Phosphor Weaponry

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"Burnt bodies. Burnt children and burnt women. White phosphorus kills indiscriminately."

– Jeff Englehart, an American Marine

Phosphor Weapons (Gee, try and guess what kind of chemical it fires...) are an ancient and very deadly form of unique weapon utilised by the armed forces of the Adeptus Mechanicus. If you haven't guessed by its name, Phosphor Weapons basically fire White Phosphorous in SPESS! though not to be confused with the crawling horror of Phosphex (Radioactive Super-Napalm in Spess) Weapons that are all but forgotten in the Imperium, the blinding white fire of Phosphor weaponry is still utilised by the warriors of the Skitarii Legions to mark out high priority targets amongst battlefield murk.

If those struck by the burning spheres fired by these weapons are not killed by the initial trauma, they are soon felled by the light-guided volley that follows. Phosphor Weapons range from the hand-held Serpenta favoured by many Tech-priests, to the Heavy Phosphor Blaster mounted upon Onager Dunecrawlers. The burning white spheres that shoot out from Phosphor Weapons cling tenaciously to their targets, sizzling wildly as they melt into flesh or burrow through armour and exoskeleton alike. More often than not, it is these luminogenic orbs that deal the death blow. Even if a target proves tough enough to survive the burning pain, the phosphorescent glow these spheres exude can guide an ally's volley to strike the same target.

On the tabletop, generally speaking, Phosphor Weapons have the same strength and AP of a Heavy Bolter, but only single shot. Any wounds or hull points caused on a target will light them up like a christmas tree and reduce their cover save for the rest of the turn. Also makes them easier to charge at by letting you re-roll the charge range. Note: The phosphor pistol and serpenta hit harder and pierce armor better than bolters, in addition to lighting targets up.

So, why did the Imperium drop these? Well, a Tech-Priest by the name of Veriliad destroyed the only STC detailing how to manufacture Phosphex, as he considered the chemical too horrific to use after witnessing its effects first-hand during the ominously-named Cremation of Alcadia Secundus. Naturally, they tied him to a stake and shot him to death with the best Phosphex gun they had, which is now a Relic, the Phosphoenix. This means that the Ad Mech is very reluctant to use their remaining stocks of Phosphex, making the weaker Phosphor weapons the main ones in 40k.

(An argument can be made that the AdMech would have switched to Phosphor anyway simply because Phosphex taints the environment and its self-direction makes it dangerous to friendlies. Phosphor is almost as good, has excellent armor-penetration, aids allies’ co-ordinated attacks, and doesn’t taint stuff or team-kill. And, honestly, Phosphex was probably daemonic or something because damn that shit is nasty and...possibly alive, maybe even a swarm of nanobots.)


There are a few variants of these Phosphor Weapons.

Phosphor Pistol[edit]

Phosphor Pistol

The Phosphor Pistol is the most simple of the Phosphor Weapons, resembling nothing more than a revolver sidearm.

It is one of the primary weapons of the Serberys Sulphurhounds. They are often dual-wielded like an old-western so you can now have your Skitarii to duke it out with the Kelermorph Hybrids. Seriously, GW has been duking out with the revolvers lately, with the AdMech also getting revolver-like weapons from the Galvanic Carbine, the Archeotech Revolver and the larger Phosphor Blast Carbine.

Its ammunition chambers are shorter than the Phosphor Blast Pistol, akin to that of a Phosphor Serpenta, but with a much shorter barrel. This means that the Phosphor Pistol has both have an inferior range than the Serpenta and fires fewer Phosphors per shot than the Blast Pistol. On technical terms, this makes the Phosphor Pistol inferior to its bigger brothers and rightly so.

So why is it still used? Simplicity, maintenance and balance. The Phosphor Pistol is shit easy to repair as the only expensive bits are the ammunition chambers that house the fuel, which also makes it quite lightweight in comparison to its contemporaries. Due to this, the Pistol can go guns akimbo, something neither the Blast Pistol nor the Serpenta could do, doubling its fire rate and damage on an otherwise weak Phosphor weapon.

Phosphor Blast Pistol[edit]

Phosphor Blast Pistol

A pistol form of Phosphor Weapon that can be used as a sidearm by Skitarii and Serberys Sulphurhound Alphas, the Phosphor Blast Pistol is what you should get when you want to set someone alight but do no want to risk injury on yourself. On the tabletop, these are the Nerf Guns from hell as the pistol format Phosphor Weapon. It is shorter in range than the Serpenta, but you can take it in an infantry squad; no actual blasts, sadly. Design-wise, the Blast Pistol looks like a Pepperbox on hindsight. But upon closer inspection, you can clearly see that what you might have thought were barrels in a pack are actually rather long canisters – in essence, ammunition chambers. So by definition, the "pistol" is actually a very, very big revolver; presumably to be reloaded in a top-break manner, judging by the screw and the little handle attached next to the trigger guard. Of course, this handgun might really be a pistol if you consider that whole pack a one really, really big canister of Phosphex. Or if the canisters rotate at all.

