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The Bane Wolf is a variant of the Hellhound flame-thrower tank that is used by the Imperial Guard, and both vehicles are based upon the Imperial Chimera armoured transport chassis. The Bane Wolf variant of the Hellhound replaces the Hellhound's Inferno Cannon with a special weapon known as a Chem Cannon that makes it more effective in an anti-infantry role. The Chem Cannon is very effective against all types of infantry, even heavily armoured elite soldiers and those wearing Power Armour. Bane Wolfs are only used when the complete eradication of the enemy is warranted. The Chem Cannon fires a form of poisonous gas that smothers targets with broiling clouds of noxious fumes that dissolve organic material in moments. Those victims caught in the cloud die a horrible death as their blood literally boils within their bodies and their flesh sloughs from their bones. This powerful weapon is rarely deployed, as the gas and fumes produced by the vehicle's main weapon are powerful enough to kill even Space Marines. There are several different patterns of the Hellhound and its variants in use by the Imperium, such as the Artemia Pattern which replaces the vehicle's turret with one that is remotely controlled from inside the vehicle by the vehicle's commander. This allows the tank to make do with a crew of only two. The Mars Pattern Bane Wolf replaces the standard pattern's single large fuel tank with several smaller fuel tanks that can be hidden inside the remnants of the Chimera chassis' troop compartment. The use of the smaller fuel tanks is preferred as they make the Hellhound and its variants more difficult to identify when compared to regular Chimera transports.
The Bane Wolf replaces the standard hull-mounted Inferno Cannon found on the Hellhound with a Chem Cannon. The Bane Wolf is the only known Imperial Guard unit that makes use of the Chem Cannon, and in fact the Bane Wolf is the only unit in the entire Imperium that is known to make use of it. The Bane Wolf stores the toxic gases that fuel its main weapon in modified versions of the Promethium storage tanks used on the standard Hellhound. The vehicle is also armed with a hull-mounted Heavy Bolter, which can be replaced with either a Heavy Flamer or a Multi-Melta. The tank can also be outfitted with the following enhancements: camouflage netting, extra armour plating, a Hunter-Killer Missile Launcher, improved communications equipment, a mine sweeper, rough terrain modifications, a Pintle-mounted Heavy Stubber or Storm Bolter, track guards, a searchlight, a dozer blade or mine plough, and smoke launchers.
Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit
|Vehicle Name:||Bane Wolf||Main Armament:||Turret-mounted Chem Cannon|
|Forge World of Origin:||Graia, Mars, Artemia||Secondary Armament:||Hull-mounted Heavy Bolter|
|Known Patterns:||Unknown||Traverse:||360 degrees|
|Crew:||1 Commander, 1 Driver, 1 Gunner||Elevation:||-8 to 25 degrees|
|Powerplant:||Vulcanor 16 Twin-Coupled Multi-Burn||Main Ammunition:||Unknown|
|Weight:||35 Tonnes (approx)||Secondary Ammunition:||400 Rounds|
|Height:||4.10 metres||Superstructure:||150 millimetres|
|Ground Clearance:||0.45 metres||Hull:||120 millimetres|
|Max Speed On-Road:||70 kilometres per hour (approx)||Gun Mantlet:||N/A|
|Max Speed Off-Road:||55 kilometres per hour (approx)||Vehicle Designation:||Unknown|
|Transport Capacity:||N/A||Firing Ports:||N/A|
|Access Points:||N/A||Turret:||150 millimetres|
- Codex: Imperial Guard (5th Edition), pp. 50, 101
- Imperial Armour Volume One - Imperial Guard (Second Edition), pp. 73, 262, 267
- Imperial Armour Volume Twelve - The Fall of Orpheus, pg. 196