Rapier Armoured Carrier

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The Rapier Armoured Carrier or Rapier Laser Destroyer (Although /tg/ calls it the Rapepier hahaha get it? Cause it Rapes tanks? okay I will stop now...) is a tracked weapons carrier used by the Imperium of Man, including the Imperial Guard, Adeptus Mechanicus and Space Marines. It is identifiable due to its mini baby treads from a baby Rhino and may result in much unintentional "DAAAAAAAWWWWWW" among your enemies, which is a great distraction as this pint sized Land Raider carries weapons that can turn your Scorpion and Battlefortress into molten scrap. Yeah, this mini-tread of doom is a dedicated anti-tank weapon, as it mounts a powerful multi-barreled laser cannon (think a quad-barreled lascannon that has been supercharged). However, Rapiers have also been seen wielding graviton cannons, multi-lasers, and quad heavy bolters to annihilate vast swarms of infantry both MEQ, GEQ, and TEQ alike, or using a quad-mortar to act as support artillery.

Rapier with quad Heavy Bolters AKA DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA DAKKA!

History[edit]

In the early years of the Imperium's history the Rapier was a common weapons platform used by the Imperial Army at both the company and regimental level. Under ideal conditions each company would have a support squad with five Rapier carriers plus other weapons, while regiments had support companies of ten machines each, such as five Rapiers and five Mole Mortars, though attrition often accounted for fewer numbers of these weapons.

Of course nowadays, the Rapier is now exclusive solely for the Space Marines as difficulties in manufacturing these complex devices coupled with the increasingly stubborn hoarding of the Mechanicus and competition with smaller, lighter, easier to maintain and cheaper to make anti-tank weaponry such as a pintle-mounted Lascannons or Plasmacannons among the growing Imperial Guard has resulted in a drastic decline for these dedicated tank-hunters.

Of course even in the 41st millennium, the Rapier still found some company in Chapters which descend from the Imperial Fists and Iron Hands Legions who are now known mass users of Rapiers, and have even employed them for boarding assaults.

Overview[edit]

Rapier with Graviton Cannons AKA Your Terminators are already dead.

The armoured carrier is built around the weapon system with which it has become synonymous, the Rapier Laser Destroyer. This multi-barreled weapon achieves greater firepower than even a normal lascannon by focusing its four separate laser systems with precise accuracy on a single point. This is possible thanks to a weak machine spirit which can adjust the convergence of the beams depending on the target's range. However, the weapon system has tremendous power requirements, along with increased maintenance and heat build-up due to its moving parts and the close proximity of multiple laser chambers to each other. Rapiers have also been seen mounted with Graviton Cannons and quad Heavy Bolters or Multi-lasers and Quad-mortars.

As it was initially designed for defending cities and fortresses the Rapier has limited mobility, enough to move into ambush positions and across rough terrain, and is often fielded in special batteries of one to three Rapiers used to break up enemy armour attacks. The system can move and fire at the same time thanks to an auto-drive and benefits from targeter equipment. Actual aiming and firing of the laser destroyer however is handled by the on-board machine spirit making the Rapier a semi-independent system; its crew is necessary only for moving the weapon and operational mode selection.

Its form of locomotion is also an oddity as instead of sitting down and moving the machine, the driver must stand in an awkward position before turning and moving the machine with what counts as an Atari 2600 Joystick. This means that the driver of the machine is dangerously exposed to enemy fire and must be cautious of his surroundings.

Gallery[edit]

Forces of the Space Marines
Command: Apothecary - Brother-Captain - Brother-Sergeant - Chaplain - Chapter Master
Command Squad - Honour Guard - Librarian - Techmarine
Troops: Assault Squad - Centurion Squad - Chapter Serf - Devastator Squad
Scout Squad - Tactical Squad - Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad
Transports: Drop Pod - Land Raider - Mastodon Heavy Assault Transport
Razorback Transport - Rhino Transport - Spartan Assault Tank
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Dreadnought - Javelin Attack Speeder - Jetbike
Predator Tank - Sabre Tank Hunter - Sicaran Battle Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance: Hunter - Rapier Armoured Carrier - Stalker - Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind
Flyers: Caestus Assault Ram - Fire Raptor - Land Speeder - Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird
Stormhawk - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Thunderhawk - Xiphon Interceptor
Superheavy Tanks Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer - Fellblade Super-Heavy Tank - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Blood Angels-Only: Baal Predator - Contemptor-Furioso - Death Company - Death Company Chaplain
Death Company Dreadnought - Death Company Terminator - Furioso Dreadnought
Librarian Dreadnought - Sanguinary Guard - Sanguinary Priest
Dark Angels-Only: Contemptor-Mortis - Dark Talon - Darkshroud Land Speeder Vengeance - Deathwing
Deathwing Knights - Interrogator-Chaplain - Land Speeder Vengeance
Mortis Dreadnought - Nephilim Jetfighter - Ravenwing - Watchers in the Dark
Deathwatch-Only: Blackshield - Corvus Blackstar - Deathwatch Chaplain - Deathwatch Dreadnought
Deathwatch Epistolary - Forge Master - Keeper - Kill Team - Watch Captain - Watch Master
Grey Knights-Only: Brotherhood Champion - Dreadknight - Doomglaive Dreadnought - Grand Master
Grey Knight Paladin - Interceptor Squad - Justicar - Purgation Squad - Purifier - Strike Squad
Space Wolves-Only: Blood Claw - Fenrisian Wolf - Iron Priest - Long Fang - Rune Priest - Skyclaw
Stormfang - Stormwolf - Swiftclaw - Thunderwolf Cavalry - Wolf Guard - Wulfen
Auxiliaries: Fallen Angels - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Lost and the Damned
Command: Apostate Cardinal - Chaos Champion - Renegade Command Squad
Renegade Demagogue - Renegade Enforcer - Rogue Psyker
Human Troops: Cultist - Disciple Squad - Pontifex Guard - Renegade Infantry Platoon
Renegade Marauder Squad - Renegade Support Squad
Abhumans
& Beasts:
Beastmen Attack Squad (Khorngors - Pestigors - Slaangors - Tzaangors)
Chaos Beast - Chaos Hound - Chaos Spawn - Mutant Rabble
Ogryn Brute (Ogryn Berserker - Plague Ogryn) - Plague Zombie
Vehicles: Chimera - Hellhound - Leman Russ Battle Tank
Salamander Command Vehicle - Stalk Tank - Sentinel
Artillery: Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier
Hydra Flak Tank - Minotaur Artillery Tank - Medusa Siege Gun
Rapier Armoured Carrier - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Daemon Engines: Blight Drone - Blood Slaughterer - Brass Scorpion - Lord of Skulls - Plague Hulk
Super Heavies: Baneblade - Macharius Heavy Tank - Malcador Heavy Tank - Valdor Tank Hunter
Flyers: Arvus Lighter - Hell Blade - Hell Talon - Valkyrie
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