Penitent Engine

Closest thing to give a Tech Priest a boner that isn't some old microwave or junk.

Penitent Engines are mechanical engines piloted by heretics guilty of a terrible crime and want to atone for their sins. As usual they are the main walkers for the Bolter Bitches Nuns with Guns. Thus they are given one of the worst imaginable punishments available to the Imperium. A multitude of wires and chemical injectors are implanted into the heretic's spine, which are then attached to a mechanical suit of destruction. When not engaged in combat, their chemical implants inject feelings of guilt and pain directly into their brains, reminding them on how much they fucked up in life. Driven by their pilot's frantic need for forgiveness, Penitent Engines charge towards enemy forces heedless of danger, knowing that only in death can forgiveness be earned. Since 1) half of the models are female 2) they're part of the SoB codex and 3) the Ecclesiarchy prefers to put its servants in penitent engines rather than execute them when they're found wanting, /tg/ likes to pretend that all pilots are former sisters, even if you're more likely to find a particularly nasty heretic crewing one than a defrocked priest or Sororitas.

While somewhat Grimdark, it is kind of off set by the fact that the pilots of Penitent Engines are considered strangely hot and sexy by /tg/. Whether is due to the fact that the female pilot gets all the art, getting 'penetrated' and 'wrapped' around with so many wires like some kind of kinky bondage film or the fact that they are quite scantily clad in a single cloth robe is unknown, although most would point towards the former. Like the fucking baby carrier, the Penitent Engine suffers the general failure of exposing the driver to the elements. While it is to keep with the whole "dying gloriously in battle" shtick, they could at least put some cover so that the pilot could actually reach their enemies rather than getting sniped after immediately disembarking from a ship. Allegedly the chemical cocktail the drivers are drugged with gives them an insane endurance while letting them feel each wound so the fact their heads are likely to have gaping holes in it within a few seconds is actually intended. It helps that the people fielding Penitent Engines don't particularly like the people in them. Additionally the fluff states that pilots are left mostly exposed as a deliberate decision, to ensure that the penitent is protected solely by the Emperor's will rather than cowering behind ceramite plating.

See also Arco-flagellants, which are the same general concept.


Penitent Engines are typically armed with close-combat Dreadnought-class weapons such as a large, circulating power saws, Chainfists, or other Power Blades on each of the walker's arms, as well as Flamers or Heavy Flamers, which can be fired together or separately. The Penitent Engine can also use its legs to kick or stomp on enemy infantry since unlike the Dreadnought, the Penitent Engine doesn't have short, stubby legs. Mortifiers and Anchorites are further equipped with heavy bolters or extra heavy flamers.

New ReleaseEdit

Yes, in plastic now. First appearing in the limited-edition army set you missed out on a copy of, then confirmed to get a multipart release in 2020. Now features an alternate build, the Mortifier, which is where the female pilot option went.

Forces of the Sisters of Battle
Command: Triumph of Saint Katherine - Canoness
Ecclesiarchy Battle Conclave - Imagifier
Ministorum Priest - Sororitas Command Squad
Troops: Avenging Angel - Arco-flagellant - Battle Sister Squad
Celestians - Crusaders - Death Cult Assassin
Dominion Squad - Retributor Squad - Seraphim Squad
Sisters Repentia - Zephyrim Squad
Vehicles: Exorcist - Immolator - Penitent Engine - Repressor
Rhino - Mortifier
Special Vehicles: Pulpit of Saint Holline's Basilica
Flyers: Avenger Strike Fighter - Drop Pod
Saints: Living Saint - Geminae Superia
Non Militant Orders Dialogous - Orders Famulous - Orders Hospitaler
Vehicles of the Imperium of Man
Walkers Dreadnought - Nemesis Dreadknight - Ironstrider Ballistarius
Onager Dunecrawler - Penitent Engine - Sentinel - Sydonian Dragoon
Transports Chimera - Crassus Armored Assault Transport - Drop Pod - Goliath Truck
Gorgon Armored Assault Transport - Hades Breaching Drill - Immolator
Pegasus AAV - Razorback Transport - Repressor - Rhino Transport - Taurox - Testudo
Trojan Support Vehicle - Triaros Armoured Conveyer - Tunneling Transport Vehicles
Atlas Recovery Tank - Achilles Ridgerunner - Bane Wolf - Bike Squad - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Hellhound - Land Crawler - Pegasus AFV
Salamander Reconnaissance Tank - Scylla Light Tank - Siegfried - Tauros - Venator - Wolfquad
Caladius Grav-Tank - Krios Battle Tank - Land Raider - Leman Russ Battle Tank - Predator
Ragnarok - Sabre Tank Hunter - Sicaran Battle Tank - Spartan Assault Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance Basilisk Artillery Gun - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Exorcist - Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Hunter - Hydra Flak Tank
Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun - Rapier Armoured Carrier
Stalker - Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer
Fellblade - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank - Macrocarid Explorator
Malcador Heavy Tank - Mastodon - Ordinatus - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Skimmers Javelin Attack Speeder - Grav-Rhino - Land Speeder - Pallas Grav-Attack
Flyers Archaeocopter - Caestus Assault Ram - Corvus Blackstar - Fire Raptor - Nephilim Jetfighter
Sky Talon - Space Marine Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird - Stormhawk
Stormraven - Stormtalon - Stormwolf - Thunderhawk - Valkyrie - Vendetta - Vulture
Fighters &
Avenger Strike Fighter - Lightning Fighter - Marauder Bomber
Stormfang - Thunderbolt Fighter - Xiphon Interceptor
Spacecraft Aquila Lander - Arvus Lighter - Boarding Torpedo - Devourer Dropship
Faustus Interceptor - Fury Interceptor - Shark Assault Boat - Starhawk Bomber
Tetrarch Heavy Lander
Titans Imperial Knight - Warhound Scout Titan - Reaver Battle Titan
Warlord Battle Titan - Warbringer Nemesis Titan - Emperor Battle Titan