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Tonberry
20-04-2009, 17:38
So...yeah. I'm guessing it's not for herding cattle.

Mannimarco
20-04-2009, 17:42
i always imagined it to be some kind of sensor

Tynesh
20-04-2009, 18:05
Or a washing hanger...

A sensor would seem to be the most sensible option. I believe the sensor thing underneath is the 'ground proximity sensor'.

Lewis
20-04-2009, 18:10
I think its a stabliser like the thing on the front of a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi

Qualdinesh
20-04-2009, 18:16
wasn't there a blue print somewhere when it was first released saying it was a sensor?

Eldartank
20-04-2009, 18:31
So...yeah. I'm guessing it's not for herding cattle.

Are you kidding? OF COURSE it's for herding cattle! ;)

Narf
20-04-2009, 18:33
roasting marshmallows? useful when carrying a melta gun or heavy flamer

Col. Tartleton
20-04-2009, 18:37
Its an reinforced lance for jousting.

I'm serious.

Norminator
20-04-2009, 18:46
Are you kidding? OF COURSE it's for herding cattle! ;)

Now we know what the STC was actually for :p

Sergeant Uriel Ventris
20-04-2009, 18:50
I'm fairly certain that it's a sensor, I also remember seeing it in a picture somewhere. Just vague enough to be useless, I know.

Quetch
20-04-2009, 18:54
I'm guessing it's not for herding cattle.

i always imagined it to be for zapping enemy troops :p

Laser guided fanatic
20-04-2009, 19:20
It's the radio reciever so they can listen to heavy metal whilst blasting nids

Slipknotman21
20-04-2009, 19:22
I agree with the post above me,the land speeder that has this also has pentagrams and 666 painted over it's Ultramarine symbols:chrome:.

TheBigBadWolf
20-04-2009, 19:50
Mmm, I dont know what its for, I always cut mine off after seeing Fat Blokes land speeder in the WD when it was released (223?) the poses of the marines in the speeder was brilliant :)

schoon
21-04-2009, 03:13
Given that it almost exactly matches the radar arrays used on many WWII aircraft, I'd agree with the sensor opinion. GW loves to liberate and reimagine history.

avatarofportent
21-04-2009, 03:18
it could be a pitot tube, which is used to measure airflow over a sensor giving the pilot an idea of his airspeed.

Dexter099
21-04-2009, 03:25
Schoon is completely correct.

Drogmir
21-04-2009, 03:49
Or it could be a giant tuning fork! ;)

Luke.13
21-04-2009, 06:25
Or it could be a giant tuning fork! ;)
sounds realistic, how else do they keep the chapter band in tune??;)

but seriously, probably a sensor that measures things like velocity and pitch of the speeder

Thrax
21-04-2009, 06:31
Hope it's not important...I trimmed mine off.

genestealer_baldric
21-04-2009, 07:16
i allway thought it was a scanner to measure what was infront of the craft so they dont crash into trees and buildings etc.

Laser guided fanatic
21-04-2009, 16:11
i allway thought it was a scanner to measure what was infront of the craft so they dont crash into trees and buildings etc.

Do all the blind people drive land speeders then?

aad
21-04-2009, 16:20
no its a low flying vehicle, it skims , so its a scanner tool to make sure they don,t go flying into every thing.
an apache pilot is not blind either but a big radar and scanner is a usefull help.;)

the valkyrie has the same thing by the way.
and the picture from the latest white dwarf(april) shows a thunderhawk gunship with also such a scanner.

and those two flyers are also capable of dropping of men and supply,s:)

x-esiv-4c
21-04-2009, 16:22
It's a very special sensor. Basically it reads axial loading through the rod. Meaning that if the speeder hit a concrete wall, the pilot would know that microseconds before the event took place.

Really.

Hellebore
21-04-2009, 23:32
Page 4 Dark Angels codex 3rd ed. Referred to as a Passive Augury Probe.

Making fun of the Emperor's holy probe is not allowed citizen. The Emperor's Probe is serious business. :mad:

Hellebore

Ielnar
22-04-2009, 00:52
It actually seems to say Augury probe.

Now an Augur is a guy who studies birds to predict the future, an auger is a screw like device that empties out material to create a tunnel.

So it either divines the future from bird droppings or is inserted into things (the atmosphere maybe?Something even more phallic in imagery?) to take readings.

This being 40K, I'm torn between interpretations.

