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ISSUE 1 Painting

Painting Shadowrun
Shadowrun Miniatures
Miniatures
Oct 2005
15
15 Tips
Tips for
for Shadowrun
Shadowrun GMs
GMs
Bodyguard
Bodyguard of of Lies
Lies
Explorer
Explorer Corps
Corps Survey
Survey
Prometheus
Prometheus Unbound
Unbound
ISSUE 1 OCTOBER 2005
Editor
Anthony shadhawk Hardenburgh
Assistant Editors

CONTENTS
Ray Adrian Gideon Arrastia
Dawn DePalma
John Bleusman Hudson
Martin Scum Plutt
Editors Corner . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 Cover Art
Klaus Scherwinski
Whats on Deck . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4
Cover Design
An overview of FanPro products for the Third Quarter
Ray Adrian Gideon Arrastia
Event Happenings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 Writing
Convention and event listings for the Third Quarter Ray Adrian Gideon Arrastia
Frank BT Snipe Diaz
Firebase Listings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 Brian Kryton Guarnieri
Anthony shadhawk Hardenburgh
A comprehensive list of FanPro Commando Firebases John Bleusman Hudson
Senility, Madness, and Minis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .13 Lou Nukeloader Myers
Aaron Gravedigger Pollyea
A primer for Shadowrun GMs new to miniatures Jason Panzerfaust 150 Weiser
Charles IronSphinx Wilson
15 Tips for New Shadowrun GMs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .17
Production
Painting Shadowrun Miniatures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 Ray Adrian Gideon Arrastia
Brian Guarnieri gives us a brief step by step painting example Anthony shadhawk Hardenburgh
Martin Scum Plutt
Bodyguard of Lies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
Artwork
Fiction and summaries from this premier event Ray Adrian Gideon Arrastia
Lou Nukeloader Myers
Kick the Can, part 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .32 Aaron Gravedigger Pollyea
Jason Weiser brings us tactics for PBIs in the 31st Century
Klaus Scherwinski
Tony Szczudlo
Quarterly Puzzler: Interstellar Players . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .34
Miniatures
Crossword Puzzle by Charles Wilson Ray Adrian Gideon Arrastia
Brian Kryton Guarnieri
Januarys Lancers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .35 Steve McCartney
Follow the exploits of Captain January and the Lancers FanPro Commando Web Site
George Skyhigh Blouin
Explorer Corps Survey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .36
The Corps reports on four planets involved in the BoL event
2005 WizKids, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Classic
Prometheus Unbound . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 BattleTech, BattleTech, Mech, BattleMech, MechWarrior,
Classic BattleTech RPG, AeroTech 2, Shadowrun and WK
How to kitbash Victor Steiner-Davions personal Mech Games are registered trademarks of WizKids Inc. in the
United States and/or other countries.
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Published by FanPro LLC.
John Hudson presents part 1 of this scenario

All writing herein is speculative and non-canon.

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EDITORS CORNER
Welcome to the FanPros They not me will be doing all the real DEPARTMENTS
hard work: the stories and articles you will Whats on Deck: Well cover what is due
Commando Quarterly. see within this project. Last off in the thank out from FanPro for the quarter for all the
First I would like to you department I would also like to thank
different game systems.
all the FanPro Commandos that worked on
thank all of you for the previous Commando Quarterly, if not Event Happenings: Well list the Conventions
keeping the pressure up for work they did before, I would not be that the FanPro Commandos will be
able to do this now. Thank You, my fellow running events at for the up coming quarter.
so that we could be here. FanPro Commandos.
Thank You All. Metal Madness: These articles
will be all about minis and making

Y
FanPros Commando Quarterly is brought to terrain. We will give you a list of what Iron
ou will notice we have some
changes here at FanPros you by your FanPro Commandos Wind Metals is looking to have out for the
Commando Quarterly. First off quarter, plus we will have painting and
we have a minor change in the modeling how tos, as well as bringing you
name FanPros Commando Quarterly. how -to articles on 3D terrain.
This is because we will now bring you
information and articles about all the Classic BattleTech
different games produced by FanPro. We Explorer Corps Surveys: Here we will give
will bring you articles and stories about you data of the different worlds of the Inner
Classic BattleTech, Shadowrun and Dark Sphere and Clan space.
Eye from the FanPro Commandos that run
these games. We will also have listings for CBT Intel: These will be recaps of
what FanPro is looking to have out for the Classic Battletech events from your local
quarter and what Conventions the stores and cons.
Commandos will be running events at. For
Battle ROMs: Classic Battletech
now we will be covering mostly Classic
BattleTech and Shadowrun as these are fiction from the battle lines by your
more familar, and we are currently looking FanPro Commandos.
for people to become Dark Eye Explorer Corps Surveys: Here we will
Commandos. As Dark Eye expands we will provide data on different worlds of both
bring more items for this game system also. the Inner Sphere and Clan home worlds,
FanPro Commandos run events at your brought to you by our master cartographer
local store (Firebase) and Conventions so Aaron " Gravedigger" Polleya. These
please check them out. surveys are speculative and as such are
Now let me introduce myself. I am Anthony not canon.
shadhawk Hardenburgh, FanPro
Commando #86 and I am the senior editor ShadowRun
of FanPros Commando Quarterly. The Run: The latest street line on what
went down in the local cons and stores.
One of the first items of business, is to
thank Scott Clutch Taylor for giving me Trid Time: Shadowrun fiction from the
the opportunity of running the FanPros street by your FanPro Commandos.
Commando Quarterly and getting to do
something new at the same time. I am Dark Eye
looking forward to working with all the good As Dark Eye expands we will bring more items
people that make up FanPros Demo Team. for this game system as well.

There is an important resource on the bottom of every right-hand page www.commandohq.com, the FanPro Commando Website. Please visit our website
to find other players in your area, listings of our Firebases local game stores or venues that carry and run FanPro games, and local Commandos who
support FanPro by running demos and events for you. On-site registration means you will be immideatly notified any time your local commandos schedule
an event in your area, and registration is a requirement to participate in the yearly premier Classic BattleTech event, the Martial Olympiad.

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Whats On Deck
THE DARK EYE SHADOWRUN
The Dark Eye - Shadowrun, Fourth Edition
Stock #: FPR 10450 Stock #: FPR 26000
A New World (August 2005)
from the Old World... The Shadows Have Evolved.
The Dark Eye is based on the The year is 2070. The world
brand-new fourth edition of is not only Awakenedits
Das Schwarze Auge, wired. Cyber and bioware
Germanys premier fantasy implants make your meat
role-playing game since 1983. body better-than-flesh, while
The detailed, elegant rules the wireless Matrix enhances
are a product of nearly your perceptions with hyper-
20 years of constant real senses. Deals are made
development. The game in steel and lead more often
world, Aventuria, is as richly than gold or nuyen; success
detailed, developed from and failure live only a razors
literally hundreds of game edge apart. Creatures of myth and legend walk the streets, while
adventures and supplements. Now, embark on the the arcane skills of spellslingers are in high demand. Above it all,
exploration of a lifetime, the discovery of the richest, most complete monolithic megacorps bleed the world dry, sabotaging each other in
role-playing setting of all time, now available in English for the very covert cutthroat competition as they go to war over the bottom line.
first time!
Youre a shadowrunner, a street operative, scratching out a living
Make Your Mark on the World of Aventuria! on the mean sprawl streets. You may be human, elf, dwarf, ork or
troll. From lethal street samurai to well-connected info brokers,
The world of Aventuria awaits you! This core rulebook allows you
spell-slinging mages or code-cracking hackers. No matter what,
to play a character chosen from a background of 8 cultures (human,
youre a professionalcorporate pawn or deniable asset, you get
elven and dwarven) and 12 professions (from rogue to warrior to
the job done.
magician). It includes a detailed yet easy attribute and skill system,
a quick combat system and the basic rules for sorcery. It also Shadowrun, Fourth Edition offers a completely new rules system
features a short primer on Aventurian geography, politics, history that is simple, integrated and accessible. The state-of-the-art has
and religion, as well as 8 archetypal characters for easy access also been advanced, introducing a new level of augmented reality,
to an endless world where fantasy and reality meet. new gear, new magical discoveries, and more.

Witching Hours/ This hardcover rulebook contains all the rules gamemasters and
The Secret of the Blue Tower - Stock #: FPR 15001 players need to create characters and ongoing adventures set in
the popular Shadowrun universe. Note that the Shadowrun, Fourth
Two introductory adventures for players new to The Dark Eye and
Edition will replace the Shadowrun, Third Edition rules set. Source
its world, Aventuria. In The Secret of the Blue Tower, the heroes
material from previous editions will still be compatible.
come into possession of a mysterious map that leads them to
explore catacombs beneath a city in search of a repository of
Loose Alliances - Stock #:
ancient knowledge accumulated by a wily magician. In Witching
FPR 25006 (New in 2005)
Hours, the heroes are drawn to the village of Millington, where for
some months various hauntings have descended upon the villagers, Loose Alliances gives us a
driving them away from their homes. look at the special interests
of Shadowrun, the groups and
The World of Aventuria - Stock #: FPR 15002 (Coming in 2005) organizations that count
shadowrunners among their
The World of The Dark Eye!
members as well as employ-
Includes all the realms and provinces of Aventuria, plus its cities ees. It includes dozens of
and rulers. Articles deal with sports and cuisine, astrology and edu- eco-groups, anarchists, neo-
cation, armies and navies, heraldry and printing presses. Features communists, archaeological
rules for travel, transport and trade, plus poisons, illnesses and relic hunters, magical groups,
healing herbs. Also includes detailed descriptions of more than 100 religious movements, and DIY
NPCs. A living world! crime outfits.

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Whats on Deck
Shadows of Asia - Stock #: The introductory game in the Classic BattleTech line, the
FPR 25007 (New in 2005) Classic BattleTech box set hurtles you onto the battlefields of
Shadows of Asia covers the the 31st century. This box contains everything needed to play.
whole of Asia, from the Interstellar Players - Stock#: FPR35003
fractured Middle East to the
economic powerhouse of Interstellar Players describes the most powerful and influential
Japan. Political intrigues, people, organizations and entities behind the scenes of the Classic
corporate struggles, magical BattleTech universe.
phenomena and more are
presented for dozens of Mercenaries Supplemental II - Stock#: FPR35025
countries, including the cold Includes additional rules for mercenary creation such as non-
war between the Japanese BattleMech Unit Tech Levels, special renegade and freelancer
megacorps and their Pacific mercenary paths, along with rules for playing in different BattleTech
Prosperity Group rivals. eras, from the Star League and Succession Wars to the present day.

System Failure - Stock #: FPR 25014 (New in 2005) Dawn Of The Jihad
Stock#: FPR35023
The year is 2065, and all is not well. Apocalyptic terrorists strike
around the world, a struggling megacorp makes a drastic decision Two centuries in the making,
to stem off impending doom, and an AI thought to be dead rises November 3067 sees the
culmination of work begun by
again. System Failure gives players and GMs the details leading up
Primus Conrad Toyama of
to and following these dramatic, world-shaking events, providing
ComStar: to lead mankind to the
numerous scenarios for runners to play a role in the biggest lightby any means necessary.
shakeup the Shadowrun universe has seen in decades.
Dawn of the Jihad hammers and
SR4 Gamemasters Screen - Stock #: FPR 26002 (New in 2005) shakes the Classic BattleTech
This 4-panel GM Screen provides handy and useful charts for universe to its foundation,
playing Shadowrun, Fourth Edition. Comes with a 32-page describing the opening year in a
gamemaster aide for creating short scenarios, including a decades long struggle for the
selection of readyto-run plot hooks. very survival of humanity. The
series of events presented in
On the Run - Stock #: FPR 26003 (New in 2005) this book unfold in a rolling
format, allowing readers to immerse directly into the action as never
This introductory adventure for Shadowrun, Fourth Edition throws before. Players of both Classic BattleTech and Classic BattleTech
the players into the seething underworld conflicts of the year 2070. RPG will also find framework rules to run almost any type of
Includes detailed advice for gamemasters or players. campaign set in this chaotic time.
Street Magic - Stock #: FPR 26004 (New in 2005) Jihad Hot Spots: 3070 - Stock#: FPR35026
The advanced magic book for Shadowrun, Fourth Edition. Details Jihad Hot Spots: 3070 continues the stunning events revealed in
the nature of magic and its effects on society in the year 2070. Dawn of the Jihad, using the same rolling format and immersing
Also contains advanced rules for alternate magic traditions, readers directly in the action as never before.
initiation and metamagic, enchanting, new spells and adept powers,
the metaplanes of astral space, and a host of magical threats. Map Set Compilation 2 - Stock#: FPR35012
Street Magic contains everything the players and gamemasters Classic BattleTech Map Set Compilation 2 compiles the maps
need for magic in SR4. from BattleTech Map Sets #5, and #6, planetary assault maps from
BattleForce 2, and mapsheets from BattleSpace; twenty-two
CLASSIC BATTLETECH maps in all.
CBT Boxed Set- MapPack: Solaris VII - Stock#: FPR35002
Stock#: FPR35010
MapPack: Solaris VII provides information on the gaming world and
Strap yourself into the the stables that run it, and also includes new Level 3 weapons and
ultimate suit of armor: the equipment, as well as ten previously published Solaris VII maps.
BattleMech. Thirty feet tall
and weighing up to a hundred Historical: War Of 3039 - Stock#: FPR35014
tons, this humanoid engine of The first in a new series, the Historical: War of 3039 campaign
destruction is a walking sourcebook details the action involving every line unit in this pivotal
arsenal with enough firepower war. Includes wave maps, full regiment listings and campaign rules.
to level a city block. The Classic
BattleTech game system Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade - Stock#: FPR35006
takes you into the world of the Classic BattleTech Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade presents
31st Century, where war has Mechs built using technology from MaximumTech, Revised, as well
become a way of life. In as MapPack: Solaris VII. Upgraded in appearance and technology,
command of the most powerful the designs first presented in the Solaris VII box set and Solaris: The
machine on the battlefield, Reaches are now back in print. Additionally, updated text including
your MechWarrior fights to take a planet or lose an empire. new variants and notable MechWarriors is also provided.

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Technical Readout: 3058 Upgrade - Stock#: FPR35015 Classic BattleTech RPG - Stock#: FPR35030
Contains previously lost Mech and vehicle designs, new Mechs, Formerly known as MechWarrior, Third Edition, this rulebook
tanks, hovercraft and more. Updated to the current timeline of 3067. contains all of the material you need to run a roleplaying game in
the exciting BattleTech universe.
MaximumTech, Revised - Stock#: FPR35013
Originally printed by FASA in 1999, Classic BattleTech RPG will be
Maximum Tech is packed with dozens of Level 3 corrected and reprinted by FanPro.
optional rules, including new weapons and
equipment, expanded rules for vehicles and Classic BattleTech Handbooks
infantry, double-blind rules and much more! Each volume in the Classic BattleTech Handbook
series is filled with the essential histories,
Originally printed by FASA in 1999, MaximumTech, politics, culture and industrial complex that
Revised will be corrected and reprinted by FanPro. makes up the Great Houses of the BattleTech
universe; includes rules for personal equipment,
Lostech - Stock#: FPR35004 creatures, campaign ideas and more for both
Includes descriptions and Classic BattleTech RPG Classic BattleTech and Classic BattleTech RPG.
game rules for over one hundred items and
Handbook: House Steiner (Available Now) -
equipment, detailed treatment of powered battle
Stock#: FPR35001
armor and a technical readout covering twenty
different battle armor. Handbook: House Marik (2005) -
Stock#: FPR35019
Originally printed by FASA in 2000, Lostech will be
Handbook: House Davion (2005) -
corrected and reprinted by FanPro. Stock#: FPR35024

IRON WIND METALS RELEASES


FOURTH QUARTER 2005
Week of 10/3/05 Week of 11/7/05
New Classic BattleTech Aerotech Strships Classic BattleTech Pack
20-026 Farragut Battleship $10.95 20-xxx Kurita Heavy Lance $29.95
(No-Dachi, Daikyu, Kintaro, and Wolverine, plus a Kurita Medallion)
New Classic BattleTech 3055 Re-Design
20-340 Kraken (TRO 3055 U) $10.95 Week of 11/14/05
Classic BattleTech 3050 Re-sculpt
New Classic BattleTech 20-376 Koshi Omni Mech $6.95
Solaris VII
20-366 Juggernaut New Classic BattleTech Solaris VII
$10.50 20-374 Prowler $8.50
Week of 10/17/05 Classic BattleTech Vehicles
Classic BattleTech 20-375 Gladius Medium Hover
Vintage Classics Return Tank (2) $8.50
20-372 Hornet Mech $5.95
Week of 12/5/05
New Classic BattleTech Classic BattleTech Pack
3055 Upgrade 10-029 Clan Ghost Bear
20-368 Viper Mech $9.95 Medium Star $34.95
(Contains: Grizzly, Dragonfly A,
New Classic BattleTech Black Hawk Prime, Ursus, Clint IIc, plus a
Dark Age Mechs Ghost Bear Medallion.)
20-369 FireStarter $7.50
Week of 12/19/05
Week of 10/31/05 New Classic BattleTech
Classic BattleTech 3050 Re-sculpt AeroTech Star Ships
20-373 Dasher Omni Mech $6.95 20-027 Avatar Heavy Cruiser $10.50
New Classic BattleTech Classic BattleTech Vintage Classics Return
3055 Upgrade 20-377 Flashman Mech $9.50
20-370 Baboon Mech $6.50
New Classic BattleTech 3055 Upgrade
Classic BattleTech Vehicles 20-378 Peregrine $7.50
20-371 Light SRM Carrier (2) $8.50

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EVENT HAPPENINGS
FANPRO COMMANDOS CONVENTION LISTINGS
NECRONOMICON UCON DREAMATION 2006
www.stonehill.org/necmain.htm www.ucon-gaming.org www.dexposure.com/d2006.html
Email: grendel@stonehill.org Email: ucon-info@ucon-gaming.org Email: dreamation@dexposure.com
Where: Tampa, Florida Voice-Mail: (734) 930-6363 Where: East Brunswick, New Jersey
Dates: October 28 October 30 Where: Ann Arbor, Michigan Dates: January 19 January 22
Location: Hyatt Regency Downtown Dates: November 4 November 6 Location: The East Brunswick Hilton
FanPro Games: Classic Battletech Location: Student Union at UoM FanPro Games: Classic Battletech
FanPro Games: Classic Battletech,
ShadowRun.
PENTACON XXI GENCON SO CAL TEMPLECON 2006
www.pentacongames.com www.templecon.com
www.gencon.com
Email: games@pentacongames.com Email: Questions@templecon.com
Email: events@gencon.com
Where: Fort Wayne, Indiana Where: Providence, Rhode Island
Phone: (800) 529-EXPO (3976)
Dates: November 4 November 6 Where: Anaheim, California Dates: January 27 January 29
Location: Grand Wayne Center Dates: November 17 November 20 Location: Holiday Inn on Atwells Avenue
FanPro Games: Classic Battletech Location: Anaheim Convention Center FanPro Games: Classic Battletech
FanPro Games: Classic Battletech

