The Leman Russ Punisher is a variant of the Astra Militarum's primary battle tank, the Leman Russ. Named for the Primarch of the Space Wolves Chapter of Space Marines, the Leman Russ, the Leman Russ is one of the most widely used armored vehicles in the Empire of Mankind. The Leman Russ Punisher variant differs from the standard Leman Russ pattern in that it is armed with a turret-mounted Punisher Gatling Cannon as its primary weapon, as opposed to the standard main battle cannon.
The Punisher Gatling Cannon is a large, multi-barreled ballistic weapon and is considered one of the fastest-firing slug launchers in the Empire's arsenal. The Punisher can shred through even the heaviest infantry units with punishing ease. However, the Punisher can be outperformed by enemy tanks in head-to-head combat and is often deployed alongside other Leman Russ tank variants to compensate for the loss in anti-tank firepower. There are few other tanks in the Astra Militarum capable of such high rates of fire, and Leman Russ Punisher crews have a reputation for being both trigger-happy and high-spirited.