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This version was armed with a turret-mounted Battle Cannon with the same stats as the one on the Leman Russ Battle Tank , despite the turret being the size of a Leman Russ , two Lascannons, and a bunch of dice worth of "Bolters" to deal with swarms.

Fluff described the hull as the size of a city block. This means this particular monster might have up to 24 Heavy Bolters or alternately 12 bolt pistols in addition to two turrets with two battle cannons each.

Basically, you park it in a place and then forget about that place, since it is now Defended. The Shadowsword was one of two Titan-killing variants, armed with two Lascannons and some "Bolters" like the Baneblade, but with the rear hull built up to mount a fixed Volcano Cannon, a giant laser weapon normally mounted on Titans.

The Stormblade was a second variant of the fixed-weapon hull, and proof of how incredibly fucking HUEG the old Epic fluff made the Baneblade chassis; no fruity Lascannons for this one, the sponson weapons were a rack of missiles and a fucking Battle Cannon. Forge World makes a Stormblade, but it just sits there eating an entire sack of dicks because it knows it will never be cool enough to have a sponson-mounted Battle Cannon. The Chaos legions have their own version called the Decimator, which is, in fact, an early pre-production model super-heavy tank that would later lead to the development of the Baneblade.

It has replaced its bolters with lots and lots of Reaper Autocannons, resulting in it being far nastier against medium armor, though its main cannon is not turreted, meaning the entire tank has to turn to fire it. Just 13 more spaces to fill. Here are a few fun facts about the mighty Baneblade: At the time of the Great Crusade , there used to be entire companies battalions of Baneblades it was described as being the "mainstay" of the Imperial Army.

Nowadays, regiments with anywhere near a hundred Baneblades are virtually unheard of, and any Imperial Guard force can count itself lucky to have just one in their possession. The Mechanicus gets a special ability to commission read - pressgang crew from guard regiments, using a vague prognostic algorithm to select those that show promise.

If a Baneblade gets lost in combat, chances are that the Mechanicus will throw a bitchfit and pull out all stops to recover the hulk. From two tank battalions, lead by a Shadowsword tank called Angel of the Apocalypse and supported with a full mechanized battalion of elite Kasrkin Storm Troopers, only a pair of tanks and couple of hundred men survived.

Rather justified. It was not and that is the point of the novel Gunheads that describes the sorry ordeal. Repairing a Baneblade is easier than making a new one, but trading a full tank army for one is not worth it.

This seems to be a constant trope in 40K - sending a large amount of bodies to retrieve one body. See "squads of Space Marines fighting and dying to retrieve the body of an already-dead comrade so their geneseed can be retrieved, even though dozens of other Marines are dying at the same time" except the gene-seed can produce several Astartes for each of the dead guys. Ehhhh, that is questionable. The epilogue really seems to suggest that the inspiration of the Fortress of Arrogance was enough to have a major if non-quantitative effect that two tank battalions and a full mechanized Kasrkin battalion could not have ultimately contributed to the pivotal battle that led Ghazghkull to leave Armageddon.

TL;DR, your mileage may vary. What is important to note is that they sacrificed that elite force plus a Shadowsword to save a Baneblade wreck. So, what did they spend to get the Shadowsword wreck? Production of Baneblades continues into the 41st Millennium. Although the STC has been shared with a select few of the countless forgeworlds in the Imperium, the majority of Baneblades still come from Martian forges. Or a Landkreuzer P. The Baneblade then became available as a plastic kit from GW itself, along with a six-option kit for the fixed-hull variants.

With the sixth edition re-release of Apocalypse , GW redid the kit again to make all eight of their official variants listed below. Though the naming conventions may have an in-fluff excuse for their complexity, because apparently since Baneblade and Shadowsword tanks are in such high demand that unscrupulous Forgeworlds without the correct know-how to build them would bodge together a variant "counterfeit" tank and hand them off to unsuspecting Imperial Guard regiments, who are none the wiser when they get "Baneswords" or "Stormblades" instead of what they actually asked for.

