Strike Squads form the core of the Concord Combined Command’s (C3) armed forces and are amongst the best-equipped fighters in all of Antarean space. They carry multi-function plasma carbines capable of punching a hole through alll but the heaviest armour or shooting rapid bursts of deadly plasma bolts. Strike Troopers are protected by invisible hyperlight armour suspended from the nano-cored casing of their battle suits. This advanced armour provides complete atmospheric isolation as well as effective shielding against enemy weapons. Strike units are accompanied by small buddy drones, such as spotter drones that act as the unit’s ‘eye in the sky’ feeding vital targeting information into the squad’s sophisticated combat shard.
The plasma lance – or heavy plasma carbine as it is also known – is a larger and more powerful version of the plasma carbine calibrated to give a third very potent shooting option – lance. They are used as an anti-tank, breaching or hard-hitting weapon in regular C3 strike squads and can shoot at a different target than the rest of the squad to allow this to take effect. The weapon is larger and bulkier than a standard plasma carbine and calibrated to deliver a single highpowered plasma bolt but at the expense of range and some accuracy, but in other respects the plasma lance has a comparable performance to the regular carbine. Concord drops and strike squads always include a plasma lance armed trooper.
The squad leader has an x-sling with slingnet, able to put an extra pin a target even if it is a little inaccurate. This means that squad can put out a deadly array of fire and three pins a turn on two different targets using the x-sling, carbines and the the lance troopers ability to shoot at a different target.
The C3 Strike Command squad is armed similarly to the standard squad but the leader has enhanced special attributes to reflect his abilities. The squad has veteran troopers who are more accurate (Acc 6) than normal squads – something to consider as, numerically, it can be upgraded to as many as a normal squad. The squad also comes with a spotte and medi-buddy and can be upgraded to have a strike marshall, such as Kamrana Josen.
Strike formations are often accompanied by units of C3D1 Light Support Drones. These lightly built drones are self-sufficient fighting machines that are ideally suited to the mobile support role. They are armed with plasma light support weapons, which are easily capable of dealing with even relatively well-protected targets. Although not as heavily armoured as larger drones, their composite skin and reactive kinetic shields enable them to withstand hits from most light arms.
Whilst the Concord is more comfortable with ranged warfare, they do utilise whatever panhuman morphs come their way in roles meant to complement the core Strike troops. Whilst the calculating Vyess are utilised in intelligence roles, one such combat-oriented morph are the Krasz, whose combative nature makes them ideal assault troops for the Concord.
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The Light Support Drone on the sprue has the following components and is assembled as shown. If buying an army box, most of your D1 drones should be equipped with the plasma light support weapon with only one (or at most two) with subverter matrixes.
C3 Strike Squads & Support Drones are available in a two-squad, two-support drone pack of plastic sprues or as an individual plastic sprue. Some individual, metal models are also available. Each plastic sprue contains five troopers, with the option for a plasma lance, plus two spotters plus aC3D1 or C3/GP drone with subverter.