Heavy Quad-Launcher

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The Squats once again, forced to help elevate Humanity's crippling stupidity by giving them new toys.

Heavy Quad-Launchers AKA the Thudd Gun are a piece a light artillery meant for heavy suppression and tons of Dakka. These artillery pieces were invented by - you guessed it! - the Squats who in their ever growing wisdom of their beards decided it was probably profitable to trade this tech with the rest of the wider Imperium. The Launcher itself was invented by the Engineers Guilds on the original Squat Homeworlds; the design was later shared with the Adeptus Mechanicus, who in their infinite wisdom (Read: None at all) copied and produced their own version for use by the Imperial Guard rather than improving on the existing design.

Overview[edit]

The weapon received its nickname from the distinctive and rhythmic "thud" sound produced as each barrel fires in rapid succession. More commonly used by the Imperial Guard and the Squats in the past, the heavy quad-launcher has been largely relegated to Siege Regiments and garrison forces. The mobile weapon was employed during the Horus Heresy in defense of the Imperial Palace and has seen recent use in the Badab War as well as the Tyrannic Wars.

Essentially four Mortars mounted on a single weapons carriage, the Heavy Quad-Launcher boasts a high rate of fire as previously mentioned, that makes it an excellent suppression weapon and in a direct-fire role against enemy infantry. One of its primary drawbacks however is the long reload time after all four barrels have been fired, requiring the loader to hand-crank the breech closed in order to feed in a new round for each barrel. The launcher also lacks the range of heavier Imperial Guard artillery, limiting its viability in the counter-battery role.

The original Thudd Guns were mounted on a special motorized tractor, which could be controlled by the gun crew with a radio control box. However, later models used by the Imperial Guard, such as the Lucius Pattern, must be towed into place, either by a Trojan Support Vehicle or Centaur Utility Vehicle. This could be blamed on the combination of the Squats getting Squatted and the AdMech's constant symptoms of technological amnesia.

Forces of the Squats
Command: Guildmaster - Living Ancestor - Squat Warlord
Troops: Brotherhood Heavy Weapons Team
Commissar - Hearthguard - Mole Mortar Team
Squat Berserkers - Squat Thunderers
Squat Trooper - Tech Priest
Vehicles: Cyclops War Machine - Colossus War Machine
Land Train - Leviathan - Rhino - Squat Bike
Squat Trike - Tunneling Transport Vehicles
Flyers &
Bombers:
Iron Eagle Gyrocopter
Overlord Armoured Airship
Artillery: Heavy Quad-Launcher
Thunder-Fire Cannon
Heavy
Ordinance:
Goliath Mega-Cannon
Forces of the Imperial Guard
Command: Commissar - Enginseer - Imperial Guard Command Squad - Ministorum Priest
Primaris Psyker - Regimental Advisors - Tank Commander
Troops: Armoured Fist Squad - Infantry Squad - Field Chiurgeon - Heavy Weapons Squad
Militarum Veteran Squad - Ogryn Squad - Penal Legion - Psyker Battle Squad
Ratling Squad - Rough Rider Squad - Special Weapons Squad - Stormtrooper
Transports: Aurox Armoured Transport - Argoran Armoured Transport - Chimera
Crassus Armored Assault Transport - Gorgon Armored Assault Transport
Hades Breaching Drill - Hellbore - Mole - Taurox - Termite - Testudo
Trojan Support Vehicle
Light Vehicles: Atlas Recovery Tank - Bike Squad - Bane Wolf - Centaur Utility Vehicle
Cyclops Demolition Vehicle - Devil Dog - Hellhound - Land Crawler
Salamander Reconnaissance Tank - Sentinel - Siegfried - Tauros - Venator
Tanks & Ordnance: Basilisk Artillery Gun - Carnodon - Colossus Bombard - Deathstrike Missile Launcher
Griffon Heavy Mortar Carrier - Heavy Quad-Launcher - Hydra Flak Tank
Leman Russ Battle Tank - Manticore Launcher Tank - Medusa Siege Gun
Ragnarok - Wyvern Suppression Tank
Superheavy Vehicles: Baneblade - Capitol Imperialis - Leviathan - Macharius Heavy Tank
Malcador Heavy Tank
Flyers & Bombers: Avenger Strike Fighter - Lightning Fighter - Marauder Bomber
Thunderbolt Fighter - Valkyrie - Vendetta - Vulture