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FIREBASE LISTINGS
UNITED STATES Lucy's Hobbys
300 S. Court St
The Dragon's Den
605 W. 29th Street
Dragon's Lair Games
5118 South State Road 7
Alturas, CA 96101 Pueblo, CO 81008 Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
ARIZONA lucerhob@hdo.net
Commando:
Stormwolf3000@hotmail.com dragonslairgames@aol.com
Commando: Commando: Ray "Gideon" Arrastia
The Game Den Games & Gifts Robin "JT Havoc" Brush John "Taz_Term" Tiffany
1239 E. McKellips RD Sanctuary Games & Books
Mesa, AZ 85203 Riverview Hobby Shop 1200 Edgewood Ave S.
Alternate Universe
Mesaman22@aol.com 215 Robert Lane Jacksonville, FL 32205
Commando: Joel "Joel47" Agee Bakersfield, CA 93308 410 W. 24th
Pueblo, CO 81003 emip@attglobal.net
Commando: Mark "Marius" Reindl
altuni3@tokyo.com Commando:
Game Depot Commando: Douglas "Silvermane Wolf" Riley
Scenario Game John "Taz_Term" Tiffany Stephen "s514" Meyer
3136 S McClintock DR
& Hobby Shoppe
Suite 13
Tempe, AZ 85282-8001 37120 Fremont Boulevard
Fremont, CA 94536-3606 Valhalla's Game Center Sci-Fi City
morfeld@visitalk.com chuckkw@pacbell.net 6161 W. 44th Ave 6006 East Colonial Dr.
Commando: Joel "Joel47" Agee Commandos: Wheatridge, CO 80033 Orlando, FL 32807
Robert "Hardcase" Owens Loki@valhallas.com Commando: Ray "Gideon" Arrastia
Game Nightz Frank "BT_Snipe" Diaz Commando:
Joel "Septicemia" Steverson
9617 N. Metro Parkway W. Sunshine Roleplayers
(MetroCenter Mall)
Phoenix, AZ 85051
COLORADO 7921 Bird Road
Miami, FL 33155
Commando: Joel "Joel47" Agee Hobbytown - South CONNECTICUT rpgs@bellsouth.net
839 N. Academy Blvd. Citadel Game Store Commando: Ray "Gideon" Arrastia
Colo. Springs, CO 80909
spitfire05@adelphia.net 537 Long Hill Rd.
CALIFORNIA Commandos: Groton Ct. 06430 TATE'S Gaming Satellite
Mike "Archangel" Wheaton 860-445-0641 4554 North University Drive
Frontline Games Lauderhill, FL 33351
George "Skyhigh" Blouin citadel.games@sbcgobal.neth
905 West Texas Street Commando: alanleipzig@yahoo.com
Fairfield, CA 94509 Anthony "Shadhawk" Hardenburgh Commando: Ray "Gideon" Arrastia
Edge1945@aol.com Complete Games and Hobbies
Commando: Scott "Edge" Duncan 326 N. Tejon St.
Colo. Springs, CO 80903 Omni Comics and Cards War Dogs Game Center
gamer326@rmi.net 732 Silas Deane Highway 2777 University Blvd W
Game Empire Commando: Wethersfield, CT 06109 Jacksonville, FL 32217
7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd Mike "Archangel" Wheaton adeptus@ribhus.com devin@sgtsniff.com
Suite 306 Commando: Doug "Stray Cat" Smith Commando:
San Diego, CA 92111 Gamer's Haven Douglas "Sislvermane Wolf" Riley
Commando: Alex "Grendel" Lam 5640 N. Academy Stephen "s514" Meyer
Colo. Springs, CO 80918
xen3@hotmail.com
FLORIDA
Game Towne Commando: Brooms And Books
3954 Harney St Mike "Archangel" Wheaton 8120 121st Ave East
GEORGIA
San Diego, CA 92110 Parrish, FL 34219 Georgia Tech Student Center
GameTowne@yahoo.com Bonnie Brae sales@broomsandbooks.com 350 Ferst Drive NW
Commandos: Hobby Shop Commando: James "Bear I" Brown http://www.studentcenter.gatech.edu/
Alex "Grendel" Lam 3421 S Broadway Atlanta, GA 30332-0458
Larry "Senior GM" White Englewood, CO 80110 Borderlands Comics immaculateimage@hotmail.com
Commando: Commando:
Joel "Septicemia" Steverson and Games
10230-11 Atlantic Blvd Russell "Toecutter" Timm
Great Escape Games
Jacksonville, FL 32244
1537 Howe Ave Suite #200 Marshak's House of Fantasy osohok@attbi.com
Sacramento, CA 95825
The War Room
256 Linden Street Commando:
gartl1@pacbell.net Fort Collins, CO 80524-2424 5950 State Bridge Rd
Douglas "Silvermane Wolf" Riley Suite 130
Commando: marshaks@frii.com
Stephen "s514" Meyer
Robin "JT Havoc" Brush Commando: Kevin "Joskney" Roof Duluth, GA 30097
store@thewarroom.com
The Dragon's Eye Dragon Star Commandos:
Hobbytown USA 1607-D North Nova Rd John "Pacer" Nelson
412 Grand Mesa
3069 W. Bullard Ave Unit One Holly Hill, FL 2117 T.J. "Halcyon" Austin
Fresno, CA 93712 Grand Junction, CO 81503 dragonstargames@bellsouth.net Thomas "Fusion Gun" Ricks
mreindl@attbi.com katylainsae@yahoo.com Commando: Mark "Wolf Clan" Ruppert
Commando: Mark "Marius" Reindl Commando: Harry "Truhart" Oxford Douglas "Silvermane Wolf" Riley Russell "Toecutter" Timm

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Firebase Listings
IDAHO Patch and Crow's Nest
1800 Claflin Ste. 202
MechJock MISSOURI
5671 North Westnedge
Dark Horse Games Manhattan, KS 66502 Above & Beyond Games,
Kalamazoo, MI 49004
2226 W Main products@patchandcrowsnest.com Miniatures
Commando: propwash@mechjock.com
Boise, ID 83702 2314 N.W Vivion Road
Commando: Chad "loki" Walker William "incrdibil" Pennington Commandos:
Charles "IronSphinx" Wilson Northmore, MO 64150
sims_1o1@hotmail.com
Glenn "Lobsterback" Hopkins
Commandos:
ILLINOIS LOUISIANA Jeffery "Vladimir Jorgensson" Smith
Castle Perilous Games Tom's Triple Play Pandemonium Michael "hellhound" Gebert
715 S. University Ave 170 Old Minden Road 1858 Middlebelt
carbondale, IL 62901 Suite 19 B Garden City, MI 48135 The Chess Club
castlep@AOL.com Bossier City, LA 71111 brandonp@gr-lakes.com
esavell@sport.rr.com 2300 N.W. Vivion Road
Commando: Kevin "Corsair" Collier Commando: Riverside, MO 64150
Commando: Jonathan
Timothy "Khan Joseph Mallan" vladimir@discoverynet.net
"MadDogMaddux" Andrus
Dizzy Dugout Piazzi Commando:
Highway 159 and Main St. Jeffery "Vladimir Jorgensson" Smith
Collinsville, IL 62234
Commando:
MASSACHUSETTES Riders Hobby
42011 Ford Rd Comic City
Michael "Tikibelly" Kehoe The Compleat Strategist Canton, MI 48187
201 Mass Avenue 8336 Watson Rd
inefficiency@aol.com Saint Louis, MO 63119
Boston, MA 02115
The Fantasy Shop- lsanto@rcn.com
Commando: Commando:
Fairview Heights Commando: Timothy "Khan Joseph Mallan" Michael "Tikibelly" Kehoe
10850 Lincoln Trail Brian "Pimp Daddy B." Guarnieri Piazzi
Fairview Heights, IL 62208 The Fantasy Shop - Affton
Commando: 9030 Gravois Rd.
Michael "Tikibelly" Kehoe
Danger Planet Games R.I.W. Hobbies
36 Spruce Street Affton , MO 63123
29116 Five Mile Rd.
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SENILITY, MADNESS, AND MINIS
A SHADOWRUN PRIMER FOR NEW GM'S AND MINIS BY BRIAN GUARNIERI

B eing a GM is a bit like being a


Clown, Supervillian, story teller,
monkey, and a DJ.Youve got to
keep the beat going, entertain, and create
Between working for a Microsoft technical
support contractor and getting a degree I
gave up gaming.This hiatus was severed
a couple of years after I moved up to
historical irony that the progression of
Roleplaying from wargame is tightly linked.
Even though now D20 and Dungeons and
Dragons has no more to do with
on the fly. Its not always easy, and some- Boston. A college friend introduced to wargaming than crack cocaine at a
times downright difficult. It doesnt make it me to Napoleonics and other early 19th narcotics anonymous meeting the link is
worse when a player not paying attention century warefare. Shortly later I was still there.Wargaming and roleplaying
stands in an inopportune place only to hooked again in trying out some games are tied together invisibly. 1 It is my
bitch when theyre chosen as a target for unmentionable popular sci-fi wargames opinion that the flow can reverse itself
oncoming bullets. Players declare theyre out of England. It was that movement partially creating a miniatures based game
hiding behind a crate only to find that the towards wargamming that I started that can be used within a roleplaying game.
crate is filled with something non-bullet thinking about my old Shadowrun games.
When I started running Shadowrun again it
resistant. I once had a player unload a One of the big pushes came from
massive spell at a drone only to bitch and struck me that the game essentially needs
Randy Milhollands comic a wargame type setup in order for combat
complain that the drone fired back nearly www.somethingpositive.com that
killing him. He declared he was hiding out to resolve in a proper manner. Miniatures
moved me back towards my old game, really were needed to figure out what sort
of sight behind the door.The other players Shadowrun. I missed the old sneaky
snickered at him as he protested the of combat would occur and how. I
dragons, Harlequin, and spell slingers. remembered the old urban Shadowrun
stream of lead.The map I had didnt lie. Almost like you miss an old friend youve
Showing that his miniature was in clear scenery that FASA had and realized that
not visited for a long time.The reintroduc- DMZ was a joke but having maps and
LOS and that in order to cast the spell
tion to surge, Deus, and other events made scenery could add a fun dimension to the
hed have to be in LOS and that there
me realize that Shadowrun didnt die but game. I dusted off some of my old
wasnt something to duck behind. Later
was still thriving in a post Collectable Warhammer 40k buildings and other
members of the group had a chuckle at
Card Game / MMORG (Massive props and large scale maps to simulate
his protests, only confirming the player
Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game) urban terrain. My players liked how
was out of line
market. If anything were to kill the combat resolved and liked the custom
Running a game is a balancing act. I find roleplaying game I thought it would be a maps I printed. At every demo or home
that miniatures and maps dont lie.They combination of Card board crack and game I held the reception was good. In
can sometimes be open to interpretation Computer games. I had no idea that store games enticed a positive response
but they dont outright lie. So with Desert wargaming had thrived so well during the from players and passerbys. It was almost
Wars and more CBTs turning to SR for E-commerce boom. It was wargamming as if I had taken the game and moved it to
gaming I write this as a synthesis article that led me back to the roleplaying game. the next level.
between two genres of gaming: miniature
wargaming and role-playing games. Ironically the roleplaying game finds its I urge seasoned GMs to read this piece
Although I dont play Classic Battletech origins with the old Chainmail system with an open mind and hope it will
anymore it was the first wargame type originally put out by TSR (Gary Gygax & encourage others to write articles that
of game I played so I have more in Don Kaye) in the early 1970s.The original show and explain how theyve taken
common with you folks than you know. rules reinacted simple skirmish and Shadowrun to the next Level providing
(I played from 1986 to 1992) So I think the formation medieval combat.Then Dave what Emeril calls Turning it up a notch
operative question is how do wargames Arneson got the idea of adding dungeons or BAM!.
and role-playing games intrinsically relate? & magic to the game. One thing led to
another and before any one realized the How do print and create my maps?
Before I begin I think I need to help you original Dungeons and Dragons boxed set I previously used a plotter at my former
understand a bit about my background. I went to print some time around 1974 employers site. I was not a happy
took a long hiatus from gaming in College. (the year I was born ironically.) It is in this employee so while working the evening

1.It seems like yesterday when I was at a Catholic middle school.Teachers had organized and encouraged parents to attend meetings on Satanism and
the ties to Dungeons and Dragons. For a complete history of AD&D check out Wikipedia.org (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TSR%2C_Inc.)

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shift I thought to myself, That plotter is taking up far less space than traditional How do you provide scale?
just sitting there collecting dust. So with wargame scenery. (Most of which I keep I tend to use a scale rated at around 1
a copy of Visio 2002 I started making maps down in the basement.) They additionally meter = 1 cm or 1 meter = 1 inch. It just
and found that I liked it. Its a great tool if fit easily in a tube for easy transport.The depends on the size of the room Im
you can acquire it from your employer only problem though is finding a cheap interested in portraying on my map. I
or educational institution. Its a tad commercial method to print maps.Two personally dont like squares but hexes are
expensive if youre going to buy it, but its options are a local printer, or using tape okay. One of the nice things about being a
a great tool. Ive even met a GM who used Claasic BattleTech player is that you
and printing out lots of 8x11 pictures
Excel to draw scale maps using simple probably have lots of maps. So if for some
and taping them together. (Visio allows
shapes. AutoCAD is another great reason you want to portray woodland or
this and will automatically print your
application but has a bit of a learning other area a CBT map can work very well
map in 8x11 sections if you dont have
curve. Any application that allows you to in a pinch. Just remember to mentally
a plotter.)
create buildings should work fine. I would change the scale. I make templates for
check your local software store and see if Sizes for my maps vary by use. I have explosions ect., on transparent
there are any applications that have home designed my maps so that most can fit on overhead transfers.
planning usability. Originally Visio was an average American breakfast table. Say no One issue with scale is the Shotgun.
designed for home architecture and bigger than three feet by three feet.When I created a shotgun template based on
planting and cost around $40. Of course
laying out a building its best to focus on the stepping and yoke to find the different
Microsoft bought it and turned the price
key areas of a building. Its logistically angles.When I applied the template the
up a bit. Some Microsoft Enterprise
difficult to create an entire building to shotgun with a yoke rated at two, it
versions of Office 2003 get Visio 2003
scale for 25mm miniatures. Additionally turned into a boom stick of Evil Dead
included. Check with your local IT
you want your maps to fit on what ever proportions. One of the problems is that
manager and see if you might have access.
gaming table you might be using. the choke doesnt properly account for
It has many commercial uses where any
lesser damage and spread as rounds leave
kind of building, logic or technology needs Some insane folks like myself enjoy the gun in proportion to the scale. So
to be mapped out in a sequential logical making maps and dont mind putting them when a round does hit someone it tends
manner. (Ive even used it for flow charting together. Its sort of an acquired taste. to have a very powerful and wide area of
my games before writing them out.)
Even if you dont have a plotter you can effect. For combat in wide open areas it
Maps are advantageous because they can scale your maps and print them on 8x11 balances out but in a building where ranges
be printed and rolled up for easy storage paper making them hand-outs for players. are very short it becomes very deadly.

