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A Hellfire Dreadnought of the Dark Angels Space Marine Chapter during combat

The Hellfire Dreadnought, also known as the Hellfire Pattern Dreadnought, is a common variant of the standard Mars Pattern Dreadnought combat walker used by the Space Marines of the Adeptus Astartes and their Chaos Space Marine counterparts. Dreadnoughts are cybernetic combat walkers that house the mortal remains of a fallen Space Marine hero, so that he may continue fighting for the Emperor and his Chapter even after his body has been crippled. Dreadnoughts are classified in several different ways, the most common of which is simply by their armament. Standard Dreadnoughts are equipped with a long-range weapon such as an Assault Cannon in place of one of their arms and their other ends with a Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon, such as an enlarged Powerfist. The Hellfire Pattern Dreadnought sacrifices its close-range offensive weapon arm for a Missile Launcher, changing its battlefield role from one of close or medium range heavy support to a long-range fire support role for infantry. The Hellfire Dreadnought's Missile Launcher carries up to 8 Krak Missiles that are capable of causing severe damage to enemy vehicles, and unlike the Missile Launchers carried by Space Marine infantry, the Dreadnought is fully capable of firing accurately whilst moving. The Hellfire Dreadnought can use any weapon in the Astartes Armoury other than a Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon or another Missile Launcher as its other weapon arm. A Dreadnought using either of those two configurations will be classified as either a standard Furioso Dreadnought or a Mortis Dreadnought, respectively.

ArmamentEdit

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A Hellfire Dreadnought firing its Missile Launcher during combat

The Hellfire Dreadnought is always equipped with two long-range weapon arms, and one is always a Missile Launcher. The Hellfire Dreadnought's other weapon arm can be changed, depending on the needs of the Chapter when the Dreadnought is awoken for battle. These weapons can be an Assault Cannon, twin-linked Lascannons, twin-linked Autocannons, a Plasma Cannon, a Multi-Melta, or twin-linked Heavy Bolters. Due to the fact that the Hellfire Dreadnought gives up both of its standard grasping arms for weapons it is unable to carry any smaller weaponry that would normally be located on the bottom or inside of one or both of its arms. The Hellfire Dreadnought, like most other Dreadnoughts, can be outfitted with extra armour plating for added protection along with smoke launchers and a searchlight for additional battlefield utility.

Notable VariantsEdit

The Dreadnought chassis is such a versatile weapons platform and overall potent war machine that even its variants are known to have seprate patterns depending on their Chapter of origin and their battlefield function. The following are known variants of the Dreadnought that can make use of the Hellfire Pattern:

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A Hellfire Dreadnought and a standard Aegis Dreadnought of the Grey Knights Chapter

  • Hellfire Aegis Dreadnought - The Aegis Dreadnought is a unique, specialised variant of the standard Mars Pattern Mark IV and Mark V Dreadnought combat walker that is used exclusively by the Space Marines of the Grey Knights Chapter, the secret Chamber Militant of the Inquisition's Ordo Malleus. The Aegis Pattern Dreadnought is equipped with the same special Warp-resistant devices and blessed Aegis Armour that is utilised by the Grey Knights Space Marines themselves. These arcane technologies help protect the walker from the Warp-spawned powers of daemons, psykers, and other Heretics. The Hellfire Dreadnought, being nothing more than a particular weapons loadout for a Dreadnought, is also applied to the Aegis Dreadnought when it replaces its Dreadnought Close Combat Weapon with a Missile Launcher. The Hellfire Aegis Dreadnought is capable of using all of the same long-range arm-mounted weapons as the standard Dreadnought but can also be equipped with the powerful Psycannon.
  • Deathwatch Hellfire Dreadnought - The Deathwatch, the Chamber Militant of the Inquisition's Ordo Xenos, also make use of the Hellfire Pattern Dreadnought.
  • Chaos Hellfire Dreadnought - The Chaos Space Marines also make use of the Hellfire Pattern of the Dreadnought, yet like all things touched by the Ruinous Powers they are twisted and heavily corrupted by exposure to the Warp. The only visible differences in armament from Loyalist Hellfire Dreadnoughts are that Chaos Hellfire Dreadnoughts can be equipped with weapons such as Sonic Blasters and Havoc Missile Launchers which are used only by the followers of the Chaos Gods.

