Once used by the Legiones Astartes, it is now the favored weapon of the Khorne Berzerkers. It takes the form of an axe with motorized chainsaw teeth and is able to tear through both flesh and armour with relative ease. The Chainaxe has long been closely associated with the World Eaters Legion. In the last ten thousand years however, as Khornate Berzerkers arise in other Legions, the weapon has become more widely used among Chaos forces as a whole.
Before the Horus Heresy, the Chainaxe was commonly issued to Marine assault squads during the Great Crusade. A handful of assault oriented Space Marine chapters such as the Flesh Tearers and Space Wolves have been known to still utilize them on occasion.
A Khornate Chainaxe is a heavier and more powerful version used by Khornate Berzerkers, effective at penetrating heavy armour.
Castir-Pattern Chain Greataxe
The Castir Pattern Chain Greataxe is a massive chainaxe used by fanatical followers of Khorne. It most distinguishing feature is a double-sided head housing two independently mounted chain assemblies, designed to be swung in wide swaths.
Notable Chain Axes
- Gorechild - Weapon of Kharn, originally wielded by Angron
- Gorefather - Twin of Gorechild, wielded by Angron
- Widowmaker - Wielded by Angron
- The Ashen Axe - Word Bearers artifact
- The Deathwolf's Axe - Space Wolves artifact
Ork Big Choppa
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- 2: Codex: Chaos Space Marines (3rd Edition, 2nd Codex), [Needs Citation]
- 3: Index Astartes I, pg. 49
- 4: Warhammer 40,000 6th Edition Rulebook, pg. 203
- 5: Black Crusade: The Tome of Blood pg.37
- 6: Codex: Khorne Daemonkin (7th Edition), Tools of Butchery
- 7: Psychic Awakening: Faith and Fury pg.63
- 8: Angron: Slave of Nuceria (Novel) Chapter 8
- 9: Warhammer 40,000: Space Wolf - Deathwolf's Axe, Card Description