The Dreadquake Mortar is an extremely powerful siege weapon of the Chaos Dwarfs. Its shells are powerful enough to literally rend earth, causing damage not unlike that of a tremor. Understandably, the best fortifications don't stand much of a chance against this kind of damage. [1a]
A side effect of firing projectiles of such power is a high risk of misfire, making use of gunpowder suicidal. Instead, the cannon is steam-driven; the build-up of steam in a pressure vessel easily rivals that of blackpowder smoke, but can be trusted not to go astray. The right amount of steam cannot be generated instantly, though and the sheer size of its projectiles make it very slow to reload. To counter this, Chaos Dwarfs often assign slave Ogres to those warmachines, both to help protect the priced siege engine and to ensure it fires on time. [1a]
Sometimes the circumstances demand that the mortar be quickly relocated, whether to quickly bust an enemy strongpoint or to prevent its capture by the enemy forces. That is why some mortars are mounted on the Steam Carriages, their smoke-belching transport giving them mobility envied by other war machines.
Weapons and Equipment
- 8th Edition: Three Chaos Dwarf crew with Hand Weapons and Heavy Armour. Dreadquake Mortar. May be Hellbound. May be mounted on a Steam Carriage. May have a Slave Ogre loader. [1c]
- Hellbound: Some of these engines have actual Daemons bound to them making them more deadly, resiliant but also rebellious. [1b]
- Steam Carriage: Enables the Cannon to be pulled by a Iron Daemon War Machine. [1a]
- 1: Tamurkhan: The Throne of Chaos, 2011