Baneblade[ edit ] The OG tank itself. This option can only be taken on the GW plastic kit, as the old Forge World models were shorter, sillier-looking, and had no place for them. These were given their own pattern in the fluff, and thrust upon an unsuspecting Forge World the other kind to make and produce for all eternity. There are two patterns of the Baneblade, the Mars and Lucius pattern.

Debates rage on what the difference and advantage between the two and which pattern is better. Whatever is the case the Baneblade excels in its job at being adaptable to different environments.

Banehammer[ edit ] You ever wonder where that frequent tremble stumbles around? Now you know. The Banehammer fields the Tremor Cannon in a forward-set casemate, a weapon that can turn a huge segment of the battlefield into a patch of flying rubble, slowing down the enemy long enough for the rest of the army to destroy them. It can also carry 25 soldiers, and has enough room in the rear deck to let ten of them stand outside and fire. Like all of the variants of the Baneblade, the Banehammer came into being as the solution to a specific tactical need.

Like its counterpart tank the Stormlord, it is a dedicated line-breaker, designed to deal with large waves of infantry. Where the Stormlord is exceptionally effective against Orks, the Banehammer is especially effective against the horrendously fast-moving Tyranid swarms and their notoriously resiliant larger bio-forms. The Tremor Cannon that replaces the original Volcano Cannon is a potent weapon adapted from a Squat design: it fires large self-propelled rockets with an incredibly hard tip which are designed to burrow themselves a set distance into the ground before exploding.

Infantry will be thrown down and shrouded in dirt, while tanks will become bogged down and trapped by the shifting soil. While the Tremor Cannon shell itself does relatively little damage, it is the side effect of the underground explosion that is invaluable, pinning the opponent in place and making him vulnerable to sustained bombardment by the other artillery elements of the Imperial Guard. Additionally, since the Tremor Cannon is much smaller than the original Volcano Cannon, the Banehammer possesses a large empty hold, which can be used to either transport a small platoon of Imperial Guardsmen, or house a cramped but fully functional headquarters equipped with powerful Vox-casters and tactical arrays from which the officer in charge can lead his troops.

Banesword[ edit ] Your fortifications immediately pulls a critical existence failure when this guy is around. In all seriousness, The power of the Quake Cannon, combined with the armour of a super-heavy, has established the Banesword as the pinnacle of Imperial siegecraft.

Many Imperial commanders would be willing to exchange two regiments for a single Banesword; such is the reputation of this tank. Indeed, Imperial combat doctrine holds an honoured place for the Banesword. It is unknown what the Iron Warriors would think of this, although they will most likely find this tank to be quite convenient in their specialty.

Like the Basilisk, the Banesword can also be pressed into the frontlines. The Banesword dispenses with the most hampering disadvantage of the Shadowsword, namely having to disengage its engine before firing. Doomhammer[ edit ] Its like a Shadowsword on rental. The Doomhammer is a tank-killer.

With a modest 5" blast but stats befitting a tank hunter, the Magma Cannon can reduce all but the largest of titans to scrap. Since shells did not have to be carried and the retrofits did not take up too much space, it can also carry 25 soldiers, and has enough room in the rear deck to let ten of them stand outside and fire. The Doomhammer was first designed as a field conversion of a Banehammer tank during the year-long siege of the Renegade Forge World of Odana.

During the siege, armoured vehicle attrition rates outstripped supply and thus Imperial commanders had to use replacements for their lost Shadowswords. Hellhammer[ edit ] Its like a Baneblade with Micropenis. It uses the Hellhammer Cannon , which is shorter, but no less deadly than the Baneblade Cannon, and strikes harder but on a smaller area, giving exactly zero fucks about the cover in between. Basically, if you shoot it at a unit, and that unit is not a superheavy, you have killed that unit.

And any sense of friendship you may have had with your opponent. The Hellhammer was built to provide short-ranged fire support in difficult conditions like city fights , hence why the Hellhammer Cannon is used and why it has such a comically short turret. Some Hellhammers will replace the side sponsons with extra armour or even add two additional side sponsons, each armed with a Lascannon and twin-linked Heavy Flamers.

Most importantly of all, the Hellhammer is fitted with the mighty lascannon - known to vaporize foes of the emperor with a single beam of holy light. Shadowsword[ edit ] The bane of Titans everywhere.

