A renegade Malcador Defender advances during the Siege of Vraks.
Named after a mysterious figure from the Imperium’s earliest days, Malcador the Sigillite (a close advisor to the Emperor during the Battles of Unification, and the man credited with founding the Administratum of Terra), the Malcador Heavy Tank is a mobile fortress, heavily armed and armoured but slow. The Defender variant is perhaps the most common, although also the most unusual – its fixed turret mounts 5 limited-traverse Heavy Bolters, positioned to provide all-round defensive fire. The Defender crams 8 crew into a cramped interior, as it also mounts two sponson weapons and a hull-mounted Demolisher Cannon. Unsurprisingly, the Defender is perfect for the role of a breakthough tank – ably suited to close-quarters fighting, trench warfare and urban engagements in which its multiple fire-points and heavy armour excel.
This is from the amazing Siege of Vraks diorama by Forge World.
See more photographs of the Malcador tank.
You can see all my photographs from the Forge World Open Day 2009 in this gallery.