Hellebore
22-04-2009, 00:53
The term augur is a standard use for 'sensors' or 'detectors'. BFG ships use augers etc.

I misspelt the word. I didn't realise it was spelt with a u.

Hellebore

cool0001
22-04-2009, 01:03
So does this mean I can stick a chin mounted assault cannon on my pilots chin??
Anyway back on topic they stick a grox on the end and cook it whilst entering a planets atmosphere

Slipknotman21
22-04-2009, 02:28
So it either divines the future from bird droppings or is inserted into things (the atmosphere maybe?Something even more phallic in imagery?) to take readings.

This being 40K, I'm torn between interpretations.

The bolds mine I was just thinking of probes;)

Drogmir
22-04-2009, 02:36
So it's a "sensory probe" then.....
that Space Marines mount of their skimmer to sense things...

That's so unintentionally wrong in so many ways. :p

Threeshades
22-04-2009, 02:37
It's a bird hunting device. That's also why it's on the pilot's side, he needs to see it so he can safely steer it to point towards a larger bird, and then with a sudden speed boost the bird is skewered and the company thanksgiving dinner is saved.

Yes Landspeeders have been invented on Thanksgiving altogether.

Aliarzathanil
22-04-2009, 02:51
Cool0001,

It's obviously not for cooking grox-it's far too small.

Clearly it's for flipping grox so they cook evenly.

kylsnik ironhead
22-04-2009, 07:14
its for stabbing things

Havarel
22-04-2009, 11:07
Are you kidding? OF COURSE it's for herding cattle! ;)

You laugh, but I've had a chaos marine squad who failed a morale test (randomly and stupidly) herded off the board by a weaponless landspeeder. And it was like half the board....

TheFloatingHead
22-04-2009, 13:33
It's the radio reciever so they can listen to heavy metal whilst blasting nids


I agree with the post above me,the land speeder that has this also has pentagrams and 666 painted over it's Ultramarine symbols:chrome:.

Ha ha so they can listen to Dimmu Borghir, Carpathian Forest and Finntroll. Or do you think they'd be more old school like Mercyful Fate or Deicide? :skull::evilgrin::skull:

gitburna
22-04-2009, 14:27
Hope it's not important...I trimmed mine off.

Sorry, I'm afraid your weapons now only hit on 6's.

Won't be trimming them next time will you?

McMullet
22-04-2009, 14:37
it could be a pitot tube, which is used to measure airflow over a sensor giving the pilot an idea of his airspeed.
The location and design support this conclusion. A pitot probe measures airspeed which explains why Valkyries and Thunderhawks have one too. Pitot probes on real aircraft also look a lot like the 'Speeder one.

Landsknecht
22-04-2009, 15:38
It's a tactical egg beater

Mannimarco
22-04-2009, 16:16
its for jabbing people as you fly past them really fast! never let it be said that marines dont have a sense of humour

Hideous Loon
22-04-2009, 16:28
I fully support the cattleherder option.

Also, I read on the drawing that the Ground Proximity Sensor is commonly deactivated by the crew of the Landspeeder. Now, why would they want to do that? And why not just remove it altogether? After all, I don't think it's a load-bearing sensor array.

MajorWesJanson
22-04-2009, 17:41
Given how they normally fly, I would deactivate it too if it was beeping at me all the time.

Emperor's Grace
22-04-2009, 19:00
Hence the Ground Proximity Sensor comment on that print

Nakor
23-04-2009, 09:41
Now we know what the STC was actually for :p

stc actually stands for super taurus collector

Cool_Mint
23-04-2009, 18:42
Hope it's not important...I trimmed mine off.

Models have gotten a hell of a lot better since the early days of 40K but I do get irritated at obsessive players and collectors insisting on models being built exactly according to official design. They're supposed to be fantasy sci-fi models FFS, not super-accurate military aircraft models!

I hate oversized Space Ork axes so I trim them down to half the size (they look so much more realistic) but I'm sure if I tried to sell them someone would complain they are "wrong".

rottahn
24-04-2009, 05:19
if it's anything like modern aircraft, its a speedometer.

Coasty
24-04-2009, 05:23
if it's anything like modern aircraft, its a speedometer.

Yeah, I figured it was just a massively oversized pitot for the instruments.

BLZBOB
24-04-2009, 11:39
Yup general consensus is a static pitot tube, I like to think though thats its for in flight refueling. Of course if you mess it up pilot gets a face full of fuel but perhaps thats an incentive?