Phosphor Serpenta[edit]

Phosphor Serpenta

A medium-ranged, pistol-type Phosphor Weapon used by the Sydonian Dragoons particularly to illuminate their would-be targets so that they can easily find and skewer them like shish kebabs, the Phosphor Serpenta is a more fancy looking weapon than the Blast Pistol in both aesthetics and function (And, I dare say... class?). It is so fancy that even a Magos Dominus – a Mechanicus equivalent to a general – can be expected to be holding in one of their many bionic hands. On tabletop, it is 18" Assault 1, essentially your squad's Markerlight when you want to follow up the attack with more shooting and probably a charge as well. Design-wise, in keeping with the steampunk-ish look of the Skitarii forces, it looks more or less like a 19th century revolver had a baby with a flintlock pistol. Considering the ornate theme, the Serpenta likely has a swing-out action which is no different from most of our modern revolvers, if it is a revolver. The center of the cylinder lies more or less at the same level to the barrel, making it more likely to be a single Phosphex canister instead of a conventional revolving cylinder.

Phosphor Blast Carbine[edit]

Phosphor Blast Carbine

The rifle of the Phosphor family.

The Phosphor Blast Carbine offers longer range and better accuracy than either the Phosphor Pistol or the Phosphor Blast Pistol. It resembles a giant revolver or an elongated Phosphor Blast Pistol (As its name suggests) and is wielded by the Serberys Sulphurhounds.

As the 'middle child' of the Phosphor weapons, the Phosphor Blast Carbine offers both range, firepower and manoeuvrability whilst still leaving the user unencumbered when carrying the weapon. This is important, as the user of the Blast Carbine rides on a giant mechanical fire-breathing dog. As it is basically the big brother of the Blast Pistol, the Blast Carbine use the same canister size as the Blast Pistol.

Phosphor Torch[edit]

Phosphor Torch

Essentially, a Phosphor Flamer. The Phosphor Torch is a long Phosphor Weapon that fires a stream of Phosphor at the enemy which completely ignores cover. Wielded primarily by the Pteraxii Sterylizors, these weapons can bathe entire companies in a stream of toxic, pyrotechnic chemicals.

Crunchwise, these Phosphor Torches has a 12″ reach and Assault D6 shots; a pretty nasty Flamer that is S4, AP-1 and deals 1 Damage per shot. Since it autohits and ignores cover and they always come in a flock of five, it is gonna make horde armies squirm with new levels of pain. Plus, the Sterylizors could charge, immediately rolling three attacks at Strength 5 for the weapon. Horde army melter indeed.

Phosphor Blaster[edit]

Phosphor Blaster

A rapid firing Phosphor Weapon that is used as a secondary weapon by Kataphron Destroyers. Much larger than the Phosphor Blast Carbine and with a longer range, albeit far more cumbersome and heavier.

The weapon is equipped with a box-magazine filled with Phosphor canister-belts. Unlike the smaller Phosphor weapons, which most likely fires the Phosphor itself as a projectile, the presence of an ammo belt suggest that the Blaster fires the entire canister like a grenade launcher, or in this case, an exploding Willy Pete round for real-world comparisons.

On the tabletop, it is overall similar to that of the Phosphor Serpenta but it is now 24" and Rapid Fire. You know, just so you want to punish whoever is unfortunate enough to face it. Because the Serpenta version isn't already powerful enough and you just want to be sure that target is dead.

Heavy Phosphor Blaster[edit]

Heavy Phosphor Blaster

A large type of Phosphor Weapon that is deployed on Kastelan robots and in a twin mount on Onager Dunecrawlers. The Heavy Phosphor Blaster is also found twin-linked and as one of the primary weapons of the Archaeopter Stratoraptor.

Like the smaller Phosphor Blaster, the Heavy Blaster is fed through a ammo-belt system. However, it can either be housed in a box-magazine, a sickle-magazine or, if it is large enough, an internal magazine.

