Combat Level: Support
Where: Antares Rulebook
The Skyraider design is a templated solo transporter concept that is in widespread use by the Vardari. It is an extremely lightly constructed machine best suited to rapid exploration and scouting. Its basic weapons are twinned mag repeaters, a combination that throws out a great deal of firepower without stressing the machine’s limited energy cycle.
Skyraiders are designed more along the lines of personal transports than fighting machines, but their speed often means they are the first to encounter enemy forces and the first to come to blows. They are propelled by a mix of suspensors and vortex jets (cyclone thrusters) utilising suspensor technology to drive a vortex of air. In airless environments more powerful suspensors or reaction thrusters are substituted. Like other skimmers, they have a composite skin together with reflex armour and an internal hyperlight booster, as ever, creating a semi‐rigid hyperlight envelope for rider and machine.
Their design means they are slightly lighter than other skimmers, however, so they have to be used more carefully. Whilst they can still commit to the run-strike-and-dash tactics of other skimmers, they are more likely to be damaged. Further, the Freeborn tend not to equip them with compactor drones, instead giving them a range of armament options such as mag light support or plasma lance – in effect, they become the support team other skimmers can carry with them.
As with many Freeborn, the riders wear reflex armour, bear mag guns and can carry Impact Cloaks – something that helps when they become embroiled in an assault. The major difference between the Skyraiders and, say, C3 Interceptors is that the commander ha smore initiative – hence their ‘Hero’ trait.
|Skimmer (Mounted Unit)||Ag||Acc||Str||Res||Init||Co||Special|
|Skyraider Captain with mag gun, reflex armour, Skyraider with HL Booster, twin mag repeater||5||5||5||5(7)||8||9||Command, Hero, Follow, Leader 2, Large, Fast|
|Skyraider Trooper (Command) with mag gun, reflex armour, Skyraider with HL Booster, twin mag repeater||5||5||5||5(7)||7||8||Large, Fast|
|Skyraider Leader with mag gun, reflex armour, Skyraider with HL Booster, twin mag repeater||5||5||5||5(7)||7||8||Leader, Large, Fast|
|Skyraider Trooper with mag gun, reflex armour, Skyraider with HL Booster, twin mag repeater||5||5||5||5(7)||7||8||Large, Fast|
Skyraiders in other selectors
The Raider force is an alternate list in the PDF army lists and in the Chryseis Shard. In this, the skyraiders can play a major role as there are few tactical options allowed and the focus of the force is on speed. Similarly, ,the Freeborn Adventurers (mercenary) list in the Battle for Xilos must have either a normal Freeborn Command element or a Skyraider Command element, once more giving the skyraiders a central role.
The skyraiders can be bought in a squad pack with all weapon options (twin mag repeaters, mag light support and plasma lance) and with a seperate command squad with the same options. There is also a multi-squad skyraider force!