Known Hellfire DreadnoughtsEdit

The following list contains known Dreadnoughts that are or have at one time been classified as Hellfire Dreadnoughts:

  • Agies - Agies is a Hellfire Dreadnought of the Ultramarines Chapter, and a former Captain of the Ultramarines 2nd Company. Agies is interned inside of a Mark V Dreadnought chassis.
  • Deis - Deis is a Hellfire Dreadnought of the Dark Angels Chapter. Deis was mortally wounded during the Third Tranquility Campaign and interred inside of a Mark IV Dreadnought chassis.
  • Kallas - Kallas is a Hellfire Dreadnought of the Dark Hands Chapter. Kallas was one of two Dark Hands Dreadnoughts that supported the 1st Company during the Chinchare Hrud Infestation. Kallas is interred inside of a Mark IV Dreadnought combat chassis.
  • Fidelis - Fidelis is a Hellfire Dreadnought of the Grey Knights Chapter, Fidelis was critically wounded in combat with Vexcarnel the Blue, also known as "The Beast of Barac". Fidelis is interred within a Mark V Dreadnought chassis.
  • Laskho - Laskho is a Hellfire Dreadnought of the Executioners Chapter who fought during the Badab War. Laskho is contained within a Mark V Dreadnought combat chassis.
  • The Bow of Ma'dan - The Bow of Ma'dan was a Venerable Dreadnought of the Mantis Warriors Chapter. Both he and his Mark V Dreadnought chassis were destroyed during the Badab War in the Siege of Endymion Prime.
  • Furor - Furor is a Hellfire Dreadnought of the Ultramarines Chapter.

Notable Users of the Hellfire DreadnoughtEdit

The following list contains known users of the Hellfire Dreadnought pattern:

Adeptus Mechanicus Technical SpecificationsEdit

Hellfire Pattern Dreadnought Mark V
Vehicle Name: Hellfire Dreadnought Mk V Main Armament: Weapon Arm-mounted twin-linked Lascannons
Forge World of Origin: Mars Secondary Armament: Weapon Arm-mounted Missile Launcher
Known Patterns: I - XXVI Traverse: 360 degrees
Crew: 1 Pilot Elevation: -90 to 90 degrees
Powerplant: Thermic Reactor Main Ammunition: 100 Shots from power pack
Weight: 12 Tonnes Secondary Ammunition: 8 Missiles
Length: 2.2 metres Armour:
Width: 3.4 metres
Height: 3.7 metres Superstructure: 75 millimetres
Ground Clearance: N/A Hull: 75 millimetres
Max Speed On-Road: 10 kilometres per hour Gun Mantlet: N/A
Max Speed Off-Road: 5 kilometres per hour Vehicle Designation: 8681-756-0115-DR 035
Transport Capacity: N/A Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: N/A


Hellfire Pattern Dreadnought Mark IV
Vehicle Name: Hellfire Dreadnought Mk IV Main Armament: Weapon Arm-mounted twin-linked Heavy Bolters
Forge World of Origin: Mars, Incaladion Secondary Armament: Weapon Arm-mounted Missile Launcher
Known Patterns: I - V Traverse: 360 degrees
Crew: 1 Pilot Elevation: -90 to 90 degrees
Powerplant: Thermic Reactor Main Ammunition: 2,000 Rounds
Weight: 11 Tonnes Secondary Ammunition: 8 Missiles
Length: 2.2 metres Armour:
Width: 3.4 metres
Height: 3.7 metres Superstructure: 75 millimetres
Ground Clearance: N/A Hull: 75 millimetres
Max Speed On-Road: 8 kilometres per hour Gun Mantlet: N/A
Max Speed Off-Road: 5 kilometres per hour Vehicle Designation: 8681-756-0115-DR 041
Transport Capacity: N/A Firing Ports: N/A
Access Points: N/A Turret: N/A

Also SeeEdit

SourcesEdit

  • Imperial Armour Volume Two - Space Marines and Forces of the Inquisition, pp. 131-134, 136-138, 216-217
  • Imperial Armour Volume Five - The Siege of Vraks - Part One, pp. 56-57, 147
  • Imperial Armour Volume Six - The Siege of Vraks - Part Two, pg. 168
  • Imperial Armour Volume Ten - The Badab War - Part Two, pp. 26, 71, 86
  • Imperial Armour Apocalypse, pg. 33
  • Warhammer 40,000: Apocalypse (6th Edition) (Digital Edition), pp. 155-156
  • Codex: Dark Angels (4th Edition), pg. 82
  • Codex: Dark Angels (6th Edition), pp. 76, 99
  • Codex: Black Templars (4th Edition), pp. 35, 49
  • Codex: Space Marines (5th Edition), pp. 119, 137
  • Codex: Space Marines (6th Edition), pp. 91, 171
  • Codex: Blood Angels (5th Edition), pg. 94
  • Codex: Grey Knights (5th Edition), pg. 94
  • Codex: Space Wolves (5th Edition), pg. 87
  • Codex: Chaos Space Marines (4th Edition)
  • Dawn of War (PC Game)
  • Dawn of War - Dark Crusade (PC Game)
  • Dawn of War - Soulstorm (PC Game)
  • Dawn of War II (PC Game)
  • Dawn of War II - Chaos Rising (PC Game)
  • Dawn of War II - Retribution (PC Game)

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