|AN ONGOING NEWSLETTER||May 2012|
When it's too risky to send in a trooper, what can you do?
Send in a drone.....
Send in a drone.....
The Michell-Steiner MWD1x mobile weapons drone is an experimental adaptation of the military drone powered an anti-magnetic projector and micro fusion drive.
Basic models are equipped with onboard CPU slaved to a wrist mounted control box, both stereoscopic and infrared cameras and ablative shielding.
Utilizing the FFT (Friend or Foe Transmitter) system common in sentry guns, drones can be loaded out with a multitude of weapons options.
Drones are machines (See Rulebook), except
For each Tech Skill a Tech may control 1 Drone, so a Tech with TS 1 may control 1 Drone, a Tech with TS 2 may control 2 Drones and a Tech with TS 3 may control 3 Drones.
Only 1 tech per unit may take Drones.
It costs a Tech 1AP to give each Drone a set of orders.
Any Drone not receiving orders, including the Tech being dead will go into Opportunity Fire Mode if able. Otherwise it will remain stationary.
For 2AP a Tech may give all Drones an universal Return to Tech order.
Building Your Own Drones
For this project I used 2 of the ships that I thought looked quite drone-like. A quick hunt through my parts box produced half a dozen pistols and some grenades I would have to use as I was out of missiles.
I had decided that although the missile-using Drones would look fine on the bases supplied I would need to trim down the shaft of the bases used for the Gun Drones. Ideally I should have ordered them on clear stands but the black ones worked fine
A quick base coat, undercoat and dry brush later and my drone squad was ready for action.
The tower was made from a papier-mache hexagonal box that I’d purchased from a craft shop for £1.
I cut out the ladder and cross bars, flipped over the lid and cut a slot in line with the ladder.
I base painted it in a light grey, dry brushing some silver onto the metalwork. The top outside edge was painted with the same blue I use for my troopers armour panels.
Further Ideas Because the boxes are available in various shapes and sizes and stackable I’m building a set of platforms and walkways for an industrial complex ready for my next battle.