Crunchwise, if you thought the regular Phosphor Blaster was bad, this thing not only takes the cake, it fucks the baker's newlywed spouse as well. On the tabletop it is a decent all rounder, 36" Heavy 3 S6 AP2 for fucking Guard over (wounding on 2s and ignoring saves completely), and it ignores cover. Probably the best Luminagen gun. It can be argued to be overcosted however, being still only D1.

Weapons of the Imperium of Man
Ballistics: Absolvor Bolt Pistol - Archaeotech Repeater - Archeotech Revolver - Assault Grenade Launcher - Autopistol
Belasco Galvian Needler - Bolt Launcher - Bolt Pistol - Condemnor Stakethrower - Exitus Pistol - Flechette Blaster
Flechette Pistol - Flintlock Pistol - Handbow - Hand Cannon - Heavy Bolt Pistol - Kinetic Destroyer - Needle Pistol
Radium Pistol - Radium Serpenta - Ripper Pistol - Sawn-Off Shotgun - Shotgun Pistol - Stub Gun
Directed-Energy: Arc Pistol - Blast Pistol - Digital Weapons - Disintegration Pistol - Electrostatic Gauntlet - Gamma Pistol
Helfrost Pistol - Hellpistol - Hotshot Laspistol - Inferno Pistol - Laspistol - Neo-Volkite Pistol - Photon Gauntlet
Eradication Pistol - Plasma-Caster - Plasma Pistol - Voltaic Blaster - Volkite Serpenta
Incendiary: Exterminator - Hand Flamer - Phosphor Blast Pistol - Phosphor Pistol - Phosphor Serpenta - Sulphur Breath
Gravitational: Grav-Pistol
Other: Grapnel Launcher - Neural Shredder - Reductor Pistol - Web Pistol - Web Spinner
Basic Weapons:
Ballistics: Angelus Bolt Carbine - Autogun - Astartes Assault Shotgun - Bolter - Bow - Combat Shotgun - Crossbow
Galvanic Carbine - Pump-Action Shotgun - Radium Carbine - Storm Bolter - Stubber - Musket
Blunderbuss - Stub Cannon - Stub Rifle - Longrifle - Macrostubber - Bolt Carbine - Imperial Boltgun
Stubcarbine - Sling - Solo Boltgun - Sororitas Boltgun - Special Issue Boltgun - Bolt Rifle - Concussion Carbine
Directed-Energy: Arc Rifle - Lascutter - Hellgun - Lasgun (Lasgun Patterns) - Phased Plasma-Fusil - Plasma Blaster - Plasma Incinerator
Suppression Laser - Hotshot Lasgun - Hotshot Volley Gun - Mining Laser - Lascarbine - Laser Gauntlet - Auxilia Lasrifle
Las-Lock - Mitralock - Lascutter
Incendiary: Assault Flamer - Flamer - Pyreblaster
Gravitational: Grav-gun
Other: Webber
Special Weapons:
Ballistics: Assault Bolter - Grenade Launcher - Flechette Carbine - Needle Sniper Rifle - Radium Jezzail
Sniper Rifle - Transuranic Arquebus - Mole Mortar - Galvanic Caster - Galvanic Rifle - Forge Bolter
Magnarail Lance - Vengeance Grenade Launcher - Purgatus Crossbow - Stake Crossbow
Exitus Rifle - Light Mortar - Mark IX Sniper Rifle - Guardian Bolter - Balistus Grenade Launcher
Lastrum Storm Bolter - Mk.III Shrike Pattern Bolt Sniper Rifle - Krumper Rivet Cannon - Nemesis Bolter
Directed-Energy: Conversion Beamer - Long-Las - Meltagun - Plasma Caliver - Plasma Gun - Adrathic Destructor
Plasma Repeater - Volkite Charger - Photon Thruster - Melta Rifle - Plasma Talon - Plasma Exterminator
Las-Fusil - Lightning Gun - Proteus Plasma Projector - Volkite Incinerator - Plasma Burner - Arc Lance
Eradication Ray
Incendiary: Incinerator - Phosphor Blast Carbine - Phosphor Torch - Immolation Rifle - Balefire Gun
Chemical: Chem-Thrower
Sonic: Transonic Cannon
Gravitational: Grav-Amp
Warpcraft: Animus Speculum - Psilencer - Psycannon
Combi-Weapons: Magna-Needle Mk.X Pattern Pistol - Ultra-Needle Mk.IX Pattern Pistol - Stub Gun-Plasma Combi-Pistol
Combi-Flamer - Combi-Melta - Combi-Grenade Launcher - Combi-Plasma - Combi-Grav - Combi-Volkite
