Hansa Nairoba, Mercenary Captain, and Bovan Tuk, Mhagris Mercenary Leader
Where: Core Rulebook
The first miniatures sculpted for Antares were Hansa Nairoba and Bovan Tuk.
Hansa Nairoba of the Freeborn is a notorious Mercenary Commander and Adventurer – the best in all of Determinate space in the opinion of many Concord intelligence agents. Hansa himself would certainly agree with them: sometime gunrunner, revolutionary leader, military commander, trader in the esoteric and dealer in secrets, his reputation alone is worth a battalion of assault troopers. He is often found in the hire of House Oszon.
Bovan Tuk is a Mhagris mercenary character, well known as a companion of Hansa Nairoba, and is wanted by several Houses of the Varda for contract breaking, smuggling, and dallying with royal princesses. Bovan – who generally goes by the name of Bo or Boey – carries the best and most sophisticated weapons that money can buy, but he also wears many of the savage trappings of his people as befits the leader amongst a proud warrior race.
Ever prepared for a fight, Hansa carries a light compression carbine – a deadly if notoriously demanding weapon – together with a hefty plasma pistol for when the fighting gets up close and personal. Hansa’s experience and training makes him deadly accurate with both these firearms. The cylindrical packs attached to his battle armour carry slinger grenades: tiny, powerful explosive charges that can be set or hurled as required. The armoured panels on Hansa’s suit are fitted with Concord manufactured hyper-light shield generators powerful enough to deflect practically any missile. Hansa is used throughout the core rulebook to illustrate or emphasise relevant points.
Bovan’s Mhagris are a primitive tribe that live upon a feral world – a world that long ago reverted to savagery and its people to barbarism. There are many such worlds throughout Antarean space so, unless worlds of strategic importance, or possessed of rare and valuable resources, they are largely ignored by more advanced societies. It’s from such worlds that the Freeborn often recruit and train mercenaries, one of the prime commodities that the Varda trade throughout Antarean space. The Mhagris are those used by the combines headed by the powerful House Oszon. Given this background, it is hardly surprising that Bovan Tuk is deadly at close quarters.
Mercenaries for Hire: Hansa and Bovan substitute for the Freeborn Command Squad in any Freeborn army but may also be hired as Mercenaries in PanHuman and Vorl armies.
|Hansa and Bovan(Tactical, Infantry Command)||Ag||Acc||Str||Res||Init||Co||Special|
|Hansa Nairoba, Adventurer with compression carbine, plasma pistol, plasma grenades, HL armour||6||6||6||5(7)||9||9||Command, Follow, Hero, Leader 3, Wound 2, Fast Shot, Dead Eye, You Can’t Keep me Down!|
|Bovan Tuk, Mhagris Chieftain with custom mag pistol, plasma grenades, reflex armour||6||6||7||6(7)||9||8||Command, Follow, Hero, Leader, Wound 3, 3 Attacks, He’s Gone Crazy!|
Command, Follow and Leader 3, 3 Attacks are as described in the Antares rulebook. Wound is another common attribute: instead of falling casualty, the character takes a Wound and can sustain up to this number of Wounds without being removed. However, whilst wounded, they cannot remove the last few pins equal to their current number of wounds.
Fast Shot and Deadeye are in the Battle for Xilos. The first means Hansa can shoot twice at a target; the second that Hansa get’s a +2 bonus for aimed fire.
These characters are so tough, that it’s best left to the page in the core rulebook to describe their other special attributes and weapons (p.237).