hero of the Imperium of Man and a constant presence within the armoured regiments of the Cadian Shock Troops, Pask is one of the most skilled tank commanders ever to grace a Leman Russ Tank. He has commanded these behemoths through hundreds of campaigns, with his reputation continuing to grow with each victory. Over the decades Pask has commanded all variants of the Leman Russ and has mastered them all. He knows the capabilities and limits of each and every weapons system these mighty war machines can mount and it is a brave fool indeed who strays into his gun-sights.
Pask's talents and uncanny abilities as a natural tank hunter were first demonstrated with the 423rd Cadian Armoured Regiment, when he was drafted to serve as part of the tank crew of the Leman Russ Tank called the Hand of Steel. The 423rd was deployed as part of the Imperial Army Group raised to repulse WAAAGH! Gutchutta on the world of Cyris. When an Ork Bonecruncha ploughed over the Hand of Steel, its giant Deff Rolla crushed the turret and ground the tank's commander into a bloody pulp. Pask took the initiative and assumed command of the battered tank and ordered the rugged machine to be turned around to face the immediate threat. As the Orks' armoured assault continued to grind through the Imperial lines, Pask demonstrated his innate ability to see his opponent's weak spots and aimed his tank's main gun at the Ork vehicle's most vulnerable points. Noticing a poorly welded armour joint on the Bonecruncha's rear, a Lascannon shot from his Leman Russ struck the vulnerable spot, damaging the vehicle's crude engines, causing them to detonate. This sent the machine flipping over its own Deff Rolla in a blaze of fire and smoke. Under Pask's inspiring command, the battered Hand of Steel claimed another 14 confirmed Greenskin armour-kills during the ensuing battle, breaking the back of WAAAGH! Gutcutta's assault.
Hand of SteelEdit
While fighting the Eldar on the world of Haytor's Hole, the repaired Hand of Steel was finally laid low whilst engaging a squadron of Fire Prisms and, despite the ministrations of the Tech-priests, was declared unsalvageable. Though Pask had achieved a great victory against the Eldar armour, his trusted tank was no more. Pask was offered command of a mighty Baneblade super-heavy tank in its place, but the Cadian commander refused and, in a ritual that he would repeat a dozen times since, insisted on putting his faith in another Leman Russ battle tank, rechristening his new steed the Hand of Steel.
A Legend is BornEdit
During the Saint Cyllia Massacre, Knight Commander Pask and his armoured company claimed no less than four Titan-class kills. Pask himself accounted for the destruction of the dreaded Chaos Titan Damnation Eternus when a single shell from the Hand of Steel's Battle Cannon breached the tainted core of its plasma reactor and caused it to meltdown. The daemonic war machine was consumed in a cataclysmic explosion that set the sky on fire. Over the decades, Pask would continue to command all variants of the Leman Russ Battle Tank, mastering each one's particular capabilities and idiosyncrasies. Pask remains a superlative tank hunter for the Imperium, and there is not an armoured vehicle that he has not duelled and bested on the field of battle.
- Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pg. 58
- White Dwarf 366 (UK), "Spearhead (Expansion)", pg. 5