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A Warhound Titan

The Warhound Scout Titan is the smallest class of Imperial Titan. With the deployment of a full Titan Legion, Warhounds are commonly used to reconnoiter ahead of the Battle Titans and draw enemy war machines towards them. Despite its designation as a scout, the class is formidably armed.


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Overview

Warhound Titans are primarily designed to perform reconnaissance missions and terror raids deep behind enemy lines. As the eyes and ears of the Legion they typically range far ahead of the main battlegroup and operate in pairs in order to outmaneuver larger Titans they might encounter. In major engagements they prefer to operate on the flanks and seek out "soft" targets such as enemy infantry and Battle Tanks against which their lighter Titan-grade weapons can cause immense damage.[1][2b]

Warhounds are also consummate ambush predators. Where most Titan combat might take place at ranges of five kilometers or greater, Warhounds can lay in wait for their prey to come closer and engage at point-blank range.[3f] This potentially allows them to defeat larger foes on their own; a Reaver Battle Titan might tonne for tonne outclass a single Warhound, but if caught by surprise the smaller engine is more than capable of killing its larger foe.[3g] The Warhound's ability to go from idle, with main drive and systems shut down and the powerplant almost asphyxiated,[3c] to full sprint in less than twenty seconds and crash through stone walls three times its height helps in this regard.[3d]

With their emphasis on speed and agility over strength Warhounds are considered lightly armed and armoured for Titans, protected by just two Void Shield generators and limited in their selection of weaponry.[1] The result is that enemy infantry and tanks can actually pose a serious threat to these war engines without proper support.[4] However they are still very dangerous and deadly engines. Warhounds can unleash more firepower than over a dozen squads of Imperial Guard could hope to muster.[5] Their void shields are capable of sustained bombardment from weapons which would destroy normal battle tanks in a single hit.[2a] Sustained bombardment from a battery of Basilisks will eventually topple one over.[7a] Warhounds have even been known to survive a direct hit from a Volcano Cannon, though the force of the blow will knock them sideways and their shields will be heavily damaged.[3e] In other cases such firepower will result in the Titan's catastrophic destruction, leaving behind nothing but a pair of legs.[7b] In general enough firepower to level a city block will pulverize a Warhound.[6]

As in other Titans a Warhound's crew consists of devout members of the Adeptus Mechanicus. The Titan's commander is known as a Princeps, charged with overseeing all aspects of the war engine's functions through a Mind Impulse Unit.[2b] The MIU link also allows the princeps to commune with the Titan's "Machine Spirit," an intelligence which guides and assists in operations. Such spirits, as old as the veteran war engines themselves, are often surely and cantankerous, resentful at being woken and forwards in following commands. These qualities, likened by some to having to bring to heel a ferocious dog, are also what make Warhounds so murderously effective.[3a]

Princeps comprehend their war engines and realise the surrounding environment through the Manifold, an immerse and interactive sensory space and the hard-plug equivalent of the Noosphere. Within the Manifold princeps essentially become one with the Titan, feeling the patter of rain on their Titan's hull as if it were their own skin and the dull throb of the plasma reactor within their own belly.[3a] It also results in the princeps unconsciously aping the posture of the Warhound in action,[3c] while damage taken by the Titan can appear as psychosomatic welts on their body.[3d] The world outside is perceived in a full 360° view through a wealth of sensory data, though during combat these are often paired down to the four essentials of detecting heat, motion, mass and code activity, all of which is data-streamed back to the main host.[3b] A Warhound can pick out the heat signature and power source of a Land Raider anywhere within one kilometer of its position for example.[9]

The princeps sits in the forward cockpit along with two Moderati who assist in piloting the Titan: the first functions as the driver and navigator while the other commands the weapons and sensors. In turn each one controls the Warhound's remote servitor-slaves, which are hardwired into the war engine's weapons, void shield generators and engineering system. The final crewmember is the Techpriest situated in the engine room behind the main cockpit, tasked with overseeing the smooth running of the Warhound's plasma reactor.[2b] All are hard-plugged into the Titan and make use of hard-switches, as subtle haptics and noospheric links are considered too easily compromised or damaged for controlling the Titan in the midst of combat.[3a]

Two Warhound Scout Titans have also guarded for thousands of years the Eternity Gate, the sole and final entrance to the Sanctum Imperialis, the Emperor's resting place.

Sub-classes

Wolf

The Wolf Class Titan configurations always operate in packs of two, specializing in finding and hunting down enemy forces.[8]

Mastiff

The Mastiff Class Titan pattern of Warhounds are not as nimble or as well-protected as the Wolf, being equipped and configured to act as solitary vanguards. Mastiffs specialize in flanking enemy positions to sow confusion with well-planned hit-and-run attacks.[8]

Jackal

The Jackal Class Titan pattern of Warhounds are similar to the Mastiff, being used in the same role but having heavier Void Shields so that it may better engage foes at a closer range. Because of this the favored weapons of Jackal Princeps are the Inferno Gun and Vulcan Mega-bolter.[8]

Armaments

Mega Bolter
Plasma Blastgun

The Warhound has two weapon mount hardpoints, and armament is tailored on a mission specific basis from the following list:



The most common configuration is the Plasma Blastgun and Vulcan Mega-Bolter, giving a good combination of anti-tank and anti-infantry firepower.


Technical Specifications

Technical Specifications vde
Vehicle Name: Warhound Titan[2b] Main Armament: Plasma Blaster
Forge World of Origin: Mars Secondary Armament: Vulcan Mega-Bolter
Known Patterns: III-XXI Traverse: 100°
Crew: Prefect, 2 x Moderati, Techpriest Elevation: From -33° to +36°
Powerplant: Type XIV Plasma Reactor Main Ammunition: Unlimited from reactor
Weight: 410 Tonnes Secondary Ammunition: 14000 Rounds
Length: 12.1M Armour
Width: 11M
Height: 14M/At Rest Superstructure: 95MM
Ground Clearance: 6.5M Hull: 95MM
Max Speed - on road 58KPH Gun Mantlet N/A
Max Speed - off road: 42KPH Vehicle Designation: 0550-4332-982-WH
Transport Capacity: N/A Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: N/A


Images

A Mars Pattern Warhound model from Forge World
A Lucius Pattern Warhound model from Forge World
Size comparison of Warhound and Reaver Titans
Two Epic Scale Warhounds from Forge World
Two Epic Scale Warhounds
War Griffons legion Warhound


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Trivia

Forge World's W40K-scale Warhound model, 250mm tall, would stand around 15 meters (45 feet) in real life.

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