note that the tanks are missing their allegiance markers.
Mk1 Ausf. A+ Magma Destroyer (top, isometric view)
After the short prototype run of the fixed-turret Kubröx-chassis refit, the Magma Destroyer concept turret was deemed an astounding success - provided a chassis could be provided that could actually properly support it. Unsurprisingly, such a chassis had already been simultaneously, but was severely lagging in production and the first production series were plagued by mechanical problems due to rushed production. Additionally, the ad-hoc prototype model gained a highly unexpected (and loathed) extension in production and service life.
The Mk1 Ausf. A and it’s operational prototypes were a critically needed addition to the beleaguered forces of the 216th independent legion’s forces, as it’s signature magma cannon was one of the few weapons capable of effectively engaging the armoured and mechanised units of the enemy, whilst it’s chassis provided the mobility to force those engagements where needed.
The finished mk.1 magma destroyer had the shortest service life of any vehuicle deployed during the saurai civil war, as it was very rapidly replaced by the mk.2. Most surviving mk1 chassis underwent a factory refit to the mk2.
Mk2 Ausf. A Magma Destroyer (dextral,middle left) and Mk2 Ausf. B Magma Destroyer (lingual, middle right)
To meet the spatial requirements of captured and reverse-engineered technology, the main gun of the Magma Destroyer was moved to the side of the turret. As a side effect, the lacking vertical range of motion for the main gun of the mk.1 was significantly improved upon by the turret sponson.
Mk3 Ausf. A Magma Destroyer (bottom)
In order to take advantage of improved power generation and to adress the lack of concentrated firepower on the field, it was decided to combine the dextral and lingual turret sponson on a dual-gunned turret design. However, in practice there was no actual increase in firepower, leading to this tank design to be considered an abject design failure even before production began. However, production began regardless and as the tanks engaged in battle, it became clear that the magma cannons could operate for more effectively and efficiently for longer periods of time by allowing the barrel to cool intermittently by alternating fire between them. Tank crews also highly valued the tank’s ability to make a(dangerous, inaccurate and generally ineffective) desperation follow-up shot in case the first missed at short range. The mk3. quickly became the signature tank of the 216th independent legion. In fact it became so popular that the turret form was eventually largely copied (with licence) for the Annihilator series of tanks of the Blackscale Legion.
trivia: The Destroyer (all variants and weapon types) is officially classified as a “tank destroyer”, meaning that the carried weapon type is used as a prefix.
The turret roof viewport can be raised like a periscope on the mk2 and later models.