01/06/2013 03:52 PMI wonder what it is about their fire that makes light armour melt and any other armour laugh in their face. Also the preignitor- a pilot flame that changes the color? wouldn't it need a pilot flame anyways?
Posted by Ponera
No, actual flamethrowers don't use a pilot light and, in practical application, most flamethrower users run the fuel and accelerant for a second or two before igniting so the target is already covered in napalm when the fire starts. This is esp. true in anti-bunker and anti-trench warfare, which is where flamethrowers saw their initial deployment: A sticky, spreading fire in an enclosed space is always a bad thing.
I think the more interesting question is this: how do hellions get more than one shot being as small as they are?
Flamethrowing requires a lot of fuel: backpack-type throwers held less than ten seconds worth of fuel, making them strictly a one shot and drop weapon, and hellions are pretty small. What are they burning that doesn't occupy space?
Also, why do hellions not do damage over time instead of instantly? Why do hellions not do better damage to mechanical (you'd think napalm would be hell on wires, rubber gaskets, fuel lines and plastics)?