Hurricane Walker was developed during the first Venusian Crusade. In its early versions it was an unreliable and damn right dangerous machine.
1x Multipart 100mm tall (32mm scale) Resin model
1x 80mm base
Type: Light Vehicle
Model count: 1 per unit
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As more and more of the battlefields of the Imperial Corporation become entrenched wars of attrition, so grows the constant requirement for cost-effective anti-vehicle support. It is out of this pure necessity that the mobile Hurricane Walker was developed during the first Venusian Crusade. In its early versions it was an unreliable and damn right dangerous machine. Many prototypes ended in spectacular explosions, as the Heavy Charger feeds jammed or simple measuring and design errors resulted in a top heavy machine that would topple easily on the unlevel and cratered surfaces of every warzone. The lead designer committed suicide unable to cope with the Imperial deaths he had caused. Had it not been for a young and nameless engineer the project would have been shelved. It took time to develop and hone the Hurricane Walker into the machine it is today. However, after many years of development and more than a little inspiration from the quite excellent Fieldhausens, the Hurricane Walker has risen to become the vehicle of choice for many a Trencher battalion, especially on Mars. It is not unusual for these mechanical giants to be met with cheers of adulation in the field, especially when a Leviathan or two goes supernova. Novel in the Imperial armed forces the Hurricane is the corporation’s only walker, all other Imperial vehicles implement tracks or wheels, for swift, all terrain offensives. Much like the Capitol Orca, a design which influenced the Hurricane more than any Imperial will ever acknowledge, this striding beast is used as a mobile weapons platform. There are several variants of the Hurricane Walker, the most common being the ‘Reaper’ style; armed with a paired Charger and a Heavy ‘Chimney’. The ‘Reaper’ can throw out an impressive amount of offensive firepower. It is utilised primarily against enemy infantry formations and lightly armoured vehicles. The other main variant, the Hammer, has the same armaments but is fielded with anti-vehicle ammo. The two variants equate to well over 95% of the Hurricanes arsenal. Other rarer versions include, although not exclusively, the city-raising ‘Pummeler’, the ‘Crusher’ that specialises in tank hunting and the long-range ‘Stinger’. Hurricane pilots have taken to personalising their vehicles with their own aesthetics, marking their walker with slogans, markings and occasionally rather indecent artwork. In addition to being fire support, they are large enough that they are often utilised to bring much-needed supplies to beleaguered troops that are stuck in areas often unreachable by conventional means. Sandbags, camo-netting, water jugs and various other kinds of stowage are just strapped to the walkers hull. Each of the leg guards, which have been designed to look like stunted versions of the wings of their Old Earth inspiration, is mounted with the vehicles armaments and grip rails to allow transportation of troops into or through a warzone.
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