The Repulsor is an Imperial gravitic armoured transport intended to provide armoured support for the Primaris Space Marines of many different Chapters. The Repulsor, though clearly derived from the same Standard Template Construct patterns as other vehicles of the Adeptus Astartes, is the first armoured vehicle deployed by the Imperium of Man to make use of anti-gravitic technology since the days of the Horus Heresy in the early 31st Millennium. The Repulsor is manufactured by the forges of Mars under the command of Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl, like most of the new wargear produced for the Primaris Space Marines. It is unknown whether Cawl incorporated recently recovered ancient technology to produce the design, or whether it emerged from his own mind as part of his radical turn towards the former heresy known as "innovation."
The Repulsor armoured transport is a deadly combination of manoeuvrability and raw brute force. Due to the turbine array at its rear, it has tremendous motive power, and it is held aloft by powerful anti-gravitic generators. The Repulsor is so heavily armed and armoured that it does not skim over the landscape in the manner of a Space Marine reconnaissance craft like the Land Speeder, but instead crushes the ground below it. The tank grinds forward with a deep bass thrum, reducing rock to gravel and fallen bodies to smears of gore and powdered bone.
The Repulsor is far more than a simple transport, for it mounts a staggering variety of weapons. The Las-talon or Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon in the tank's turret blasts apart enemy vehicles that could conceivably pose a threat, whilst the extensive suite of Bolter weaponry, Auto Launchers and Grenade Launchers lay down a storm of horde-killing firepower. The Repulsor can transport 10 Primaris Astartes in Mark X Tacticus Armour, or 5 Primaris Marines in the bulkier Mark X Gravis battle-plate.
The Repulsor is one of a number of new and more advanced patterns of military vehicles to have been created for deployment with the 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.
The anti-gravitic ventral plates of the Repulsor came about through Archmagos Dominus Cawl's desire to create a transport worthy of his Primaris Marines -- a vehicle that could strike suddenly and repeatedly at the enemy until the day was won. The tank he designed is indeed capable of traversing almost any terrain, even lava streams or lakes of boiling acid should the need arise. However, it moves little faster than the armoured behemoth of the Land Raider, for its power is directed more into the manipulation of clashing gravitic energies than forward motion. Those that attempt to close with a Repulsor find themselves fighting against an invisible bow wave of energy that staggers and batters those nearby; due to the ventral plates being powered separately, this can even be directed by the craft's pilot to better effect. Multiple layers of ceramite and adamantium overlap to make the Repulsor's hull all but impervious to normal weaponry; even a direct hit from a missile will likely leave little more than a scorch mark on the heraldic colours of the tank's parent Chapter. So it bears the Primaris Space Marines inside to the front line in full strength, its side portals slamming open to allow a deadly assault of its own.
A Repulsor grav-tank is equipped with a Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon, a Twin Heavy Bolter, an Ironhail Heavy Stubber, an Icarus Ironhail Heavy Stubber, 2 Krakstorm Grenade Launchers, 2 Storm Bolters and Auto Launchers. The Twin Heavy Bolter can be replaced with a Twin Lascannon, the Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon with a Las-talon, the Ironhail Heavy Stubber with an Onslaught Gatling Cannon, and the 2 Storm Bolters with 2 Fragstorm Grenade Launchers. The Icarus Ironhail Heavy Stubber can be swapped out for an Icarus Rocket Pod, Storm Bolter or Fragstorm Grenade Launcher. The Auto Launchers can be replaced with 2 Fragstorm Grenade Launchers. The Repulsor's standard armament load-out can also be supplemented with an additional Ironhail Heavy Stubber.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
The technical specifications of the Repulsor main battle tank have not yet been made available by the Adeptus Mechanicus.
- Codex Adeptus Astartes - Space Marines (8th Edition), pp. 87, 182
- Warhammer Community
- Repulsor Data Sheet Pre-Release Excerpt
|Primaris Space Marine Forces|
|Command||Primaris Captain • Primaris Lieutenant • Primaris Ancient|
|Specialists||Primaris Apothecary • Primaris Librarian • Primaris Chaplain|
|Close Support||Inceptor • Reiver|
|Fire Support||Hellblaster • Aggressor|
|Combat Walkers and Vehicles||Redemptor Dreadnought • Repulsor|