Pike's Pikemen

Pike's Pikemen
Unit Profile (as of 3070)
CO Major Roland Pike
Aerospace 2 Lances
Armor 1 Company
Infantry 2 Companies

History[edit]

Pike's Pikemen was a small mercenary command that specialized in cadre and garrison duties. They were frequently employed by Periphery powers including the Magistracy of Canopus, Taurian Concordat, and Fronc Reaches. They were valued for their skill in training militia commands as well as their fighting skills.[1]

In 3066 Pike's Pikemen faced off against pirates raiding Novo Tressida in the Magistracy of Canopus. They successfully drove the pirates off-world.[2]

Officers[edit]

The commanding officer of Pike's Pikemen was Major Roland Pike. The unit's executive officer was Roland's wife, and the aerospace contingent was commanded by Roland's daughter. The armor unit was commanded by Roland's son-in-law. Despite this seeming nepotism, the unit functioned well together and no one thought they were getting a raw deal.[3]

Tactics[edit]

Specialists in training, defensive, and anti-'Mech/anti-vehicle tactics.

Composition History[edit]

3070[4][edit]

The Pikemen (Reinforced Company/Veteran/Fanatical)

The Bowmen (Two Lances/Green/Reliable)

The Swordsmen (2 Companies/Veteran/Reliable)

The Lancemen (Reinforced Company/Veteran/Reliable)

Notes[edit]

Rules[edit]

If any of the commanders are on the field, the Pikemen gain a +1 bonus to initiative rolls. Doesn't stack with multiple commanders on field. All members of the Pikemen get a +1 to their Training skill.

For every full lance of 'Mechs they field, the Pikemen can either gain an armed IndustrialMech with a Green pilot, or use the Force the Initiative special ability for the first ten turns of a scenario.

The armored unit (the Lancemen) has the Zone of Control special ability. When defending, they have up to half their units placed as Hidden Units.

All infantry forces (the Swordsmen) have anti-'Mech training. They cannot field more than three squads of battle armor. For every three platoons of Swordsmen on the field, the controlling player gets an extra green rifle platoon of local militia with anti-'Mech training.[5]


References[edit]

  1. Unit Digest: Pikes Pikemen, p. 3
  2. Scenario: Wall of Pikes, p. 3
  3. Unit Digest: Pikes Pikemen, pp. 3-4
  4. Unit Digest: Pike's Pikemen, p. 3, "Defense Force Profile"
  5. Unit Digest: Pikes Pikemen, p. 5

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