His wrath falls from the heavens.

The Whirlwind Artillery Tank is the standard artillery tank used by the Space Marines.

It starts life as a Rhino chassis, like most Space Marine vehicles, but differs in that its carrying capacity is sacrificed to hold ammunition for the Whirlwind Multiple Missile Launcher on top. It is used to counter hordes of enemies, which the Marines don't deal too well with on their own, and to take out specific targets, such as anti-air emplacements and gun-towers. If your chapter is more... Liberal in their application of firepower, it can also be used in hostage situations.

Fun fact: in the real world, Steel Rain refers to rocket submunitions.


Whirlwind HeliosEdit

Whirlwind Helios

The default Helios-pattern launcher (named for the Forge World which manufactures it) fires anti-infantry missiles, giving the Space Marines anti-horde support. They don't use this tank in the way that most Imperial Guard armies use their artillery; while IG artillery supplies sustained bombardment of static positions (enemy forts, armies, cities, etc.), the Whirlwind fires a quick barrage of devastating firepower to support Space Marines who need it, and then moves on to the next trouble spot. The launcher has 2 types of missiles. The first, the imposing Vengeance missile is like a baby basilisk cannon at S5 AP4 meaning it will lol straight through any GEQ army but will just bounce off a MEQ. Its little brother, incendiary castellan, is weaker, the same stats as a frag missile, but has the ignores cover special rule. Perfect for taking out those pesky Tau pathfinders and telling the Daemons of nurgle or Venom/Malanthrope spamming Tyranids exactly which hole they can shove their shrouded up.

While there aren't rules for them anymore, the launchers can also fire "standard" castellan rounds. These missiles are weighted to burrow into the ground, leaving long sensors trailing from the top. This allows the whirlwind to fire minefields against an approaching foe.

The Land Raider Helios takes its name from having this type of launcher.

On the tabletop, whirlwind helioi are generally best fielded in units. Taking a squad of three grants Shred and Pinning to the entire group and ruins the day of anything short of a monstrous creature. Adding in a spotting land speeder gives the group unlimited range and re-rolls to hit.

Off the tabletop, these things are hard to get a hold of. It's generally easier and cheaper to get a hold of one of the Forge World variants, and that should tell you something. Converting a Rhino is generally easier.

8th Edition The Whirlwind has lost the ability to be fielded in squads and has to pay command points for the land speeder support. For armament, the vengeance missiles now hit like Autocannons with 2d3 shots and the castellans have lost their incendiary nature but have gone up to S6 with 2d6 shots. The whirlwind cannot change firing modes over the course of the game, however.

Whirlwind HyperiosEdit

Whirlwind Hyperios

Produced by Forge World, the Hyperios-pattern launcher uses a different targeting system and fires anti-air rockets (after attempts to use anti-air rockets in the Helios launcher proved "disastrous").

Rules are printed in various Imperial Armour (most recent IA2:2nd) and Horus Heresy books by Forgeworld. Unlike the Stalker or Hunter this has both Skyfire and Interceptor, meaning it can take a shot when that pesky enemy flyer arrives on the table and it has the "Heat Seeking" rule, which basically makes it twin-linked against aircraft for added accuracy.

Unfortunately those are the Hyperios's only advantages as it's basically still only an anti-air krak missile so it has negligible ability to take out a flying vehicle when used unsupported. The Stalker at least fills the air with dakka much like a Hydra does, while the Hunter has added range, Armourbane, AP2 and that crazy homing rule that means it never misses which makes it quite threatening.

It also costs 35-40 points more than the other two AA tanks that marines get, so basically the Hyperios should be avoided and proxied as a normal whirlwind. To be worth its current points cost it would need to shoot at least three of those krak missiles mathematically, and to be worth an equal cost it would need to shoot at least two. Of course this isn't accounting for trickier to price factors like interceptor, the split fire capability of the Stalker, or the Homing capacity of the Hunter.

That said... it's the only AA TANK that Space Wolves, Dark Angels and (current) Blood Angels get access to, since Vanilla marines keep all the cool toys to themselves.

Deimos Pattern Whirlwind ScorpiusEdit

Whirlwind Scorpius

The Scorpius pattern is also made by Forge World for the Horus Heresy line but was added as a "Relic" option for 40k armies, based on the old-style missile launchers from the Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader days (scaled up for a vehicle's size). It stores S8 AP3 Blast missiles in rapid-firing rotary drums, and can fire 1+1D3 at a time if it sits still, which it should do since it is still a barrage vehicle and can fire over intervening terrain. This design is leagues better then the other designs as it can smash open light vehicles and rip straight through MEQ's due to its superior AP value and ability to fire multiple barrages at once.

The design was commissioned by the Space Wolves to help them take xenos cities, and was intended to fight on the front lines (which is kind of weird for a barrage artillery vehicle that benefits heavily from staying still), so it has armor plating like the Predator Tank, which makes it beefier than the other patterns.


