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Mechanicum Krios Battle Tank


New from Forgeworld this morning, is a battle tank for the Mechanicum. This is a really beautiful model, as the aesthetics of the tank really just blew me away this morning. From the driver of the massive gun on treads, to the cogs and gears, this thing is a master piece.



As you can tell I am excited for this one. Unfortunately this tank will not be available for pre-order today like normal for Forgeworld models when they announce them. Instead you will have to wait until next weekend, as the release of the model is timed with the event Forgeworld Open Day March 30th.


via Forgeworld Newsletter
The Krios Battle Tank is a vehicle of arcane and ancient design that fulfils a tactical role within Mechanicum armies similar to that of the Predator tank more widely used by other forces of the Imperium. Its durability is provided by interlocking defensive energy fields, rather than physical armour, lending it a deceptively skeletal appearance.

The most common armament mounted upon the Krios is the lightning cannon. This configuration takes advantage of the tank’s powerful on-board reactor’s vast energy capacity to create a laser-path guided electromagnetic beam, able to vaporise flesh and rupture heavy armour with ease.

The rules for the Mechanicum Krios Battle Tank, as well as many other exciting new models, can be found in the forthcoming The Horus Heresy Book Three: Extermination.

A limited quantity of this multi-part resin kit, designed by Stuart Williamson, will be available to purchase at the Forge World Open Day and will also be available to pre-order on the day as well. The Krios Battle Tank will go on general release in the next few weeks.




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  1. Reminds me of the NOD Flame Tank.

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  2. So much 30k.. I wish I could use one for my marines in 40k.... One day maybe?

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    1. Or just play vs friend who don't care think it'll be a laugh?

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    2. I guess Forgeworld might produce a 40k army list much like the Imperial Armour variants. I mean come on! It begs a 40k army list and they are certainly filling all the force organisation slots....

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    3. Depending on size, the most expensive TFC ever?

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    4. Check out the Relic of the Armory rule on the Fire Raptor; I wouldn't be surprised if they do an IA with Heresy era stuff with that rule for use by SM and CSM.

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    5. I'd be quite happy if they just made 30k affordable.

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  3. Oh look. Yet ANOTHER imperial/HH vehicle.

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    1. But more importantly, it's a Mechanicum vehicle, which fills out more Mechanicum options, which means we might get closer to a Mechanicum Codex!

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    2. Get over it, its happening!

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    3. Get over the fact that besides the tyranid devourers, there hasn't been a xenos release since December, maybe longer (can't remember when the R'vanna came out)?

      Its ridiculous honestly. FW promised us that the HH stuff wouldn't interfere with their other lines, and that was obviously a big fat smell lie.

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    4. Oh no, a company focusing mainly on models that actually sell!

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    5. yeah, I think it's worth remembering even if we assume perfectly equal sales across the board, Imperium sales are gonna make up more then half of what FW sells. this is of course assuming space Marines and tyranids sell in equal numbers.

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    6. Ofc they make up more. They are the only ones getting models. And if other races get stuff its usually not that great in game or looks like not belonging to the Army.

      They had great sketches for Battlewagon variants they never made. At least give us rules so we can build them.

      HH is great but then at least do primarchs and the cool stuff. Why so many releases for armys like DG and no primarch? We dont need 6 armour flavors of pre heresy nurgle marines.

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    7. FW designers make what they want to make, not work to a priscribed timetable.

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  4. Ho yeah, beautiful model.

    It's the tank we've seen the tracks on one FW Blog Post.

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  5. Beh, oh Forge World I do love you so but please get it right. That's not a tank, never mind an MBT; it's a pure assault gun. Not a tank. An assault gun. Possibly the most assaulty gun they've ever made.

    Really not a tank :'(

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    1. It looks like field artillery to me.

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    2. Soviet M1931 B-4 in stupid, that's what it looks like.

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    3. It's not an artillery piece as in this case it's 1) shielded and 2) is fielding a direct-fire anti-armour weapon. The design does lend itself to a SPA platform though, minus the shielding and equipped with an ordnance weapon that could work.

      SPG indeed!

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    4. Absolutely agree with you there, I scoffed when I read MBT.
      I mean, how is this assault gun going to deal with infantry.. While I like their release, the designation worries me, as when I saw this I said "Man, what a cool assault gun, I cant wait to see a more standard turreted tank" --- Probably wont happen

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    5. Lol. Not that you're trying to give something a name that we don't actually have an equivalent for in real life. Unless there are guns that fire lightning with forcefields crewed by a cyborg that I'm unaware of.

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    6. Poly...the equivalent of a self-propelled tracked gun in real life is a self-propelled tracked gun. lol

      Their designations are out of whack here...
      The Venator is a tank chassis with a fixed main gun - it's a tank destroyer and they've labelled it as such.
      The Sicaran MBT is the tank chassic with a transversing main turret - it actually is a main battle tank.
      Cerberus - tank destroyer
      Glaive & Fellblade - MBTs.
      All accurate and correct, yay!

