C3 Interceptor Skimmer and Command Squads
Combat Level: Support
Where: Core Rulebook
Like other skimmers, the C3’s Interceptor is a lightly built and armed machine designed for mobility, making it the ideal vehicle for scouting and reconnaissance operations whilst still holding the ability to engage the enemy in combat. It is a key component of the C3’s Rapid Reaction forces and often operates alonside drop troops.
The skimmers 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 deadly twin plasma carbines and squads can be accompanied a compactor drone enabling them to carry a light support plasma cannon into advanced positions. Any of the twin carbines can be replaced with a plasma lance for a hard-hitting option, though such a change is best if accompanied by a spotter drone. The troopers themselves all carry standard C3 equipment in the shape of hyperlight armour and plasma carbines.
As with other light skimmers, the Interceptor’s primary offensive capability is based on speed, the ability to have a presence on different parts of the battlefield keeping opponents on the back foot. In game terms the interceptors are ‘Fast’, giving them a massive move when sprinting. The ‘Follow’ rule on the commander means a whole Interceptor formation can move to threaten a key weakness in moments.
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.
There are several useful, tactical tricks.The major one is to give the interceptors the 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 tactic 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. Whilst the interceptors themselves have a slight weakness up close, the fact they are Fast causes their opponent to reroll their hits when on a Run order.
Another useful way of ousing such squads is to give an Intruder squad a compactor drone containing the plasma cannon or even a light support drone and rush them forwards to an important objective or vantage point. Once there, they can deploy the drone and set up as a support team.
|Skimmer (Mounted Unit)||Ag||Acc||Str||Res||Init||Co||Special|
|C3 Interceptor Commander with plasma carbine, HL armour, Interceptor Skimmer with HL booster, twin plasma carbines||5||5||5||5(8)||7||9||Command, Follow, Leader 2, Large, Fast|
|C3 Interceptor Trooper (Command) with plasma carbine, HL armour, Interceptor Skimmer with HL booster, twin plasma carbines||5||5||5||5(8)||7||8||Large, Fast|
|C3 Interceptor Leader with plasma carbine, HL armour, Interceptor Skimmer with HL booster, twin plasma carbines||5||5||5||5(8)||7||8||Leader, Large, Fast|
|C3 Interceptor Trooper with plasma carbine, HL armour, Interceptor Skimmer with HL booster, twin plasma carbines||5||5||5||5(8)||7||8||Large, Fast|
Interceptors in the Rapid Reaction Force
The Interceptors are key components of a C3’s Rapid Reaction forces, along with drop squads and support drones. The speed of such a force is its key advantage, with drop squads being able to fire on the run as they advance with any combat or weapon drones whilst the interceptors harass the enemy. The Rapid Reaction Force is an alternate list in the PDF army lists and in the Chryseis Shard.
The interceptor skimmer and command squads can be bought separately or as part of a complete Rapid Insertion force (a small Rapid Reaction Force).