The Shadowsword is a titan -killer. With a D-strength Volcano Cannon. Either way; the Shadowsword has a very good chance of bringing down even the biggest of titans. This guy is your friend. It will be there for you when something absolutely must die and must die now. The Stormlord is designed with but one purpose: to waste MEQs.

Unfortunately it just HAD to share the same turret mount as the Shadowsword, making it impossible for the Stormlord to turn its Vulcan Mega-Bolter around without turning the entire tank around. Ironically this makes it a pain in the ass when fighting in close and narrow environments like urban areas, places where the Stormlord is meant to shine the best. Seriously, try and do a parallel parking with this monster when trying to aim at some scrubs hiding behind a concrete wall.

Despite the unfortunate implications, this is still probably one of the best super-heavy tanks in the game due to the amount of fire power that you get. Then you get 20 models shooting out of the top. Though you wonder how the passengers fit without taking up room for extra ammo If you want maximum dakka try taking this with four sponsons, giving it 30 Heavy Bolter shots, before the Mega Bolter has even been taken into consideration.

Stormsword[ edit ] The Guard miraculously avoided a war with the AdMech over this tank. Originally built from salvaged Shadowsword or Stormblade tanks, because those Volcano Cannons and Plasma Blastguns are blisteringly difficult to manufacture, the Imperial Guard just put wide-bore Cannons on the hulls and gave them spare Hellhammer Shells to fire.

But because the vehicles were still good at what they did, the Imperial Guard commanders kept the vehicles listed on the roster in spite of what anyone else was thinking. Yet, in an uncharacteristically grown-up move, the Mechanicum actually capitulated on the matter and started making Stormswords themselves, upgrading the "Hellhammer Cannons" with dedicated "Stormsword Cannons" which have much the same range and effect, but a bigger blast radius.

The Stormsword excels at city fighting. It is able to turn entire building blocks to dust with a single shot. The premier superheavy tank of the Imperial Guard, the Baneblade tanks make for a formidable base to build an army around and a source of a lot of heavy weapons fire. The Baneblade starts to deteriorate at half wounds, losing three of its 10" movement, its BS goes down by one and it loses 3 attacks.

At points for most of the variants with a maximum of for the Stormlord, Baneblades are at a base level pretty affordable. They all get different main weapons, and all of them have a pair of Heavy Bolters as well. The Baneblade and Hellhammer get an additional Autocannon and Demolisher Cannon , and the Hellhammer also has a Lasgun for some reason. All of them can take either one or two pairs of sponsons, each equipped with a Lascannon and either two Heavy Bolters or two Heavy Flamers.

Note that you can mix and match as you see fit: if you have only one pair you can pick one with a Heavy Bolter and the other with a Heavy Flamer.

Sponsons cost 34 for the Heavy Bolter and 48 for the Heavy Flamer. The points really add up though: 68 for a pair and for a full set of Heavy Bolters, and 96 and for the Heavy Flamers.

The Heavy Stubber is the superior option especially now that they are at the same price as a Storm Bolter as of Chapter Approved most of the time: only when decked out with Heavy Flamers or when facing enemies that charge the tank the Storm Bolter is superior.

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My Adeptus Titanicus Battlegroup is finally complete! Thursday, November 12, Baneblade book review Before I start the book review, let me first state that I own a Baneblade variant. Not the standard Baneblade, not even its sister tank Hellhammer, but a mere Stormsword. Baneblade, by Guy Haley, is a fantastic book. Any guy who can fire off a concerted bombardment from a few Leman Russ tanks that sent a Stompa toppling over to trip a psychic Gargant deserves utmost respect. Colaron Artem Lo Bannick is the man, and the human heart inside the super-heavy tank.


The Baneblade is the primary super-heavy tank of the Astra Militarum , and one of the largest and oldest armoured fighting vehicles in the service of the Imperial armed forces. It is also one of the oldest STC designs in existence. They are often used as command vehicles by Imperial Guard commanders. Bristling with armaments, a Baneblade is less of a tank and more of a rolling fortress. Possessed of overwhelming and versatile firepower, exceptionally thick armour and a near-indefatigable power plant, the Baneblade has been deployed in many varied war zones throughout the galaxy.

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