M25 Heavy Combat Drone

Concord & Freeborn M25 Heavy Combat Drone

C3M25 with Plasma Bombard
C3M25 with Plasma Bombard

Combat Level: Strategic

Where: Antares Rulebook

The M25 series provides the basis for the ultimate fighting machines available to the armed forces of the Concord Combined Command andn teh larger Freeborn forces. Like the M4, it has no crew nor any capacity to carry them, forming a distinct machine shard together with its buddy drones.  Often referred to as the ‘M250 template’, these are extremely heavily armed and armoured drones and their role is simply to overcome the enemy with sheer firepower. They are used to spearhead major offensives or assault massive defences and what they certainly lack in speed and manoeuvrability they more than make up for in terms of armament and ability to withstand retaliatory fire.

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.

C3M25 C3M4 comparison
Comparison of a C3M25 with a C3M4

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.

We have an in-depth article that goes through the Concord weapon systems in more detail.

Heavy Combat Drone (Vehicle) Ag Acc Str Res Init Co Special
C3M25 Combat Drone with Plasma Light Support and Plasma Bombard
(can take a compression bombard)
5 6 1 15 8 8 MOD3, Large, Slow

MOD: Multiple order dice (3 in this case) – the drone acts three times in a turn

Slow: Though having three dice, the drone moves half the speed of other suspensored vehicles.

C3M25 Heavy Combat Drone
C3M25 Heavy Combat Drone with compression bombard

Tactics

The M25 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 friendly units and as such can engage the enemy from behind an infantry screen.  Despite its slow speed, it can still keep up with most infantry whilst firing its light support weapon but a more effective use is possibly to Run the vehicle with it’s first dice, then use a Fire order to utilise its heavy weapon (either the plasma bombard at SV 7 or the shorter-range compression bombard at SV 9/7/5). The vehicle could then Run or Advance into cover, if need be, or provide additional fire.

Assembly Instructions

The C3M25 is resin and metal and has basic assembly instructions on the back of the box. It comes with a spotter, compression bombard, plasma bombard and a plasma light support turret. ‘Rocky’s War Room‘ has produced both an assembly/magnetising video and an airbrush painting video for the M25. The Antares Delhren blog also has a post highlighting a variation on this approach to assembling/magnetising this impressive combat drone!

The C3M25 in store

The kit is available on its own for either Freeborn or Concord or in a drone army pack for the Concord. A spotter is included. There is scope to take more Buddy Drones, found here and here. 

C3M25 Heavy Combat Drone Box
C3M25 Heavy Combat Drone with Plasma Bombard

C3M25 Battle Group
Concord Heavy Drone Battle Group