4th Liao Guards

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4th Liao Guards
Unit Profile (as of 3145)
Nickname Asuncion Halberdiers (2765)[1], Sarna Rifles (3145)[2]
Parent Formation Liao Guards


The Fourth Liao Guards were formed shortly after the 3rd Liao Guards at the request of the Strategios. The CCAF commanders realized that the Third was unlikely to provide any militarily-valuable service to the Confederation, so the Fourth was formed. They were known for being dedicated soldiers who had little time for the "pomp and circumstance" of the other Liao Guards units. After their successful garrison of Asuncion, they received their nickname "Asuncion Halberdiers."

They were stationed on Snailzar in 2765.[1]

First Succession War[edit]

During the First Succession War the Fourth fought the Free Worlds League Military's invasion of the Sarna Commonality. They were highly effective in this role, and forced the FWLM to use nuclear weapons to destroy them.[2]


The Fourth Liao Guards were reformed sometime before Operation GREAT FLOOD as one of the Hidden Lion regiments resurrected by Chancellor Daoshen Liao using stockpiled equipment.[2] The new Liao Guards used the Augmented Regiment formations commonly found in the CCAF by 3145.[3] They were a front-line regiment of the Tikonov Commonality.[4]

Operation GREAT FLOOD[edit]

During Operation GREAT FLOOD, the Fourth Liao Guards replaced the Third Sian Dragoons following the latter's 18 month failure to pacify Tall Trees. The Fourth engaged the rebel Tall Trees Union in a counterinsurgency campaign that saw the complete destruction of the group.[2]

Operation CELESTIAL REWARD[edit]

The Fourth Liao Guards were still stationed on Tall Trees when Operation CELESTIAL REWARD began. They therefore did not participate in the campaign.[2]


The Fourth Liao Guards were commanded by Sang-shao Sarita Krishnavati in 3145.[5]



The BattleMech and Infantry units of the regiment are trained to work together.[6]

Composition History[edit]


4th Liao Guards (Regular/Reliable) [1]


4th Liao Guards (Regular/Reliable)(65% Strength)[5]

  • CO: Sang-shao Sarita Krishnavati

8th Sarna Air Defense Wing (Regular/Fanatical)(85% Strength)[5]

43rd Sarna Home Guard (Regular/Reliable)(70% Strength)[5]

5th Sarn Commandos (4 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)(80% Strength)[5]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Roelof Neulen


The unit had a "B" Equipment Rating. They had numerous Assassins, Firebees, Riflemans and Wolverines.[7][8]

Color Scheme and Unit Insignia[edit]

Crossed sniper rifles.[2]


Game Rules[edit]

The Sarna Rifles have trained hard to develop synergy between their BattleMechs and infantry. Whenever a Fourth Guards infantry unit occupies an enemy unit’s hex, or any hex to the enemy unit, the Fourth’s BattleMechs may make direct-fire attacks against that enemy unit through any number of interceding wooded terrain hexes (but not through solid obstructions like buildings and hills). Each woods hex still applies its normal tohit roll modifier in these conditions, but the line-of-sight is never considered completely blocked by woods alone. Conversely, Fourth Guards infantry units receive a –2 to-hit modifier for all Anti-’Mech attacks made against an enemy unit that is adjacent to a Fourth Guards BattleMech in that turn.[6]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Field Report 2765: Capellan Confederation, p. 11
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Field Manual: 3145, p. 35
  3. Field Manual: 3145, p. 27, "General Review"
  4. Field Manual: 3145, p. 28, "THE NEW OLD-FASHIONED WAY"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 47
  6. 6.0 6.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 206
  7. Field Manual: 3145, p. 28, "Sarna and Tikonov Commonalities"
  8. Field Manual: 3145, p. 29, "Sian Commonality"