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A Rapier mobile weapon platform in combat during the Horus Heresy

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A Rapier is put into position for an ambush

The Rapier is a semi-automated, tracked ballistic or directed energy weapon mount that is used by both the Astra Militarum and the Adeptus Astartes as a mobile heavy weapons platform. It is used to transport weapons that are too heavy for a single Imperial Guardsman or even a Space Marine to carry on his own. The Rapier is similar in appearance and operation to the Space Marine Thunderfire Cannon, and features on-board targeting systems and power generators. The Rapier can be operated by a single operator or by a pair of operators who control both the device's movement and weapons fire from the controls at the rear of the mount. The Rapier can be controlled by either a Tech-priest or a Techmarine, or by specially-trained Imperial Guardsmen and Space Marines. While the Rapier's Machine Spirit is capable of moving the Rapier on its own, its weapons cannot be fired without input from its operator.

The device is usually armed with a set of quad Heavy Bolters or Multi-Lasers for anti-personnel use or a Laser Destroyer Array for anti-armour use. The machine can also be armed with an Astartes Quad Mortar, useful for siege warfare or suppressive fire. Rapiers could also be armed with even more exotic weaponry for special operations, such as a Graviton Cannon. This now-rare weapon can trace its origins back to the Great Crusade of the late 30th Millennium where it was used by both the Imperial Army and the Space Marine Legions against the enemies of the newly-formed Imperium of Man, and later by both sides during the Horus Heresy of the early 31st Millennium.

Unit CompositionEdit

  • 1 Rapier Carrier with 2 Space Marine Gunners (41st Millennium Only, Adeptus Astartes Only)
  • 1-3 Legion Rapier Carriers with 2 Space Marine Crew per Carrier (31st Millennium Only, Legiones Astartes Only)

WargearEdit

A standard Rapier Carrier is armed and equipped with:

A Rapier Carrier's Space Marine crew is each armed and equipped with the following:

A Rapier Carrier may replace its Quad Heavy Bolters with one of the following weapons:

Horus Heresy Era WargearEdit

A standard Legion Rapier Carrier is armed and equipped with:

A Legion Rapier Carrier's Space Marine crew is each armed and equiped with the following:

A Legion Rapier Carrier may replace its Quad Heavy Bolters with one of the following weapons:

An entire Legion Rapier Carrier battery may also replace their Quad Heavy Bolters with an Astartes Quad Launcher, becoming a Quad Launcher Support Battery. A Quad Launcher Support Battery can be outfitted with the following ammunition:

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