C3M4 Combat Drone

Concord & Freeborn M4 Combat Drone

Darek Wyrozebski’s M4 with fractal cannon from the C3M4 showcase

Combat Level: Strategic

Where: Antares Rulebook

The M4 series Combat Drone is the standard template designed fighting drone in the Concord Combined Command. It has neither crew nor any capacity to carry them, forming a distinct machine shard together with its buddy drones. Powerful kinetic shields protect the drone all round. Powerful reactive generators adjust shield strength as required, making the drone capable of resisting most attacks.

The M4 is carried upon powerful suspensors which provide lift, manoeuvring capability and low speed propulsion. Reaction thrusters augmented by suspensors are used to attain higher speeds.

M4 series drones carry various support weapons but are usually armed with a plasma cannon and plasma light support for dealing with enemy troops and lightly armoured vehicles – this weapons loadout is referred to as the ‘M400 Template’  – however, they also have the option of replacing the main armament with either a Fractal Cannon or Compression Cannon for more specialised application.

Of course, it’s not just the forces of the Concord who have access to the C3M4 – the vast fleets of the mercantile Freeborn carry goods, services, technology and people from one world to another – and their vast networks of trading connections provide access to as many weapons and pieces of equipment as they need – and the M4 is available to them as well!

We have an in-depth article that goes through the Concord weapon systems in more detail, and we also have a fantastic showcase of the early models painted by the community.

Combat Drone (Vehicle) Ag Acc Str Res Init Co Special
C3M4 Combat Drone with Plasma Light Support and Plasma Cannon 5 6 1 13 8 8 MOD2, Large

MOD: Multiple order dice (2 in this case) – the drone acts twice in a turn

Darek's C3M4 Plasma Cannon Variant
Plasma cannon variant – painted by Darek Wyrozebski

Tactics: A very adaptable drone, the C3M4 base version carries two weapons from a nice variety of available options. Being classed as ‘Large’ in the game allows it to draw Line Of Sight (LOS) over the top of friendly units and as such can engage the enemy from behind an infantry screen. If expected to be used relatively close to opponents, the compression cannon can be effective with a high SV (penetration) but for all-round effectiveness and shock value, the plasma cannon light support weapon has an SV of 6 and with the plasma light support turret can cause serious problems for Ghar battlesuits and Algoryn hazard troopers.

Assembly Instructions

The C3M4 comes on a pair of sprues and requires plastic glue. Assembly instructions are in the box but can also be found here.

The C3M4 in store

The kit is available on its own or in a number of army packs for the Freeborn and Concord. All three main weapon options are included (plasma, fractal and compression cannon) together with two buddy drones. There is scope to take more Buddy Drones, found here and here. 


C3M4 Box front
C3M4 for both Freeborn and Concord forces