That’s no moon–it’s a battlestation capable of devastating an entire fleet unto itself, while also serving as a homeworld to the Imperial Fists. It’s massive and massively armed, come take a look at Phalanx, available soon in Batlefleet Gothic Armada 2.
Phalanx is a massive battleplatform. Space station, carrier, homeworld to an entire Chapter of Astartes. With enough weapons to fend off fleets’ worth of enemies, this is one of the more devastating weapons in the Imperial navy.
This mobile-battlefortress is massive. How massive you might be wondering?W ell you can see the battlecruisers streaking by in front of it–and of course there’s this from Lexicanum which details the massive station in detail.
Phalanx is the mobile fortress-monastery of the Imperial Fists. Officially, the homeworld of the Imperial Fists is Terra, but in functional terms the Chapter has been fleet based and used Phalanx as its primary base of operations throughout its entire history.
Phalanx is believed to have been constructed during the Dark Age of Technology, predating the Imperium. The vessel was discovered by Rogal Dorn prior to being reunited with the Emperor of Mankind. Upon encountering his father for the first time, Dorn was manning the helm of Phalanx, which he offered to the Emperor as a gift. The Emperor declined and willed that Dorn use the ship in carrying out his command of the VII Legion.
The capabilities of Phalanx are substantial. Entire portions of the vessel are used to emulate different combat environments for training purposes. Her foredeck is so large that it can dock a dozen large cruisers and has developed its own ecosystem, complete with unique species of animal life that have had their own evolutionary history aboard the ship.
The interior of Phalanx incorporates stone corridors, archways, and cathedral elements. As of the very beginning of the Horus Heresy, the starship featured a gallery that displayed the battle honors of the Imperial Fists, which stretched for kilometers. Of course, the ship continues to house Chapter honors and relics. Among the most prized are the Remains of Rogal Dorn and the battle honor Roma.
However, sources differ on the general shape and exterior character of the ship. The different descriptions include:
- A structure of “towering forests of spires interlaced with flying buttresses”
- A structure that leads observers to believe Phalanx “might have been a planetoid or minor moon,” perhaps implying a spherical shape.
- A ship that is “many kilometers long, triangular in cross-section with its upper surface bristling with weapons and sensorium domes. Two wings swept back from the hull, trailing directional vanes like long gilded feathers. Every surface was clad in solid armour plating and every angle was covered by more torpedo tubes and lance batteries than any Imperial battleship could muster” and with “thousands of battle-honours and campaign markings all over the beak-like prow.”
The massive foredeck was able to accept large transport ships, including the High Lords’ ship Potus Terrae, the equivalent of a light cruiser. The dock itself had a massive atrium covered in ornate panels and had four large, decorated docking corridors that allowed entrance into the ship. The concourse was huge, over 100 meters high with a domed ceiling decorated with Legionary and Chapter victories. A 30 meter wide diamond sat at the top of the dome, the walls held beautiful reliefs, and the marble floor was further decorated with a mosaic of Imperial Fist imagery. At the other end was a massive staircase leading to a kilometers long hall containing various trophies of conquest.
Battlefleet Gothic Armada 2 is out early 2019