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Senility, Madness, and Minis
What miniatures do you use?: After you start to get into your style and Wow thats a great game what is it?
Thats sort of sore subject.The best groove I think youll agree that its a lot I remember that was the first thing I
answer would be I use what ever miniature easier than you think.The key is to noticed when I picked up my first
I can get my hands on. I officially promote develop tricks that you can use to speed BattleTech box set in 1986. My first
and focus my best painting on my Iron things up a bit. Dont forget either that thought was, Wow theres no GM and
Wind Metals (aka Ral Partha) minis but youre not a paid professional painter. look at the Robotech Mecha! (There was
I paint anything. I love Reaper miniatures Do your best job but if you start to find a company that made some really sweet
(monsters), some Cyberpunk Rafm, and that its getting tedious cut down on the plastic models that we used early on.)
other companies whose names I shall detail a bit.You have to pace yourself or
Eye candy is a large part of a war game
not mention. My rule is if it looks okay youll burn yourself out. If your not
and is something many games have unfairly
and the size is okay use it. I usually base enjoying yourself, put down your paints,
evolved away from. Every time I crack
my miniatures on a round or square bases. walk away and have a beer. Still having
open my carrying case and bring out the
Some of the square bases I use are problems painting then maybe you need a
the boys as I call them folks take a look.
between 20mm x 20mm to 25 mm x short or extended break.
Since FanPro has stopped distributing
25mm. I like using bases because they
Bits, Bits, and Bits, you can never promotional material all we have now is
allow for easier pickup and movement. Not
to mention you dont want folks touching have too many eye candy. Eye candy initiates that most
the body of the minis as they tend to rub The next step for any interested parties is dangerous of questions: What game is
off paint. One thing to keep in mind is that to find a nice bits box. Once you start this? Having a horde of well painted
the official Ral Partha Shadowrun minis are getting good with minis you can start miniatures is almost like having an ice
true 25mm scale. Popular sci-fi/fantasy playing around with bits. Bits are little breaker ready to go.
miniatures tend to be 28mm or 30mm. odds and ends that you find that you can
One caveat here is to use minis only when
The only fantasy line that I know of that is cut, glue, weld, paste, press, or punch into
necessary which means primarily combat
true 25mm are the Perry Twins Lord of other bits to make interesting props for
the game. I discovered the power of bits or sneak and maneuver type of situation.
the Rings figures.The Perrys are a
when I got into wargamming. Bits can (I usually have them stacked in front of my
popular sculpting duo who have sculpted
really help make some interesting scenery. GM screen until theyre needed.) Dont go
for a variety of Historical and Fantasy
companies.You can also check out the Need to make a street spirit of some sort? overboard unless the adventure your
Wargames Foundry, Iron Wind Metals, Bits are your answer. I cant say enough running calls for it.Then go to town.
and Copplestone Castings for ideas or about bits.When you partake in the Sometimes a really nasty looking miniature
products. (Disclaimer:These companies collecting of bits you turn controlled will make players take notice. Its not till
are mentioned out of personal bias and insanity into a pastime.You wouldnt after the game that I tell the players the
are not part of an exhaustive list.) believe the things I take home. If the folks true force or nature of the spirit.
at work only knew theyd think I was crazy.
But I hate painting Minis? I love minis, its something physical I can
In way it is.You take some interesting little
If you play Battletech, then youre used to object made out of plastic, metal or gravel. look at and show off to friends and it
painting miniatures.There are innumerable Save it in a little box you keep other bits in brings a nice aspect to my games. If your
numbers of other substitutes but I like that you may some day use or decide not first try at painting doesnt turn out like
Shadowrun brand minis because they have to use. I think insanity comes when your you want dont worry theres always more
lots of detail.Theyre not as big as many basement transforms into a small scale minis to paint.The most important rule is
competitor minis but Iron Wind dump of odd tidbits and what not. Of to try and have fun. If painting becomes
metals has a full line.The Ral Partha (Iron course your wife will demand that keeping work then maybe miniatures arent for
Wind Metals) miniatures tend to be a tad such bits is in itself an early sign of you. Besides you already have a day job and
smaller in scale (true 25mm) but they have morbidity. Additional threats of divorce dont need another.
tons of detail.They can be a bit tedious to will ensue as she contends that you are
paint but not so much more than other Many old school AD&D and D20 folks
showing more signs of early senility.
existing Battletech miniatures. Painting for might scoff a bit when running a game.
me is a Zen like experience requiring Why should I start using minis? Ive found for the most part having a nice
concentration and relaxation. I actually If youre going to do store or convention spread of miniatures at any demo will
mellow out when I paint. If my hand starts type of events then eye candy is where raise eyebrows. Its a great way to
to shake a few beers helps to mellow me a its at. Ive read so many posts by the introduce folks to Shadowrun and get
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15 TIPS FOR NEW
SHADOWRUN GM'S
R
ecent events have lead to a morphing maliciously destroy the game like shoot ask yourself these kinds of questions when
of roles within the Classic BattleTech everyone, kickem out of the game and chide making a home or place the characters enter
commandos. Heres a small tip sheet them for being Trekkies and living in their into. Have your game sketched out. Ask
for new or returning GMs.These tips are not parents basement. yourself, what kind of story are you trying to
exhaustive and are based on my individual tell? Is it a mystery, action based, horror or a
experience, however limited as they may be. Details, details, details, mixture of many genres? Whats the relation-
Im hoping more and more Classic BattleTech
2 there can never be enough details. ship to the players and does it involve any of
Commandos make it over to the dark side Sometimes creating NPCs takes a little the characters background or contacts? How
of gaming with the Fourth Edition release of detail to flesh out the personality, drive, and will the game flow and fit together? Basically
Shadowrun. Ive put these tips together as quirks a NPC has. Organizations are made of you can break this down into the basic
more of an illustration of suggestions rather people usually in a hierarchical relationship questions Who,What,When,Where, and
than hard cut and dry rules.Take from it with many NPCs. Flesh out the organization How? Often all you need is a flow chart other
what you will, but try not to take it too by creating NPCs and their hierarchy. times have every room worked out ahead of
seriously. Im writing this as sort of a (If you have time, create an org chart for time helps a story flow more coherently.
welcoming of the Classic BattleTech Company or Division X.The detail helps
commandos to the Shadowrun side of the you lock down who the power players Try to make campaigns
game and hope many more join us. I hope
3 realistic and well thought out.
are and who the clueless underlings are.
you find Shadowrun as entertaining as I do. This gives the organization a shape and form. When creating a game I like to really think
So without further ado here are 15 tips and Every organization or corporation has folks about the protagonists involved. I like to
tricks that I think will benefit new GMs. And at the top and folks on the bottom. (See have a well thought out arc and to link my
remember there is PoWeR in the DaRk side... number four for more detail.) games together with key clues as part of an
intertwined campaign. Each clue the
Dont worry if you make I prefer when creating a game to have a
1 characters find only creates more questions
a mistake wing it. good bit of detail already pinned out. I like to
till the players learn whats really going on.
Shadowrun is a game; if you make a mistake visually think about the areas where players
I like to involve the players and keep them
the FanPro police wont mame and kill you. are going to be and see if I can pull from real
world examples for details to make up such stimulated and curious. Ive found campaigns
Hell when I started up 3rd edition I ran spell tend to last longer if they see a bigger
places. One area that I get lots of ideas from
drain totally wrong until one of my players picture starting to form. If your story arc is
are the old run down parts that every city
corrected me and I looked up the rule.You somewhat or generally planned out you can
has.The ghettos of Mission Hill in Boston,
dont have to know every rule, or quote map key events and how they occur.This
the old abandoned factories and mills of
every page. (Although some Dumpshockers helps add to the overall mood of the cam-
Everett. I like to think back to the
probably could, but theyre uber-Otaku.) paign. If your plot is planned out you can
experiences and history a particular area
Dont worry about looking up every rule build energy in the plot culminating in a
had and try to picture it. I ask myself, What
update, focus on keeping the flow of the climax.This builds a more interesting
is this area trying to tell me? Is this an area
game moving. Next game you can make any experience for both GM and players.
that has a story to tell? Is the old Revere
alterations that need to be corrected. If Waterfront still echoing with the laughter Remember that organizations and
youre surprised by your players and were and vaudeville performers of yesteryear? corporations have a project time line that
not expecting a particular action or they did Good science fiction I think focuses not on is often pushed blatantly forward.
something completely unconscionable just the new but on the old. Its taking those (When project deadlines are cemented and
wing it. A large part of running the game is aspects from the old and reworking them a draw near, Runners may be the Corporations
just running the game and winging things as bit so they provide for new interpretation. last resort.) The players many times are
you go. Dont worry if the game didnt work (Case in point Blade Runner, The future is caught in the cross fire in a plot they might
out as planned just keep going. Players are old.) What do the towns and places have to scarcely understand but playing a key role.
the incarnation of chaos. Dont look at tell us? Pretty much anywhere we live now
improvisation as something bad, performing will be the old face of yesteryear in 2064. NPCs should have
on the fly keeps things from getting boring Everything new is old, everything old is new. 4 realistic selfish motivations.
for you and the players.The players are I like using history to build that mental and Personally I like realistic NPCs. I find myself
invariably going to do something completely psychic impression that I draw upon for constantly trying to make NPCs interesting
unexpected, just roll with it. Improvisation details in my world.This can be how an old and realistic.Theres a great history and
isnt easy but the more you do it the better home smells or the impressions an old personality creator in the old Cyberpunk
you get. If the players do something to neighborhood has. In general its good to 2020 book. If Im having writers block Ill

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usually use some of theyre charts to get If they got a lucky shot on someone or Dont worry about being a Ham.
ideas for creating interesting NPCs. I have to something that could cause problems in the 7 When running NPCs I like to portray
give Mike Pondsmith kudos for his creation game then ignore the rolls. Maybe they have some very dysfunctional folks. One favorite is
system.When creating NPCs I like to start an unknown benefactor.The core problem is, the drunk alcoholic Russian who turns out to
out with what their relation is to the game. the plot possibly needs to be re-thought out. be the players pilot. Only later do they find
Are they contacts, or are they actual protag- Important people tend to stay out of the out he installed a level 4+ autopilot system.
onists in the big picture? When protagonists action when they can pay underlings to take I tend to ham it up a bit.The world of
are organizations or corporations its a good a bullet for them. Ive had a couple of Shadowrun has always been sort of
idea to sketch out the entity and the entities protagonists die in a hail of badly rolled dice cartoonish in my mind. Magic, gunfire, and
involved. Creating a realistic structure is even after spending karma for a re-roll. combat tends to be fairly dramatic and
helpful when creating power plays, struggles, cinematic. Having a hammy NPC only makes
Unless a body is properly taken care of, Ill
and general intrigue. sense. Ive noticed that wargamers tend to be
bring NPCs back for future games as a Hey
Ive got friends too Puta! Every now and a bit more discreet when playing when
Flesh out important NPCs and important
then getting lucky adds to the drama of the compared to the Roleplaying crowd.The only
background NPCs who pull the strings. Its a
problem is that acting a bit weird comes with
good idea to create a good detailed write up situation.This isnt always a bad thing.
running a game. If you dont ham it up you
about contacts the characters have lots of Surprises for the GM keeps the GM on their
might be missing out on a fun opportunity to
interaction with.This helps them become real toes and makes the game more interesting
act and exaggerate the action.Theres nothing
for the players. Folks are going to have for all.
more fun than a large hyper active troll
skeletons and things they hide. Hell, some
NOTE: If a Decker is trying to combat an looking for Crack or is addicted to BTLs.
have down-right self destructive habits.
uber-A.I. in a matrix showdown, I dont care When youre hooked on BTLs the real world
Personas and personalities are complex. Life
how much karma theyve earned.That and the virtual tend to blend together in
isnt usually black and white, NPCs shouldnt
Decker is going to be the next resident at many odd and disturbing ways. Its the GMs
be either. (Ive met all kinds of folks who at
Meadow Acres retirement home for the job in a sense to portray folks who arent
one point are the life of the party, only to
indigent and disabled. (I see a lobotomy in flying on two or even one pistons.
find later theyve had a schizophrenic
breakdown and a dark past.) Many times its your future!) You just have to think about
Youve got to get rid of the
our faults that make us interesting. Its those balance and If this NPC dies is it really all 8 Decker if hes slowing things down.
things that make us stand out that others see that important? If a player really starts to
and equate with a personality. Frequently mess with the wrong people the character I like the matrix, the plot lines and even the
good friends do things that go beyond logic has to deal with the consequences. Im not old story in Virtual Realities 1.0.The problem
and loyalty. Its during those divisive times is that action tends to be very fast and very
about to go and tell some Mafioso wannabe
that we as individuals either support friends furious.The matrix tends to occur at a speed
that his pants are ugly and the gold chain
or re-evaluate our relationships. Contacts are far greater than the outside world. So easily
around his neck looks like something
the same way. Folks in power who have two and a half hours of gaming might only
Donny Osmond might wear. I dont want
influence might call upon characters to do equate to lest than a minute in real time.
folks with firearms knowing who I am. If
some really heinous stuff. (Possibly a Mr. This and the problem that all the players are
players brazenly do something stupid then
Johnson cuts up a teenage prostitute and not in the matrix makes that one Decker
players may be dealt with in a particularly
needs the characters to dispose of the stop the flow of the game.The best way to
vicious manner. One thing my players always
body in exchange for a favor with a large integrate the Decker is if the others in the
forgot to wear when going into corporate game need to make a food run or take some
megacorp.Who would have thought he was facilities, the ubiquitous ski mask.The Decker
the East Coast VP of Ares Operations, Go other break.Then you might be able to
gets most of the pay data but isnt able to fix sneak a quick decking session.The Mr.
figure. ) You get the idea. As people we have the vids, its only later that the players mugs
faults.We as individuals have a capacity for Johnsons Black Book has a nice reduced
are on the evening news and Lonestar is rule set for decking but Ive found it easier
good or bad its the combination of both looking to question them. Luck and conse-
that makes characters and NPCs interesting. to relegate Deckers to NPCs.
quence need to be dealt with, players must
In Shadowrun everything and everyone is be accountable for their actions for good or The Mr. Johnson only lies, its your
grey or black.There are some light souls out 9
bad. (Note this goes for Riggers as well.) job to screw over the characters.
there, just not in the sewers.
Surprises are a good thing.The Mr. Johnson
Take your time, only one is always going to screw the players over at
Sometimes you have to ignore 6
5 the dice, they lie anyways: person can speak at once. some point. Isnt that why theyre runners?
At conventions especially tables have a way Shadowrunners in the darkness of the sixth
Luck vs. Accountability.
of growing in proportion and size.When world are expendable assets. On occasion
Every now and then the dice just dont go dealing with large groups of runners it helps they become more of a liability and have to
the way you want at a very, very, inopportune to have folks take turns talking and acting. be liquidated. It happens and players always
time. If its going to kill the game, or destroy I usually go clock wise or counter clock wise hate it. Mr. Johnson might sell the players out
the plot then its not a bad idea to flub the in non combat situations. In smaller home- for his or her own gain? Who knows?
rolls. If the players earned the rolls outright grown groups this isnt so much an issue but Maybe that Mr. Johnson is just a pawn
and rolled fairly in combat and killed the with larger groups come semblance of order working under someone higher up in the
evil master mind dark mage then let him die. is needed.Your players will thank you for it. corporation? (What? Were working for a
low level accounting manager?)
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Intrigue is a part of the game and what the corpses a street doc might have to games completely on the fly and did it well.
makes the game so interesting. Invariably dispose of and the lasciviousness of (To give props where theyre due, Don
the players are going to get the old knife in Tamenous ghouls.Try to make things Fergoso in TX is a great example of an
the back at some point. It happens, will more than they are and exaggerate a bit. improvisational GM.) I like to plan out my
happen, and will continue to happen. The whole point of doing this is really so games, clues, links and game flow about a
Remember though that theres a cost tied you can have fun with the game. week before the game. If I have time, Ill go in
with everything. Make sure when the players and fill in notes on NPCs and other events
get the shaft or barrel its for a good reason Take notes during the in the game. I tend to use a meta-flow chart
that ties well into the needs and context of 12 game for future reference. to map out the game and where hopefully
the story. Screwing over players just to screw Often you have to make up NPCs on the fly. I would like it to go.You dont have to write
over players is silly. Even in the underworld Having notes to refer back to can be handy a thirty page book but just having the basic
theres a level of professionalism.You start when trying to add more detail to a NPC stats down, notes on flow and NPCs and key
from the street where an everyday pusher for later use. (Usually first meetings are just events is usually enough. If you have time,
would sooner sell your organs to a street impressions anyways, its not till later that maps are always fun to hand out to players.
doc than look at you.You move up the ladder we really learn about someone and who
slowly. Just be mindful of who the players are and what they are?) Behold the power of the Pimp!
dealing with. Even the big boys liquidate
15 Encouraging interesting PCs
assets. Especially if theres a large monetary Props you can is your job.
gain. Ultimately motivations for deceit can 13 never have too many! I never get to play. I mean I never get to play,
be broken down into one of two things: Actually you can, but thats beside the point. ever. Im always the GM. (I think thats one
power or money, and the lengths that a Mr. I like turning my games into a little bit of a reason I like wargaming so much, no GMs.)
Johnson or individual will go depends on live action game around a table. Props are So from time to time to stave off nostalgia Ill
those two attributes. A great movie that the perfect way to do this.They can really make out a character or two. One such night
demonstrates this is Tom Clancys Clear be just about anything. Say starting off the was the birth of Master Spanker aka Mr. Ivy.
and Present Danger. easiest are forms, pictures, scraps of paper, I based him on the DVD American Pimp,
news articles anything you can use.You might having got a good deal of enthusiasm from
Know your audience, occasionally the DVD. So after buying 5 level II Hos,
10 create some scream sheets for a download
hack and slash is a good thing. other gear and drugs, Master Spanker was
type newspaper print out similar to older
part face, part pimp, and part drug dealer.
Every now and then players want less games.You can create multimedia pieces,
Since I didnt have a chance to play him in
intrigue and more hack and slash. Knowing music, video, what ever floats your boat. normal game play he turned into a NPC.
your players a little before the game is a Ive created scream sheets, maps, old match One night I had a new player sit in who
good idea. In general Ive found kids dont like cases, bits of a receipt...hell, the pictures you needed a character and saw the pimp. From
really complex plots overall.Thats not a bad find when you buy a picture frame could there the magic happened. For some reason
thing, hell many adults just like to blow off work. A prop is anything you make, buy, the Pimp is the ultimate clown.Take every
some steam enacting fantasies about killing steal, scavenge, or put together to represent bad Blaxploitation film from the 1970s, add a
hapless co-workers and supervisors. It just something in a game. Good places to look little bit of Blackula and JJ from Good Times
sort of comes with the territory. Especially if are Goodwill stores, arts and crafts shops and you get Master Spanker. Ironically the
youre running an intro game a little or a lot or what ever youre looking for.The skys first player to play the Spanker was a kid
of violence is a good thing. One of my the limit when dealing with props. Ideally the from Sri Lanka who you would never have
favorite games to run for newbies is my, prop should fit in with the plot of the game guessed would open up as a Pimp. (He has a
Night of the Zombies. (Thats where I but it could be something to throw off the very clean almost British accent.) He took
discovered that SR shotguns are a zombies players as well. One prop idea was the ichor being a Pimp to a new and greater level.
natural predator.) I wanted something kind of Roth-Shogoth which is molasses I poured Even when his character was out gunned
of fun and pulpy and zombies are a great way into an empty water bottle. It gave a nice he grabbed both pistols and opened up
to unleash some hidden hostility. Ironically, viscous consistency. Players look at it in the Hollywood style. I gave him extra karma for
every time I run this game players ignore bottle and theyre first reaction is, This that since he was fighting a pretty butch set
the 20 zombies prostate on the ground. doesnt look healthy, drop everything. of drones. Now at every convention theres
Coincidently theyre all pointed toward the Props are just fun. Ive heard of one guy who at least one player who plays the Spanker.
large column of light, beaming up into the The point of this is to illustrate that breaking
rebound an old Websters dictionary to make
night sky.This never seems to bother the the mold when making a character with style
it a Tome of unholy knowledge. (Who ever
and purpose is more important than
players till after they figure out whats going thought the secrets of evil would be in
substance. Creativity does not come from
on. ...Uh, guys, I think were going to have to alphabetical order.) Props are fun and really
being a munchkin but putting out a character
fight our way out of here. spice up a game. with that extra touch of style. Characters
that stand out help give the players a level of
Have fun; but it can be more Come to games prepared
11 14 depth to focus on and act upon. Creating a
fun writing than it is running. with well thought-out scenarios. personality and a history for new players
The trick is to have fun while running too. Some GMs can run a whole game on the helps them get into the mood of the game.
I like to ham up my NPCs and really delve fly completely unprepared. In high school I Never underestimate the power
into their quirky nature.Think about all played with a Call of the Cthulu GM who ran of stereotypes.

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Painting Shadowrun 25mm Miniatures
MY HUMBLE APPROACH BY BRIAN GUARNIERI
Paints
Paints are a very personal product. Some
folks like Valejo or Games Workshop paints.
I tend to use a mixture acrylic GW, Foundry,
and Valejo and old Armory paints. Its good
not to focus on just one set brand of paints.
I like to have a fairly varied palate. The
Wargames Foundry makes a great paint set
now but you have to buy them in packs of
six at twenty dollars per pack. (1 bottle =
3.40 w/tax).

