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Expansion Two: Infantry by Francis Greenaway

Expansion Two: Infantry Table of Contents:


Disclaimer Infantry Formation Squad Record Form Example Standard Rifle Squad Support Weapons Infantry in Combat Basic Weapons Support Weapons Disposable Weapons Extreme Range Infantry Weapons Table Weapon Notes Battle Values Squad Record Forms ... 2 ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 4 5 5 6 7

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Infantry have always had it bad in BattleTech. This section attempts to redress that balance and give the grunts a fighting chance. Not much, but a little. These rules replace the basic formation and damage rules, but leave movement unchanged. Battlearmour units have their own rules, and thus do not use this section.

Formation:
Infantry are bought in Platoons as usual, however each platoon is split into squads of seven men each. There are four squads per platoon, save Jump Infantry platoons, which only have three. Squads are treated like the optional rules in Renegade Tech. A squad contains seven men. Five or six of these troops will carry standard basic weapons, the rest will carry the squads support weapon (usually a heavy machine gun, but it can vary). In addition, most troops also usually carry some sort of disposable light anti-tank weapon (like a LAW). Jump troops rarely carry support weapons with them, as it can decrease their mobility.

Squad Record Form:


Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:

The new squad record form has space for a lot more information, but also requires a bit more filling in than usual infantry forms. Heavy Armour is where to mark a hit to the trooper that has been absorbed by the armour. Damage is the amount inflicted by the infantry in combat. An S should be marked to denote which trooper(s) carry the support weapon, if any. The damage inflicted can be found on the Infantry Weapons table below. The disposables section is where to record when the infantry fire their disposable weapons (if they carry any). The bottom section is where to record what actual weapons the squad carries.

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Example Standard Rifle Squad:

Unit ID: Rifle Squad Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 2 2 2 1 S 1 1 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Basic Weapons: Rifles Support Weapon: Support Machine Gun Disposable Weapons: None

Support Weapons:
Most units carry a support weapon. The most common support weapon is the support machine gun, although flamer squads sometimes carry a heavy flamer, and a laser squad will usually carry a support laser. Other support weapons are available though. A support weapon is marked on the squad record sheet by an S denoting that that trooper carries the weapon. Trooper 3 carries the weapon. When this trooper is killed, the support weapon is also considered destroyed. Some weapons have more than one crew, in which case their position is placed on troopers 4 and upwards, who are also marked with an S to show that they are part of the weapons crew. If one of these crew members is killed, the weapon is not destroyed, but then its Reload factor (see below) is increased by 1, and if it didnt have a Reload rating, it now has one of 1. Support weapon crews never carry disposable weapons - they are carrying enough weight as it is!

Infantry in Combat:
Standard infantry squads now have a maximum of three attacks - one with their basic weapons, one with their support weapon, and one with any disposable weapons that they may carry. Basic weapons: Attacks with basic weapons are treated as normal infantry attacks. All damage will strike one location, and all damage listed on the squad record sheet will be inflicted - none will be wasted. Support weapons: An infantry unit may also attack with its support weapon. This should be treated as a normal infantry attack, but with the range modifiers specified for the weapon. It may be targeted at the same or a different target, and its damage will have its location rolled. Some weapons have a Reload rating. This is the amount of turns after a weapon has fired that the weapon needs to reload and thus may not fire again during this time.

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Disposable weapons: Some units also carry disposable weapons which they may fire as they wish. These are treated as support weapons for all intent and purpose. Each weapon fired should have its own to-hit and location rolled. Note that a single infantry man may only fire a single disposable weapon in a turn, and no infantryman carries more than two disposable weapons. Also if a trooper fires their disposable weapon, then they cannot fire their basic weapons, and for that turn the unit should be treated as having one less trooper present for purposes of basic weapon damage inflicted.

Extreme Range:
Ranges in BattleTech have always been considered too low when compared with Real Life, and infantry have it twice as bad as their weapon ranges are even less than that stated in Mechwarrior Second Edition, which would give standard rifles a range of 5, and ER lasers a range of 20! Thus infantry can have an extreme range, just like vehicular weapons from Maximum Tech. An infantry weapons extreme range is half again the weapons standard longest range (thus a rifle with a maximum range of 2, has an extreme range of 3, while an SRM, with a maximum range of 6, has an extreme range of 9), and all weapons fire into this range has the to-hit number increased by +2. Thus a rifle firing into extreme range must roll a basic 8+ to hit, while SRMs require a 10+.

