Skull Crusher had won another great victory for the
Broken Nose Goblins of Boggrub Legbiter. Karak-Azgal lay in smoking ruins,
and the Goblins set to plundering the Dwarfhold.
The victory had not been an easy one. The field lay littered with Goblin dead; even their ally and secret weapon, the Troll Gundran Banebelch, had fallen. The Dwarves had employed a great and terrible weapon, which spewed fire and shot across the oncoming Goblin ranks.
A small crowd of Goblins gathered round the machine.
"Nasty, that." commented Boggrub. Gutbug nodded sagely.
"'Ow's it work, then?" Boggrub continued.
"Dunno," said Gotbug, "Ask a dwarf?"
"Oh, yeah," Gutbug continued, climbing to his feet, "All dead. Forgot." He rubbed the back of his head ruefully. Suddenly, a shout came from the entrance to the Dwarfhold.
"Oi, boss, got a live one!" Boggrub looked up eagerly.
"Bring it 'ere!" he commanded. "An' don't eat it on the way!" Soon a young Dwarf was thrown down at his feet.
"Right, stunty," growled Boggrub, noting with satisfaction that this juvenile was shorter than he was, "Wot zis an' how's it work?"
"Just you wait 'till my Daddy gets home," whimpered the young Dwarf, "An' my uncle, an' my three cousins, an..." The recitation of his family tree was cut short by a wellplaced boot.
"'Ow's it work?" repeated Boggrub.
"It's a cannon, isn't it?" gasped the young Dwarf, clutching his groin.
"I know that, stunty," retorted Boggrub, making a metal note of the name, "but 'ows it work?"
With a little persuasion, the Goblins learned from their captive how the weapin was used. The four guns were loaded with powder and shot, and trained upon the entrance to the Dwarfhold, where a number of Dwarven corpses were propped up as targets.
"Fire!" yelled Boggrub.
When the smoke cleared, the scene of devastation amazed even the Broken Nose Goblins. The shot from the three lower guns had almost totally destroyed the corpses, while the heavy ball from the upper howitzer had reduced the entrance to smoking rubble.
"Cor," breathed Boggrub, "It's even better than Skull Crusher!" He had a sudden thought.
"'Ere," he exclaimed, "Carve the Troll's face off and nail it across the front - we'll call it Lead Belcher, after 'im." The assembled Goblins murmured their assent at this touching gesture.
"Shall I scrap Skull Crusher then, boss?" asked Gutbug.
"Nah," answered Boggrub as his lieutenant climbed to his feet, " We'll be twice as good if we keep both of 'em."
"I was afraid you'd say that." put in a tired-sounding metallic voice from somewhere.
Lead Belcher is a multiple weapon, comprising three small bombards and one howitzer. It has the following profile:
The lower three guns operate as bombards, according to
the rules in Warhammer, Vol. 1. They fire together, and only have a single
2" fire corridor, but any target within the fire corridor takes D3
strength 6 hits. They may not fire independently or at separate targets.
The upper gun is treated as a stone-thrower, lobbing a ball in a high arc with a maximum range of 48" and a minimum range of 1 B". It may not be aimed independently of the lower guns, but can fire separately. Otherwise, it operates exactly as if it were a stone-thrower.
The whole machine has a crew of six Goblins, with the following standard profile:
Boggrub Legbiter generally stays with Skull Crusher, but Lead Belcher is often commanded by Gutbug. Gutbug is a Goblin Champion, with the following profile: