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Stormblade

The Stormblade is a variant of the Shadowsword, a super-heavy vehicle used by the Imperial Guard as a Titan-hunter. Developed by Ryza, a Forge World noted for its mastery of plasma weaponry, the Stormblade represents a viable alternative for those Forge Worlds which lack the STC data necessary to construct a Shadowsword.[1a]

Overview

The Stormblade is built upon the same chassis as the Shadowsword but lacks some of the advanced features of the original design, primarily the long-range tracking device and redundant generators and capacitors to power the Volcano Cannon. In its place it mounts a Ryza-pattern[2b] Plasma Blastgun, a powerful if short-ranged weapon capable of destroying Titans and other super-heavy vehicles, powered by massive photonic fuel cells. Additional space left over is used for extra heat shielding to protect the crew and an extensive cooling system to make it more reliable than the Executioner. To compensate for the loss in long-range firepower both sponson turrets are fitted with Lascannons with a fire control system adapted from the Baneblade, while the sponson mounts themselves are fitted with twin-linked Heavy Bolters and a coaxial Heavy Bolter is also included. A Targeter just above the primary weapon and an off-set armoured housing for a Searchlight are standard.[1a][2a]

It was once common practice for Stormblade to mount racks of Hellion Missiles to assist them in bringing down the heaviest of Titans, however after three Stormblades of the Phyressian 31st Heavy Tank Company were destroyed by their own missiles the weapons were withdrawn from service.[1a] Some Stormblades will mount a Hunter-Killer Missile and/or a pintle-mounted support weapon, either a Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter. Others still will replace the sponson mounts for additional armor.[2a]

A Stormblade viewed head-on.[3]
Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Stormblade[1c] Main Armament: Plasma Blastgun
Forge World of Origin: Lucius Secondary Armament: 2 Lascannons, 4 Heavy Bolters
Known Patterns: I-VII Traverse:
Crew: Commander, Driver, Main Gunner, Remote Gunner, Comms-Operator, Engineer Elevation: From -2° to 12°
Powerplant: M507 V18 Multi Fuel Main Ammunition: 16 shots from Photonic Fuel Cell
Weight: 310 tonnes Secondary Ammunition: 1600 rounds
Length: 13.5m Armour
Width: 8.4m
Height: 6.3m Superstructure: 220mm
Ground Clearance: 1.2m Hull: 210mm
Max Speed - on road 25kph Gun Mantlet 200mm
Max Speed - off road: 18kph Vehicle Designation: 0427-658-0251-SB04
Transport Capacity: None Firing Ports: n/a
Access Points: n/a Turret: N/A


Regiments known to contain Stormblades

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