Brushes
Brushes vary with company. I tend to go to
hobby stores and AC Moore to get many of
my brushes. I usually pay anywhere from
3.50 to 5.00 a brush tops. Professionals

W
swear by the high-end ten dollar brushes.
hat can I say about painting describe my style it would be, Using as
Ive found that brushes designed for
miniatures? Its part mania many short cuts to get the best result for
hobbies can last a year or more and do a
and part enjoyment, although the least amount of work. I think the most good job. There are many sizes and shapes.
its best to focus on the enjoyment part. shocking revelation of my post graduate I prefer very fine pointed bristles and I
Its enjoyable seeing a lifeless silver figurine years was that theres never enough time. usually have a number of differently-sized
slowly change and take on a life of its own. So you want to get as much as you can dry brushes. The sizes I prefer are 15/0
This metamorphosis is a slow and steady out of what precious little free time you and 10/0. Again, youll have to experiment
process that requires patience. If you take may have. to see what brushes you like. Games
anything away from this article then let it be
Workshop sells brushes but Im not a
patience. You cant rush painting. Ive Four categorical items youll need to paint
personal fan of their brushes.
found every time I start to get antsy I tend miniature are paints, brushes, primer, and
to make mistakes. The key to quick painting a good clear coat. Iron Wind Metals makes Primer and Clear coat
is patience. a great assortment of miniatures and You always always always want to check
The second and third elements of good paints. They even carry the old Ral Partha the relative humidity before priming or
painting are an eye for neatness and order. historical miniatures. I cant say enough clear coating. I always do a test swatch
If you paint something in the proper order good things about Iron Wind Metals and before spraying anything. The humidity
you can get away with a little splotch here Robin Hamm. Theyve really taken on the and temperature can really affect how
or there. If you try to keep your painting job of living up to Ral Parthas US line of the primer or clear coat adheres on the
neat and paint in a well thought out order miniatures. Other companies that I use for miniature. Always test spray on a sheet
youll paint more quickly and with better monsters primarily are Games Workshop of paper.
results. Mistakes are going to happen, and Reaper miniatures. Reaper's fantasy
theres nothing you can do about that. monsters are an excellent buy for your There all kinds of spray paints that can be
The thing to remember though when money. And youd be helping all my old used. Krylons Ultra Flat Black is okay and
deciding the order you paint makes all the friends back in Denton Texas continue with they make an awesome flat grey primer.
difference. It acts as a built in buffer so a great product. (Excluding any CAV support I prefer black for priming. Sadly, Games
that you paint over splotches in later steps. of course.) Workshops black primer is my favorite at
$7.00 a can. (Krylon will run you
I hope to illustrate and explain how I around $3.00)
bring those three attributes to painting
miniatures: patience, neatness and order. For more robust and less tempera-
Theres no set law about how to paint or mental primers go with Krylon. For
even a proper manner on how to paint. clear coat Id go to a hobby/arts and
Everyone paints in their own style. crafts and buy a good flat clear
My style is a fusion of historical painting coat. Some satin or semi glosses
techniques (Based on Kevin Dallimores still tend to give a glossy texture.
Foundry Painting System), and little tips One trick is to use a high gloss and
and tricks Ive picked up from painting then let it dry and spray a very flat
Games Workshops miniatures. If I could finish on over it to get

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Painting Shadowrun Miniatures
rid of the gloss. This gives a very good molten metal is poured there are air take long strokes and take many light
texture and helps protect the mini. Games channels that allow air to leave the space passes. You don't want to spray on too
Workshop and Testors makes a nice clear inside the mold. This helps the miniature much primer at once or it will fill in the
coat. The rumor in the GW Outrider commu- to form without defects. Sometimes flash detail on the miniature. I use double sided
nity is that GW uses Krylon to manufacture forms when metal moves inside these air
tape to a card board base so I can prop
channels. Its easy to get rid of with a
their primers. So you may be paying more move the miniature around in a circle.
simple clipper. Mould lines require a file
for a brand name. type of tool and can be a little tricky to You'll want to have something behind the
remove. Pictured below are tool examples miniature or youll get primer speckling
Tools I use. the surface behind the miniature.
It may seem silly but youll need tools.
Primarily the tools are used for customiza- Priming After youve finished priming your miniature
tion or removing mold lines and flash. Priming should be performed outside if at youre ready to start painting. Listed below
When a miniature is poured lines and flash all possible and at a relative humidity of no is a step by step guide to help you paint
will appear on the miniature. When the higher than 50%. When spraying I like to your miniature quickly and cleanly.

PREPERATION
First remove any and all flash from the miniature. After removing any mold lines
score the bottom of the miniature with a hobby knife, glue to a base and prime.

BASING
Bases come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are many manufacturers.
Listed on your left are some examples of bases I've used in different
projects. Save the token all are commercially available through
http://www.litkoaero.com.

TOOLS
On your left are some tools I use for cleaning up miniatures. A good set of files, metal and nail files,
a utility knife and clippers are always a good idea. I could spend at least 30,000 words on all the
different and useful tools for modeling and miniatures, so this is the short list. My wife is a manicurist
so Ive got a never ending supply. You can find all the tools at your neighborhood Home Depot.

MOUNTING AND PAINTING SURFACE


I prefer to use a disk and double sided tape or mounting putty to keep my miniature steady and easy to
hold. Of all the mounting surfaces I prefer the disk to be the most useful. (Games Workshop 50mm
circular base.) You could just hold the miniature and paint it but I personally prefer using the disks.
A pack might run you $5.00 at your local Hobby store.

PRIMING EXAMPLE
I prefer Black for priming but you can choose any one of many colors available. You will want to fill in silver bits
with black paint (or the color of your choosing) because you can never prime the miniature completely.

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PAINTING EXAMPLE: STEP 1
I start out by dry brushing the silver and metal bits
first. I like GW's bolt metal and black ink or watered
down black paint to fill in areas I may have acci-
dentally painted over. (This also works if you want
to darken metal as well.) To accent edges I use a
silver paint on areas like the edge of a sword or to
bring out detail on some really groovy cyberware.
(Dry-brushing requires you wipe off most of the
paint from your brush and rub it over the bits you
want to look metallic.)

STEP 2
When painting areas like the face I use a three or
four layer system. I start with dark brown filling in
all the flesh bits.

STEP 3 STEP 4 STEP 5


Then I add a lighter flesh color staying When painting 25mm miniatures I start I painted the coat collar purple to give it
away from cracks and low points in the with the inner-most areas and work out. a scifi-ish campy look followed by the
face. Followed by the lightest fleshy color to I started on the turtleneck by painting base coat in a blue. I added some bone
highlight. If you want to go uber-highlight the base dark green, then goblin green white or off white to the purple to get the
you can use an even lighter fourth layer for followed by a bright camo green. lighter tones. (Some colors are excellent
avat grown skin look. Remember the top when adding bone white. Never use
most layers will have the least amount of pure white as it causes the color to be
coverage as it is a highlight. powdery in texture.

STEP 6
Adding a little bone white to the blue I dry brushed
the area with three or more lighter shades to tone up
the area. Dry brushing the clothing with a lighter
shade gives it a worn look. I painted the pants a dark
navy blue and dry brushed highlights with shades of
turquoise to give the pants a worn blue jeans look.

STEP 7
Here I started the frilly bits. I figured this had to be a
leather/furry thing so I started with a dark brown,
and dry brushed a lighter reddish brown followed by
a yellow brown. The effect came out fairly well. If
needed you could add some bone white to the yellow
brown to lighten it up a tad. (Highlights help the mini
stand out on the table.)

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STEP 8
I painted the boots and the knee pads next. I
wanted the boots to be different than the brown
boots so I focused on red browns for the boots
and yellow browns on the knee pads. I highlighted
the boots section by section with a thin highlight
so each section sticks out when you look at it. I
did a top highlight on the knee pads to show wear
and tear.

STEP 9
For the clips I painted them a dark green then
working up I painted in a small rectangle a lighter
cammo green followed by a very light cammo
green creating a rectangle leaving dark bits
where they snap together.

STEP 10
I painted the rifle butt and the sheath a dark
brown using subsequent lighter reddish brown for
high lights. I added a little bone white to the brown
to create a nice reddish brown highlight creating
the lines that go along the sheath giving it shape.
I used a bronze and a bright copper to highlight on
the bands to help make them stick out a bit.

STEP 11
Finally for the grenades I made them shiny and red
so they'd stick out a bit so it's easy to see them.
Really they should be green or black but this is a
stylin Street Sam who wants guards to know what
they're up against. Below is the image of the
finished miniature. I spiffed up the base a bit but
more on basing in the next Commando Quarterly.

DEFINITION: DRY BRUSHING


Dry Brushing is simply the act of wiping off excess paint from
ones brush and lightly brushing across a surface to extenuate
the natural texture of the material. Use less pressure to on ever
subsequent lighter shade. The brightest highlight should have
the least amount of paint and pressure.

DEFINITION: PAINT BY LAYERING


Layering is a simple and quick way to fool the eye into thinking
an area has been highlighted. On very small areas on a 25mm
miniature paint is applied going from dark to light. Each layer is
lighter than the first painted on with less area. Ideally only three
layers are needed but it's not difficult to add an extra layer or two
if you have time or want to expand the shading out.

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YANCE I assignments by Precentor ROM Kernoff . These problems my sister shall be
Today I need reports on your progress so rectified. He looks at the information on
by Anthony Hardenburgh
I may inform the conclave of the fulfillment his screen. Keep in mind Adept Evens
of our Blessed Founders will. said the that Precentor Kernoff has others working
Precentor VII Harris. So who will start. to help your mission also. Looking at the
Caph information once more. You and your team
Chaos March I shall. A woman in her late 30s stands. are doing a wonderful job and with Blakes
1 August 3067 Precentor as you know my team has been truth on your side you shall continue to do
given the planet Fletcher as our assign- so. Thank you.
ment. The short, dark haired woman looks
In a small run down bar two individuals sat to the three others sitting at her table. So Well I guess that I am next. The young
at a table. The small device that sits in the far we have been able to make some man in his late 20s sitting at the last table
middle of the table will make it hard for any progress in to the Mercenary Hall and also by himself. First off I will thank Adepts
to over hear the conversation but they talk with a few minor officials of Fletchers Novik, Evens and their teams for the help
in low voices anyway. Goverment. She looks at the table and they have given me so far. The average
picks up a folder. This is a full report of height, brown haired man looks to the other
So my brother, how was your trip to
what we have done so far. At first glance it two tables and nods. As you know sir I
Fletcher? Asks the older of the two men.
may seem that we have not done much. have been working on a way to keep the
It went very well, my brother. I have found But as we have to do this so that our Draconis Combine from looking too close
just what we need for the job at hand, wayward Brothers and Sisters do not notice into our work here . He looks down at the
states the young man. our work, things must progress slowly. table and his notes. I have come up with a
Adept Novik brings the folder to the plan, using Yance I to force the Dragon to
The older man looks around the bar. This keep their attention here. He pickes up a
Precentors desk and sits down.
is very good news. Very good news indeed copy of his report and walks to the
So how long before it starts? Thank you Adept. Precentor Harris nods Precentor. As we all know many others are
to the Adept. He skims the report. Your now at work to keep the Great House Lords
I have the transport in progress and things
work and the work of your team for the looking in other directions as we get ready
should start in a week or two. The younger
Blessed Blake will be noted. The older to bring Blakes Vision to the Inner Sphere.
man passes a disk to the older man.
gentleman smiled at her. Both the Some of our Brothers and Sisters will use
The older man looks at his charge. Good. Precentor ROM and I do understand how force and others will use guile. He hands
I would like you to join me at the next difficult your assignment is. Looking at the the file to the Precentor and looks at the
meeting to brief the others. file once more. From what I see in this others in the room. At this point in time we
report you have done well. Keep up your do not have the martial resources to bring
As you command my brother. When and good work. Looking at the other two about Blakes will. So I shall use to things
where? The young man is a bit startled. tables. So who is next. we do have. Money and technology.
In two days I will send for you. The older We shall be next Precentor. A full figured, We have talked of your plan Adept Jones,
man gets up. tall red haired woman stands. Precentor, so why do you not give the others here
At that one of the two figures reaches for My team has been tasked with finding able some insight. The Precentor looks at the
the small device, stowes it in his jacket, body recruits for the Militia. So far that job file. They will need to know so that they will
stands up and takes his leave. The young has been slow because we do not want be able to help you better in the future.
man sits for bit thinking of his plan and ComStar or the Great Lords to notice our
As you wish sir. What I have done so far is
how it was progressing. After he finished work. When the time for Blakes vision to
to recruit some Mercenary units to raid
his drink he took his leave of the bar. be revealed we will be able to do so. We Yance I. These units are just above Pirates
have found many that are willing and have themselves so the local government will
*** made arrangements to move them. They look at them as such. The way this is setup
will be of use for our needs. She looks to a we win no matter what happens. If the
Caph member of her team and he hands her a units I have hired for this job work well I
Chaos March disc. As you will see we have been able to may recommend them for our militia. What
3 August 3067 show many that Blakes is true home they I am looking for from them is that they
have been looking for. She walks around cause the companies to hire security for
the table and hands the disc to Precentor their Yance I operations. Thus we will be
Deep under the HPG station on Caph in
Harris. We have moved slower due to able to place some of our own forces on
one of the high security rooms a meeting
ComStar interference, but we are still on planet. Then we will be able to cause
is in progress. With a dozen members of
target. Harris loads the disc she and she tension between these security forces and
Word of Blakes ROM here this is a very
continues. The Chaos March is a good the planets defence force. When this comes
important meeting.
place for us to recruit new members ..... to a boil one of two things will happen.
My Brothers and Sisters, with Blakes The biggest problems are keeping ComStar The Draconis Combine will send in a large
vision revealed to us through our Blessed and the Great Lords from seeing the num- garrison force or the local government will
Precentor Martial we were all given ber of new recruits that we are getting. ask us for help. If the DCMS sends in units
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the people of Yance I will look on this as a So why did you ask me here, I still have JIHAD AND THE MAKING
occupation force and resist, giving us a way much work to do.
to place more security forces. If they ask OF NEW GHOSTS
You work so far have been most impres-
us for help due to the fact we have by Frank Diaz
sive and we need you here.
helped many Chaos March worlds in this
type of situation we have a way to place With all due respect, a few success
our own Peace Keepers. He looks over the over the last three months will not complete Quentin IV, Al Nair Prefecture
others and sees they now know how they my work. Dieron Military District
have helped in his operation. I may be Draconis Combine
looking to all of you for help in the future if You have laid some very good ground work 3 November 3067
things do not work with the forces now in so far, but your talents are need here.
play. As of now things look good. He sits
I was told by you and others that the ..... Quentin IV is an industrial border world that
down at his table.
Job ..... here was well in hand. Looking at has changed hands many times throughout
Like all things we do for the Blessed Blake the old man with questions all over his face. the Succession Wars, and it is once again
time is the key, so keep up your good work caught in the middle of another tug of war.
We have had some... set backs. You are The ultimate prize being Steel Valley, where
and at the proper time Blakes will shall be
needed here. This is all I can tell you at this most of Quentins Mech factories and R&D
done. The Precentor looks to his charges
time. The older man gives him a stern look facilities are located at. The neighboring
May Blake keep you all safe.
areas will once more serve as the stage
Who will take over for me on the other job?
*** to determine the fate of Quentin IV. The
I do not know. Like you my son, I too take citizens know that war can break out at any
Fletcher orders. I was told that you will now take time and they think that the experiences of
Chaos March over things here and someone will replace the previous Succession Wars have
1 December 3067 you on the other job. He gives the younger prepared them well for all armed conflicts.
man a look of understanding. You are But nothing could be further from the truth.
looking at this all wrong. You have been The Word of Blake is bringing a holy fire
Two men sit at a table having drinks. that will shake the planet and its people
asked to finish this because you have what
to the core and nothing will ever be the
You know if we keep doing this people will is needed to see it done. Also your work on
same again.
talk the young man smiles at the older Yance I is progressing well so someone can
man at the table. take your place. You also need to keep in The 10th Ghosts primary mission is to
mind that what happens here is more garrison Quentin IV and try to get back to
As long as they only say good things, let important to our work. full operational strength. Not an easy feat
them talk. The older man smiles back. when you are dead last in the DCMS
I do understand... Its just I do not like Procurement Departments list of priorities.
leaving things half done, thats all he looks The 10th is basically
to the older man with a sad face comprised of three
rival yakuza gangs.
I under stand that. But at this time
The 10th was
will have to finish what you have started. originally
You will have to accept this.

