Centaur Utility Vehicle

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Its like a Swiss Army Knife, it can do almost anything!

The Centaur AKA the Imperium Special Delivery Taxi is a small armored utility vehicle that is used in a wide variety of battlefield roles and its relative cheapness, versatility and easy maintenance means that it is a pretty damned common vehicle in the IoM. How versatile are they? A Centaur can be a Command Squad transport, a communications vehicle, a light troop transport, a supply vehicle and sometimes used as an artillery tow vehicle during prolonged sieges of fixed enemy emplacements. This makes them a poor man's Salamander Command Vehicle, a poor man's Basilisk and a poor man's Chimera. The vehicle has a normal crew complement of only two which is a driver and a gunner, however its controls is so damned easy to learn that it can be crewed by just one in special circumstances. During sieges the Centaur can tow the lighter pieces of artillery and the crew can ride in the back until they reach their destination. Up to five passengers can ride in a Centaur's crew compartment like a glorified taxi.

The Centaur's main role is similar to that of a Trojan and the Atlas. However the Centaur is somewhat unique in that it uses a independent chassis that is not ripped straight out of a Leman Russ, Rhino and Chimera. In order to make its job more effective, the vehicle has a very powerful engine capable of pulling artillery pieces such as the Heavy Mortar Cannon and the Quad Cannon across the battlefield. It can also tow the much heavier Earthshaker Cannon and Medusa Siege Gun if you can't be bothered to buy an actual Basilisk, but only on flat terrain. A Centaur can also be assigned to a squad of Imperial Guard Grenadiers as a transport. In this case the vehicle is also modified with extra armor plating to protect its crew and passengers from enemy fire. When not being used to tow heavy weapons, the vehicle is capable of moving very quickly, at speeds of up to 70 kilometers per hour off-road.

The Centaur is lightly armed with only a single Pintle-mounted Heavy stubber due to its role as a back line support vehicle, but can accept any heavy or special weapons that its passengers are carrying. The vehicle can also be upgraded with camouflage netting, extra armor, a mine sweeper, rough terrain modifications, a searchlight, track guards, and a smoke launcher. All in all, its a pretty decent vehicle and is considered a step up from the Trojan. It is the quintessential Jack-of-all-Trades vehicle and should be played as such.

The Centaur is quite clearly closely modeled on the real-world Universal Carrier of WWII, a British fully-tracked carrier that like the Centaur was extremely versatile and was used for everything from troop transport to a machine gun carrier. The Nazis even used captured ones as Tank Destroyers by fitting half-a-dozen anti-tank rocket launchers onto it.

On a more interesting note, its versatility as the Imperial Swiss Army Tank makes the Centaur incredibly popular with the Death Korps of Krieg as it is used in the thousands during the Siege of Vraks and the Orphean War.

Vehicles of the Imperium of Man
Walkers Dreadnought - Nemesis Dreadknight - Ironstrider Ballistarius
Onager Dunecrawler - Penitent Engine - Sentinel - Sydonian Dragoon
Transports Chimera - Crassus Armored Assault Transport - Drop Pod - Goliath Truck
Gorgon Armored Assault Transport - Hades Breaching Drill - Immolator
Razorback Transport - Repressor - Rhino Transport - Taurox - Testudo
Trojan Support Vehicle - Triaros Armoured Conveyer - Tunneling Transport Vehicles
Light
Vehicles
Atlas Recovery Tank - Bane Wolf - Bike Squad - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Hellhound - Land Crawler
Salamander Reconnaissance Tank - Siegfried - Tauros - Venator
Battle
Tanks
Caladius Grav-Tank - Krios Battle Tank - Land Raider
Leman Russ Battle Tank - Predator - Ragnarok - Sabre Tank Hunter
Sicaran Battle Tank - Spartan Assault Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Exorcist - Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Hunter - Hydra Flak Tank
Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun - Rapier Armoured Carrier
Stalker - Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Superheavy
Tanks
Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer
Fellblade - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank - Macrocarid Explorator
Malcador Heavy Tank - Mastodon - Ordinatus - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Skimmers Javelin Attack Speeder - Grav-Rhino - Land Speeder - Pallas Grav-Attack
Flyers Caestus Assault Ram - Corvus Blackstar - Fire Raptor - Nephilim Jetfighter - Sky Talon
Space Marine Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird - Stormhawk - Stormraven
Stormtalon - Stormwolf - Thunderhawk - Valkyrie - Vendetta - Vulture
Fighters &
Bombers
Avenger Strike Fighter - Lightning Fighter - Marauder Bomber
Stormfang - Thunderbolt Fighter - Xiphon Interceptor
Spacecraft Aquila Lander - Arvus Lighter - Boarding Torpedo - Devourer Dropship
Faustus Interceptor - Fury Interceptor - Shark Assault Boat - Starhawk Bomber
Tetrarch Heavy Lander
Titans Imperial Knight - Warhound Scout Titan - Reaver Battle Titan
Warlord Battle Titan - Emperor Battle Titan
Forces of the Imperial Guard
Command: Commissar - Enginseer - Imperial Guard Command Squad - Ministorum Priest
Primaris Psyker - Regimental Advisors - Tank Commander
Troops: Armoured Fist Squad - Infantry Squad - Field Chiurgeon - Heavy Weapons Squad
Militarum Veteran Squad - Ogryn Squad - Penal Legion - Psyker Battle Squad
Ratling Squad - Rough Rider Squad - Special Weapons Squad - Stormtrooper
Transports: Argoran Armoured Transport - Chimera - Crassus Armored Assault Transport
Gorgon Armored Assault Transport - Hades Breaching Drill - Hellbore - Mole
Taurox - Termite - Testudo - Trojan Support Vehicle
Light Vehicles: Atlas Recovery Tank - Bike Squad - Bane Wolf - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Hellhound - Land Crawler
Salamander Reconnaissance Tank - Sentinel - Siegfried - Tauros - Venator
Tanks & Ordnance: Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Heavy Quad-Launcher - Hydra Flak Tank
Leman Russ Battle Tank - Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun
Ragnarok - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Superheavy Vehicles: Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank - Malcador Heavy Tank
Flyers & Bombers: Avenger Strike Fighter - Lightning Fighter - Marauder Bomber
Thunderbolt Fighter - Valkyrie - Vendetta - Vulture