Empire War Wagon
The Empire War Wagon is an extremely heavy version of a chariot creating a mobile battle tower whose armour protects its crew of six warriors and which is pulled by two sturdy warhorses. [1a]
These were developed by Imperial Engineers in order to give the army mobile fire platforms for their handgunners - each consists of a upright tower pulled by a armoured horse, although variants also exist which have cannons or even Helblaster Volley Guns. [2a]
In battle, these can be formed into laagers - a circle or square of wagons with cannons between them producing a formidable fortification. These can be especially effective against mobile opponents, with cavalry stationed within the circle ready to dash out to attack vulnerable enemies. [2a]
As of today, the use of War Wagons within the battlefields of the Empire is now obsolete, however it has been known that War Wagons are refitted to serve as either an Arcane Battle Altar or a War Altar of Sigmar. In the past, War Wagons can vary greatly in their size, with some War Wagons being only as large as an over-sized hay-cart, while others can grow to the size of an Empire fortress. As of now, War Wagons have been replaced with the newer and more heavily armored Steam Tank.
Weapons and Equipment
The high walls of the tower protects the crew from arrows and attacks from the ground. War Wagon work as a movable platform from which it could either transport Empire soldiers through the battlefield or provide a vantage point for units of archers, crossbowmen, or handgunners to shoot the enemy. War Wagons can also install a piece of artillery into its tower, providing the artillery with adequate speed and provide the Empire army with devastating firepower.
- The crew can also be armed with a variety of experimental weaponry from the arsenal of the Imperial Gunnery School. [1a]
- 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (4th Edition)
- 1a: Empire War Wagon, pg. 20
- 2: White Dwarf 146 (UK)
- 2a: Empire Army, pg. 45
- 3: White Dwarf 147 (UK)
- 3a: Empire Army List, pg. 36