“Master Engineer Volker von Meinkopt found inspiration watching students reloading at the Imperial Gunnery School. He had a revelation: more barrels = more shots = more lethality. He soon produced the first repeating handgun, ‘Von Meinkopt’s Whirling Cavalcade of Death’, and pistol, ‘Von Meinkopt’s Micro-mainspring of Multitudinous Precipitation of Pernicious Lead’. Not content to rest on those laurels, he then created the enormous nine-barrelled cannon, the Helblaster Volley Gun, which is utterly lethal to enemies and, all too often, its crew.”
—“Great Engineers of the Empire”, Lady Theodora Holzenauer, Engineer and Journalist.[3a]
Helblaster Volley Gun
The Helblaster Volley Gun is one of the most infamous black powder weapon ever invented, its devastating firepower able to tear apart an entire regiment of enemy troops in one thunderous volley.


“Maintain distance when supervising gunnery crew to ensure safe observation.”
—Excerpt from Machineries of Destruction – The Manifold Methods of Maiming the Mass and the Mob on the Field of Battle, by Master Engineer Hallar Hansleben of Wissenland.[2a]

The lethal creation of the deranged Imperial Engineer von Meinkopt, this weapons terrifying reputation has since spread to all corners of the Old World. Its nine separate barrels are divided into three "decks" and are turned by means of a central crank, firing around three shots per deck which would shatter the enemy in hail of miniature cannonballs.[1a] Helblaster crews may choose to fire all three decks in quick succession, or to load and fire the decks one after another. Either method has advantages.[2a]

Even heavily armoured Chaos Warriors can be torn to shreds by a single volley, though with such devastating power comes a greater risk to the artillery crew. Helblaster Volley Guns are notoriously prone to sudden, cataclysmic explosions. As a result, those crewmen who operate a machine that is so prone to catastrophically blowing them up, tend to be paired up with the priests of Morr.[1a]

The Helblaster Volley Gun was invented by Master Engineer Volker von Meinkopt, who also invented the Repeater Handgun and Repeater Pistol.[3a]



  • 1: Warhammer Armies: The Empire (8th Edition)
    • 1a: pg. 48
  • 2: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 1st Edition: The Empire at War
    • 2a: pg. 58
  • 3: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay 4th Edition: Core Rulebook
    • 3a: pg. 54

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