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formed, by combining two rival yakuza had been cleared with the DCMS chain of to do so would mean that he was now
gangs, but the feud that has existed command. Everything was happening so theirs and that they had broken him.
between the two rival gangs has never quickly that no one had time to think about
Sho-Sa Minako dragged his thoughts away
ceased to this day. Then in 3057, the 8th just stopping and confirming the legitimacy
from his current predicament and reflected
Ghost unit was added to the 10th, thus of these new forces. Which is exactly what
back to only a few days ago. A few days
adding a third yakuza clan to an already The Snake Stompers and their employers
ago?!! How can that be? It feels like a
volatile unit. The 8th was forced to merge had planned for for there to be utter
lifetime ago. He remembered how the day
with the 10th after it had been reduced to confusion, a muddled response, and best
started with the regular staff meeting, if it
one battalion during the Smoke Jaguar of all the ability to bribe some of the 10ths wasnt for the local pastries and the coffee
attacks on McAlister. To make matters personnel to look the other way. By the he knew would never have enjoyed attending
even more confusing and disharmonious time the 10th notice the inbound dropships any of the meetings. Sho-Sa Minako was a
within the 10th is that the troops are being coming in at a High G burn rate, it was too Tai-i then, the Sho-Sa ranking was a field
led to believe that there is a fourth yakuza late. The alarm in Batan had sounded too promotion after fighting had started and
gang operating in their midst. This fourth late to be of any service to the defenders ended in Batan. Chu-Sa Komieto Ryohara
and fictional yakuza gang is represented of Batan. The 10th's 3rd Battalion was and most of the senior command staff
by the command staff, which are in crushed and the rag tag units of its was either KIA or MIA, so Brian assumed
actuality instructors from the Sun Tzu survivors were driven out of Batan that command of what was left of 3rd Battalion
School of Combat. very night. and led them out of the city during the early
hours of the next day with the cover of night
The Command Staffs plan was to unite the There is no unit in the entire inner sphere
still on him.
two rival gangs together as they faced and that dislikes the Dracs as much as The
dealt with a common enemy, the fictional Snake Stompers do. So much so, that The fighting had begun after a few hours
yakuza gang that is in charge, but the plan they would have accepted this contract and of losing control of Batan Spaceport. At
any of its terms from the devil himself! first no one could understand why the Com
has not worked so far. The three yakuza
The Stompers are a veteran outfit that has Guards/SLDF forces had commandeered
factions have never been further apart than
taken on some tough contracts in its time, the spaceport. They were not accepting any
they are now.
including a very notable scrap with the Wolf messages nor were they providing any
They choose to identify Dragoons on this very planet back in 3023 answers to their actions. Luckily before all
themselves by painting blue, flickering under the employ of House Davion. communications were blacked out from the
flames over the light grey with dark grey The Snake Stompers were the perfect unit spaceport, two messages did managed to
striping base paint scheme that is on their to hire, they have the experience, they have get out. One was a message indicating
mechs or vehicles. The first two yakuza the proper motivation (a complete hatred that there were some inbound dropships
clans paint the blues flames either on for the Dracs), and best of all, they know and fighters coming in at high Gs and the
their left or right side depending on their this planet very well. The 10th will have second message was the holo image of an
affiliation, with third yakuza clan just its hands full or quite possibly have their insignia of a boot stomping on a snake.
painting the upper torso in blue flames. heads handed to them on this planet. The image looked like it came from deep
By visibly claiming their clan loyalties, as within one of the dropships that had first
***
they have, only serves to keep the 10th landed, but the insignia spoke volumes
from coming together, to operate as the Fasholt Military Defense Barracks all on its own. It could only mean that a
veteran military unit that it can be. Quentin IV, Al Na'ir Prefecture mortal enemy of the Draconis Combine
Dieron Military District had managed to infiltrate their planet.
The ongoing rivalries have caused some Was it possible the Combine was being
Draconis Combine
very serious lapses in judgment within the betrayed by Comstar? Or could this be
7 November 3067
chain of command. Like vital intel not being the action of the mysterious splinter group
shared between the departments, especially calling itself the Word of Blake? A radical
during their down time. Other examples Sho-Sa Brian Minako sat quietly in his cell schizoid group that had betrayed Comstar
include critical supplies or parts not gathering his thoughts and centering his ki, from within and then had taken over Terra.
reaching their proper destination, or the as he waited for his captors to come for They are the only other group that could
inexplicable amount of MIAs or AWOLs him once more. He wasn't quite sure if actually pass off for being a real Comstar
within the ranks. Especially when all they were beating on him for the fun of it unit and give The Snake Stompers the aid
involved know, that all those missing troops or if they were after some specific piece of they needed to invade Quentin IV.
never had any reason to leave their yakuza information, but for the moment they were
content on asking him for his name and By mid-afternoon the fighting had been at
clan. This self-sabotage of the 10th may
only his name. He knew that was how they its most ferocious, with both sides paying
very well be their undoing. were planning on breaking him, by first for their sins with a pound of flesh. By the
This breach in the Dragons Armor on getting him to answer one very simple and time evening began to settle in on Batan, it
Quentin IV is all that the Word of Blake innocent question. Which of course would was very obvious to Tai-i Brian Minako that
only lead to more simple and innocent
needed to get a foothold on Quentin IV. the 10th Ghost, 3rd Battalion would not
questions. He knew that they already had
The WOB faction has managed to infiltrate most of his information, quite possibly survive the night if they stood in the city.
some mercenary units from an outfit down to his shoe size, but they continued to They were still not fighting as a cohesive
called The Snake Stompers. The mercs beat on him none the less. He gathered unit despite the fact they were fighting for
were brought in under the guise of that it was all part of the process of their survival. Instead of fighting in their
Comstar/SLDF Units. No one from the 10th breaking him down. All he had to do to stop assigned lances and companies and provid-
had been able to confirm which units they the beating was to answer the one simple ing proper support to one another, they all
were or much less if these arriving forces question and give his name. He could not; reverted to grouping themselves per their
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yakuza clan colors. It was a disastrous were able to salvage a CGR-1A1 Charger about this area, is that there are random
instinctual reaction that the Snake for Akiko. He now had a pair of Chargers communication blind spots. The why and
Stompers took advantage of through out (CGR-1A1 and CGR-3K), a pair of PNT-9R how is still a matter of study, but some
the earlier part of the fighting. They just Panthers and a pair of WTH-1 Whitworths theorized that it had to do with the random
began to hunt and pick them off, one small to go along with a STG-3R Stinger, WSP-1K magnetic phenomenon that had recently
group at a time. Wasp, PXH-1K Phoenix Hawk, been discovered in the area. The Rift
At around 2000 hours Tai-i and a TBT-5N Trebuchet. was no place to be conducting any type
Minako had decided to take Ancient machines for of military action. Minako thought of a
it upon himself round up sure, but his small prayer to himself, may the Ancestors
whatever surviving forces Mechwarriors were a Spirits watch over anyone foolish enough
were in Batan. He had veteran group that to go into battle in this area, as a cold
not heard from, nor was knew how to make dread fell over him.
he able to contact anyone the most of their
mechs. It was time Minako stole a quick gaze up to the stars
in Command Central. His
to get everyone and saw the bright lights that were headed
company had not faired so
ready to to the planet and he knew that the 10ths
well in the fight so far and
he suspected that that was move. aerospace assets had been unsuccessful
the case with the other two in stopping the invading forces dropships
His first
companies of 3rd Battalion. from landing in Batan's spaceport. It was
thought,
He was down to 4 Mechs, time to put more distance between his unit
after get-
including his, and 5 Mech- and the fallen city.
ting his
warriors. Akiko had lost her mech During the early hours of dawn Sho-sa
Battlemaster while attempting to ready for Minako had received his field promotion
save them from a murderous action, was he and his new set of orders from Fasholt. All
crossfire ambush that the had to get out of Batan noncombatants and support personnel
Snake Stompers had setup. As and out of jamming including any armor units where to make
soon as he could he would range of the Stompers. their way to Fasholt as expediently as
have to get her back in a He had to get word possible. Just as he had feared, he and his
Mech. She was one to Fasholt and new mech company were to hold the Fire
Mechwarrior he did not warn them of Rift area and prevent the Snake Stompers
want sitting out the rest the invading from achieving the most direct route
of this fight. She was force's arrival.
one of those rare individ- possible to Fasholt. He knew that orders
Just as he was from Fasholt were right. That the Stompers
uals that seemed to be completing
born to pilot a Mech. Her hatred bordered on fanatical behavior and
his thought, the
Mech moved and fought so that despite the dangers that the Fire Rift
first of the explosions that
smoothly that you almost forgot it was area posed, the Stompers would use it
would serve as a temporary distrac-
Mech, and the real feat was that she could to get to Fasholt. Especially if it meant
tion for the Stompers began to ring through-
maintain this level of skill even when the they could kill more DCMS troops that
out Batan. He could see in the direction of
Mechs heat levels were in the red and it much sooner.
the Spaceport that there was a heavy
was suppose to be moving sluggishly. It concentration of explosions there. Good, he Sho-sa Minako rounded up his Mech-
was a sight to see and he was glad to have thought, keep those bastards pinned down warriors and relayed their new orders to
a warrior of this caliber in his unit. for a little while. them. They went over all intel available to
Four and half-hours later it was confirmed. Tai-i Minako had ordered all support them about the Fire Rift area, some areas
He was the Senior officer of what was left personnel to get out and moving ahead as were very well mapped out, but most of it
of 3rd Battalion. He had also managed to fast as possible. The mechs would provide had not been properly explored from the
round up almost all of the surviving units, them cover as they exit the city. The plan ground level. Footing was key he did not
and the ones that were still out in city, he was to go around the Fire Rift area, no one want to lose anyone to a lava pit. That was
had at least managed to get word to them in his or her right mind would purposely no way for a warrior to die. They need to
(via runners or whatever else was available travel through there. The area was find a good spot to ambush the Stompers,
to him). As of this moment all units remain- geologically unstable with lava pits and he needed more time to set up a proper
ing out in the field were to stay put, they active volcanic vents that spewed out hot defensive position, but he knew he only
would be providing cover/diversion for their gases and ashes along with dark billowing had a matter of hours at best. They quickly
exit by creating as much chaos as they smoke. The amount of heat generated in made their way towards the Fire Rift area
could in less than an hour. After creating all the Fire Rift area was enough to tax the and as they got closer he could feel the
this havoc they were to get out of Batan heat sinks of any walking mech. Magscan heat begin to build up in his cockpit, he
ASAP and make their way towards Fasholt. would also be useless in this area due to suspected this would be considered a cool
He looked around the scrap yard he was in the amount of ore that saturated the breeze to what was to come from inside the
and surveyed what he had to work with. mesas, spires, and most of the other rift. Ancestors please watch over us, was
He had his AS7-D Atlas still and the techs rock formations that adorned this hellish all Sho-sa Minako could say before entering
landscape. The other, lesser known, fact hells vestibule.
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HOME OF Please accept my apologies Miyamura-san, What I need from you and some of your
it was not my wish to intrude on compatriots is your help in ridding the
ENLIGHTENMENT your meditations. Combine of a dire threat. We have a
by John Hudson situation in another system involving the
You are not intruding on anything but Black Dragon Society. They are rising up
endless boredom. Please, how may I be and are planning to overthrow Theodore
of service? Kurita and replace him with someone
Main Street
She pursed her lips and seemed to almost more tradition-bound. If they succeed,
Halstead Station III, Ashio Prefecture
look straight through me. She was a lovely they will regress the Combine back to the
Dieron Military District
woman, with long straight reddish-blonde Succession War era.
Draconis Combine
08 April, 3068 hair pulled back into a simple but functional But why us?
2100 hours bun. A slight amount of makeup highlighted
her ice-blue eyes. In an earlier time, she Because we know that you support the
would have been called Eurasian. Now she policies of the Coordinator. You have proved
The candles almost give this prison a is called citizen. it for six years here. By doing this, we will
softer, more civilized look. On first be able to help you clear your honor and
What I need, Miyamura-san is a few restore your good name.
impression, this place does not look like brave souls willing to lay their lives down
a prison, but what would you call being for the Dragon. Please excuse my ignorance, but why
placed on a planet with a poisonous would the Internal Security Force need with
atmosphere to atone for the stain on your Some would question the reliability a few honorless ronin. I would think that
honor? I would call it a prison. The of using flawed soldiery to serve the the ISF would be able to take care of this
Combine calls it Halstead Station. Dragon when there are better problem themselves.
resources available.
I am supposed to dwell on the fact that I True, but the Coordinator
failed my warriors, my command, and the Ahh, but who else
wants to make a special
Combine. I have been here for over six years. would do a better
statement to the
job but one who
Black Dragon Society.
Thinking. Waiting. Atoning. has nothing to
By using you, He will
loose, but every-
You would think that I would accept my fate send a message
thing to gain.
more gracefully, but I cannot help this feeling once and for all
of frustration that I have at my condition. Including that his ways
one's honor are the best for
My crime you may ask, my Stain on and self- the Combine, that
my honor? respect? if we cannot
I was a progressive in the company of rigid change to suit
Hai!
traditionalists. I accepted and embraced the times, then we
the Kanreis ideas while my contemporaries Tell me, why are doomed.
in the 6th Benjamin Regulars kept with should I get
I turned to her, looked her
Coordinator Takashi Kuritas views. my hopes up?
straight in the eye. I could
I mean, after six years of
The rice paper doors slid open with a low not see any deception in her
reflection on this airless rock,
hiss, which is almost inaudible. But if all eyes, and I always considered myself to
why should I follow you blindly to glory
you had to do was pace back and forth for and honor? be a good judge of character.
the past six years, you kind of key on things It would be my honor to protect both the
out of the ordinary. Although, even as My name is Sachi Tani, and I represent
the Internal Security Force in the Ashio Coordinator and the people of the Combine.
aware as I was to what was going on, I What do I have to do?
still had to strain to hear the near silent Prefecture.
footfalls approaching me. She then showed me an official looking I have a lance of Mechs in Bay 4. You
card to the dreaded ISF, who is charged with and three companions will pilot them to
Tai-i Miyamura Kiyoshi, please forgive
rooting out any plot against the Combine. the DropShip that will be here in five days.
my intrusion.
Now I wondered, what would bring the ISF to After that, you will be taken away from here,
Please, do not address me by that title, for this little garden spot in the universe? off to meet the Black Dragon Society.
I feel that I do not deserve it.
So, How can my miserable life serve the Is that it, there has to be more to it
I turned to see who my visitor was, and I Dragon and the people of the Combine? than that?
saw a woman of mixed parentage dressed
in the traditional yukata with matching obi. Again, I got this feeling like she could look You are correct, because the Black
Her dress and the way that she addressed right through me. I have to admit, with Dragons do not want you to leave from
me in the traditional manner, as opposed to those cold ice blue eyes that she probably here, the local force will try and prevent you
the way everyone else in the Inner Sphere got whatever information she was looking from leaving. Do not misunderstand me;
addresses each other, told me that she was for. And right now, I think that she was you are no good to the Coordinator dead.
raised in the traditional ways. looking for my allegiance. You must get away with all of your lives.

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I understand, but how will we recognize Davion invaded Halstead Station many But Word Of Blake knew better, they
our mechs? years ago. But they were still deadly if they noted that the League fortress was more
breached our compartments. than that, something the Kuritans hadnt
Trust me, you will.
realized. The fortress was also a depot for
*** Gentlemen, our liberty is at hand. the SLDF Mapping Agency, and had hyper
The only thing that stands in the way is accurate charts of many worlds throughout
Mech Bay 4, Main Street that lance of mechs. Be careful and we the Inner Sphere and Periphery. It had
Halstead Station III, Ashio Prefecture will be sipping sake on the way out of this data on jump points not used in hundreds
Dieron Military District system tonight. If not, at least we died of years.
Draconis Combine reclaiming something that we had all
13 April, 3068 along, our honor. But more ominously, what Kervil mined
was important. It was the Draconis
1615 hours
Banzai! Combines primary source of fissile
materials. It was something that the
Combine did not advertise.
Well, she was right, we did recognize our THE KERVIL CAMPAIGN
Mechs. There they are, four pristine And thus, Kervil became a target for
by Jason Weiser Blakes ambition.
Mechs representing the best that the
Combine has to offer. And the reason that In early 3068, labor trouble broke out on
we recognized them is because they were Kervil, Al Nair Prefecture Kervil and the local mining concerns hired
painted in the colors of the 6th Benjamin. Dieron Military District a few small mercenary units to bust heads
Our old unit. How ironic that we would be Draconis Combine and keep the mines open with scab labor.
wearing the colors of the 6th Benjamin, the April May 3068 What the mining concerns did not know
unit that said we had no honor, to defend was that the units were really in the pay of
the Combine against one of the most the Word of Blake. Otherwise, the planetary
deadly threat that the Combine has seen. The choice of Kervil as a target in the militia commander would have wondered
early days of the Jihad did confuse a lot how Mechs and vehicles might have been
We started looking over the Mechs. I swear of use against striking miners.
that the Lynx in front of me was my old of observers at first. Many were left
machine. As I climbed up the ladder into wondering, why. It mined several heavy When hostilites again broke out between
the cockpit, all of the old feelings started to metals easily available throughout the Inner the Combine and Suns, the Blakists struck,
come out again. The pride in myself and in Sphere and the only other attraction was and brought in more forces, specifically a
the Combine for the ability of man and an old Star League fortress that had been battalion of Herman's Hermits to sew things
machine coming together as one, an avatar shattered in the Aramis War. up tight.
of war that acts on the will of the people.
This is the greatest honor that has ever
been bestowed on me, to pilot this machine
for the glory of the Combine.
I was a little rusty with the handling of the
Lynx. After all, it had been six years since
I had piloted a Mech. But I was sure that it
would come back to me soon enough. We
formed up, and marched out of the mech
bay, into a beautiful but deadly world. For
you see, even though Halstead Station is a
mineral storehouse that supplies the
Combine with many things needed to keep
the Combine running; it is a deadly world
with an atmosphere that is mainly poisonous
gasses, unfit for human life.
As we headed to landing pad two, the
communication crackled to life.
Unknown Mech lance, turn around and
stand down or be destroyed.
Well, this is getting better by the moment.
Just then, my sensors started picking up
movement to our Northeast. One two
three and four. The self proclaimed
Planetary Defense Force. I think these
machines were left over from when Hanse
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Anti-Mech tactics for PBI in Battletech, Part 1 By Jason Weiser

In the Battletech universe, tackle the idea of how Infantry should into the Concordiat. One Taurian located a
the PBI is often at a seeming handle Mechs. copy of A Footsoldiers View of Modern
War in a used bookstore on New
loss against Mechs, often in To Yao, preparation of the battlefield was Vandenberg. Luckily for the Taurians, he
a situation not dissimilar to vital. Special anti-Mech commandos were was the aide of the then head of the TDF.
to be selected for their cunning, bravery
the infantryman of World War and skill in handing of explosives and heavy The commander of the TDF ate up the
Two when confronted with an weapons. Yao suggested that these units lessons from the book, and for the first
enemy tank. In both cases, were permanent and to be formed at the time, anti-Mech infantry was trained and
weapons and tactics were battalion level to be committed where fielded on a large scale. These units were
Mechs were likely to approach, but where at first, a rude shock to the Star League
brought to bear to deal with the terrain favored infantry. If the terrain forces and some credit the invention of
the problem. The focus of did not favor infantry work at close range, these units with prolonging the conflict by
this article is unarmored then mines and barriers were to be used two years.
to canalize the Mechs into somewhere
infantry and how they have more favorable. Tactics were refined and soon, the Star
adapted to deal with League had to bring in their own infantry
Battlemechs on the field of As for weapons, Yao favored the use of to screen their Mechs, or use a lot of
the shaped charge, noting that LAWs and Firestarters and Vulcans. Urban fighting as
battle. These tactics were SRMs had the best chance for infantry to the Reunifcation War wore on, became
not developed easily, or hit a Mech and then get away, but he also even more hellish than was normally the
immediately and often, were discussed the principles of close range case, with entire cities being lit aflame or
engagement as he described it. He dis- shattered under the blows of Mechs and
done so at considerable cost cussed the use of smoke against Mechs, tanks performing Recon by Fire to flush
to those doing the discovery and using small arms to distract enemy Taurian fanatics. Casualty rates among
of their effectiveness. Mechs away from the