Infernus Heavy Bolter - Adrastus Bolt Caliver - Disintegration Combi-Gun - Combi-Needler
Condemner Boltgun - Executioner Pistol - Needlespine Blaster
Other: Chaff Launcher - Infernum Halo Launcher - SLHG Pattern Assault Ram - Tarantula Sentry Gun
Heavy Weapons:
Ballistics: Autocannon - Assault Cannon - Scatterbolt Launcher - Harpoon Gun - Heavy Bolter - Heavy Stubber - Missile Launcher
Rotor Cannon - Heavy Mortar - Heavy Shotgun - Storm-Welder - Heavy Crossbow - Harpoon Launcher - Scatter Cannon
Ripper Gun - Rad Missile Launcher - Boltstorm Gauntlet - Maxim Bolter - Grenadier Gauntlet - Tempest Bolter
Mole Launcher - Salvo Launcher - Mauler Bolt Cannon - Cyclone Missile Launcher - Typhoon Missile Launcher
Skyhammer Missile Launcher - Grenade Harness - Cerberus Launcher - Rocket Propelled Grenade Launcher
Deathwatch Frag Cannon - Auto-Launcher - Ravenwing Grenade Launcher - Thunderfire Cannon
Icarus Rocket Pod - Lucius Pattern Heavy Quad-Launcher - Tempest Salvo Launcher - Bombast Field Gun
Malleus Rocket Launcher
Directed-Energy: Heavy Arc Rifle - Helfrost Cannon - Lascannon - Rad Cannon - Multi-Melta - Multi-laser
Plasma Cannon - Volkite Caliver - Volkite Culverin - Darkfire Cannon - Melta Destroyer
Las-Ripper - Irradiation Projector - Volkite Blaster - Plasma Culverin - Heavy Mining Laser
Volkite Cavitor - Volkite Falconet Battery - Corve Las-Pulser - Vultarax Arc Blaster
Heavy Lascannon
Incendiary: Atalan Incinerator - Heavy Flamer - Phosphor Blaster
Flamestorm Gauntlet - Incendine Combustor
Pyroclast Flame Projector - Infernus Firepike
Sonic: Seismic Cannon
Gravitational: Grav-Cannon - Heavy Grav-Cannon - Graviton Pulsar - Graviton Ram
Other: Firestrike Servo-Turret - Heavy Webber - Sabre Weapons Battery - Torsion Cannon
Ballistics: Anvilus Autocannon Battery - Anvilus Snub Autocannon - Battle Cannon - Conqueror Cannon - Demolisher Cannon
Hellstrike Missile - Hydra Autocannon - Eradicator Nova Cannon - Punisher Gatling Cannon - Punisher Rotary Cannon
Vanquisher Cannon - Ironhail Skytalon Array - Ferrumite Cannon - Onslaught Gatling Cannon - Heavy Onslaught Gatling Cannon
Icarus Stormcannon Array - Siegebreaker Cannon - Skyreaper Battery - Avenger Bolt Cannon - Iliastus Accelerator Cannon
Hurricane Bolter - Lastrum Bolt Cannon - Multiple Rocket Pod - Blackstar Rocket Launcher - Deathwind Missile Launcher
Hunter-Killer Missile - Bellicatus Missile Array - Hammerstrike Missile Launcher - Sabre Missile Launcher
Disruptor Missile Launcher - Frag Cannon - Hellfury Missile - Skystrike Missile - Stormstrike Missile Launcher
Aiolos Missile Launcher - Scorpius Launcher - Hyperios Missile Launcher - Hammerfall Missile Launcher
Ironclad Assault Launcher - Boreas Air Defence Missile - Skyspear Missile Launcher - Fragstorm Grenade Launcher
Arcus Launcher - Krakstorm Grenade Launcher - Blackstar Cluster Launcher - Macharius Battle Cannon - Taurox Battle Cannon
Taurox Gatling Cannon - Leviathan Storm Cannon - Vengeance Launcher - Xiphon Rotary Missile Launcher - Kratos Battlecannon
Terrebrax Rocket Battery - Castigator Gatling Cannon - Pulveriser Cannon - Oppressor Cannon
Directed-Energy: Helfrost Destructor - Magma Cannon - Pulsar-Fusil - Volcano Cannon - Volkite Saker - Adrathic Devastator - Eradication Beamer
Las-Talon - Macro Plasma Incinerator - Volkite Demi-Culverin - Melta-Cutter - Siege Melta Array - Plasma Eradicator
Magna-Melta - Plasma Destroyer - Volkite Sentinel - Cyclonic Melta Lance - Plasma Storm Battery - Heavy Conversion Beamer
