Pencil It In is a series where quick ideas, proof of concept, and little musing that get left on sticky notes and dog eared pages remain.
For this bit, a quick plan for an Alpha Strike 1st Ghost melee centric lance!
Theres something about the idea of giant punching robots that just screams "THIS NEEDS TO HAPPEN!" It may not be a good idea, it may not be the most sound idea, and it may not have the widest range of implementations, but by Blake, I'll design it!
Combat Manual: Kurita has some awesome DCMS specific units, abilities, and lances. The Hoard and Berserker lances add some exciting options for new formations. Each combat command also have great selections of SPECIAL COMMAND ABILITIES and design potential.
While a Berserker Lance seemed like the perfect start for this project, the "replace an SPA" clause above made me rethink my design or else have a Berserker Lance with no real benefit. With a Striker Lance, however, I have three SPAs at 2 points each (Speed Demon). The built in SPA is cool for the extra 2" of movement, but I want to see Rock'em Sock'em Dragons! Besides, using this lance as a base means I am forced to pick speedy units--a handicap to make sure I don't slow down the lance and expose it to being picked apart before the first flying side thrust kick.
To to keep the lance within the bounds of a veteran unit with medium weight, I chose to limit it to one heavy, two mediums, and one light. Having to cross a lot of terrain meant survivability is key. The skill rating needed to round to 3, so all veterans and one elite made that easy enough.
Finally, I wanted a very DCMS aesthetic to it.
Each unit has the skill along with SPAs and Melee, Short, Medium, and Long range damages.
With the addition of Fist Fire to the Dragon, the lance comes in at 149 points. There we are--a DRG-1N Dragon that does six--SIX--points of melee damage with a skill of 2.
For SCAs, the Brawler provides a -1 to hit at short range. This will help overcome the challenges of higher to hit numbers.
Will this lance ever be made? Maybe...
Have your own penciled in lance? Grand schemes that never leave the drawing board? Tried this or a similar lance with an after action report? Post it below for us all to enjoy!
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