- "Their cannons were phenomenally powerful. Their shells shook the land so hard, it moved like it was water. Many horses fell and broke their legs. As to the Kislevites and my fellow mercenaries, it was a slaughter. I managed to survive only because the unit I was with routed early. I later learned that those they didn’t kill were taken away in chains, Sigmar alone knows where. I left Kislev soon after, with the taste of ashes in my mouth."
- —Ernst Wolfenburg, Mercenary[2a]
A Hellcannon is a massive smoking construct of metal that growls and shakes with daemonic sentience. In battle, these arcane engines heave crackling blasts of raw energy that soar through the air into their targets, liquifying anything they touch and sending the survivors insane with fear. Hellcannons are guided by a team of corrupt and sadistic Chaos Dwarfs. These malign warsmiths escort and restrain the Hellcannons in battle, for the Daemons bound within hunger for a banquet of flesh.[1a]
Such is the Hellcannon’s bloodlust that it must be chained to the ground to stop it rampaging towards enemy lines. Even these precautions often prove inadequate, as there is little that can stay a Hellcannon’s lust for destruction. The Chaos Dwarfs load their charge by brutally shoveling the bodies of their enemies into the Hellcannon’s dire-furnace. Flesh runs like wax as the Daemon-machine’s hearth feasts on body and bone. Soon, only the souls of its victims are left, harnessed in the Hellcannon’s gullet as crackling bolts of energy that are fired towards the enemy in powerful spasms of malice.[1a]