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An Astra Militarum Hellhammer super-heavy tank The Hellhammer is a super-heavy tank of the Astra Militarum that is a variant of the infamous Baneblade tank. It has a shorter barrel with special heavy-gauge suppressors built into it that allows it to fire extremely high-calibre shells without ripping itself apart. These shells are designed to destroy armour and emplacements with an unstable sub-atomic charge. The lack of range that plagued the Hellhammer Cannon was an acceptable compromise for the added capacity for destruction, and the design was finalised, blessed, standardised and mass-produced by the Adeptus Mechanicus.
Its Hellhammer Cannon and hull-mounted Demolisher Cannon make short work of any armour or fortification, while its secondary armament of two Lascannons and three twin-linked Heavy Bolters allows it to mop up anything that escaped the devastation wrought by its main armament.
When configured for urban assault, it swaps two twin-linked Heavy Bolters for Heavy Flamers , allowing the Hellhammer to flush out infantry from fortifications too flimsy to warrant a shot from the main gun. The Hellhammer also functions well as a close range armour hunter; its main guns can reach only medium range at maximum, but their sheer destructive power allows them to knock out anything smaller than a Titan easily.
Like its parent tank and all its variants, the Hellhammer suffers from poor top speed and manoeuvrability. Hellhammer crews must be specially trained to identify and avoid pitfalls where their tank would get stuck or shed a track with catastrophic results. The vehicle is capable of switching its sponson-mounted Heavy Bolters with twin-linked Heavy Flamers. The Hellhammer may also have an additional pair of sponson-mounted weapons for enhanced firepower.
Hellhammers are perfectly optimized for close-quarters warfare. Driving through a besieged hive city or manufactorum, the crew ignore the ineffective shots fired by enemy infantry hidden amongst the rubble, and answer with their own hail of explosive shells.
With a fearsome blast radius, the turret-mounted Hellhammer Cannon is capable of clearing whole squads of Heretic and xenos scum from the holes in which they cower. A Hellhammer is often used as a vanguard vehicle when making an Imperial infantry surge into enemy territory. The massive tank can be fitted with sponsons bearing laser, bolt and flamer weaponry, making it nearly impervious to covert flanking manoeuvres.
Foot-bound troops can march freely in its wake, safe in the knowledge that the Hellhammer will lay before them a carpet of enemy corpses. Playing a pivotal role in both the defense of different strongholds and offense in the reconquest of Pythos.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical Specifications.
Setting:Brighthammer 40,000/1st edition
The weapon has a shorter barrel outfitted with heavy-gauge suppressors to fire extremely high-calibre shells. This allows it to fire without ripping itself apart and the shells are capable of destroying both enemy barricades and any infantry sheltering behind them with a highly volatile sub-atomic charge. This makes the Hellhammer Cannon extremely effective in cities, jungles or other dense terrain. With a blast radius close to that of the Demolisher Cannon , but possessed of a longer range, the Hellhammer Cannon can effectively clear buildings of enemy infantry before they can even get a shot off.
It fills the same role as the Baneblade as a general purpose superheavy, with a gun for every target. It should not be confused with the Decimator Daemon Enginealthough they are both intertwined in being moving hunks of metal that can make you piss your pants. It is unknown what Yarrick did with his tank. If only the Mechanicus had looked at the Battle Cannon, looked at the Baneblade, and scaled-down the Baneblade design and slapped on single-barrel heavy weapons instead of twin-linked and a long-barreled Battle Cannon.