The Fellblade was a super heavy tank used by the Space Marines during the Great Crusade. Based on the same STC as the Baneblade and Deathhammer, it formed a mainstay of the Space Marine Legion heavy armored brigades during the Great Crusade.
The Fellblade was most notable for its use of both Mechanicum atomantic arc-reactor technology and a reinforced metaplas alloy chassis superior to that of the Baneblade. It mounted a twin-linked Accelerator Cannon as its primary weapon and would also take to the field equipped with a suite of secondary weapons: a demolisher cannon, sponson-mounted quad-lascannons or laser destroyers, hull-mounted twin-linked heavy flamers or heavy bolters, and a variety of pintle-mounted weapons.
As of M41, the Fellblade is all but unknown to the Adeptus Astartes and very few are still in service.[6a] The last known reference shows that, as of early M40, less than 100 Fellblades are known to have been produced in the last 500 years.[6b]
|Vehicle Name:||Fellblade[6b]||Main Armament:||Twin Accelerator Cannons|
|Forge World of Origin:||Mars/Tigrus||Secondary Armament:||Demolisher Cannon, x2 Sponson quad Lascannons|
|Crew:||Commander, Driver, x2 Gunners||Elevation:||From -32° to +42°|
|Powerplant:||Atomantic plasma hybrid||Main Ammunition:||42 Rounds|
|Weight:||302 tonnes||Secondary Ammunition:||28 Rounds/Unlimited Lascannon cell feed|
|Max Speed - on road||32kph||Gun Mantlet||120mm|
|Max Speed - off road:||20kph||Vehicle Designation:||Unknown|
|Transport Capacity:||None||Firing Ports:||N/A|
The Glaive Super-heavy Special Weapons Tank or Fellglaive, was a variant of the Fellblade, armed with a volkite carronade, designed to destroy xenos beasts and enemy light vehicles. Its primary weapon is so fearsome that the Techpriests of Mars only agreed with some acrimony to the Emperors demand that a tank be armed with it. Though all eighteen Legiones Astartes received limited quantities of Glaives, the Salamanders and Dark Angels were noted to operate them more regularly. Its rarity was because the Glaive was complicated to produce and staggeringly expensive. The Dark Angels were given specialized Fellglaives for use in the Dreadwing which were designed by the Emperor's greatest armourers. These vehicles were equipped with Vortex Weapons in place of its volkite carronade.
The Glaive first saw use against the Apex exo-Chthon which had previously proved a thorn in the Great Crusades side. Later they saw use against Orks and various other xenos monstrosities during the surrounding of the galactic core.
Known Imperial Fellblades
Fellblades are still used by Chaos Space Marine warbands, but have long since been corrupted by the Warp and Dark Mechanicum. Many have since become possessed by Daemons and are required to be chained down outside of combat, lest they lash out at those around them. Most are relics of the Great Crusade and thus are most commonly seen among the original Traitor Space Marine Legions.
- 1: Horus Heresy CCG
- 2: Forge World Legion Fellblade (last accessed 10 March 2015)
- 3: The Horus Heresy Book One - Betrayal pg. 224
- 4: Forge World Legion Glaive (last accessed 10 March 2015)
- 5: The Horus Heresy Book Two - Massacre pg. 205
- 6: Imperial Armour Volume Two - Second Edition
- 7: Imperial Armour Volume Thirteen - War Machines of the Lost and the Damned pg. 58
- 8: Angels of Caliban (Novel) Chapter 4