W
approaching attack party.
ith the advent of the BattleMech,
military thinkers were confronted But, the Strategios did not
with a situation that mirrored the embrace his theories, and
development of the tank some 520-odd Yao was passed over for
years before. Unfortunately for the promotion, and was soon
infantryman, the Mech was more versatile, retired to the Home Guard on
and more maneuverable, not to mention, Bella I. It was very fortunate
larger than a tank. Many 25th and 26th for him, as a Marik raid soon
Century military theorists echoed early hit the world, and Yao got a
20th century thought about the tank and chance to prove his theory,
said Mechs were nigh unstoppable. his Special Attack Company
killed an entire lance of light
By the end of the 2500s, almost every Mechs, but the casualties
major government in the Inner Sphere had were horrific, Some 60% of
Mechs and was using them, which made the unit was killed, including
the infantrymans lot even worse, in some Yao, who was awarded the
houses, such as Liao, where Mechs were Cluster of Conspicuous
at a premium, the near-seeming impotence Heroism, posthumously,
of Infantry against Mechs was frustrating. of course.
With the Age of War raging, Liao was
suffering badly at the hands of her And his theories languished
neighbors, and the Mech forces needed until the Reunification War.
to be preserved as much as possible.
Just before the Star League
It was a Capellan infantry officer, a came crashing into the
Commander Ying Yao, who began to attack Taurian Concordiat, military
the problem of infantry and Mechs. leaders among the Taurians
Though his work A Footsoldiers View of were casting about to look for
Modern War has been criticized as full of ways equalize matters
proverbs and somewhat obtuse to non- between them and the
Capellans, especially in the translated Mech-heavy Star League
versions, it was the first book to seriously forces about to come crashing

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Kick the Can
infantry on both sides skyrocketed. Mines tactics began to change from an emphasis but well used Infantry can turn a battle.
came into widespread use on the Taurian on killing the Mech to inflicting tactical The GDLs infantry was trained to a very
side, and soon spread to the other immobility and/or capture of the target high standard indeed and often-shocked
Periphery states as a dangerous slide Mech. More use was made of smoke and enemies and employers alike with its
away from the niceties of the Ares CS gas in an attempt to blind and smoke effectiveness. GDL infantry units used
Conventions took place. out the Warrior. Often these would fail, as tactics that had not been used in centuries.
half-trained infantry would often underesti- Why? Because until the GDL came along,
By the time the war ended, it was calculated mate the quality of a Mechs NBC suite. many units were simply not well equipped
that a third of all Mechs and vehicles lost enough or well trained enough to attempt
on the Star League side had been killed by One of the more favored tactics was the well-choreographed ambushes that
infantry operating in close quarters. Worse, using Anti-Mech grenades (Shaped Charge were a hallmark of GDL infantry operations.
Aramis men took note and incorporated grenades with a parachute like drogue) or
the Taurian tactics into their own training sticky bombs against the upper-half of By the time the Clans came, the Inner
syllabi. It was not long before the Great the Mech in an attempt to hit the cockpit. Sphere as a whole was relearning what
Houses followed suit. One problem, This was rarely successful, but if used to was lost and infantry training standards
however, was infantry cooperation with distract a Mech from another assault team were becoming more in line with attempting
friendly Mechs. In Veteran and Elite units, closing with it, it often helped score a some of the more basic anti-Mech tactics.
this was not as much of a problem, or in successful kill. Soon, another tactic arose, But, the Clans would prove a rude awakening
Star League RCTs where the infantry and Plinking; This was a sniper team with a to many Inner Sphere commanders. One
Mechs often operated together. In green heavy anti-material rifle who would engage that would prove difficult to overcome as
units however, the Mechwarriors would the sensor blisters and open components the Clans marched towards Terra.
often shoot at every footsoldier they saw in and it was more meant to distract the
One of the more pernicious problems
built-up environments, especially as Close target Mech from something far nastier
was that of Elementals. Often used by
Attack Platoons (the term for them in the down the road. Often, with green
Clan commanders to screen their Mechs
period) would often don enemy uniforms to Mechwarrirors, it worked well, but
from Inner Sphere infantry, it was difficult
suck in Mechs to kill. older, cannier warriors soon knew these
if not impossible to take them down with
sniper teams were the prelude to
This became a big problem for Star infantry weapons. To combat the threat,
something worse.
League infantry during the Aramis War as more support weapons began to appear
casualties mounted among SLDF troops Soon, as specialty equipment wore out, or at the squad and platoon level to handle
and standards to some extent, degenerated was lost, improvisation became the name the threat, and plinking was brought
as well meaning but hastily-trained recruits of the game, everything from packing back. Unfortunately for Elementals, their
filled both the ranks of the Mechwarriors peanuts being stuffed in Heat Sinks as was V-shaped vision ports proved to be
and infantry. Among Aramis troops, it tried by Capellan troops against Davion excellent aiming points for snipers.
became even more pronounced, but small Mechs on Chesterson in 3012 to a more Enhancements and combat drugs aside,
units of Aramis shock troops held out successful PAK front as developed by these could not cure a 7.62mm, 58-grain
such as the well known example of the then Colonel Katrina Steiner on Odessa in slug to the head. Other tactics were to
343rd Aramis Rifles (The Bloody 3002. Her use of salvaged Mech weapons lure Elementals into blind alleys and
Bayonets) who held out in Helens capital by infantry proved that the idea was cul-de-sacs, and then detonate large
city for months and their prolific commander, possible, if a bit awkward. Her use of an command detonated mines below them,
Hans Meyer, who accounted for some 10 ancient form of anti-tank defense, that was or collapse a building on top of them.
Mechs himself with SRMs and satchel unexpected by the Kuritans, their initial This did not always work as some forgot
charges, and a new, uglier contraption. arrogance losing them 3 Mechs in the Elementals could jump.
Officially known as the Anti-Mech first volley. Comstar proved to have come up with
Magnetic Mine, Handheld, it was known to a fairly nasty tactic for defeating the
But these examples are few and far
both sides as the suicide special and the elemental menace that was copied
between by the time of the 3rd War. By
super lunge mine. It suited the desperate throughout the Inner Sphere; it was called
then, a neo-feudal order of battle had
mindset of the Aramis forces well. It was a Toad Calling. Basically, a Comstar infantry
descended over the Inner Sphere, Infantry
magnetized mine that was a conical was for the most part, to be cheap garrison force would ambush a Clan mixed force at
shaped charge with stand-off poles meant troops and messily out of the way, and not long range. The Clan commander would
to insure the proper stand off distance for provide a threat to their betters. Infantry send his elementals to hunt down the
the mine. It was supposed to be a 5-7 training throughout the Inner Sphere soon freebirths and the Elementals would charge
second fuse after the pull igniter at the became little more than A short course in off, Often, they would then be lead into an
base of the mine was triggered, but due to how to die as one Marik wag put it. Very ambush of vehicles and Mechs, with
spotty manufacturing quality, often, the mine few realms spent much time or money to prepared counter-mobility obstacles and
would either not detonate at all, or worse, go train infantry properly, and the Mercenary anti-tank mines liberally emplaced. The
off soon after the fuse was activated. market often had private infantry units not Smoke Jaguars were particularly prone to
lasting very long. falling for this tactic.
After the Aramis War, and with the
departure of Kerensky, the specter of total But one man, Grayson Death Carlisle, By the time of the Fedcom Civil War, all
war descended on the Inner Sphere. The changed all that. houses had mature anti-Mech doctrines
First Succession War, with combatants from to handle the threats of Mechs on the
the Aramis War on all sides, saw the Carlisles story is well known and doesnt battlefield. How these doctrines were
anti-Mech tactics of the infantry developed bear repeating here. What does is the fact implemented, and how they affected
to new heights. But, as the number of that overnight, he brought back the idea weapons employment and development
Mechs began to drop, infantry anti-Mech that not only can infantry be dangerous, is another matter
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Quarterly P
Puzzler:
uzzler: by Charles Wilson

Interstellar Players
1

2 3

6 7 8

10

11 12

13 14

15

16

17

18

Solution on page 51.


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ACROSS DOWN
2 Cyberized Word of Blake assassins 1 Militant group of Taurian-based colony founders
4 Shiloh-based, anti-technology puritans 3 Interstellar corporate conglomerate
6 Commonwealth veterans who engage in politics 5 Generational warrior for hire
and assassinations 7 Religious group that almost collapsed upon the
10 Non-profit group of archeologists Clans arrival
13 Genetically altered spheroids and ex-Clanners 8 Militant Word of Blake sub-faction
hiding for survival 9 Lost world last seen in Marik space
15 Ancient group of power brokers 11 Pirates searching for religious artifacts
16 Federated Suns nobles and soldiers trying to 12 Rasalhague expatriates
prevent their nation's decline
14 Pseudo-religious cult whose cover is 'lessening
17 anti-Free Worlds League anarchist group thesuffering of others'
18 ex-Clan warriors who have been hiding for centuries

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JANUARY'S LANCERS
by Lou Myers

Highway One Watching from his Atlas in the woods left of Yeah Jacob, go ahead. January answered
Kerioth, Styk Highway One, Captain Robert January as he began noticing blips dead ahead on
Styk Commonality keyed his COM link. I do not frakkin his tracking computer. The civilians began
18 December 3058 understand! Why were we ordered to hold? running in panic.
0944 hours
Lieutenant Jessica Endicott, his XO calmly DAMN IT! There isnt any game plan here
answered, Bob, we have three sets of at all. All the government cheeseheads are
The fledgling Styk Government rejected orders here. The latest one, we are follow- bolting for the door and no one in their god
the Capellans Invitation to return to the ing is Ambassador Dartains to hold outside forsaken military is answering the phone! I
Capellan Family. But upon Sun Tzu Liaos Kerioth until re-enforcements arrive. say we split this rock, ASAP!!!
election as First Lord of the newly reborn Januarys targeting screen began to I.D.
January scoffed, You didnt tell me it was
Star League, Sun Tzu now had a proper the blips. One Raven 3L, one Firestarter H,
Dartain! Why isnt the Prime Minister or the
response at his disposal. Answering the two Spider 7Ms.
General giving orders?
Styk Commonalitys rejection of his offer, he
sent in Canopian Peacekeepers in the later Jessica held her breath for a moment, then The Firestarter began torching the fleeing
part of December. The 1st Canopian Light blurted out Reports say the PM has been the civilians. Bob felt his stomach get sick.
Horse dropped onto Styk and hit the ground captured and the general is MIA. Dartain is JACOB! he shouted, These periphery
running, determined to keep the peace bastards are murdering civilians! You
in charge of this cluster dance.
Capellan Style. Styk Government forces wanna cut and run go ahead but, me
escaped the capitol and held up at Kerioth, January voiced his disgust. Dartain is a and my Lancers are going to protect these
20 miles west. Within a day the Canopians Lyran court fop. Jessica agreed with people and crush these scum!
hit Kerioth hard and slaughtered the gov- humph. January moaned, Were screwed.
Colonel Whistler shouted back over his com
ernment troops and burned the city. Those link. Thats happening everywhere. Damn
Jessicas voice then launched into a tone of
civilians not killed in the fighting had fled. it Bob! Dont let your heart get into the way!
pure anxiety. Bob, we have a communiqu
from Colonel Whistler, the CO of Red Dawn. Bug out! Bug out now!
The entire highway all four lanes of it
was choked with refugees heading north He wants you on comms now! January punched his armrest. More and
away from Kerioth. Cars, trucks and buses more blips were appearing. Jacob, I got a
Bobs ears tingled. OK, putem in.
filled with terrified civilians crawled along, break out of murdering Canopians in front
amidst more terrified civilians carrying His comms crackled and whined as the link of me! Your ten clicks away from me and
what they could on foot as Kerioth burned hit. Captain January!? The gruff voice of you can back me up if you want! If not, Ill
behind them. Colonel Whistler tore across the link. see you in hell!
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Explorer
Corps Stellar Data
Yance I Orbital Inclination: 0.00 degrees

Survey Astronomical Code:


Star:
HIP 502099
Yance I
Stellar Type: G2V (Yellow Main-Sequence)
Orbital Eccentricity:
Perihelion:
Aphelion:
0.01
0.99584 AU
1.01596 AU
Mass: 1.00 Solar Masses (1.9890e30 kg) Period: 1.0089 Standard Years
Radius: 1.00 Solar Radii (696,000 km) Mass: 3.6308e24 kg (1.0907 Earth)
Luminosity: 1.01 Solar Luminosity Radius: 6472 km (1.0147 Earth)
(3.928e33 ergs/sec) Density: 5.74 g/cm^3
Lifespan: 9.9010 Billion Years (1.0455 Earth Standard)
Current Age: 3.7098 Billion Years Gravity: 1.0609 G
Current Status: Stable Rotational Period: 21.00 Hours
Axial Tilt: 31.39 degrees
Planetary System Data Atmosphere: Standard
Planets: 8 (1.1640 Earth Standard)
Rocky Worlds: 5 Composition: Nitrogen
Gas Giants: 3 Oxygen
Major Asteroids*: 16 Argon
Minor Asteroids*: 78 Carbon Dioxide
Asteroid Belts: 1 Water Vapor
Hydrosphere: Liquid Water
*Major Asteroids are defined by Comstar as Mean Temperature: 278K
asteroids above 500km in radius. Minor
Asteroids are above 50km in radius. Most Planetography
systems have countless asteroids smaller Total Surface Area: 526,364,851.59 km^2
then this, and thus are not listed here. Land Surface Area: 173,700,401.02 km^2
% coverage of Hydrosphere: 67%

Yance I Common Name:


Yance I
Agrador
Satellites: Alyssa (1647 km radius)
14.7237 Day Period
Mean Orbital Radius: 1.0059 AU Clytenbestra (1608 km radius)

Halstead Mean Orbital Velocity: 29.7185 km/sec 44.7283 Day Period

Station III
Kervil

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Economy commercialization. Putting aside their only to find the reapers hides resistant
Natural Resources: Iron beliefs long enough to plan, finance and to such weapons. The colonists were
Nickel undertake a relocation from one world to forced to turn to modern technology to
Coal another, these settlers came to Yance I, control the animals, bargaining with traders
Processed/ assured that they would find a new land to from nearby worlds for heavier weapons,
Manufactured Goods: Industrial Sand their liking. including automatic rifles and laser
Refined Metals weapons. These concessions to advanced
Food Products Yance I was a terrestrial world of diverse technology saved the colonists but
climates, with open, hilly bands of fertile eventually eroded the pilgrims way of life.
Population soils in the temperate zones, a mix of
Population: 2,712,680,446 (As of 3067) jungles and deserts in the equatorial zones, Over the following centuries, Yance Is
Population density and frozen tundra and glaciers in the polar population gradually became more modern-
(km^2): 15.6170 (Over all land surface) reaches. However, what went unnoticed ized, a transition that caused no small
Urbanization: 15.8513% in the first planetary surveys was the degree of conflict between the orthodox
Ethnic Groups: European (75%) dominant animal life form.
and progressive populations and led to the
Asian (20%) relocation of the traditionalist settlers to
Other (5%) No sooner had the settlers made planetfall
the neighboring continent of Neuhoffen.
Religion: Judeo-Christian (85%) and founded their first colonies than their
Buddhist(10%) imported livestock and even a few of the
The ascendance of the Terran Hegemony
Other (5%) colonists began to succumb to attacks by
and its incorporation of Yance I led to the
Labor Force: Agriculture (35%) a predator called the black reaper. This
further industrialization of Paradiesland,
Education (5%) aggressive, feline-like mammal, similar in
many ways to the Terran puma, but almost including the establishment of a small arms
Industry (15%)
half again as large and with a large, spiked, factory for SLDF infantry weapons.
Service (25%)
prehensile tail, roamed the plains of the Meanwhile, Neuhoffen became a haven
Other (20%)
primary continent of Paradiesland. The for those seeking escape from the evils of
Planetary Militia: 1 Company of Mechs
settlers at first tried to wall in their lands to modern life, virtually left alone while the
2 Companies of Armor
2 Lances of Conventional Fighters keep out the reapers, but the powerful rest of the world entered the Golden Age
1 Battalion of Infantry beasts broke through or leapt over their of technology.
wooden constructs, causing massive
Notes damage. Relocation also failed to work, as The years under Combine rule saw even
The colonists who settled Yance I the reapers, attracted to the new food more turmoil for Neuhoffen residents,
dubbed Agador by its inhabitants were source, simply followed them. forced into increasingly smaller enclaves
anti-technologists, mostly of Amish descent, by the Kuritan rulers, who saw a better
who sought to create a world free of the In desperation, the mostly pacifistic use for the minerals in the mountains of
ravages of widespread industrialization and colonists resorted to primitive firearms, the continent.
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Yance II Mass: 9.4756e23 kg (0.1586 Earth) Mean Temperature: 47K at cloud tops
Common Name: Yance II Radius: 3409 km (0.5345 Earth) Moons: 14
Mean Orbital Radius: 1.9834 AU Density: 5.71 g/cm^3 Rings: None
Mean Orbital Velocity: 21.1641 km/sec (1.0401 Earth Standard)
Orbital Inclination: 3.40 degrees Gravity: 0.5559 G
Rotational Period: 20.99 Hours
Yance VII
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.09
Axial Tilt: 37.41 degrees Common Name: Yance VII
Perihelion: 1.80489 AU
Atmosphere: Vacuum Mean Orbital Radius: 37.4612 AU
Aphelion: 2.16191 AU
Period: 2.7933 Standard Years Composition: None Mean Orbital Velocity: 4.8698 km/sec
Mass: 3.7761e23 kg (0.0632 Earth) Hydrosphere: None Orbital Inclination: 6.62 degrees
Radius: 2531 km (0.3968 Earth) Mean Temperature: 75K Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01
Density: 5.56 g/cm^3 Moons: 3 Perihelion: 37.08659 AU
(1.0128 Earth Standard) Aphelion: 37.83581 AU
Gravity: 0.4019 G Yance V Period: 229.2834 Standard Years
Rotational Period: 41.65 Hours Common Name: Yance V
Mass: 5.3484e24 kg (0.8950 Earth)
Axial Tilt: 48.87 degrees Mean Orbital Radius: 17.5035 AU
Mean Orbital Velocity: 7.1243 km/sec Radius: 6472 km (1.0147 Earth)
Atmosphere: Vacuum
Orbital Inclination: 1.67 degrees Density: 4.71 g/cm^3
Composition: None
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.09 (0.8579 Earth Standard)
Hydrosphere: None
Mean Temperature: 170K Perihelion: 15.92819 AU Gravity: 0.8706 G
Moons: 0 Aphelion: 19.07882 AU Rotational Period: 15.43 Hours
Period: 73.2297 Standard Years Axial Tilt: 22.24 degrees
Mass: 2.6647e24 kg (0.4459 Earth) Atmosphere: Vacuum
Yance III
Radius: 5067 km (0.7944 Earth)
Common Name: Yance III Composition: None
Density: 4.89 g/cm^3
Mean Orbital Radius: 5.6357 AU Hydrosphere: None
(0.8907 Earth Standard)
Mean Orbital Velocity: 12.5554 km/sec Mean Temperature: 39K
Gravity: 0.7076 G
Orbital Inclination: 4.23 degrees Moons: 1
Rotational Period: 31.74 Hours
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.08
Axial Tilt: 19.15 degrees
Perihelion: 5.18484 AU
Atmosphere: Vacuum Yance VIII
Aphelion: 6.08656 AU
Composition: None Common Name: Yance VIII
Period: 13.3789 Standard Years
Hydrosphere: None Mean Orbital Radius: 53.7638 AU
Mass: 2.5273e27 kg (422.9123 Earth) Mean Temperature: 59K
Radius: 83137 km (13.0350 Earth) Mean Orbital Velocity: 4.0650 km/sec
Moons: 1
Density: 1.05 g/cm^3 Orbital Inclination: 8.70 degrees
(0.1913 Earth Standard) Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01
Yance VI
Gravity: 2.4930 G Perihelion: 53.22616 AU
Common Name: Yance VI
Rotational Period: 37.30 Hours Aphelion: 54.30144 AU
Mean Orbital Radius: 26.3648 AU
Axial Tilt: 35.93 degrees Period: 394.2166 Standard Years
Mean Orbital Velocity: 5.8049 km/sec
Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant)
Orbital Inclination: 12.95 degrees Mass: 9.6674e26 kg (161.7705 Earth)
Composition: Hydrogen
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01 Radius: 53117 km (8.3282 Earth)
Helium
Perihelion: 26.10115 AU Density: 1.54 g/cm^3
Methane Aphelion: 26.62845 AU
Ammonia (0.2805 Earth Standard)
Period: 135.3745 Standard Years
Hydrosphere: None Gravity: 2.3361 G
Mass: 1.6841e27 kg (281.8025 Earth)
Mean Temperature: 97K at cloud tops Radius: 70446 km (11.0452 Earth) Rotational Period: 35.11 Hours
Moons: 13 Density: 1.15 g/cm^3 Axial Tilt: 31.84 degrees
Rings: Inner: 88,206 km radius (0.2095 Earth Standard) Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant)
Outer: 116,145 km radius Gravity: 2.3136 G Composition: Hydrogen
Rotational Period: 19.89 Hours Helium
Yance IV Axial Tilt: 6.52 degrees Methane
Common Name: Yance IV Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant) Ammonia
Mean Orbital Radius: 10.5146 AU Composition: Hydrogen
Sulfur Dioxide
Mean Orbital Velocity: 9.1920 km/sec Helium
Hydrosphere: None
Orbital Inclination: 1.01 degrees Methane
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.07 Ammonia Mean Temperature: 33K at cloud tops
Perihelion: 9.77858 AU Carbon Dioxide Moons: 11
Aphelion: 11.25062 AU Water Vapor Rings: Inner: 67,828 km radius
Period: 34.0949 Standard Years Hydrosphere: None Outer: 76,995 km radius
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Halstead Station III


