A reader is asking for our help with a question about powered armour. Since I did not know the answer to the question, I figured someone out there in the Faeit 212 audience would be willing to throw down some of their knowledge to help.


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Speed of Space Marines in/out of Power Armour and Terminator Armour?‏
I am hoping that you would be able to direct me to some internet resources that would help me with this kind of research, as I am doing a little research for some writing. I do know about The Lexicanum.

Thanks,
Kevin

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  1. according to C.S terminators are capable of doing black flips.

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    1. I know it is a fantasy game and all, but 30m/s seems rather excessive. That is 108 kph or 67.5 mph. The speed limit of UK motorways is 70 mph! Why take a rhino to work when he can probably run faster?

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    2. I had to correct that for the length of a round! but it still ends up about the same after all factors are put in, though an Astartes could only maintain it for a short burst.

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  3. Is the question asking how quickly can a space marine put on or take off a suit of power armour or terminator armour, or how fast can a space marine move in power armour or terminator armour?

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  4. Following the rules set down by Fantasy Flight Games:

    a "Typical" Astartes (stat bonuses of 4) can run 24m per five seconds

    And with the augmentations of Power Armour they can run 30m per five seconds.

    Therefore about 6 metres per second.

    However, that does not take into account varying factors such as whether or not the space marine is exerting himself; if so his top speed doubles to 12m per sec.

    Furthermore his speed can be augmented by calling upon reserves and his hard training to briefly augment it even more, essentially quadrupling it to around 24m/sec

    It's practically identical in Terminator Armour, although they have their movement restricted somewhat.

    Therefore a well trained Astartes running about 24m/sec could overtake Usain Bolt and run a 100m race in just over four seconds, absolutely smashing the current human record.

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    1. As a minor correction, an person cannot "run" in Terminator armour and has his movement curtailed significantly so is limited to a much slower plodding pace.

      Also, for sustained speeds over extended periods, the rules are much simpler, but more narrative.

      For the basic (bonus 4) Astartes in power armour he can sustain a speed of about 21km per hour, but risks tiring himself out eventually.

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    2. I'd go with this. I think that 24m/sec is a bit steep for a Marine in full plate, I'd consider something a bit less like 18m/sec more like it but I don't think there's much difference in it.

      I think that momentum would play a big part in foot speed of a power armoured Astartes vs tactical dreadnought armour, while the top speed may be very similar I think that the Terminator would have a destinct disavantage in accel and decelleration. Hence no sweeping advance Terminators :]

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    3. Well, you have to consider that IN ADDITION to the massive plating that composes power armour, there are also bundles of advanced servomotors that, as far as I can tell, overcompensate for the actual weight of the armour.

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    4. Most Astartes can't run in Terminator armour... except Logan Grimnar when he's pissed

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  6. The running speed of an Astartes is directly correlated to the distance to the nearest Helldrake

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    1. This actually made me laugh out loud. I love that the Heldrake is so feared :D

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    2. Anything AP3 ignore cover is scary lol

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  7. I guess the other thing to mention is that speed would be directly related to the Gravity of the planet that they're on

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    1. Except it seems that in the 41st millenium all planets are equally dense :P

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    2. Humans at the height of technology terraforming planets probably had a reason to do that.

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    3. Well there are some interesting battlefield effects in the 40k rulebook about variable gravity... But we don't often use them

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  8. There is a short story in one of the HH books that talks about human soldiers pissing themselves at the sight of a Astartes in power armor weighing around a ton, running at them faster than anything should be able to move. Even in power armor they would be able to easily shatter the current human 100 meter record.

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  9. I was assuming the question was how fast to get in and out of powered armour. I could be wrong though.

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    1. Ah right, that's easy:
      pg 161 of the Deathwatch rulebook says that it takes 20minutes to don/remove power armour unaided.

      Even if assistance is obtained it takes no less than 5 minutes to get in and out of a suit.

      As for Terminator Armour, there is no time scale attached, other than involving a long labourious ceremony that can only be performed by a high ranking tech priest or techmarine.

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  10. Interestingly enough, I just finished re-reading Void Stalker by AD-B last night that has potential answers for both potential queries:

    a.) Injured, pumped up on standard astartes combat stimms, and in power armour, Talos sprints at between 84 and 87 kph. So we can probably state happily that astartes can run at 88kph/55mph for at least short burts.

    b.) WITHOUT the extended rituals to go along with it, it takes about twenty minutes to don terminator armour.

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  11. Just for the record, I do believe power armour is supposed to *augment* the physical prowess of a space marine, not hinder it. Its weight is negated by the fibre-bundle musculature and advanced hydrolic systems within. Lets say a car weighs a couple of tons. What makes a car capable of such high speeds? Lol

    It's toats possible that a marine could run like the wind.

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