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Infantry Weapons Table:
Range
0 Basic Weapons Rifles Machine Guns Flamers Lasers SRMs LRMs Zeus Heavy Rifles Gauss Rifles SMGs Shotguns ER Lasers Pulse Lasers Intek Lasers Gyrojet Rifles Hvy Gyrojet Rifles Gyroslug Rifles Support Weapons Support MG Heavy Flamer Support Laser Assault Laser Gauss Cannon Light Recoilless Rifle Medium Recoilless Rifle Heavy Recoilless Rifle Light Mortar Heavy Mortar Semi Portable MG Man-Pack Particle Cannon Heavy Support Laser Grenade launcher Targeting Laser Disposable Weapons LAW VLAW Dragonsbane Laser Narc Missile 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

Damage
7 6 5 4 3 2 1

-2 -2 -1 -2 -1 +8 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2

+0 +0 +0 +0 +0 +6 +0 +0 +0 -2 -2 +0 +0 +0 +0

+2 +2 +2 +2 +0 +4 +2 +2 +0 +0 +2 +2 +2 +2

+4 +4 +2 +2 +4 +0 +0 +4 +2 +2 +4

+2 +0 +6 +2 +6 +4 +4 -

+4 +0 +2 +4 +4 -

+4 +0 +4 -

+2 +4 -

+2 +6 -

+2 -

+4 -

+4 -

+5 -

2 3 3 4 4 2 2 3 3 3 3 3 2 3 4 2

2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2

2 2 2 3 3 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 2

1 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

1 1 1 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

-2 +0 +2 +4 -2 +0 +2 - -2 +0 +2 +4 -2 -2 -2 -2 -2 +0 -2 -2 -2 -2 +0 -2 +0 -2 -2 +2 -2 +0 -2 +0 +0 +2 +0 +0 +0 +0 +2 +0 +2 +0 +2 +2 +2 +2 +0 +0 +4 +0 +4 +0 +4 +2 +2 +2 +2 +4 +0 +2 -

+4 +4 +2 +2 +6 +2 +2 -

+4 +4 +4 +4 +6 +2 +4 -

+4 +4 +8 +2 +4 -

+4 -

+6 -

+6 -

Dam 1* 1 1 2 1 (4) 1 2 1 2 2* 1 2 (5) -

Crew Reload 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 1* 2* 3* 2* 3* 2 1 2* 1 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0

-2 +0 +2 +4 -

-2 -2 -2 -3

-2 +0 +0 +0

+0 +0 +0 +0

+0 +2 +2 +2

+2 +2 +2 +2

+2 +2 +4 +4

+4 +4 +4

1 (4) 2 -

0 0 0 0

Weapon Notes: Damage: Zeus Heavy Rifles do damage like normal lasers when attacking vehicles and Mechs. SMGs inflict no damage on vehicles and Mechs. * Does 1D6 damage to Infantry. (#) The weapon will inflict one point of damage if this number or greater is rolled on 1D6. Crew: * The weapon needs to be set up, which takes one turn during which the squad may not move. The following turn the weapon may fire, but if the squad moves, then the weapon will require setting up again.

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Weapon Notes:
Mortars: Mortars may fire indirectly as per normal Indirect fire rules. Targeting Laser: The targeting laser inflicts no damage, but is used as a spotting weapon, and thus a squad carrying one may use all the normal rules for TAG. Narc Missile Pods: A squad may carry Narc missiles, which when fired are treated exactly like a normal Narc missile pod (standard, no infantry variants exist). The trooper carrying the Narc may carry no other disposable weapon due to the size of the missile. Dragonsbane Laser: Due to the weight of the Dragonsbane, only one may be carried per infantry man.

Battle Values:
To use this new set of rules for infantry in BattleTech, I suggest the following additions to the Battle Value system suggested in the Master Rules.. Note that the additions below apply to Squads, thus divide all platoon BVs by 4 (or 3 for Jump platoons) first before applying any modifiers. Rifles, Machine Guns, Flamers, Lasers, SRMs, LRMs require no modification. If the squad substitutes one of its troopers for a Support MG, Heavy Flamer or Support Laser, then the BV doesnt change either. Other Basic Weapons: Zeus Heavy Rifles: Gauss Rifles: SMGs: Shotguns: ER Lasers: Pulse Lasers: Support Weapons: Support weapons are worked out slightly differently. First, find the value of a single trooper (by dividing the squad value by 7), then multiply by the amount of troopers that are present without the crew of the support weapon. Then add the support weapon value to this total. Assault Laser: Gauss Cannon: Light Recoilless Rifle: Medium Recoilless Rifle: Heavy Recoilless Rifle: Light Mortar: 2 2 1 2 4 3 Heavy Mortar: Semi-portable MG: Man-Pack Particle Cannon: Heavy Support Laser: Grenade Launcher: Targetting Laser: 5 2 4 3 1 2 Same BV as an MG squad As MG squad * 1.5 Half a Rifle squad value As Rifle squad * 0.75 Twice a Laser squad value As Laser squad * 1.25 Intek Lasers: Gyrojet Rifles: Heavy Gyrojet Rifles: Gyroslug Rifles: Same value as a Laser squad As MG squad * 1.75 As MG squad * 2 As MG squad

The Targeting Laser has a higher cost than normal due to the fact that the squad can still act when it fires. Disposable weapons: Simply add the cost of all individual support weapons to a squads current BV. LAW: VLAW: 2 1 Dragonsbane Laser: Narc Missile: 4 1

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SQUAD RECORD FORM


Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:

Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:

Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Unit ID: Trooper: Heavy Armour: Damage: 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:

Disposables: Basic Weapons: Support Weapon: Disposable Weapons:


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