Algoryn Bastion Heavy Combat Skimmer
Where: Antares Rulebook
The Bastion heavy combat skimmer is the largest and most powerful of the military grade semi-autonomous weapon platforms in the armoury of the Algoryn Prosperate. It is heavily protected with a combination of fixedemission hyperlight defences and strategic kinetic shielding. The Bastion is capable of carrying the largest and heaviest of mobile weapons, and is generally armed with a heavy magnetic cannon as its principal armament. This is a proven and highly effective weapon with immense penetration power, easily capable of destroying even the most heavily armoured drones and vehicles. Secondary armament can vary from the highly effective mag light support or twin version of the same weapon, or the even more powerful plasma light support.
Its long range enables it to operate from fixed positions from which it can dominate the battlefield. Its suspensors are augmented by pulse thrusters propelling the Bastion at a moderate pace. The Bastion is one of the most effective asset available to the Prosperate’s forces and one that dominates the largest and fiercest of battles.
There are a number of variants of the template of which the M250 armed with a plasma bombard and plasma light support is most commonly used as a heavy breakthrough vehicle, whilst other variants armed with compression weapons are used to reduce enemy fortifications. They follow the normal layout of suspensor propulsion with reaction thrusters, though on a massive scale.
The primary defense is a composite skin and powerful kinetic shields making the drone highly resistant to many Antarean weapons. It is often accompanied by an extensive drone swarm consisting of multiple batter drones, shield drones and an additional spotter.
|Heavy Combat Skimmer(Vehicle)||Ag||Acc||Str||Res||Init||Co||Special|
|Bastion Combat Skimmer with Mag Light Support and Heavy Mag Cannon
(can take a plasma light support)
|5||6||1||15||8||8||MOD3, Large, Slow|
MOD: Multiple order dice (3 in this case) – the skimmer acts three times in a turn
Slow: Though having three dice, the drone moves half the speed of other suspensored vehicles.
Like other heavy combat skimmers and drones, the Bastion can be seen as a major, relatively mobile fighting platform whether or attack or defence. Being classed as ‘Large’ in the game allows it to draw Line Of Sight (LOS) over the top of many friendly units and as such can engage the enemy from behind an infantry screen. It can generally keep up with most infantry by Run-ning the vehicle with it’s first dice, then by using a Fire order to utilise its long-range, heavy mag cannon which has a high SV of 6 and the Massive Damage trait, forcing two rolls on a target’s damage chart.
The Bastion kit is resin and metal and has basic assembly instructions on the back of the box. ‘Rocky’s War Room’ has produced both an assembly/magnetising video and an painting video for the Bastion, and we also have an article by Nexus regular Jon Harrington on assembling and painting the Algoryn Bastion Heavy Combat Skimmer.
The Bastion in store