Photon Thruster Weapon

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Despite the name, Photon Thruster weapons are super weird weapons designed by the Adeptus Mechanicus that has very little relation to light weaponry. Supposedly, they fire "black laser fire" (not uv, not purple, black). Photon Thruster weapons are wielded by the Myrmidon Destructors and Thallax of the Adeptus Mechanicus. The arcane secrets of these deadly beam weapons are closely guarded by the Tech Priests of the Mechanicum. A possible explanation of this 'black fire' or 'black light' is that it could be a weaponized form of dark matter. Just like Plasma Weapons, they are subject to the 'Gets Hot' rule. On the other hand, perhaps photon thruster is because whatever it is firing forces photons away. Hence, black.

Coincidentally, this is a similar property to the Dark Eldar's Darklight weapons, which shoot a visually similar black laser affect.

Photon Gauntlet[edit]

Scratch-built Photon Gauntlet, since it doesn't have an official model yet.

The shotgun version. Only available to Magos Primes, Magos Dominus and the Secutarii Axiarchs. As the baby of the family, its range and strength is far shorter than its larger brothers, with a max range of 12" and S 5, though like them it does at least fire twice (being Assault 2 instead of Heavy 2).

Its armor piercing is decent but the chance of overheating is twice that of a Plasma pistol. It isn't a 'Lance' weapon like it's larger cousins, making it overshadowed by less risky Archaeotech pistols and Machinator Arrays (the latter coming standard with a more devastating Inferno Pistol/Flamer combo). All in all, the Photon Gauntlet sits in a very awkward position of being nothing spectacular, if you want good anti-armor than a Melta is more feasible due to its longer range, if you want good anti-infantry than a Flamer could cover more ground at roughly the same range. About the only time it's a decent choice is with the Secutarii Axiarch who gets it for dirt cheap and can't have any other AP2 weapons (or a flamer). The fact that it isn't a pistol also doesn't come into play if he takes a power fist.

Photon Thruster[edit]

Photon Thruster

The mainstay Photon weapon. The Photon Thruster is one of the primary weapons of the Thallax. When fired, it unleashes a howling needle-thin beam of blackness able to pierce through the densest matter and easily able to rip apart the most heavily armored men and machines apart. The power source of these weapons are extremely unstable little understood even by the Myrmidons themselves, and a catastrophic failure can lead to its wielder being consumed by raging black flames.

Of course, the Thallax are considered somewhat disposable and that any accidents could easily be replaced.....except for the ludicrously expensive and hard to maintain Photon Thrusters.....bummer....

On the Horus Heresy tabletop, the Photon Thruster is a 48" S6 Heavy 2, Lance weapon that hits at AP2 whilst causing Blind. Like all Photon Thruster Weapons, it has the Gets Hot! rule, but you are able to penetrate the rear end of Terminator Armour like Swiss cheese.

Darkfire Cannon[edit]

Darkfire Cannon

The largest of the Photon Thruster weapons.

Believed to be of alien origin (though nothing has ever been proved, granted, it could be of Dark Eldar origin as mentioned above), the Darkfire Cannon is a long lance-like weapon that fires needle-thin beams of dark energy that can pierce even the thickest armor with ease. Unleashing screaming beams of pure darkness, armour, flesh and stone boil away with their touch, and even the most heavily armoured vehicles can be torn apart by their hellish un-light.

Only the Castellax Battle-automata or larger are sturdy and powerful enough to use these.

On the Horus Heresy tabletop, the Darkfire Cannon are a strong choice, it's better than the Melta's at taking down 2+ armour (such as terminators) and its long-range can help lay down a lot of hurt on other Monstrous Creatures or Primarchs. It also forces units to take blind tests which could really tip the balance of power when it comes to assault them (remember; monstrous creature, you have relentless). Ignore the lance factor as you're still glancing on 5's.

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Sidearms:
Ballistics: Absolvor Bolt Pistol - Archaeotech Repeater - Archeotech Revolver - Assault Grenade Launcher - Autopistol
Belasco Galvian Needler - Bolt Launcher - Bolt Pistol - Exitus Pistol - Flechette Blaster - Flechette Pistol - Flintlock Pistol
Handbow - Hand Cannon - Heavy Bolt Pistol - Kinetic Destroyer - Needle Pistol - Radium Pistol - Sawn-Off Shotgun
Shotgun Pistol - Stub Gun
Directed-Energy: Arc Pistol - Blast Pistol - Digital Weapons - Electrostatic Gauntlet - Gamma Pistol - Helfrost Pistol
Hellpistol - Hotshot Laspistol - Inferno Pistol - Laspistol - Neo-Volkite Pistol - Photon Gauntlet
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
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Ballistics: Angelus Bolt Carbine - Autogun - Astartes Assault Shotgun - Bolter - Bow - Combat Shotgun
Galvanic Carbine - Pump-Action Shotgun - Radium Carbine - Storm Bolter - Stubber - Musket
Blunderbuss - Stub Cannon - Stub Rifle - Longrifle - Macrostubber - Bolt Carbine - Imperial Boltgun
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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
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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
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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
Incendiary: Incinerator - Phosphor Blast Carbine - Phosphor Torch - Immolation Rifle - Balefire Gun
Chemical: Chem-Thrower
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Warpcraft: Animus Speculum - Psilencer - Psycannon
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Rotor Cannon - Heavy Mortar - Storm-Welder - Heavy Crossbow - Harpoon Launcher - Scatter Cannon
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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
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
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
Vehicle-mounted
Weapons:
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
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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
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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
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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
Ordnance:
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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
Super-Heavy
Weapons:
Ballistics: Accelerator Autocannon - 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
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 Imploder - Graviton Singularity Cannon - Krius Grav Imploder
Warpcraft: Warp Missile - Warp Missile Rack - Psi-Cannon
Ship Weapons:
Ballistics: Bombardment Cannon - Doomstorm Missile - Hellfire Missile
Macro Cannon - Nova Cannon - Torpedo
Directed-Energy: Hellfury Cannon - 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