Transports: the T7, Tograh (MV2) and Defiant
Combat Level: Support (with limitations), Strategic
Where: Antares Rulebook, Combat & Transporter Drones datasheet
Transports with similar capabilities are common across the Algoryn, Concord, Freeborn and Isorian Senatex forces: the T7 type transports in the Freeborn forces, the T7 class in the Concord Combined Command, the Defiant in the Algoryn Prosperate, and the MV2 (Tograh) in the Isorian Senatex. The primary difference is the addition of special armour or the weapons with which each transport is equipped. Most transports take to the field with one or more buddy drones, typically batter, spotter or shield drones.
All three transports can be taken as a support vehicle option along with an accompanying tactical, infantry squad, or as a strategic selector with no limitations.
The T7 type Transporter Drone is a variant of the M4 series Combat Drone and shares most of its characteristics along with its general appearance. It is a highly flexible drone with multiple variants. The most basic type has a fixed-emissions hyperlight style armour and basic machine intelligence together with the transport pod – the protective area around which the armour field is projected to ensure the occupants are safe. This can be upgraded to take additional kinetic shielding, an advanced machine intelligence and either a weapons turret with plasma light support or a sensor module. The Freeborn have adapted theirs to take multiple different weapon turrets with mag weapons as well, whether buying and resharding from the Concord or in manufacturing their own.
The Isorian‘s Tograh MV2 transport is very similar to the T7 and is can be found substituting for the T7 in Freeborn field forces. It is a drone, but has the organic technology and aesthetic of the Senatex. Whilst carrying similar weapons, and is available in very similar options, the Tograh can also be equipped with the Isorian phaseshift technology as added protection.
The Algoryn base transport is the Defiant. Whilst basically similar to the two great IMTel antions, the Defiant is crewed and can operate in manual or machine-dependent modes, reflecting the Prosperate’s innate distrust of IMTel and independent machine intelligences. Unlike the T7 or Tograh, the Defiant is equipped with the more resilient mag weaponry, the basic weapon being the mag light support but optional upgrades to twin mag light support and mag cannon are possible.
The Freeborn take standard chassis from other nations, such as the Concord T7, and tailor it for their own and their customer’s requirements. In Freeborn hands, the T7 can be armed similarly to the Concord variation, but also has options similar to the Algoryn Defiant in that it can take a variety of mag weapons, as well. It is quite possible that players can use the models for the Tograh and Defiant as Freeborn transports!
Note: the Boromite Haulers are not transports in the same way that these transports are: they are effectively similar to other faction’s medium tanks, as strategic options, so are dealt with on their own page.
Equipped with a spotter, for defense, the base transports can also be accompanied by a batter drone and shield drones.
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There are substantial numbers of upgrades, from the Advanced Machine Intelligence (boosting Acc, Init and Co by 1 at 10 points) to the addition of an HL Booster and a kinetic armour upgrade increasing Res to 13, as well as the addition of light support weapons such as the plasma light support (Concord, Isorian and Freeborn transports), a Sensor module (Concord, Isorian and Freeborn), or mag light support, twin mag light support or mag cannon (all Algoryn or Freeborn only). Like other drones, the T7, MV2 and Defiant can be accompanied by spotter, batter and shield buddy drones.
The T7 frame is an incredibly flexible design and has even been adapted by the Freeborn for a command skimmer battlefield role. This command vehicle can also be fitted with a mag launcher rack, effectively multiple X-Launchers in one, and if need be, it can even launch special munitions to act as a mobile, longer-range fire platform.
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Transport Assembly Instructions
Assembly instructions for the T7 can be found here. Many players find using the shorter flight stand works better for the T7, but it’s up to you which you use! The Tograh and Defiant have fewer parts and the back of the box for both is provided here to help with assembly.
The T7 is around 12.5cm long by 12.5cm wide by 4.5cm high, excluding stand (other measurements to come).
Transports in store
The plastic kit comes with the T7 Transporter Drone and 2 accompanying drones in both the Concord and Freeborn armies. The Tograh MV2 is a primarily resin model with metal parts. The Freeborn T7 is also available with a starter army, and the Concord and Isorian transports with accompanying core infantry squads. The Defiant comes in a base box, or with an options pack (available separately), or complete with its own, AI squad or even the deadly Assault squad!