The Shadowsword is the sister tank to the more common Astra Militarum super-heavy tank Baneblade. The Shadowsword is an almost identical super-heavy tank to the Baneblade, except for its armament and battlefield role as a titan slayer. Armed with a massive, forward-firing turret known as the Volcano Cannon, the Shadowsword's primary focus during combat is destroying enemy Titans. Shadowsword and Baneblade have fought alongside the forces of mankind since the Dark Age of Technology, making them one of the oldest tank designs still in regular service with the Empire. Each Shadow Sword uses legacy Standard Template Construct (STC) designs that are only available to a handful of Adeptus Mechanicus Forge worlds. Each Shadowsword is individually logged, registered and tracked on Mars not only to see where it is, but to see where it has been and the honors it has received, as a Shadowsword's deeds are celebrated when would they be those of a favorite child among them its makers. The Shadow Sword is a prized addition to any Imperial Guard armored regiment.
While many super-heavy vehicles excel in protracted battles and their thick armor allows them to outlast endless waves of enemies, the Shadowsword is designed to bring a swift and devastating end to the opposing army. Armed with a hull-mounted Vulcan Cannon, one of the largest weapons ever mounted on a tank, the mere appearance of a Shadowsword on the battlefield spells doom for the Empire's enemies.
As a Shadowsword rushes forward, the roar of its massive engines is drowned out by the whirr of its ascending Volcano Cannon. The ruby ??beam of laser light it fires cuts through the dense smog of battle, penetrating infantry, armor, and xenos monstrosities with ease. Even Aeldari Wraithknights, Tyranid Bio-Titans, and Orc Gargants can be brought down by a single direct hit from a Shadow Sword.
This multi-part plastic kit contains 295 components with which to build a Baneblade, Banehammer, Banesword, Doomhammer, Hellhammer, Stormlord or Stormsword super-heavy tank instead of a Shadowsword. Also included is 1 Astra Militarum vehicle transfer sheet, which can be used to apply markings and Badges.