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A basic flamethrower mounted on to the forearms of a power armor built by NAM for the Kennewes Offensive.
Originally designed by the Terratech division as a plant control mechanism used to clear large areas of foliage and plant life for urbanization, however, for the upcomming Kennewes invasion, the Hellfire found itself suddenly in need of mass production.
The only standard issue flamethrower for the Nepleslian Star Army (and later Star Military), because of operational danger few are crazy enough or skilled enough to use it. The reason of this is, because of common misconceptions that the Hellfire can be run at full blast for the whole extent of its fuel cell, several test subjects have been killed or critically wounded by explosion of the entire machine.
The TEAB-04 is descended from welding torches and ancient flamethrowers, though on a much grander and more portable scale. The whole structure is attached to the wielder's forearm by a metal gauntlet the length of the wielder's forearm. The gun has commonly been nicknamed 'Mr. Happy Face' because of the 'Tiger Teeth' that so many soldiers have painted on the main structure.
In late YE 33, the weapon was removed from front line service, where it had seen little use, for upgrades. It has been made safer for use by covering the tank feed with increased armor to prevent stray rounds from breaching the unarmored tank. NAM has warned that only one unit should be used any individual user and that a second forearm weapon was not recommended. The company would not be liable for any Marines who ignore these warnings are killed or injured as a result. In early YE 34, the weapon was re-introduced in limited quantities to Marine units for combat use.
The 'guts' of the weapon are encased in a tube metal and armor plate-covered frame, often painted with the 'grinning teeth and eyes' face seen on WWII fighters. The barrel itself extends halfway back into the box and is intricately attached via several small cords and rubber tubes. The fuel tank and compressed air tank are stored side-by-side on the bottom, facing diagonally upwards and into the barrel. There is a radiator-style cooler wrapped around the barrel to the trigger mechanism, used in keeping the barrel cool. However, sustained use of the weapon for more than two minutes at a clip will cause catastrophic overheating of the barrel and fuel canister and explosion of the whole rig.
The fuel tank is kept pressurized, and the barrel is airtight to make sure that the Triethylaluminium, which ignites on contact with air, does not burn inside the barrel, and is instead propelled the length of the barrel and ignites where it is supposed to.
Huge. You fire this thing from a hidden position, say goodbye to your hiding place.
The liquid is clear and stored in a 24-ounce 'soda bottle' style container frozen at -50 degrees celsius (to maintain the TEA's liquidized state).
Fuel Type: Triethylaluminium-Based Fuel
|Flame Damage Quickchart|
|Initial Burst||PDR 3|
|Damage Over Time||PDR 5/ADR 1|
It's a highly flammable fuel used to burn enemies of the Imperium. It burns.
Within the first 3 seconds of exposure, any organic, unarmored organisms experience extensive burns and light plant material (ferns, leaves and small sticks) burn. Within ten seconds, third degree burns encase the organism's body. Within 15 seconds, complete destruction of skin, muscle and internal organs, burning of large plant organisms, frying electrical systems. Beyond thirty seconds, no unarmored organic material has been recorded to survive. Full burn, using standard Perdition fuel, is never sustained by the user beyond the threshold of 45 seconds for safety issues (namely the whole rig blowing up in their face).
Dual Trigger (1 for fuel release, 1 for opening the barrel end). Very little recoil. On ignition, there is a small jerk, usually induced by the user's surprise.
The fuel tank is inserted and ejected from an injection port at the top of the weapon. It lies horizontally parallel to the weapon's X-axis, allowing it to maintain a low profile. An armored plate covers the top of the injection port, creating a narrow gap to insert the tank. This requires the user to load the tank straight, rather than at an angle.
On trigger release, a barrier cuts off the barrel from the fuel tank and connector tubes.
Sustained - how long it fires depends on the amount of time the fuel trigger is pulled at the same time at the ignition trigger.
The weapon is aimed by judging the distance and angles. There is no automated aiming or help, leaving it up to the Marine.
Collapsible heat-proof handlebar on top of the frame.
Field Maintenance Procedure: In the case of barrel obstruction, do NOT probe the barrel in case of fuel. Take off the barrel tip and press the red button located on the side of the frame, which will eject obstructions from the barrel by way of compressed air blasts.
In the case of fuel running out, open the small access hatch at the bottom of the weapon frame, unscrew the empty container and discard and screw in another, being careful to lock the small seal down over it, re-close the hatch and continue firing.
Replaceable Parts and components: Fireproof armor plates around the main components must be removed daily to clean and repair internal components; leading to many flamethrowers being stripped of said plating. Barrel is also entirely replaceable. Frame is expensive, but also replaceable, and the triggers, although well cared for to avoid mishaps in re-installation, are replaceable.