Lancers are explicitly designed to secure elevated positions from which they can survey the battlefield, unleashing accurate and lethal fire from massive ranges. Lancers are known for using Promethean vision to track targets, even if they are behind solid objects  as well as using the autosentry to provide covering fire. Lancers utilize a wide range of Promethean weaponry, including LightRifles , Binary Rifles , Suppressors , and Scattershots , as their ranged armament. Despite being designed with range in mind, they are still capable of engaging in close-quarters combat. This enables them to make use of the Scattershot's effectiveness in close quarters. Lancers distinguish themselves visually from regular knights by the addition of five fins on their carapace. They are transverse sensor arrays which provide remote sensory data.
The Lancer is all about being a super-charged missile of anti-Titanic death, and in this role, there are few entries that come close. As the Lancer is almost entirely melee focused, it is the cheapest of the all the Cerastus models, coming in at points, just a dime cheaper than the Castigator. The Lancer really needs that extra speed as it is all about the melee, so it needs to strike first to really maximize what it can do. And boy-howdy, can it do work. Without any other buffs, a stock Lancer does That is a pretty damn big difference in output, so you can always throw a Lancer right into the maw of another Knight and not have to worry about it. Even a standard Gallant using the Fist is only doing 6. This is of course stock assuming the Lancer charged , but once you start adding on the buffs, a Lancer becomes a pretty much guaranteed Knight killer. With 5 attacks on the charge at AP-5, this is 22 wounds on average to a standard Knight chassis, and well, throw in Trail of Destruction for reroll to hit or Path to Glory , and now it is If Iconoclast and you throw in Vow of Beastslayer, rerolling 1s on the wound means that again, you are just going to crush any Titanic model you hit that does not have an invulnerable save.
This datasheet has Lords of War Battlefield Role. Full list of Imperial Knights units sharing same Battlefield Role follows:. Heavy weapons are the biggest and deadliest guns on the battlefield, but require reloading, careful set-up or bracing to fire at full effect. Army List. Datasheets collated. Lords of War. Imperial Knights — Cerastus Knight-Lancer. A Cerastus Knight-Lancer is a single model equipped with: cerastus shock lance; titanic feet. Heavy 6. This weapon has a Strength characteristic of x2 and a Damage characteristic of 8 if the bearer made a charge move this turn.
Note that its Ion Gauntlet Shield is activated. A Cerastus Knight-Lancer is one of the more uncommon patterns of Imperial Knight -class combat walkers, but also the most highly valued pattern fielded by the Knight Houses during the Great Crusade and Horus Heresy eras. The Cerastus Knight-Lancer is a first strike weapon, attuned to rapid, close combat assault tactics and making lethal flanking charges against a foe. It is justly renowned for its speed and its power, as well as for the temperamental and restive nature of the Machine Spirits artificial intelligence which dwell as anima within its colossal frame. Because of this reputation, the most impetuous and glory-hungry scions of the Knight Houses are driven to bond with these war machines, their own souls a match for the fury caged within their mounts. The greatest of these pairings will go on to create martial legends among their lineage, while for those whose temper cannot fully master that of their Knight armour or whose own lust for glory might see valour outweigh caution on the battlefield, their triumphs are likely to blaze brightly, if briefly, in the chronicles of their Houses. The Lancer is the most widely known variant of the ancient Cerastus Pattern Knight armour, a highly sophisticated chassis whose speed and agility far exceed the clumsier Questoris -class Errant and Paladin types. The Cerastus -class Knights appear to have been designed solely for war; not as protectors or guardians like traditional Knights, but as bloody-handed conquerors and tools of destruction that would leave a legacy of violence that marked the beginning of the Age of Strife. The Cerastus Knight-Lancer is held in high esteem by the more impetuous of a House's scions, its potent Ion Gauntlet Shield and Cerastus Shock Lance perfectly suited to battling the foe face-to-face, where only a perfectly-timed thrust of the lance stands between a Noble and death.