Algoryn AI Intruder Skimmer Squads

AI Intruder Skimmer and  Command Squads

Combat Level: Support

Where: Antares Rulebook

The Intruder Scout Skimmer is a lightly built and armed machine designed for mobility, making it the ideal vehicle for scouting and reconnaissance operations – perhaps even raiding – whilst still holding the ability to engage the enemy in combat.  They are protected by a composite skin, and reflex type armour with internal hyperlight boosters, creating a high-energy hyperlight envelope for rider and machine.

The vehicles themselves are armed with Twin Mag Repeaters and squads can also carry compactor drones enabling them to tow support weapons into advanced positions and crew them. Command squads carry plasma carbines in place of the normal squads mag repeater, though most crews will maximise the use of their skimmer’s armament and mobility.

Their main weapon is their speed, the ability to have presence on different parts of the battlefield really keeps your opponent on edge. The ‘reach’ of these Intruder skimmers is massive, enabling the command squad to order a whole skimmer formation using their ‘Follow’ special rule. Such speed almost ensures you can capture that objective last minute or gun down that last unit hidden away. It is important to keep on the move and use line of sight blocking terrain as much as you can to avoid loosing any skimmer unit.

Intruder skimmers scout ahead of a heavier Striker attack skimmer

There are several useful, tactical tricks.The major one is to give the intruders, or a complete intruder formation, your first dice out of the bag and put them on ‘Run’. Not only does this mean that they get to move 20″ forward – or 30″ on a sprint – but they also force opponent’s shooting at them to reroll all their hits, despite an intruder being ‘Large’. This adds considerably to their resilience and, when combined with the next tactic, means they can still shoot.

In common with other skimmer squads, a favourite use of the Intruders is to race up to an enemy squad (using Run), engage them at point blank range (as part of an Assault) and them break off if they did not inflict substantial losses on the enemy. The close quarter shooting maximises the chance of a hit whilst also taking advantage of inherent weaknesses in some types of armour or weapons.

Another useful way of ousing such squads is to give an AI Intruder squad a Compactor Drone containing the Mag Cannon. These Intruders can race up to any important objective or vantage point and set up as a support team, perfect for dominating the highpoints and covering the AI advance.

Skimmer (Mounted Unit) Ag Acc Str Res Init Co Special
AI Intruder Commander with plasma carbine, reflex armour, Intruder Skimmer
with HL booster, twin mag repeaters
5 5 5 6(8) 7 9 Command, Follow, Leader 2, Large, Fast
AI Intruder Trooper (Command) with plasma carbine, reflex armour, Intruder
Skimmer with HL booster, twin mag repeaters
5 5 5 6(8) 7 8 Large, Fast
AI Intruder Leader with mag repeater, reflex armour, Intruder Skimmer
with HL booster, twin mag repeaters
5 5 5 6(8) 7 8 Leader, Large, Fast
AI Intruder Trooper with mag repeater, reflex armour, Intruder Skimmer
with HL booster, twin mag repeaters
5 5 5 6(8) 7 8 Large, Fast

 Intruders in Spearhead Formations

The skimmers, along with the Avenger, can be key components of an Algoryn Spearhead formation. Spearhead formations come in a variety of guises, depending on purpose, and whilst one variant includes the hard-hitting Hazard troops, another is adapted to be scouting-focussed. The Spearhead Formation is an alternate list in the PDF army lists and in the Chryseis Shard.

Intruder skimmers negotiate a defile
Intruders navigate a narrow defile followed by an Avenger Strike skimmer

Assembly Video

Rocky’s War Room – a fan of Antares – has a really useful assembly video for the Algoryn Intruders outside the Nexus IMTel!

In store

The intruder skimmer and command squads can be bought separately or as part of a complete Spearhead scout formation (or AI Intruder Strike Force).

Algoryn Intruder Skimmer Box Art WGA-ALG-06 Algoryn Intruder Skimmer-Squad Box Art