Kingston's Rangers

Kingston's Rangers
Unit Profile (as of 3085)
Parent Formation Victoria Commonality Rangers
Formed 2916

Previously the Kingston's Legionnaires, the Kingston's Rangers are a high-spirited unit known for sometimes questionable tactics.



A relative newcomer to the Chesterton Reserves, the Kingston's Legionnaires were formed from the remnants of two poor performing regiments, the 6th Capellan Reserve Cavalry and Shadrack's Shadow Hawks, taken out of active service after a failed attack on the Federated Suns world of Bristol in 2915.[1]

The unit's first major action occurred in 2952 when the Legionnaires' Cheetahs, backed by Thunderbirds and Eagles from assorted reserve regiments, fended off incursions against Ingersoll by the Marik Guard.[1]

The Legionnaires' next major assignment almost led to their destruction, tangling with the 42nd Avalon Hussars during the siege of Fletcher in 2985. Greatly outnumbered and suffering poor communication, the Hussars Marauders proved deadly, with over 60 percent of the Legionnaires destroyed before reinforcements could extract the survivors.[1]

At the end of the Third Succession War, the Legionnaires consisted of two Battalions stationed on the planet of Heligoland [2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

Heligoland was targeted in the sixth wave of AFFS's Fourth Succession War invasion of the Capellan Confederation, with the the Legionnaires facing the 6th Crucis Lancers RCT. Instead of attacking the Lancers' drop zones, the Legionnaires chose to hold the superior defensive positions in the hills around planet's capital city Helio. Recognizing the tough combat required extract to the Legionnaires from their dug-in positions, the Lancers instead captured the sole water reservoir for Helio and cut the supply. The Legionnaires lasted two weeks in the sweltering heat before realizing they could wait no longer, charging down from the hills directly into the teeth of the Lancers.

As the Legionnaires losses mounted, the unit's CO Colonel Mathias requested an audience with the commander of the Lancers Marshal Orval Gossiage, offering to evacuate all Capellan forces off worlds in return for safe treatment of the planet's citizenry and transport for the Legionnaries and their families to the Capellan world of Minnacora. Despite the potential danger, the Marshal agreed to the terms. [3].

With the conclusion of the Fourth Succession War, the Legionnaires were one of just two units of the once mighty Chesterton Reserves to survive and remained on Minnacora, now a frontline world on the border with the Federated Commonwealth.[4]

Andurien/Canopus Invasion[edit]

The Legionnaires were stationed on Heligoland and Minnacora during this conflict. They didn't see any conflict.[5]

War of 3039[edit]

The Kingston's Legionnaires were assigned in late 3039 to reinforce the embattled remains of the 15th Dracon against the 2nd FedCom RCT retaliatory attack on Ares. The arrival of the Legionnaires finally dislodged the 2nd and prompted them to withdraw off-world, but not before the FedCom unit had succeeded in their mission and comprehensively crippled the Bergan Industries, Quikscell Company and Earthwerks Limited factories on Ares in revenge for McCarron's Armored Cavalry's raids against the Federated Commonwealth during the War of 3039. [6]

Operation Guerrero[edit]

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Operation Bulldog[edit]

Compared to the fanatical and elite units contributed by the other states, many were surprised when the Capellan Confederation sent the Legionnaires as their contribution to Task Force Serpent, the reborn Star League's assault on the Clan Smoke Jaguar homeworld of Huntress in 3059. Publicly the reason stated was that with CCAF's elite forces tied up with stabilizing the so-called Chaos March and Operation Bulldog they couldn't afford to send anyone else, while many saw it as representing Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao's low expectation of the mission's success. [7][8]

During the initial assault on Huntress in 3060, the Legionnaires were assigned with the 1st Knights of the Inner Sphere to capture a cadet training base near the city of New Andery.[9] Both units discovered the bases were defended by a new form of military unit, the ProtoMech, and suffered heavy damage, requiring reinforcement by the 2nd Com Guard Division to carry the day. The Legionnaires suffered nearly 70 percent losses in this first battle. [10]

In preparation for the Smoke Jaguar's counter-invasion, along with the 4th Drakons and 11th Lyran Guards, the remains of the Legionnaires were transferred to the Lunar Range on the continent of Abysmal to act as reinforcement for the larger northern and southern armies. With losses mounting, the Legionnaires were assigned to bolster General Winston's northern army facing brutal combat in the Jaguar Fang mountains until the arrival of Victor Steiner-Davion's relief force. [11]

Much of the CCAF were surprised both at the successful completion of Serpent and the Legionnaires' return, a battered battalion's worth of survivors bringing with them Clan-tech OmniMechs making their way back to Liao space. [12]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

When the Victoria Commonality was split from the Sian Commonality, the CCAF assigned the remains of the Chesterton Reserves to form the Victoria Commonality Rangers, with the Legionnaires being renamed the Kingston's Rangers.[13]

As the FedCom Civil War raged, the Rangers were posted on Yuris as a precaution against Duke George Hasek fomented AFFS aggression, which eventually burst into minor conflict on Frazer.[14] By 3067 the unit was posted on Zanzibar.[15]


During the Jihad, the unit was assigned to Operation: Thunderstrike's Task Force Vengeance as part of counter offensive against FedSun's Capella March invasion of the St. Ives Commonality in 3068. As part of TF Vengeance, they help to take worlds of Frazer, Mendham, Glentworth, Wrentham, and Robstart in Third Wave of the Operation in 3069.

In the Fourth Wave, Kingston and rest of TF Vengeance worlds of Manadee and Ridgebrook by end of June. TF Vengeance and sister Task Force Light Horse assaulted New Syrtis in September as part of the Fifth Wave. Here, Kingston and rest of the forces of two task forces fought grueling battle for the planet against six AFFC units that had gathered there. The unit withdrew from New Syrtis in January 3070 as part of Chancellor Sun Tzu Liao's call for a ceasefire.[16]

As of 3079, the regiment is spread across Zanzibar, Yuris, and Rollis.[17]

Most of the veterans from Task Force Serpent were killed during the Jihad operations. The unit spent most of their time after that rebuilding.[18] In 3085 they were stationed on Victoria.[19]

Dark Age[edit]

In the Victoria War the Rangers were stationed on Victoria. There they used the domed city of Barns as their base, but only after smashing the 3rd Federated Suns Lancers, who had attacked the city. The Rangers inflicted heavy damage while the Lancers were disorganized, but the AFFS unit quickly regained command cohesion and the Rangers withdrew. They used Barns as their base. When the 5th McCarron's Armored Cavalry regiment arrived, the Rangers attempted to link up with them but were repelled. Sung's Rangers were also unable to link up with the Kingston's Rangers. They were able to join up with the 5th Capellan Defense Force and retreat off Victoria. They were delivered to Quimberton where they rebuilt.[20] They later invaded Zanzibar, where the Sircar CMM was successfully keeping the 1st Canopian Fusiliers and 2nd Canopian Cuirassiers pinned down. The Rangers arrival forced the AFFS militia unit to withdraw.[21]


As part of a deal struck when the Legionnaires still belonged to the Chesterton Reservers, the Kingston family is entitled to hereditary command positions in the unit, though regimental and even battalion command are still determined based on skill by the CCAF. Part of this bargain also insures that the unit only retains the Kingston name as long as one member of the Kingston line serves in the unit. The Kingston family also presents a new 'Mech to the commanding officer, whether they are related or not every year.[13]

As of 3025, the Legionnaires were commanded by Colonel Martha "Big Mama" Mathias. [22]

As of 3050 to 3054, the Legionnaires were commanded by Colonel Samuel Kingston.[4][23] Previously serving under Colonel Mathias as commander of the 1st Battalion, Kingston led the Legionnaires during Task Force Serpent and was killed during the last desperate days of fighting. He was reaffirmed as Sang-shao in the new CCAF, awarded the Cluster of Conspicuous Heroism and buried with full honors. [12]

As of 3063 to 3067, the Rangers were commanded by Sang-shao Willow Green. Defying the stereotype of the elite MechWarrior, the shy and soft-spoken exterior hides a ruthless strength.[12][15]

In 3085 the commanding officer is Sang-shao Mara Kingston.[19]


The harder an enemy beats on the Rangers, the harder they fight back. While this stand and deliver style leads to heavy losses, the Rangers seem willing to pay this cost rather than allow an enemy to strike with impunity. [12]

Composition History[edit]


Kingston's Legionnaires (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[22]

  • CO: Colonel Martha "Big Mama" Mathias


Kingston's Legionnaires (Regiment/Regular/Reliable)[24]


Kingston's Legionnaires (Regular/Reliable)[4][23]

  • CO: Colonel Samuel Kingston


Kingston's Victoria Commonality Rangers (2 Battalion's/Regular/Reliable)[12]

  • 2nd Battalion: Zhong-shao Elizabeth Lee-Ping

- The command fields an independent command lance and received as replacement for battlefield losses 12 factory-new machines.

Kingston's Air Rangers (2 Flights/Green/Reliable)[12]

- only a lately assignment

Kingston's Armored Rangers (2 Companies/Veteran/Reliable)[12]

  • Armor Commander: Sao-shao Jamie "Mailman" Gardner

Kingston's Victoria Commonality Rangers Infantry (2 Regiments/Green/Reliable)[12]

  • 3rd Victoria Home Guard - CO: Zhong-shao Pan Ti Lun
  • 15th Victoria Home Guard - CO: Zhong-shao Eric LaFabre

- 3rd & 15th regiment includes a company each of artillery and laser-equipped troops


Kingston's Victoria Commonality Rangers (Regular/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Sang-shao Willow Green

Kingston's Air Rangers (2 Flights/Green/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Uzikiel Blaine

Kingston's Armored Rangers (2 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Reginald Berkley

Kingston's VCR Infantry (3rd Victoria) (Green/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Sang-shao Kendal Akeley

Kingston's VCR Infantry (15th Victoria) (Regular/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Sang-shao Kelsie Neil


After the Jihad Kingston's Rangers were reduced to three quarters of their pre-war strength.[17]


Kingston's VCR (Regular/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Sang-shao Mara Kingston

Kingston's Air Rangers (2 Flights/Regular/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Kong-shong-shao Igor Vasilyev

Kingston's Armored Rangers (2 Battalion's/Green/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Barry Wang

Kingston's VCR Infantry (3rd Victoria) (Regular/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Sang-shao Nadezhda Smirnov

Kingston's VCR Infantry (15th Victoria) (Regular/Reliable)[19]

  • CO: Sang-shao Po Ling Lee


The majority of the Rangers use a two-color patchwork camouflage and always include red highlights. Those Rangers who fought in Clan-space however use the jungle pattern paint scheme they used on Huntress, showing no sign of ever changing. Newer recruits may not use this color pattern. [12]

Kingston's Rangers regimental insignia is a hawk pierced by a lance, set over a red circular field. As with other reserve divisions, the Victoria Commonality Rangers use the Confederation crest as their only insignia aside from a regimental emblem. Their version of the crest is backed by a steel-colored field. [13]

The unit is sometimes referred to as Kingston's Victoria Commonality Rangers (or Kingston's VCR) in later source books.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 85, "Kingston's Legionnaires Unit Profile"
  2. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 105, "Deployment Table - 3025"
  3. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Vol 2, p. 52
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 20-Year Update, p. 62, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3050"
  5. Historical: Brush Wars, p. 87
  6. Historial: War of 3039, p. 128 "Countering the Big Mac - Ares"
  7. Twilight of the Clans, p. 9
  8. The Hunters, pp. 112-113
  9. Twilight of the Clans, p. 10
  10. Twilight of the Clans, p. 11
  11. Twilight of the Clans, p. 13
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 12.4 12.5 12.6 12.7 12.8 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 84
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 83,
  14. Field Manual: Update, p. 24, "Unit Profile"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 15.5 15.6 Field Manual: Update, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  16. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, pp. 20-21, "Kingston's VCR exploits as part of Task Force Vengeance in Operation: Thunderstrike."
  17. 17.0 17.1 Field Report: CCAF, p. 14
  18. Field Manual: 3085, p. 31
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 Field Manual: 3085, p. 34, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  20. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, pp. 51-54
  21. Historical: Wars of the Republic Era, p. 58
  22. 22.0 22.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 85
  23. 23.0 23.1 Objective Raids, p. 41, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3054"
  24. Historical: War of 3039, p. 140