Freeborn Captains and Command Squads
Combat Level: Tactical
Where: Antares Rulebook
Freeborn captains and commanders typically equip themselves and their bodyguard with the best equipment they can obtain. In the game, this is reflected by the senior commander in a Freeborn army being able to take the widest number of options and upgrades of any squad.
The figures we currently see in the Antarean range are modelled on the styles and equipment of the Oszoni – one of the most powerful houses amongst th eFreeborn. Their style is distinctive, sometimes apparently ornamental, but there is little purely decorative about it and they are as tough as any Freeborn.
The most basic Freeborn commander is armed with a plasma pistol, reflex armour and n impact cloak over which the reflex core can spread its extended field. The well-trained bodyguard are equipped in a similar fashion and are armed with plasma carbines – arguably the best and most flexible squad weapons in Antarean space. Such command squads can also take a medi-, spotter, booster or synchroniser drone as well as extra bodyguards.
The overall commanders in a Freeborn army can be equipped with even more equipment in the form of batter, shield and gun drones, Isorian phase or Concord hyperlight armour, compression carbines and even more bodyguard. Of course, such a lavishly-equipped squad is expensive in many ways!
Tactically, an upgraded command squad is extremely useful with an extra trooper or two and gun drones as its Acc 6 can add a useful punch and a batter drone much-needed, additional protection. However, once drones are added, the expense has to be traded off against its impact (a fully-kitted squad could have 9*SV2 plasma carbine shots in a turn at Accuracy 6 but is a very costly infantry squad!).
|Freeborn Captain with plasma pistol, reflex armour, impact cloak||5||6||5||5(6)||8||9||Command, Follow, Hero, Leader 2|
|Bodyguards with plasma carbine, reflex armour, impact cloak||5||6||5||5(6)||7||8||n/a|
In addition to the Oszoni style command squad, there are other Freeborn characters who can act as commanders, notably the Mercenary Hansan Nairoba and Bovan Tuk (core rulebook, p.237), Amano Harran of the Oszoni(Xilos, p.115) and Commander Baray of the Delhren (with Batu: Chryseis, p.113). The command squad is also often available in army deals, such as the starter army listed below.