Created by: Rik Offenberger
Art by: Gilbert Monsanto


MANUFACTURER: Rothländer Industries
FIRST APPEARANCE: Simon N. Kirby, The Agent #1 October 2020
HEIGHT: 16’0″ (4.9 m)
WEIGHT: 10 tons (9072 kg)
POWER PLANT: V8 engine
TOP SPEED: 10 mph
COST: $4.5 Million USD
LIFTING ARMS: Heavy lifting arms can lift up to 2,500 lbs
HYDRAULICS: 4,000 psi, 120 gpm
SOFTWARE: Rothländer Industries Vanguard 1.0
OTHER SPECIFICATIONS: Self-Balancing algorithms, Fast-response hydraulic valves

Vanguard is a prototype fighting machine, combining potent weaponry with combat technique superior to a combat vehicle. Designed to be the primary means of combat, supported by and fighting alongside tanks, fighter aircraft, and infantry, functioning as a mechanical cavalry. Combining a tank’s resilience and firepower with infantry’s ability to cross unstable terrain and a high degree of customization. The prototype was stolen from the US Military during testing and ended up on the hands of the Aryan Alliance. It is unknown how the militia group was able to accomplish the theft of this military hardware.


The Vanguard is equipped with two large-caliber, high-velocity 120 mm L30 rifled guns, capable of firing a variety of specialized artillery including kinetic energy penetrators, high-explosive anti-tank rounds, and in some cases, guided missiles. Anti-aircraft guns can also be mounted to the combat chassis.