Concord & Freeborn M25 Heavy Combat Drone
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.
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 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.
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.
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!