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Imperial Guard

Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard is the largest and most diverse military organisation that the galaxy has ever seen. Numbering in the billions and equipped with armoured vehicles, artillery and all the other adjuncts of mechanised warfare, the Imperial Guard forms both the hammer and the anvil of the Imperium's might.

Death Korps of Krieg

Death Korps of Krieg

The atom-ravaged world of Krieg once defied the rule of Terra, sliding into heresy and sedition in the first half of M40. One city remained loyal to the Emperor, eventually unleashing terrible and forbidden weapons in a desperate attempt to defeat their foes. For over a thousand years, manpower has been Krieg’s tithe to the Imperium; regiments of Death Korps who willingly march into the very worst environments and deploy into the most forlorn attacks, forever seeking to atone for their forbears’ treachery with their own flesh, blood, and bone.

Elysian Drop Troops

Elysian Drop Troops

The regiments of Elysia are elite amongst the vast numbers of the Imperial Guard – highly trained and well-equipped, they have made the airborne assault their preferred form of warfare. Deploying via grav-chute directly into enemy territory from Valkyrie and Vendetta transports, the Elysian Drop Troops are trained and equipped to operate without re-supply and bereft of the armoured support.

Cadian Shock Troops

Cadian Shock Troops

The Cadian Shock Troop regiments are highly disciplined and have a reputation for being excellent shots. Indeed, a child of Cadia is taught how to strip, reassemble and shoot a lasgun before they can read and write.

Tallarn Desert Raiders

Tallarn Desert Raiders

The Tallarn are mobile guerrilla fighters, evasive and opportunistic. They are masters of hit-and-run warfare, striking a killing blow at the heart of an enemy formation before returning to their own lines.

Imperial Guard Super Heavy Tanks

Imperial Guard Super Heavy Tanks

The armoured regiments of the Imperial Guard count among their number companies of some of the mightiest war machines available to Mankind: Names such as Baneblade and Shadowsword echo with countless legendary actions, but amongst this roll of honour lie other, even more ancient tanks of unimaginable power.

Imperial Guard Tanks

Imperial Guard Tanks

Where the infantry of the Imperial Guard form an anvil against which the enemies of Man are held, mighty tanks such as the Leman Russ are the hammer beneath which the Alien and Heretic are crushed without mercy. Armoured Regiments are commonly fielded in close support of infantry platoons, where the combined strengths of both unit types are maximised.

Imperial Guard Support Vehicles

Imperial Guard Support Vehicles

The might of an Armoured Company lies in its guns, but the strength of a Battle Cannon or Bombard is nothing without a line of supply. The Adepts of Mars manufacture many support vehicles that are essential to the operation of an Armoured Regiment – Ammunition must be crated and towed to prepared laagers.

Imperial Guard Crew

Imperial Guard Crew

Many Tank Commanders will choose to ride in the cupola of their armoured steed when not actively involved in combat, as the interior of an Imperial tank is often cramped and hot – many of the more famous officers of Armoured Regiments across the Imperium continue to command from this exposed position even while in the midst of the most furious engagements.

Imperial Guard Emplacements

Imperial Guard Emplacements

Any static Imperial position will have its garrison supplemented by a number of pre-fabricated defensive constructions, ranging from pre-fabricated barricades surrounding dug-in anti-aircraft guns or heavy artillery pieces to automated defence guns commonly known as ‘Tarantulas’.

Imperial Guard Accessories

Imperial Guard Accessories

The Armoured companies of the Imperial Guard swiftly become veterans, tempered in a trial by fire. Such experienced crews quickly learn that additional equipment, fuel and ammunition can provide the edge in any engagement, and many tanks are quickly festooned with cargo – extra armour, track links, stowage and ammunition crates are a common sight.