Stellar Data Orbital Inclination: 7.76 degrees Period: 379.7033 Standard Years
Astronomical Code: HIP 500794 Orbital Eccentricity: 0.02 Mass: 1.8424e24 kg (0.3083 Earth)
Star: Halstead Station Perihelion: 47.38712 AU Radius: 4499 km (0.7054 Earth)
Stellar Type: M4II (Red Bright Giant) Aphelion: 49.32128 AU Density: 4.83 g/cm^3
Mass: 15.50 Solar Masses (3.0830e31 kg) Period: 85.4054 Standard Years (0.8798 Earth Standard)
Radius: 675 Solar Radii (469,800,000 km) Mass: 2.0431e27 kg (341.8881 Earth) Gravity: 0.6206 G
Luminosity: 4760 Solar Luminosity Radius: 72499 km (11.3670 Earth) Rotational Period: 22.50 Hours
(1.85e37 ergs/sec) Density: 1.28 g/cm^3 Axial Tilt: 23.04 degrees
Lifespan: 0.0326 Billion Years (0.2332 Earth Standard) Atmosphere: Standard
Current Age: 0.0222 Billion Years Gravity: 2.6502 G (1.6815 Earth Standard)
Current Status: Very Unstable Rotational Period: 23.74 Hours Unbreathable
Axial Tilt: 24.91 degrees Composition: Argon
Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant) Cyanide
Planetary System Data
Composition: Hydrogen Neon
Planets: 8
Helium Water Vapor
Rocky Worlds: 4
Sulfur Dioxide Ozone
Gas Giants: 4
Carbon Dioxide Hydrosphere: Water
Major Asteroids*: 17
Water Vapor Mean Temperature: 262K
Minor Asteroids*: 173
Hydrosphere: None
Asteroid Belts: 1
Mean Temperature: 515K at cloud tops Planetography
Moons: 14 Total Surface Area: 254,355,920.17km^2
*Major Asteroids are defined by Comstar
Rings: None Land Surface Area: 152,613,552.10 km^2
as asteroids above 500km in radius. Minor
Asteroids are above 50km in radius. Most % coverage of Hydrosphere: 40%
systems have countless asteroids smaller Halstead Station III Satellites: None
then this, and thus are not listed here. Common Name: Halstead Station
Mean Orbital Radius: 130.7395 AU Economy
Mean Orbital Velocity: 10.2628 km/sec Natural Resources: Radioactives
Halstead Station I
Orbital Inclination: 0.00 degrees Iron
Common Name: OReilly
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01 Bauxite
Mean Orbital Radius: 15.4697 AU
Perihelion: 129.43211 AU Processed/
Mean Orbital Velocity: 29.8353 km/sec
Aphelion: 132.04690 AU Manufactured Goods: Refined Metals
Orbital Inclination: 7.71 degrees
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.08
Perihelion: 14.23212 AU
Aphelion: 16.70728 AU
Period: 15.4546 Standard Years
Mass: 1.6260e24 kg (0.2721 Earth)
Radius: 3929 km (0.6160 Earth)
Density: 6.40 g/cm^3
(1.1658 Earth Standard)
Gravity: 0.7181 G
Rotational Period: 11.99 Hours
Axial Tilt: 11.94 degrees
Atmosphere: Very Thin
(0.0054 Earth Standard)
Composition: Sulfur Dioxide
Carbon Dioxide
Hydrosphere: Molten Silicates
Mean Temperature: 886K
Moons: 0

Halstead Station II
Common Name: Boyle
Mean Orbital Radius: 48.3542 AU
Mean Orbital Velocity: 16.8754 km/sec
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Population Engineers under the command of Geoffrey stumbled across the ruins of a Star League-
Population: 88,184 (As of 3067) Halstead, one of the Associations more era university housing a huge, unopened
Population density visionary directors, established Halstead vault. Realizing how important the contents
(km^2): 0.0006 (Over all land surface) Station in 2207 and renamed the world of that vault might be, Hanse rushed ahead
Urbanization: 100.0000% after their new colony. with the raid plans and decided to
Ethnic Groups: Asian (65%) personally lead the attack.
Middle-Eastern (20%) Halstead Station, more than merely a
African (10%) domed settlement on a poisonous What was planned as a simple objective
Other (5%) wasteland, was actually a labyrinth of raid, turned into a month long battle, but
Religion: Buddhist (50%) underground tunnels; huge surface and luck was with the young Prince, however.
Islam (40%) subsurface storehouses; and massive, When Prince Davion's BattleMechs broke
Other (10%) environmentally sealed habitats that into the vault, he and his men found rows
Labor Force: Agriculture (5%) when completed, covered nearly three upon rows of books and computer memory
Education (5%) percent of the tiny planet's surface. cubes. Hanse and his troops carried off as
Industry (50%) When the growing Draconis Combine finally many of the books as time would permit,
Service (35%) crushed the Ozawas, Halstead Station, as burning what they could not carry. Unofficial
Other (5%) one of the Associations few surviving sources say that over three thousand books
Planetary Militia: 1 Lance of BattleMechs facilities, fell into the hands of House and other materials were taken away from
2 Battalions of Infantry Kurita, which quickly assigned a significant the vault, most of them on highly technical
portion of the ever-expanding facilities to subjects.
Notes military use.
The founding of Halstead Station traces
back to the early days of human expansion, The Halstead Collection, as it came to be
Over the centuries, Halstead Station has
when the growing Ozawa Mercantile known, formed the centerpiece of the
seen use as a military supply base, a
Association sought to ensure Prince's ideas for the New Avalon Institute
maximum-security prison, and a place
its dominion of the coreward and spinward of Science. Today, the Halstead Collection
where dishonored soldiers were sent to
region of the galaxy, through a chain of is housed in the NAIS in an environmentally
reflect upon their mistakes. Though
stations under its complete control. controlled library.
Halstead Station continued to expand as
Unfortunately, the system chosen for one extensive mining drilled out more under-
of the way stations lacked one small ground tunnels, the quality of life for its Halstead Station IV
requirement: a habitable world. inhabitants gradually began to decline. Common Name: Zumbro
Mean Orbital Radius: 175.9641 AU
Because it was rich in minerals, particularly The world is most famous for the events of Mean Orbital Velocity: 8.8462 km/sec
in the asteroid belt and on the third planet, 3013, the so-called Battle of Halstead Orbital Inclination: 3.73 degrees
a poisonous rock encased in a deadly Station. At the very beginning of Prince Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01
argon-cyanide atmosphere, the system Hanse Davions reign, the MIIO reported Perihelion: 174.20446 AU
could not be ignored as a candidate. that Combine construction crews had Aphelion: 177.72374 AU
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Period: 592.8847 Standard Years Gravity: 2.5870 G Rotational Period: 37.96 Hours
Mass: 6.5386e26 kg (109.4150 Earth) Rotational Period: 21.11 Hours Axial Tilt: 9.04 degrees
Radius: 48246 km (7.5644 Earth) Axial Tilt: 13.27 degrees Atmosphere: Vacuum
Density: 1.39 g/cm^3 Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant) Composition: None
(0.2532 Earth Standard) Composition: Hydrogen Hydrosphere: None
Gravity: 1.9152 G Helium Mean Temperature: 166K
Rotational Period: 28.26 Hours Methane Moons: 0
Axial Tilt: 35.03 degrees Ammonia
Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant) Water Vapor Halstead Station VIII
Composition: Hydrogen Hydrosphere: None Common Name: Dorr
Helium Mean Temperature: 190K at cloud tops Mean Orbital Radius: 579.6127 AU
Methane Moons: 7 Mean Orbital Velocity: 4.8742 km/sec
Ammonia Rings: Inner: 103,305 km radius Orbital Inclination: 9.58 degrees
Water Vapor Outer: 111,429 km radius Orbital Eccentricity: 0.09
Hydrosphere: None Perihelion: 527.44756 AU
Mean Temperature: 249K at cloud tops Halstead Station VII Aphelion: 631.77784 AU
Moons: 11 Common Name: Linn Period: 3544.3858 Standard Years
Rings: None Mean Orbital Radius: 462.7460 AU Mass: 8.4334e24 kg (1.4112 Earth)
Mean Orbital Velocity: 5.4551 km/sec Radius: 7845 km (1.2300 Earth)
Halstead Station V Orbital Inclination: 10.09 degrees Density: 4.17 g/cm^3
Common Name: Dockery Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01 (0.7596 Earth Standard)
Mean Orbital Radius: 267.3619 AU Perihelion: 458.11854 AU Gravity: 0.9343 G
Mean Orbital Velocity: 7.1766 km/sec Aphelion: 467.37346 AU Rotational Period: 16.25 Hours
Orbital Inclination: 6.12 degrees Period: 2528.4139 Standard Years Axial Tilt: 44.43 degrees
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.08 Mass: 1.4575e24 kg (0.2439 Earth) Atmosphere: Vacuum
Perihelion: 245.97295 AU Radius: 4127 km (0.6471 Earth) Composition: None
Aphelion: 288.75085 AU Density: 4.95 g/cm^3 Hydrosphere: None
Period: 1110.4102 Standard Years (0.9016 Earth Standard) Mean Temperature: 155K
Mass: 2.0251e27 kg (338.8655 Earth) Gravity: 0.5834 G Moons: 3
Radius: 77968 km (12.2245 Earth)
Density: 1.02 g/cm^3
(0.1858 Earth Standard)
Gravity: 2.2712 G
Rotational Period: 12.80 Hours
Axial Tilt: 44.42 degrees
Atmosphere: Ultra Thick (Gas Giant)
Composition: Hydrogen
Helium
Methane
Ammonia
Water Vapor
Hydrosphere: None
Mean Temperature: 226K
Moons: 16
Rings: Inner: 78,427 km radius
Outer: 82,971 km radius

Halstead Station VI
Common Name: White
Mean Orbital Radius: 377.6258 AU
Mean Orbital Velocity: 6.0387 km/sec
Orbital Inclination: 7.24 degrees
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.08
Perihelion: 347.41574 AU
Aphelion: 407.83586 AU
Period: 1863.9173 Standard Years
Mass: 3.7598e27 kg (629.1462 Earth)
Radius: 99543 km (15.6072 Earth)
Density: 0.91 g/cm^3
(0.1658 Earth Standard) Hanse Davion, First Prince, 3013.Halstead Station III, in orbit post-raid.
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Stellar Data
Kervil
Perihelion: 0.12902 AU Atmosphere: Standard
Astronomical Code: HIP 501000 Aphelion: 0.13978 AU (1.4603 Earth Standard)
Star: Kervil Period: 21.4953 Standard Days Composition: Nitrogen
Stellar Type: K3V (Orange Main Sequence) Mass: 6.0120e23 kg (0.1006 Earth) Oxygen
Mass: 0.70 Solar Masses (1.3923e30 kg) Radius: 2891 km (0.4533 Earth) Methane
Radius: 0.71 Solar Radii (494,160 km) Density: 5.94 g/cm^3 Carbon Dioxide
Luminosity: 0.162 Solar Luminosity (1.0820 Earth Standard) Argon
(6.30e32 ergs/sec) Gravity: 0.4904 G Hydrosphere: Water
Lifespan: 43.2099 Billion Years Rotational Period: 14.97 Hours Mean Temperature: 280K
Current Age: 7.8809 Billion Years Axial Tilt: 30.38 degrees
Current Status: Stable Atmosphere: Vacuum Planetography
Composition: None Total Surface Area: 778,519,847.35 km^2
Planetary System Data Hydrosphere: None Land Surface Area: 77,851,984.73 km^2
Planets: 3 Mean Temperature: 444K % coverage of Hydrosphere: 90%
Rocky Worlds: 3 Moons: 4 Satellites: Mahol (638 km radius)
Gas Giants: 0 4.4334 Day Period
Major Asteroids*: 13 Kervil II Honkala (1291 km radius)
Minor Asteroids*: 265 Common Name: Kervil 23.8407 Day Period
Asteroid Belts: 0 Mean Orbital Radius: 0.4503 AU
Mean Orbital Velocity: 37.1623 km/sec Economy
*Major Asteroids are defined by Comstar as Orbital Inclination: 0.00 degrees Natural Resources: Magnesium
asteroids above 500km in radius. Minor Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01 Manganese
Asteroids are above 50km in radius. Most Perihelion: 0.44580 AU
Petroleum
systems have countless asteroids smaller Aphelion: 0.45480 AU
then this, and thus are not listed here. Processed/
Period: 131.8247 Standard Years
Manufactured Goods: Petrochemicals
Mass: 1.1459e25 kg (1.9175 Earth)
Refined Petroleum Products
Kervil I Radius: 7871 km (1.2341 Earth)
Refined Metals
Common Name: Kulho Density: 5.61 g/cm^3
Mean Orbital Radius: 0.1344 AU (1.0219 Earth Standard)
Mean Orbital Velocity: 68.0228 km/sec Gravity: 1.2611 G Population
Orbital Inclination: 6.19 degrees Rotational Period: 14.75 Hours Population: 13,120,752 (As of 3067)
Orbital Eccentricity: 0.04 Axial Tilt: 17.05 degrees Population density (km^2): 0.1685
(Over all land surface)
Urbanization: 69.1884%
Ethnic Groups: European (45%)
Asian (45%)
African (5%)
Other (5%)
Religion: Buddhist (50%)
Judeo-Christian (35%)
Hindi (10%)
Other (5%)
Labor Force: Agriculture (15%)
Education (20%)
Industry (30%)
Service (20%)
Other (15%)
Planetary Militia: 1 Lance of BattleMechs
2 Regiments of Armor
(mainly Hovercraft)
1 Regiment of Infantry

Notes
With water covering almost all of its
surface, and the remainder given over
to ten large island masses and an
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assortment of smaller chains dominated by Division, was all that stood between the industries. Iron City, still the planetary
volcanoes, Kervil was quickly established renegade forces and total destruction. The capital, is located on Greater Domain,
as a mining world. Industries geared toward woefully outnumbered SLDF troops put up Kervils largest island continent. Greater
locating and exploiting the valuable metals a brave fight, first with hit-and-run attacks Domain and seven other large island
churned up by lava flows arose within a and later with an assault against one of the masses Brahn, Northland, Satella and
decade of the planets colonization. The renegade DropShips, while waiting for Lesser Domain in the north and Bellas
Ozawa Mercantile Association, a collective reinforcements to arrive. Still outnumbered Major, Bellas Minor and Karnophia in the
of merchants that dominated the region nearly 5 to 1, however, the defenders were south-support the majority of the planets
before the rise of House Kurita and the forced to fall back to Fort Steel, their main population and industries. The north polar
Draconis Combine, took a liking to Kervil base near the planetary capital of Iron City. continent of Freiholt and the equatorial
and its vast metal deposits. Through negoti- continent of Infernus are sparsely settled,
ations with the local government, the For three days they held out against a siege due to the extreme cold and lack of
Association established its own offices, by angry renegades; then the enemy troops minerals on Freiholt and the chain of
outposts, offshore mining rigs and orbital overwhelmed them and destroyed the fort active volcanoes on Infernus.
processing centers, maximizing the and its defenders to the last Mech and
efficiency of Kervils mining operations soldier. This stand, likened to the battle for
Kervil III
in exchange for almost exclusive access the Alamo on Terra, ultimately achieved its
Common Name: Sarkivaara
to the refined metals. goal, as the departing renegades ran full-on
Mean Orbital Radius: 3.2276 AU
into SLDF reinforcement troops on their way
Mean Orbital Velocity: 13.8808 km/sec
When the Dragon crushed the Association, out of the system, losing the entire raiding
these facilities, some damaged by Kuritan force to the guns of SLDF WarShips. The Orbital Inclination: 26.70 degrees
attacks, came under Combine control. brave SLDF defenders who died at the Orbital Eccentricity: 0.01
At the peak of the Star League, Kervils Battle of Kervil are still remembered today: Perihelion: 3.19532 AU
metal industry and orbital refineries Fort Steels remains are a historic site open Aphelion: 3.25988 AU
became a major producer of ferro-fibrous to tourists year-round. This battle, as it Period: 6.9306 Standard Years
armor and endo-steel, used extensively in happens, was the only major military action Mass: 3.6206e24 kg (0.6059 Earth)
the manufacture of BattleMechs and other seen on Kervil; even the SLDF liberation Radius: 5703 km (0.8942 Earth)
military vehicles. It was perhaps for this from Amaris the Usurper was comparatively Density: 4.66 g/cm^3
reason that forces sympathetic to the bloodless. The planet was virtually ignored (0.8488 Earth Standard)
Outworlds Alliance attacked Kervil during throughout the Succession Wars, save for Gravity: 0.7590 G
the Reunification War, attempting to some minor raids that destroyed the Rotational Period: 26.35 Hours
demolish the distribution centers on the advanced armor metal plants in orbit and Axial Tilt: 42.39 degrees
planets surface after crippling several several military-grade metal refineries on Atmosphere: Vacuum
orbital factories. the surface. Composition: None
Hydrosphere: None
A small BattleMech unit stationed on Kervil, Today, despite these losses, mining and Mean Temperature: 90K
part of the SLDFs 138th BattleMech metallurgy remain Kervils greatest Moons: 3
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by Ray Arrastia

