Forge World released their Forge World Bulletin #52 from Adepticon. At the end of it is a teaser for a new model. Keen-eyed folks who attended Adepticon would have seen on Forge World’s tables the very model in question. It turns out that it’s a Horus Heresy Vindicator variant, the Laser Destroyer Vindicator.
This is a Vindicator, so we’re expecting the armor values to be 13/11/10. This also isn’t the first time we’ve seen a Laser Destroyer. There’s a few examples on the Forge World pages, and there’s some rules for them as well. This lets us extrapolate its offensive capabilities.
The gun appears to be a standard Laser Destroyer, so the stat block is as follows.
Range S AP Notes Laser Destroyer 36″ 9 2 Ordnance, Twin-Linked
That’s extremely underwhelming. It gets a single shot which is almost guaranteed to land a punishing hit on a tank. This makes the tank a one-trick pony. Compared to a regular Vindicator it has very little advantage. The vanilla Vindicator, which I will now refer to as the Vanillacator, has a 24″ range, S10, AP2, Large Blast Ordnance. It is about equally as good at killing tanks, suffering only slightly from the stunted range. The Vanillacator can put that blast to use killing high AP infantry units as well, though. This sets it apart from the Laser Destroyer in that it can effectively manage troops.
This is all still a rumor, of course, so we’ll see if there are addition rules when it is officially released. If there’s no point deduction or a fun extra rule or three, this thing might be dead on arrival.
I also want to comment that I don’t like the model. I’m not a big fan of making Rhino-chassis tanks tall and bulky like they did. Additionally, the lack of side doors, while fine fluff-wise, really unsettles me for some reason. It’s like having your best friend shave his head. The base hasn’t changed, but it’s just different enough you might not like it.