Combat Level: All
Where: Antares Rulebook, Xilos
There are a large number of differing types of buddy drones used by the various factions in the Antares universe. Classed as equipment, each buddy drone augments the capabilities of its parent squad by performing a specific task. They can be targeted by lucky hits.
Spotter drones act as enhanced targetting systems, enabling a squad to re-roll a single miss. They can also be used for overhead patch sighting: the spotter drone of a nearby overhead unit within 20″ can take its line-of-sight from another unit’s spotter. Most support weapon teams take a spotter drone for the reroll or patch sighting.
Medi-drones are seeking out and help the injured, attending friendly casualties – they cannot attend machines or non‐human creatures such as Lavamites or Meld Skarks. In Isorian armies, those with the medi- facility can attend Tsan Ra, for example. Any friendly unit within 5” of the medi‐drone including the unit that includes the drone, can re‐roll one failed Res test each time it is shot at, fights hand to‐ hand, or otherwise suffers damage. If a unit is within 5” of two or more medi‐ or medic equipped models, then it can re‐roll one failed Res for each within range.
Shield drones intercept incoming hits, blocking them from damaging others in the squad. There is a chance they will survive the experience – and also a slim chance they’ll fail to block the incoming shot. However, many vehicle and NuHu users like equipping their squads with shield drones.
Camo drones project a camoflage field that interferes with light through the area. Beyond 10″, no unit can shoot at a unit that is Down and protected by a camo drone.
Synchroniser drones boost a commander’s Follow order radius to 10″ and also enable a linked unit to immediately follow another with a completely different order.
Homer drones allow a unit to be picked up from wherever they are on the tabletop when they have finished their task. There are few units that can take them as standard, and those mostly in the AI, but they can also be used in drop- or landing- style scenarios where the homer drones allow incoming units to be teleported within a few inches of the drone.
Gun drones are equipped with weapons, typically the plasma carbine, and use their parent unit’s combat shard to shoot with the Accuracy of the parent unit.
Compactor drones can compress a drone or piece of equipment so as to carry it round the battlefield. Many light skimmer units use compactors to store their skimmers and replace them by, say, a plasma cannon they have stored within the compactor.
Batter drones project a batter shield (like a hyperlight or reflex field) in the air in front of the unit. Those shooting through it from the other side have their accuracy reduced as their shots travel through the energy-absorbing field (it works on kinetic energy, too!). Of course, these are so useful they are often the first drones to be picked off by lucky hits! Normally, we use a batter shield template.
Borer drones are used by Boromites as workface drones to prop up shafts or tunnels, as digging equipment and as general helpers. They have manipulator suspensor fields with which they can assist in combat as well as quickly dig up protective cover.
A NuHu’s drone cloud consists of a number of different drones, typically from shield, medi- and gun drones to spotters and their own nano drone. Nano drones can also be used in a drone commander’s Nano Probe Net Shard.
Buddy Drones in store
If you wish to purchase your own buddy drones, click on each to be directed to the store. Some factions have their own, particular style of drones. Scout probes and typically identical to spotter drones, so we’ve listed them below, too, And, of course, many of the drones come in individual packs!
The six-packs of identical buddy drones (gun, batter, shield, medi, compactor and camo) currently come with a variety of drone bodies, though only a single body style is shown in the images.