Monday, November 14, 2011

5 Minute History: Immolator

The Immolator is a specialized assault/transport vehicle used by the Sisters of Battle in the Warhammer 40,000 tabletop game. It is used to carry small squads of sisters into the thick of battle.

From agis page of miniatures

The first Immolator boxed set was released by Games Workshop in 1997 to coincide with the release of Codex: Sisters of Battle for the second edition of Warhammer 40,000. The original Immolator was visually very similar to the Space Marine Razorback. Instead of a Space Marine, a Sister of Battle sat in a rather exposed turret assembly, manning the vehicle's guns. That Immolator kit only had twin-heavy flamers for the turret armaments. In 2004, using the new MkII Rhino chassis, the Immolator model was revamped and modernized. The new kit featured an exclusive all-plastic Sisters of Battle customization sprue that allowed players to personalize their new Immolators extensively. This new Immolator differed from the earlier ones by having a more baroque design. The shield protecting the Sister of Battle manning the Immolator's turret resembled a stained-glass panel more commonly seen in churches and cathedrals.

The Immolator is a simple variant of the Razorback armoured transport commonly used by the Space Marines. Like the Razorback, the Immolator uses the same body as the Rhino armoured personnel carrier and thus has similar game stats to both vehicles. Like the Razorback, it more-or-less had half the transport capacity of a Rhino. In the game background, this was justified by stating that the Immolator's transport space was taken up by ammunition or fuel for the turret weapons. Originally, the Immolator could be armed with either twin-linked Heavy Flamers against infantry or twin-linked Multi-meltas against vehicles. In the 2004 release of Codex: Witch Hunters however, twin-heavy bolters were added to the list of weapon loadouts that the Immolator could be armed with.

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