The Malcador Assault Tank, also known as the Malcador Heavy Tank is a venerable pattern of armoured vehicle that predates the Leman Russ tank in the Imperium of Man’s service. It is not widely used by Imperial armed forces at the present time and is in fact little known even within the Imperial military.
This Malcador Heavy Tank was in the display cabinets at Warhammer World.
In many regions of the Imperium, the Malcador passed out of common service many millennia ago. The few Malcadors that remain in the Emperor of Mankind’s service have been relegated to the Departmento Munitorum’s strategic reserve, to the arsenals of second-line Planetary Defence Forces or are maintained in active service only by a few units of the Imperial Guard due to ancient tradition.
I have to say I’ve always liked this tank, the Great War feel certainly adds to the overall look to the model.
A renegade Malcador Annihilator advances during the Siege of Vraks, supported by Renegade troops.
Another example of ‘second-generation’ Baneblades, the Malcador Heavy Tank is a mobile fortress, heavily armed and armoured but slow. The ‘standard’ pattern has been altered to create several variants, each designed to fulfil a specific battlefield role. The Annihilator variant mounts a twin-linked lascannon in place of the limited-traverse Battle Cannon of the standard pattern tank, and is commonly equipped with lascannon sponsons to supplement this main armament.
Detractors of the design claim that the Malcador Annihilator falls between two roles, fulfilling neither fully as it is too large and too slow to serve as a ‘true’ tank-hunter while lacking the firepower and armour to evenly match a Baneblade in open war.
Against conventional armour, however, and in the hands of a skilled crew, the Malcador Annihilator can still prove its worth.
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.
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 tank is a mobile fortress, heavily armed and armoured but slow. Mounting multiple heavy bolters for all-round defence, side-sponson weapons and a demolisher cannon in a limited-traverse hull mount.
Death Korps of Krieg Imperial Guard Malcador Heavy Tank in winter camouflage. In the display cabinets at GamesDay 2008. Beautifully painted and constructed.