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Elysian Drop Forces deploying on planet Betalis III

Two Tauros Venators being deployed from their Valkyrie Sky Talon Transports

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A Tauros driving through the ruins of an Ork shanty-town on the planet of Kastorel-Novem

The Tauros is a light, sturdily built, all-terrain utility and tractor vehicle used on many Frontier Worlds. Its rugged drive axles are individually powered by high-yield galvanic motors that allow the vehicle to maintain its speed even when some of its wheels may be damaged or destroyed. The Tauros and many similar vehicles have also been used by Imperial exploration teams and sometimes by brigands, marauders, and rebel factions. The Tauros is even used as a light attack and reconnaissance vehicle by the Elysian Drop Troops regiments of the Imperial Guard. The Elysian Drop Troops have modified the Tauros for airborne operations, stripping off any unneeded weight so that it can be carried into battle by their Valkyrie Sky Talons. The Tauros comes in two standard variants: the four-wheeled Tauros Rapid Assault Vehicle which serves as a long-range scout vehicle, mounting potent anti-personnel firepower in the form of either a Heavy Flamer or Tauros Grenade Launcher, and the six-wheeled and more heavily armed and armoured Tauros Venator.

Tauros VenatorEdit

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A Tauros Venator patrolling an Ork shanty-town

The Elysian regiments often deploy Tauros Venators in support of their infantry, where the punch of a Lascannon or Multi-Laser is often a welcome asset against heavy armour. They are also used in long-range scouting missions, as well as behind enemy lines where they are capable of operating for extended periods without resupply due to their galvanic systems. These vehicles are also used to carry extra supplies for the ground infantry, such as weapon power-packs, food, and water. This allows squadrons to operate for extended periods without re-supply.

Known Users of the TaurosEdit

  • The Elysian Drop Troop Regiments of the Imperial Guard - The Imperial Guard Regiments from Elysia are highly dependent of fast and mobile tactics. They were the first of the Imperial Guard to deploy the Tauros as war-vehicles on a large scale, and still make heavy use of them.
  • 181st Elysian Drop Troop Regiment - The 181st Elysian that fought against the Orks during the Raid on Kastorel-Novem made extensive use of Tauros Assault Vehicles.
  • 226th Elysian Drop Troop Regiment - The 226th Elysian used the Tauros Venator to aid in the defence of Betalis III against the Eldar of Craftworld Mymeara.

ArmamentEdit

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Tauros Venators being dropped off by Valkyrie Sky Talons.

The four-wheeled Tauros Assault Vehicle is used as a light scout and reconnaissance vehicle and it can be armed with either a Heavy Flamer or the powerful Tauros Grenade Launcher. The Tauros Grenade Launcher can use either anti-infantry Frag Grenades or anti-vehicle Krak Grenades.

The Tauros Venator variant is armed with a Twin-linked Multi-Laser for anti-infantry work or a Twin-linked Lascannon for anti-vehicle duty.

Both variants can both be equipped with camouflage-netting and extra armour plating for enhanced crew protection, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher for added firepower, a searchlight, a homing beacon, and smoke launchers. The Venator variant is also capable of carrying 2 Hunter-Killer Missile Launchers in addition to its standard armament.

Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit

Tauros Rapid Assault Vehicle
Vehicle Name: Tauros Main Armament: Heavy Flamer
Forge World of Origin: Unknown Secondary Armament: Unknown
Known Patterns: Unknown Traverse: Unknown
Crew: 1 Driver, 1 Gunner Elevation: Unknown
Powerplant: 4 High-Yield Galvanic Motors Main Ammunition: Unknown
Weight: Unknown Secondary Ammunition: Unknown
Length: Unknown Armour:
Width: Unknown
Height: Unknown Superstructure: Unknown
Ground Clearance: Unknown Hull: Unknown
Max Speed On-Road: Unknown Gun Mantlet: Unknown
Max Speed Off-Road: Unknown Vehicle Designation: Unknown
Transport Capacity: Unknown Firing Ports: Unknown
Access Points: Unknown Turret: Unknown


Tauros Venator
Vehicle Name: Tauros Venator Main Armament: Twin-linked Multi-Laser
Forge World of Origin: Unknown Secondary Armament: Unknown
Known Patterns: Unknown Traverse: Unknown
Crew: 1 Driver, 1 Gunner Elevation: Unknown
Powerplant: 6 High-Yield Galvanic Motors Main Ammunition: Unknown
Weight: Unknown Secondary Ammunition: Unknown
Length: Unknown Armour:
Width: Unknown
Height: Unknown Superstructure: Unknown
Ground Clearance: Unknown Hull: Unknown
Max Speed On-Road: Unknown Gun Mantlet: Unknown
Max Speed Off-Road: Unknown Vehicle Designation: Unknown
Transport Capacity: Unknown Firing Ports: Unknown
Access Points: Unknown Turret: Unknown

SourcesEdit

  • Imperial Armour Volume Eight - Raid On Kastorel-Novem, pp. 82–84
  • Imperial Armour Volume Eleven - The Doom of Mymeara, pp. 68, 98, 210
  • Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard (Second Edition), pp. 9, 228-230, 261, 267
  • Imperial Armour Apocalypse (2nd Edition), p. 15

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