Tunneling Transport Vehicles
Imperial Tunneling Transport Vehicles are not to be confused with the Hades Breaching Drill as these vehicles actually rely on a large truck for it to transport it to its location, unlike the Hades which can just dig underground without the need of assistance from another vehicle. These overgrown drilling machines are meant to transport troops underground and are the cave versions of Valkyries. Basically they're ripoffs of the Mole from Thunderbirds.
As of the recent Horus Heresy lines, we are getting an updated and modern reiteration of the Termite and Mole. Woot Woot! The rules have yet to come out, but knowing how the Hades Breaching Drill works, it is bound to have similiar rules.
So far it is unknown whether the much bigger Hellbore would also get a modern makeover, but seeing how the big ass Stormbird and even the Squats of all things got a chance so would maybe the Hellbore.
There are three flavors of Tunneling Vehicles.
The Termite is smallest of the Tunneling vehicles used by both Humans and They-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named and is the primary underground transport vehicle if the Hades isn't available.
Launched from a mobile surface transporter, the Termite is used to transport troops through the earth, safely hidden from incoming enemy fire. In addition to providing greater protection for its passengers, the Termite's tunnelling ability means they are often used for launching surprise attacks, appearing behind enemy lines and causing chaos amongst their unsuspecting foes, sometimes the Termite can use its drill to make mulched meat out of any unsuspecting foes of the Imperium.
The Termite has a transport capacity of around ten individuals and is often armed with heavy weapons such as Lascannon and Heavy Bolters which it can fire as it breaches the surface. Once a Termite has surfaced and dispatched its payload it is essentially immobolised. The Termite's surface transport vehicle (The giant truck carrying the giant drill) is un-armed as it usually stays safe from the back lines.
In the Horus Heresy, the Legiones Astartes used the Terrax pattern Termite Assault Drill, which sports additional Dakka once it spews out of the ground to provide covering fire for its troops. It takes a squad of warriors deep underground, using multi-directional drills to maneuver beneath the enemy and bursting out of the ground in the heart of their formations, disgorging Space Marines and blasting enemy apart with Bolter shells, volkite beams, or gouts of flame.
Looking more like an underground giant bullet bill.
The Mole (Literally named after the Thunderbirds craft) is a burrowing vehicle used by the Adeptus Mechanicus and Imperial Guard. Larger than the Termite but smaller than the Hellbore, the Mole if the middle brother of the drilling family. The Mole uses a phase-field generator to burrow a drill filled with troops into the ground, allowing them to surface behind or on the flanks of enemy fortifications and positions. It can probably hold double the amount of the Termite if needed.
In the newest Horus Heresy line, the Termite’s big brother is coming too, with the Imperial Mole looking like an absolute monster, with four huge tracks holding up the immense bullet-shaped device. Curiously, the Mole is referred to as being an Ordinatus, and it shows in its sheer size.
Seriously look at that thing, its fucking massive. Its like the size of a goddamned Gorgon Armored Assault Transport. Now one must picture just how big the Hellbore is going to be once it props up.
So far it is unknown what weapons it would stored with. But seeing how the much smaller Termite is bristled with guns, it would be unsurprising if the much bigger Mole would be given a hefty amount of Dakka to provide covering fire behind enemy lines.
Tl;dr, GeeDubs heard our prayers and they have spoke and delivereth.
The Hellbore is the largest burrowing vehicle of the Tunneling Transport Vehicles. Larger then both the Termite and Mole, it uses a gigantic phase-field generator to burrow its ECKSBAWKSHUGE drill filled with troops into the ground.
The Hellbore is so big it can transport both Space Marines and Terminators, meaning that in the case where even Land Raiders are having difficulty, than the Hellbore is the way to go. The size of the drill is so big and powerful that it may be possible for it to drill through underground fortifications, weakening the walls of enemy fortresses and making it more susceptible of collapse. Seriously this thing is a moving demolition charge on the move as it will topple the underground foundations of buildings and wreck any underground pipes and wires underneath the fortifications.
The Hellbore may even do a surprise buttsex on unsuspecting enemy artillery or tanks, as its drill will penetrate the incredibly weak under armor of the vehicles, boring strait through before unleashing its several squads of Space Marines into lightly defended territory. Yes, it can sound as perverted as you think.
|Forces of the Squats|
|Command:||Guildmaster - Living Ancestor - Squat Warlord|
|Troops:|| Brotherhood Heavy Weapons Team |
Commissar - Hearthguard - Mole Mortar Team
Squat Berserkers - Squat Thunderers
Squat Trooper - Tech Priest
|Vehicles:|| Cyclops War Machine - Colossus War Machine |
Land Train - Leviathan - Rhino - Squat Bike
Squat Trike - Tunneling Transport Vehicles
| Iron Eagle Gyrocopter |
Overlord Armoured Airship
|Artillery:|| Heavy Quad-Launcher |