The Aesoteric use an extremely large amount of armored fighting vehicles in their terrestrial operations. Many of these vehicles are similarly named, have identical purposes, or are generally akin to one another. To prevent further confusion, clarification will be made in this article. Below, all armored fighting vehicles used by the Aesoteric hive-empire categorized into the respective divisions and organizations they fight under.
The prevalence of the Vigilance has greatly decreased following the War of the Vigil. However, it still has a significant amount of armored fighting vehicles at its disposal. Most of which are tank destroyers.
- Behemoth Tank-Destroyer – The “Behemoth”, is a slow-moving tank destroyer that is designed for long-range engagements and siege operations. It is equipped with a powerful diesel engine that allows it to reach speeds of up to 20 km/h, and it has a maximum range of 600 km. The Behemoth is armed with a massive 280mm gun. Over 9,000 in service.
- Devastator Heavy Tank – The Devastator is a heavy tank destroyer that is designed for long-range engagements and siege operations. It is equipped with a powerful diesel engine that allows it to reach speeds of up to 35 km/h, and it has a maximum range of 600 km. The Devastator is armed with a 180mm gun. Over 9,000 in service.
- Nightstalker Tank Destroyer – The Nightstalker is a tank destroyer that is designed for long-range engagements and ambush operations. It is equipped with a powerful diesel engine that allows it to reach speeds of up to 55 km/h, and it has a maximum range of 800 km. The Nightstalker is armed with a 150mm gun.
As the general armed ground forces of the Aesoteric hive, the amount of tank-destroyers in this martial division is most numerous.
- Jagdpanzer 38 – Also known as the Hetzer, the Jagdpanzer 38 is a light tank-destroyer creating from the obsolete chassis of a previous unnamed medium tank during the Schism. It has since become the back-bone of Aesoteric martial land operations and a staple in Aesoteric culture and military imagery. Its image is commonly merchandised in toys, figures, and its chassis forms the basis of various other vehicles; even those lacking in combat capabilities. It is designed for sniping from afar, and quick position changing.
- Befehlswagen 38 – Command variant. Fitted with a 30W FuG 8 radio set.
- Flammpanzer 38 – Jagdpanzer 38 modified with a flamethrower in place of the main gun. It was most notably deployed against Vigilance forces during the invasion of their rebel capital. Only 100 of these units were produced.
- Jagdpanzer 38 Starr – A simplified version of the Jagdpanzer 38, which attached a 7.5cm Pak 39 gun to the chassis, fitted with a Tatra diesel engine. 10 were built, 9 converted back to normal Jagdpanzer 38. The remaining prototype was incinerated and considered a profane object for unknown reasons.
- Holy-Shittus – An enormous version of the Jagdpanzer 38, around double its size. The vehicle is usually placed in one location on the battlefield where it uses its colossal munitions to provide both cover and heavy defense/offense during the battle.
- Jagdpanzer 38A – A far larger version of the Jagdpanzer 38 with a variety of capabilities. It far exceeds its original counterpart in terms of its combat ability, however despite this, only a few have been seen in combat. Various influential government-organisms have been known to use this vehicle as their go-to vehicle for protected public transport.
- Marder I – A tank-destroyer found only in Aesoteric blueprints. It was originally intended to be a fast moving sniper-tank which could switch between a wheeled or tracked mode. As advances in tank-technology did not allow it, this concept was scrapped.
- Marder II – A tank-destroyer found only in Aesoteric blueprints. It was a cheaper and light version of the Marder I with more firepower and mobility, while discarding the tread-to-wheel concept. The vehicle was replaced by the Marder III, whose blueprint brought back the wheel-to-tread concept and greatly increased its potential firepower and size. It was eventually produced in a lesser state, similar to the Marder III as a defensive tank-destroyer.
- Marder III – A slapdash tank-destroyer based on the previous Marder I and II designs. While its blueprints were far more ambitious, the vehicle entered the battlefield as quite simply a large gun mounted onto a tracked vehicle chassis.
- Grille 15 – A fast moving, fairly large, tank-destroyer with a comically large gun atop. It deals insane damage with its high-caliber gun and is capable of quickly relocating in the scenario of its covering being blown. It has fairly weak armor, however, which makes it incapable of close combat or shrugging off hits if detected. While not its intended purpose, this tank is known to closely follow larger tanks and harass enemies with fire; flanking enemy vehicles in hit-and-run tactics.
- StuG III Ausf. G – The Sturmgeschütz III (StuG III) assault gun is the most-produced fully tracked armoured fighting vehicle. It was built on a slightly modified chassis, replacing the turret with an armored, fixed superstructure mounting a more powerful gun. Initially intended as a mobile assault gun for direct-fire support for infantry, the StuG III was continually modified, and much like the later Jagdpanzer vehicles, was employed as a tank destroyer.
- E-25 – An exceptionally fast tank with a similar appearance and profile to the Jagdpanzer 38. Used for short hit-and-run/guerilla tactics, usually in sniping positions.
- Kanonenjagdpanzer 105 – A large and powerful tank-destroyer which stays behind the heavy hitterss to inflict damage from afar with is magnum-caliber shells. The Kanonenjagdpanzer was a highly mobile vehicle, its survivability based on its mobility and its low profile. As to counter the weaponry used by enemies during its time of primary service, the hull of the Kanonenjagdpanzer 105 is resistant to chemical and biological weaponry.
- Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus – The “Maus”, is a super-heavy breakthrough tank intended to punch holes through enemy fortifications in the manner of an immense “breakthrough tank”, while taking virtually no damage to any components. It is classified as a tank-destroy only by virtue of its coincidental ability to take down tanks at insane prowess. To continue its production, the Maus had to be re-classified to prevent its design from being scrapped.
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