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
Forces of the Codex Compliant Astartes
Command: Apothecary - Brother-Captain - Brother-Sergeant - Chaplain - Chapter Master
Command Squad - Honour Guard - Librarian - Techmarine
Troops: Assault Squad - Centurion Squad - Chapter Serf - Devastator Squad
Scout Squad - Tactical Squad - Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad
Transports: Drop Pod - Land Raider - Mastodon Heavy Assault Transport
Razorback Transport - Rhino Transport - Spartan Assault Tank - Termite
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Dreadnought - Javelin Attack Speeder - Jetbike - Land Speeder
Predator Tank - Sabre Tank Hunter - Sicaran Battle Tank - Vindicator
Ordnance: Hunter - Legion Arquitor Bombard - Rapier Armoured Carrier - Stalker
Thunderfire Cannon - Whirlwind
Flyers: Caestus Assault Ram - Fire Raptor - Landing Craft - Storm Eagle - Stormbird
Stormhawk - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Thunderhawk - Xiphon Interceptor
Superheavy Tanks: Cerberus Heavy Tank Destroyer - Fellblade Super-Heavy Tank
Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Spacecraft: Battle Barge - Strike Cruiser
Allied Space Marines: Fallen Angel - Primaris Marine - Blood Angels - Dark Angels
Deathwatch - Grey Knights - Space Wolves
Forces of the Traitor Legions of Chaos
Leaders: Chaos Champion - Chaos Lord - Daemon Prince - Dark Apostle - Master of Execution
Sorcerer - Warsmith - Master of Possession - Lord Discordant
Unaligned: Chaos Chosen - Chaos Raptors - Chaos Spawn - Chaos Terminators - Cultist - Havocs
Mutilators - Obliterators - Possessed - Tech-Assassin - Warp Talons - Warpsmith
Negavolt Cultist - Greater Possessed - Dark Disciple
Faction Aligned: Berserkers - Berserker Dreadnought - Plague Marines
Noise Marines - Sonic Dreadnought - Rubric Marines
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Chaos Dreadnought - Dreadclaw Assault Pod - Kharybdis - Helbrute
Infernal Relic Predator - Land Raider - Mastodon - Predator Tank - Rhino Transport
Sicaran Battle Tank - Stalk Tank - Vindicator - Typhon Heavy Siege Tank
Spartan Assault Tank - Rapier Armoured Carrier - Whirlwind Scorpius - Termite
Cerberus Destroyer - Fellblade
Flyers: Harbinger - Hell Blade - Hell Talon - Doomfire Bomber - Swiftdeath Fighter
Fire Raptor - Storm Eagle - Xiphon Interceptor - Thunderhawk - Stormbird
Titans: Daemon Knights - Chaos Emperor Titan - Feral Scout Titan
Ravager Battle Titan - Chaos Warlord Titan - Woe Machine
Daemon Engines:
Decimator - Defiler - Death Wheel - Forgefiend - Heldrake
Maulerfiend - Soul Grinder - Wirewolf - Venomcrawler - Helstalker
Daemon Engines
of Khorne:
Blood Reaper - Blood Slaughterer - Brass Scorpion - Cauldron of Blood - Death Dealer
Doom Blaster - Kytan - Lord of Skulls - Skull Reaper - Tower of Skulls
Daemon Engines
of Nurgle:
Blight Drone - Contagion - Foetid Bloat-Drone - Myphitic Blight-Hauler
Nurgle Plague Tower - Plague Hulk - Plagueburst Crawler
Daemon Engines
of Slaanesh:
Hell-Scourge - Hell-Knight - Hell-Strider
Questor Scout Titan - Slaanesh Subjugator
Daemon Engines
of Tzeentch:
Aether Ray - Doom Wing - Fire Lord of Tzeentch
Mirrorfiend - Silver Tower of Tzeentch - The Auruntaur
Auxiliaries: Chaos Daemons - Death Guard - Thousand Sons - Fallen Angels
Forces of the Blood Angels
Command: Apothecary - Brother-Captain - Brother-Sergeant - Chaplain
Chapter Master - Librarian - Sanguinary Priest - Techmarine
Troops: Assault Squad - Devastator Squad - Sanguinary Guard - Scout Squad
Tactical Squad - Terminator Squad - Veteran Squad
Death Company: Death Company - Death Company Chaplain - Death Company Terminator
Walkers: Contemptor-Furioso Dreadnought - Death Company Dreadnought
Dreadnought - Furioso Dreadnought - Librarian Dreadnought
Transports: Drop Pod - Razorback - Rhino
Vehicles: Baal Predator - Land Raider (Land Raider Crusader - Land Raider Phobos
Land Raider Redeemer - Land Raider Angel Infernus)
Predator Tank - Vindicator - Hunter - Stalker - Whirlwind
Flyers: Stormhawk - Stormraven - Stormtalon - Storm Eagle - Thunderhawk
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Dark Angels
Command: Apothecary - Company Master - Interrogator-Chaplain
Chaplain - Librarian - Techmarine - Deathwing Knight
Dark Angels Grand Master
Troops: Assault Squad - Deathwing - Company Veterans
Devastator Squad - Scout Squad - Tactical Squad
Ravenwing Black Knight - Watcher in the Dark
Walkers: Dreadnought (Deathwing Dreadnought - Contemptor Dreadnought)
Contemptor-Mortis Dreadnought - Mortis Dreadnought
Transports: Land Raider (Land Raider Phobos - Land Raider Crusader
Land Raider Redeemer - Land Raider Ares
Land Raider Solemnus Aggressor) - Rhino - Drop Pod
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Razorback - Predator - Vindicator - Hunter
Stalker - Whirlwind - Land Speeder Vengeance
Ravenwing Darkshroud
Flyers: Dark Talon - Nephilim Jetfighter - Stormraven - Storm Eagle
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines
Forces of the Space Wolves
Command: Wolf Lord - Wolf Guard
Priesthood: Iron Priest - Rune Priest - Wolf Priest
Troops: Blood Claw - Fenrisian Wolf - Long Fang - Skyclaw
Swiftclaw - Thunderwolf Cavalry - Wulfen - Grey Hunter
Walkers: Dreadnought - Space Wolves Dreadnought
Wulfen Dreadnought
Vehicles: Bike Squad - Rhino - Razorback
Land Speeder - Predator - Vindicator
Whirlwind - Land Raider (Land Raider Crusader
Land Raider Redeemer - Wrath of Mjalnar)
Flyers: Stormfang - Stormwolf
Allies: Space Marines - Primaris Marines