      A tank is a tracked armoured vehicle with a transversing (rotating) main turret.
      An assault gun is an armoured chassis + gun with limited movement, usually for fire support and a tank destroyer is an armoured vehicle with or without a turret specifically designed to combat armour.
      Slightly besides the point: the Razorback is not a tank but an Infantry Fighting Vehicle/IFV as it is designed to transport troops and then support them in action. An APC is similar but generally is lighter without a main turret.

      If it's not got tracks, armour and a turret it's technically not a tank by modern standards. The Vindicator, for example, is not a tank but an assault gun while a Predator is a pure tank and a Razorback is an IFV.

      No turret so the Krios should be an assault gun or tank destroyer depending on it's armament.

      Sometimes I shouldn't be allowed near a keyboard. :'(

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    7. You beat me to it Mauler. The tanker in me just cringed when I saw them call it a tank.

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    8. Looks like a BlowJob machine to me :)
      Not a tank but more important not very Admechy. No servo arms or anything you would expect, apart from a few big gears.

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    9. To be fair many of the FW guys are very knoligable about tanks and artillary. I suspect they are using the word "Tank" because to most people anything with tracks and armour is a tank.

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  6. Pretty awesome model! It sounds like they'll be releasing alternate versions based on the description too.

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  7. It's a nice model, but i get this sense that it would shake itself to pieces when it fired... somehow (don't ask me why) i think it looks like it's stuck together with duct tape and sticking plasters.
    Perhaps this is part of general 'Meh' regarding all of the (basically imperial) FW 30K stuff coming out at the moment. As a Xenos player i'm not feeling any love at all from them. in a nutshell i'm very board of 30K at the moment and i'd like to see some Xenos focus for IA13 etc.

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  8. That looks so cool, how big is it?

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    1. About the same size as a land raider proteus.

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  9. Steampunk, that's what 40k was missing… NOT.

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  10. The threads should probably face the other direction from the driver. Or is it designed to drive in "revers"? :P

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    1. Isn't this how most Warhammer tank treads look?

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    2. Well, on most of the other tanks there is at least a slight upwards slope at the front (akin to whats on the back of this one)

      Which is what makes it effective at going over terrain.... with that design on this one it looks like it's supposed to go backwards :P

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    3. Yeah. It cant drive forward over Terrain like that.
      Maybe it is the rear and the other side the front. Aka you get a Bad AV if you try to shoot!

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  11. Any idea how long 30k is supposed to last?

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    1. 2 books a year, 18 Primarchs/ legions, mechanicum, sisters, imperial army and Custodes. A long time. Around 10 years they estimate. They said they are toying around with the idea of a great crusade once they've finished. All you Zenos have GW plastic, leave the resin for us heresy freaks. :)

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    2. I would wager on 10.000 years, but hey that's just me
      :-p

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    3. 19 Primarchs in theory...

      ... and Bruce Willis is a ghost!

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    4. They can drag it on for ever of they want. Do the HH aftermath. Several Versions of primarchs. In diffrent duels ect.
      I hope so at least.
      Not so happy about them giveing some chapters tons of diffrent SMs and other Non so far.

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  12. It looks like a farm tractor of old :)

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    1. MECHANICUM PEW TRACTOR INCOMING

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    2. This is a nice nod to the old fluff where most of the Imperial vehicles were explained to have originally been militarised tractors and prime movers instead of proper AFV's (until this was retconned so that R1N0 was an armoured exploratory vehicle, Lemon Rustler was an actual tonk, etc.)

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  13. Cool model, imo if it just lost those extra large cogs on either side it would be a great model. Easy fix for me.
    Also this brings a whole new and much anticipated army closer to reality in 30k and 40k. If you dont know people who would let you run a pure mechanicus army in a game of 40k, then you need to find some more relaxed players.

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    1. I wish more people would. But when they see a Titan or worse a primarch they shit them selfs. I just see a challenge and they next part of my saga lol.

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  14. Fugly. Absolutely fugly. I hope a boat full of these kits goes down in the ocean never to be seen again.

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    1. Completely disagree with your opinion, as do the vast majority of others it would seem, you do get plus points for the 2000AD name however (unless it's a ska reference which would also be a plus in my book) :-)

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  15. Reminds me of the unreleased Electro tank that went with the Skullz AdMec limited edition guys.

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  16. My iron warriors would love that tank!

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  17. God damn you Forgeworld, I had already planned what I was going to buy at the Open day and now you have thrown this at me!

    Might still have to wait on this one though depending on price.

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  18. I like it alot, looks like a proto Valdor.

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