Warhammer 40k‘s Astra Militarum Rogal Dorn Battle Tank – the new, medium-sized Imperial Guard tank spoken of only in hushed whispers and rumours for many months – has been officially unveiled by Games Workshop, with detailed shots of the new model and a snazzy reveal trailer (watch it below).
Shown off in an article on GW’s Warhammer Community site on Monday, the Rogal Dorn enters the Astra Militarum line-up between the workhorse Leman Russ Battle Tank and the vast Lord Of War unit that is the Baneblade.
GW says the Rogal has heavier armour than the faithful ol’ Russ – but is still speedy enough to keep up with it. Since the Leman Russ now boasts a best-in-class 2+ armour save, we’ll be interested to see how this improved armour plays out in-game.
There’s no word on pricing or specific release date yet – but, according to GW’s Monday preview, the Rogal Dorn is coming out “before long” – and there’s one more big Astra Militarum reveal coming next week. Based on previous experience, this is likely to drop on Monday, October 31 – happy Halloween, Guardsmen…
There are two options for your main gun: a Twin Battle Cannon (i.e. the main armament of the standard Leman Russ, only two of ’em) or an Oppressor Cannon, which GW says is “an anti-armour powerhouse, capable of knocking out almost anything up to a Chaos Knight in a single salvo”.
In the hull, we find a Castigator Gatling Cannon (a baby version of the anti-infantry chain guns found on Leman Russ Punishers) which can be swapped for a scaled-down Demolisher Cannon called the Pulveriser Cannon.
You get a pair of either Heavy Stubbers or Meltaguns in the hull, too – and either Heavy Bolters or Multi-Melta sponson guns (those are the gun ports on the sides), plus the option for a pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber. All in all, the amount of gun feels more like a Space Marine Repulsor than a Guard tank.
Naturally, GW’s Monday article also says there are “tons of detail parts”, including “tool stowage, track links, and other bits and bobs” – tanks gonna tank.