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Chainsword

A Chainsword is a common form of chain weapon, essentially a sword with motorized teeth that run along the blade like those of a chainsaw. Most versions make use of monomolecular-edged or otherwise razor sharp teeth. The weapon makes an angry buzzing sound as the teeth spin around, intensifying into a high pitched scream as they grind into armour.

It is a popular weapon of Imperial Guard officers, and boarding and assault parties - such as Space Marine Assault Squads,[7] Chaos Space Marines - especially Raptors[8] - Eldar Striking Scorpions,[2] and Pirates.[4a]

History

Like many examples of human invention, the chainsword’s many variants seem to have their roots in the shrouded heresies of the Dark Age of Technology. Accordingly, it saw consistent use in the armoured fists of techno-barbarians during the Age of Strife, and among the Emperor’s own armies during his Thunder Warriors’ brutal conquest of Terra. But chainswords have been wielded by inhuman hands for aeons. Several xenos races have borne such blades into battle even in the ages where Mankind could only look up to the stars with spears in their filthy hands. Tech-Priest foundry masters have speculated, down the centuries, that it is simply a natural evolution of the sword’s design: from bronze to iron; from iron to steel; from steel to chain-teeth; and from chain-teeth to a weapon wreathed in an energy field - such as the Imperial power sword. But doubt remains. More than one Martian magos has devoted their life’s work to researching the primeval origins of chainweapons; mostly likely as an inspiration stolen from an alien race, in a war that may never be remembered. If this theorem ever bears fruit, it is distinctly possible that the galaxy’s first wielders of chainswords were jade-clad warriors of the ancient Eldar.[19]

Versions

Imperial

Chainblade Combat Attachment fixed to a Bolter[15]
Heresy-era Thunder Edge Pattern Chainsword
Hydraphur-Pattern Chainsword[22]

The teeth of Imperial Chainswords are made of an adamantium-carbon alloy.[19]

Eldar

Scorpion Chainsword.[3]

The Eldar Chainswords are made of mono-molecular 'wymfrang's[19]

Ork

Ork Chain-choppa[8]

Ork Choppas often take form of crude and massive chainswords.

Famous Chainsword users

See also

Sources

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Space Marine Standard Infantry Weapons
Melee Weapons Combat KnifeChainswordChainfistPower SwordPower AxePower MaulPower FistPower LanceThunder HammerLightning ClawsForce SwordForce AxeForce StaveRelic BladeCrozius ArcanumExecutioner Relic BladeOmnissian Power AxeServo-Arm
One-Handed Weapons Boltstorm GauntletFlamestorm GauntletBolt PistolHeavy Bolt PistolAbsolvor Bolt PistolPlasma PistolHand FlamerInferno PistolNeo-Volkite PistolGrav-PistolAssault BolterPlasma ExterminatorPlasma CutterReductor PistolWeb PistolGrapnel Launcher
Two-Handed Weapons BolterAuto Bolt RifleStalker BolterStorm BolterBolt CarbineMarksman Bolt CarbineInstigator Bolt CarbineOcculus Bolt CarbineHeavy Bolt RifleExecutor Bolt RifleHellstorm Bolt RiflePlasma GunPlasma IncineratorAssault Plasma IncineratorFlamerMeltagunMelta RifleGrav-GunAstartes ShotgunScout Sniper RifleBolt Sniper RifleLas-FusilCombi-WeaponWebberVengeance Grenade Launcher
Heavy Weapons Heavy BolterExecutor Heavy BolterHellstorm Heavy BolterHeavy Melta RifleMulti-MeltaHeavy FlamerLascannonAutocannonAccelerator AutocannonHeavy Plasma IncineratorPlasma CannonGrav-CannonMissile LauncherAssault Cannon
Attachment Weapons Astartes Grenade LauncherWrist-Mounted Grenade LauncherFragstorm Grenade LauncherGrenade HarnessCyclone Missile Launcher
Shields Storm ShieldBoarding ShieldRelic Shield
Grenades/Explosives Frag grenadeKrak grenadeMelta bombHaywire MineShock GrenadeSmoke GrenadeAnti-Plant GrenadeRad GrenadeStasis GrenadeVortex Grenade


Imperial Guard Weaponry
Melee Weapons ChainswordCombat KnifeHunting LancePower Weapon
One-Handed Weapons Bolt PistolLaspistolHellpistol/Hotshot LaspistolPlasma Pistol
Two-Handed Weapons LasgunFlamerGrenade LauncherHellgun/Hotshot LasgunLascarbineLong-LasMeltagunPlasma GunShotgunSniper Rifle
Heavy Weapons AutocannonHeavy BolterHeavy FlamerHeavy StubberLascannonHotshot Volley GunMissile LauncherMortarSun GunRipper GunGrenadier Gauntlet
Grenades Frag GrenadeKrak GrenadeMelta Bomb


Adepta Sororitas Infantry Weapons
Melee Weapons ChainswordEvisceratorPower SwordPower MaulPower BladesNeural WhipArco-FlailBlessed WeaponDialogus StaffChirurgeon's ToolsStaff of BeliefNull RodRod of OfficeSarissa
One-Handed Projectile Weapons Bolt PistolPlasma PistolHand FlamerInferno PistolCondemnor Boltgun
Two-Handed Projectile Weapons BolterFlamerMeltagunStorm BolterCombi-Weapon
Heavy Weapons Heavy BolterHeavy FlamerMulti-Melta
Grenades Frag GrenadeKrak GrenadeMelta-Bomb