Thermal Spear - Hellfire Plasma Cannonade - Neutron Laser Projector - Neutron Laser - Arachnus Blaze Cannon
Arachnus Heavy Blaze Cannon - Arachnus Heavy Lascannon Battery - Arachnus Storm Cannon - Laser Destroyer Array
Laser Destroyer - Heavy Laser Destroyer - Omega Plasma Array - Sabre Neutron Blaster - Solex Heavy Lascannon
Melta Blastgun - Volkite Cardanelle
Incendiary: Heavy Phosphor Blaster - Incendium Cannon - Inferno Cannon - Flamestorm Cannon - Clearance Incinerator
Infernus Incinerator - Heavy Incinerator
Chemical: Chem Cannon
Sonic: Heavy Seismic Cannon - Laud Hailer
Warpcraft: Gatling Psilencer - Heavy Psycannon - Rift Cannon
Combi-Weapons: Cerastus Shock Lance
Ballistics: Apocalypse Missile Launcher - Basilisk Magnus - Colossus Siege Mortar - Deathstrike Cannon - Deathstrike Missile
Dreadhammer Cannon - Earthshaker Cannon - Griffon Heavy Mortar - Manticore Missile - Medusa Siege Cannon
Quake Cannon - Spicula Rocket System - Stormshard Mortar - Stormsword Siege Cannon - Tremor Cannon
Nemesis Quake Cannon - Doomsday Cannon - Exorcist Multiple Missile Launcher - Taurox Missile Launcher
Ironstorm Missile Pod - Stormspear Rocket Pod - Spiculus Bolt Launcher - Karacnos Mortar Battery
Praetor Multiple Missile Launcher - Morbus Heavy Bombard - Dominus Triple Bombard - Behemoth Cannon
Whirlwind Multiple Missile Launcher
Directed-Energy: Belleros Energy Cannon - Hellex Plasma Mortar
Gravitational: Graviton-Charge Cannon - Grav Flux Bombard
Warpcraft: Vortex Missile
Ballistics: Accelerator Autocannon - Ardex Defensor Mega-Bolter - Avenger Gatling Cannon - Doomstrike Missile Launcher
Gatling Blaster - Thunderhawk Cannon - Vulcan Mega Bolter - Trident - Thundercoil Harpoon - Castigator Bolt Cannon
Shieldbreaker Missile - Helios Defense Missile Pod - Hellion Missile - Accelerator Cannon - Baneblade Cannon
Stormhammer Cannon - Hellhammer Cannon - Macro-Accelerator Cannon - Revelator Missile Launcher
Cruciator Gatling Array
Directed-Energy: Atrapos Lascutter - Hellstorm Cannon - Lightning Cannon - Melta Cannon - Plasma Annihilator
Plasma Blastgun - Plasma Destructor - Plasma Obliterator - Turbo-Laser Destructor
Vengeance Cannon - Arachnus Magna-Blaze Cannon - Thermal Cannon - Plasma Decimator
Volkite Veuglaire - Las-Impulsor - Volcano Lance - Volkite Chieorovile - Volkite Carronade
Defense Laser - Lightning Lock - Conversion Beam Cannon - Volkite Eradicator - Volkite Destructor
Incendiary: Acheron Flame Cannon - Conflagration Cannon - Inferno Gun
Sonic: Sonic Destructor
Gravitational: Graviton Destructor - Graviton Imploder - Graviton Ruinator
Graviton Singularity Cannon - Krius Grav Imploder
Warpcraft: Warp Missile - Warp Missile Rack - Psi-Cannon
Ship Weapons:
Ballistics: Annihilator Cannon - Bombardment Cannon - Doomstorm Missile
Hellfire Missile - Macro Cannon - Nova Cannon - Torpedo
Directed-Energy: Lance Weapon
Sonic: Sonic Disruptor
Non-Firearm Weapons:
Melee Weapons: Chain Weapons - C'tan Phase Weapons - Force Weapons - Power Weapons - Arc Close Combat Weapons
Transonic Weapons - Basic Close Combat Weapons - Imperial Miscellaneous Weapons - Grav Close Combat Weapons
Grenades & Explosives: Arc Grenade - Colossus Bomb - Demolition Charge - Frag Grenade - Haywire Mine - Heavy Bomb
Incendiary Charge - Krak Grenade - Melta Bomb - Mindscrambler Grenade - Smoke Grenade - Blind Grenade
Shock Grenade - Vortex Grenade - Stasis Bomb - Psyk-Out Grenade - Rad Grenade - Tectomagnic Munitions