Ray Arrastia shows step by battle of New Avalon. While fighting on the
step how he modified and military field at the base of Mount Davion,
the fairy-tale Davion Palace is clearly visible
painted Victors Prometheus
in the background, from which Katherine is
for the Origins 2005 surely watching. The colors of the image
Camospecs Online Diorama. are simple yet striking, the overall yellow-

M
y inspiration for this project was orange hue thrusting the blue Prometheus
twofold. First off theres all the out at you. The emotions the image
wonderful work done by Chris conveys, for me, are quite strong.
Lewis, and his official OmniMech render-
While the paint job is quite simple, is it
ings, which can be found on his web page,
really appropriate? Going solely by the text,
www.thudgun.com/BTech/Omnis.html.
you can be 99% certain that Victor employs
Hes finally given a consistent view of what
a 10th Lyran Guard scheme in the final
all the OmniMech configurations look like,
battle, as it is specifically stated that he
and after all these years, they finally make
painted his machine thus for the final
sense. The Prometheus configuration is
campaigns. However, taking the cover art
pretty radical from the Prime, so I wanted
into account, one could read between the
to make sure that Vic used that in the
lines and justify this other look for the
final battle of the FedCom Civil War. After
assault on New Avalon. Victor donned a
going through Endgame, I see that the
decidedly Davion uniform to start his
weapons loadout is mentioned several
campaign against Kat, yet Vic has never
times, and it did indeed match the
been a part of the Davion military, being
Prometheus configuration.
mainly raised, trained, and serving in the remind them of his Davion half - and to
My other big influence was the Endgame Lyran half. But this act served to introduce remind them that he is his fathers son.
cover by Frank Gambino, which depicts himself, after a fashion, to the Davion
Victor Steiner-Davions Daishi at the final people and military in this conflict, to This same reasoning can explain this new
paint scheme. Upon landing on the capital
of the Federated Suns, it is quite plausible
that Vic would paint his machine in some-
thing neutral something neither FedSun
or Lyran, yetsomething that would, again,
be reminiscent of Hanse, while still playing
to all the Lyran and FedSun units on all
sides; this scheme at once brings to mind
the old Davion Guards, the Lyran Royal
Guards, and the hybrid FedCom RCT. He
may not be able to restore the unified
nation that his parents hoped to create,
but he can save both nations from the
tyrannical rule of his matricidal sister.

Yet, as the men and women of the 10th


Lyran Guard know and as we can see
from the nose of the Prometheus Victor
Steiner-Davion will always be a Revenant.
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Preparation
Gather all the parts we need for the project:
Dire Wolf / Daishi
2 pair of Mad Dog / Vulture arm sprues
Hellbringer / Loki SRM pack
Stormcrow / Ryoken Ultra AC20 arm
De-sprue the parts, file away mold lines and clear
off any flash. Wash the mini with warm water and a
little dishwashing soap.

THE ARMS
The arms would take a bit of work, as were not just switching
the weapon loadout, but also the shape of the arm itself. The
Prometheus configuration is one of the few Daishi configurations 1
that has a lower arm actuator, and I wanted to make sure
I correctly displayed that.

Step 1
I used a dremel to saw off the weapons at the wrist, leaving the
forearm block bare at the front. I then filed it as smooth as possible
(and it may be necessary to use some brown stuff to fill any irregulari-
ties in your handiwork). Next, saw the forearm block off from the
elbow, so that the block is flush at the back. Trim back as much of
the remaining elbow forearm until its nearly flush with the upper arm.
2
Step 2
A little detail I had to contend with was the teardrop shaped panel
on the front of the forearm. I would have liked to have cut it from
plasticard, but the thinnest I had seemed a hair too thick. So I
created a template on my pc, and printed it out on thick paper
card. I cut the tears from the template, selected the 2 cleanest
ones, and glued them to the front of the forearms.

Step 3 3
Time for more drilling. Drill holes for pinning into the elbow and the
forearms. For best fit, the hole in the forearm should be at the top
inside corner the final result should have the arm and elbow
meet flush on the inside, with the bulk on the outside. Also, drill a
hole into the shoulder pegs, as well also be pinning the arms to
the torso. Glue the forearms to the elbows, and let the glue cure.

Step 4
Cut off two 2mm-2.5mm lengths from a 3.2mm plastic rod, these
will be used as the lower arm actuators. Cut off two ~7mm lengths 4
from a 2mm plastic rod, these will be the laser barrels. Drill one
end of the laser barrels slightly, to create the barrel itself. Drill and
pin the other end. To create a little more detail to the barrels, I
wrapped the rear 4/5 of the barrel with masking tape, so it looked
like a smaller cylinder within a larger one. Also, using a small hole
punch (1.5mm-2mm), punch out two rivets from thin plastic card
(.5mm or less). 5
Step 5
Drill a hole into the front of the forearms, near the center of the
circle part of the teardrop - and glue the lasers. Glue the rivet
as far up the teardrop as possible. Glue the actuator on top of
the forearm, on the rear inside corner. Use brown stuff to make the
connection of elbow, actuator, and forearm as smooth as possible.

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THE TORSO
While I had the most trepidation about the torso, it turned out to be
1 fairly straightforward.

Step 1
I used various tools to widen the missile slot to accept the SRM 6
launcher. Keep test fitting to make sure it sits snug and level.

Step 2
Cut down the front of the minis left torso so that its vertical as opposed
to angled. Use brown stuff (I used 1/3 green stuff in the mix) to build up
the lower, outer left torso so its flush with the overhang. I followed the
contour of the rear torso, so that the torso comes down straight, then
angles under the mech. Fill in the front of the torso to make sure its flat.

Step 3
Cut off the small laser from the Vulture arms as shown. Even though large
lasers are called for, the large would be too hard to work with, so were
using the mediums. Cut the AC20 off as shown. Drill a pin into the back of
the AC20 to pin it to the torso later.
2 Step 4
Drill 3 holes into the front right torso. These holes need to be large enough
to accept the (medium) laser barrels from the Vulture. Try to space them
out as even as possible, and keep the holes vertically aligned. Drill a hole
into the left torso, to accept the pin from the AC20. Also, take this opportu-
nity to drill holes into the shoulder sockets to accept the arms. Test fit.

Step 5
Test fit the lasers. Youll find in order to achieve that stepped effect,
youll need to either trim down some lasers, or deepen the holes. Take
your time with this to get it right. Test fit the AC20 to make sure it doesnt
overextend the torso. You may have to file away some of the nose/center
torso to allow the AC to fit snugly. Glue the weapons to the torso (including

3 the little empty pod that goes under the nose), and clean up with
green/brown stuff.

4
5

THE LEGS
Now, Ive always disliked how in the video games they change the look of the Mechs, sometimes slightly, sometimes drastically.
Conversely, Ive always been happy when CBT miniatures follow established artwork as closely as possible, such as the new Omni
sculpts by Drew Williams and Chris Lewis. However, when trying to pose an Omni in a dynamic or moving pose, one suddenly realizes
why the video game artists make some of the changes they do. See, the OmniMechs cant really walk. I studied the artwork and
chopped up a fair amount of miniatures, and studied stills and animation from the various computer games. The way the TRO3050
art sets up most OmniMechs legs (and thus the way the minis have been sculpted) does not allow for proper movement in many
cases they cant even torso twist without crashing their arms or weapons into their hips. Oh well, lets try to fake it.

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Prometheus Unbound

THE LEGS (CONTINUED) 1 2


Step 1
Drill holes into the waist to simulate the largest of the
Mechs breaches.

Step 2
Bend open right leg to allow for a walk/run stance. Use brown
stuff to smooth out any mold lines on the legs, and also to
rebuild the (now) cracked joint in the right leg. Glue legs to feet.

Step 3
Glue the legs to the waist in a walking/running position.
Make sure to test fit the stance you want with the torso and 3
the arms, and see if you have clearance. Use some putty to hold
everything in place while the glue cures.

Step 4
Fill a hexbase as per your liking. I didnt do anything fancy, I just
filled the base with green stuff. Affix the legs to the base with
glue or epoxy, depending on how you filled it. Once again test fit
everything, to make sure the mini is level. 4
PAINTING
Wait a day for all the glue and epoxy to cure. Glue all the components
together, but leave the arms off for ease of priming/painting. I attach
the arms (via their shoulder pins) to some plastic rods for ease of
handling. The image on the left shows the mini with the arms test
fitted prior to this.

Step 1
I used black primer for this miniature. I use black because it leaves
you with negative space anywhere you wish not to or cant paint.
The best primer Ive found is a black lacquer spray its extremely
thin and forgiving. I left the miniature to dry for several hours, and
then gave it an overall drybrush of white. What this does, is make an
underlying layer of light and shadow for my paint to layer over.

Step 2 Step 3
I apply 3 very thin layers of my base color. Each layer I apply, Next I applied a series of light washes. The first wash was applied to the
I move farther away from the panel lines or dark areas. I miniature overall, but each successive wash was restricted more and
used a 50/50 mix of Vallejo Magic Blue and Imperial Blue. more to the dark areas, until the final wash was just in the panel lines
You could substitute these with IWMs True Blue and Dark and recesses. For the wash I used the standard magic wash formula,
Blue, GWs Enchanted Blue and Regal Blue, or any generic colored by an equal mix of Black and Imperial Blue. This, combined with
true/sky blue and dark/purple blue, respectively. all the previous steps, creates a great deal of depth to the miniature.
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Step 4
Now, to make the miniature really pop, I did
some basic highlighting. I lined all the panels
and edges with straight Magic Blue. I could
have taken some extra time to build up layers
or blend into the underlying paint, but I feel
the previous steps created enough overall
depth, and this step now serves to sharpen
the details. I did however do some highlight
blending on some of the curved areas, to
match the cover image. After doing the blue
areas, I cleaned up and repainted all the non-
blue areas black. I then highlighted the true
black areas (the forearms and the torso
weapons) with Shadow Grey (a dark blue-grey).

Step 5
For the next step I decided to do all the yellow detailing, including decals (custom decals provided by www.fightingpirannhagraphics.com).
Some people prefer to gloss coat the mini for better decal adherence, I find this isnt always necessary, especially in this case, since my
previous use of Future Floor Wax in the magic wash achieved the same effect for me. First off were the As on the ankle guards, and the
As on the hip joints (while not visible on the Endgame cover, they are on the Storms of Fate cover). Next up I placed the yellow checkers on
the shin armor, and on the side torsos, taking care to match both torsos as best as possible, considering their now-different surfaces.
Matching the yellow from the decals, I painted a thin ring of yellow onto the torso shoulders.

Step 6
Continuing on, I placed a custom revenant decal on the nose, and applied a smattering of warning
decals on the miniature. All decals had 1 or 2 coats of decal solvent applied. The most arduous
thing to paint on the whole miniature was the yellow lines on the side ports. I took my time, and
cleaned up any over painting with Imperial Blue. I roughly painted the AC a rust metal color, then
drybrushed gunmetal, followed by a light silver drybrushing. I jeweled the laser ports where
possible, and jeweled the visor a brown orange, to contrast the blue. To give the missiles depth,
I painted them a light gray, with white tips. Any exposed machinery was painted in various metallic
colors, while circuitry was painted in bright primary colors. Finally, paint chips were applied all over
to match the cover. These were achieved simply by painting the desired areas black, then painting
that gunmetal, leaving part of the black paint exposed. Some edges were highlighted with silver.

Step 7
By the time I got to the base, I was pretty tapped out for ideas, so the resulting base if rather simplistic, but shouldnt detract from
the mini itself. I might revisit the base in the future. I painted the base an earthy color, also making sure to lightly drybrush the feet
and legs with this color. I glued on a mix of green and earth flocking, and threw in a small lichen patch/bush for some contrasting
color. I then painted the rim of the base black. The miniature was then tripled sealed, once gloss, twice flat.

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Cat & Mouse: Part
Part
A CAMPAIGN FOR I-CON 25
1
1 by John Hudson

Hall of the First Circuit Precentor Martial, that is only a partial For one thing Precentor Atreus,
Tukayyid City, Tukayyid amount of that report. There have also information. We have a dead spot in the
14 February, 3068 been reports from Fairfield, Bryceland, and Chaos March when the HPG Station on the
1030 Standard Barlows End in the Federated Suns; Planet Fletcher was destroyed. Without it,
Oliver, Augustine, Irian, Concord, Uhuru we lost a good portion of intelligence in
The rapid-fire clicking of the guards and Amity in the Free World League. Even that region.
heels was enough to drive Victors thoughts Old Kentucky in the Capellan
to distraction. Confederation has been busy. What do you suggest that we do
about that?
My, how the mighty have fallen. From all
of the technology the Star League had to We need that HPG Station to be
offer on Terra, to this. Basically, just a operational once again, Precentor Luthien.
glorified bivouac. A temporary situation, Also, we could also rebuild the Star Corp,
so they said. For a temporary situation, it Caletra Fighters and Flame Tech factories.
looks pretty permanent to me. We need those factories to help us
replenish our forces.
This way Precentor Martial, they are
waiting for you. If we need to rebuild the HPG Station on
Fletcher, then I propose that we do it.
The doors opened to reveal a simple room What say you Precentors?
with a large conference table surrounded
by ROM agents. This is the Inner Sanctum Luthien votes yes.
for Com Star, the First Circuit. There are six
men and women in the First Circuit; one New Avalon votes yes.
for each Great House in the Inner Sphere. Tharkad votes yes.
The sixth person is Precentor Rom, head
of the intelligence agency. There is only Sian votes to abstain.
one person missing from this meeting of
Atreus votes to abstain.
the First Circuit. The Precentor Marshal of
Com Star. Victor Steiner-Davion. What says you, Precentor Rom and
Precentor Martial?
Ladies and Gentlemen, please excuse
my tardiness. There have been some We need that information, so I vote yes.
interesting reports coming across my
desk lately. It is interesting how both Sian and Atreus
abstained. They could have voted no. I
Are you talking about the reports that I wonder what they are up to?
have been sending to you? The ones about
all of the activity that has been popping up Well, we could use those arms factories.
in the Draconis Combine and Lyran Ever since we lost Terra, we have been
Alliance for the past year? having a hard time filling in under strength
units. So Precentor Martial votes yes.
Excuse me, Precentor Marshall Davion,
but what do you mean activity in the Then we have a majority. We will send
Lyran Alliance? So Precentor ROM, according to your
the 12th Construction Battalion to Fletcher
reports, their seems to be an increase in
to rebuild the HPG Stations and the arms
First Precentor Tharkad still cannot use strange activity throughout the Inner
factories. Is there any more businessno?
my full name, harping on the Davion side Sphere. How is this different from anything
Then this meeting is concluded.
of my family. else that you have been reporting?
As the meeting broke up, I felt a
Well Precentor Tharkad, there has been Well, honestly Precentor New Avalon, just
reports of unusual activity on the planets gentle pressure on my arm. It was
that all of these occurrences are within
of Ryde, Izar, Cameron, New Kydo, Lyndon, one jump of the Chaos March. I have a Precentor ROM.
Gallery, Rahne, Halfway, and Lyons. In bad feeling about this. My gut tells me that Walk with me a minute Victor.
the Draconis Combine we have received all of these incidents are tied together
reports of more unusual activities on somehow. I just cannot prove it, just yet. We left the meeting room and started
Kessel, Moore, Kervil, Skondia, Piedmont, down the hall, I had a feeling that
Lambrecht, Kaus Media, Yance I, Kimball What do you think you will need to clarify Precentor ROM wanted to get something
II, Dabih, and Halstead Station. your gut feeling, Precentor ROM? off his chest.
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Victor, I have something to say, and I By sending a force there to either prevent There is one more thing to tell you
want it kept between us. These incidents it, and take the planet for the Wobbies. about Fletcher. It is something that is not
that are happening throughout the Inner well known. There is a hidden Star League
Sphere, I think that the Word of Blake is Again, correct. What I need from you is a
little insurance. Castle Brian on Fletcher. We cannot let
involved, somehow.
the Word of Blake get it, Victor. We
Can you prove it? Insurance, how? just cannot.
No, not yet. But I think I am heading in If you sent, say a level IV to protect our I will inform the commander of that.
the right direction. You see, the reason I Construction Battalion, in secret, I think
Do you know the location of the
brought up Fletcher is to set a trap. I think they can handle whatever the Word of
Castle Brian?
that there is a leak in the First Circuit. Blake throws our way.
And by getting the First Circuit to vote on All the records say is that it is in the
I think Ive got the perfect unit. The 11th
Fletcher, you hope to trip up the leak. Division. It is a Level IV Beta. I think that mountains somewhere. I will have some
they can handle just about everything. more information for you as soon as the
Correct.
Eleventh hits Fletcher.
So how can I help? Dont they have experience fighting the
Jade Falcons? Well then Precentor ROM, consider
I figure that when the Word of Blake it done.
hears that we are rebuilding Fletcher, they Yes, they do, so the Word of Blake should
will react accordingly. be no problem for them. Thank you, Victor.

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