Waco Rangers

Waco Rangers
Unit Profile (as of 3060)
CO Colonel Wayne Waco
JumpShips Yes
DropShips Yes
Aerospace Yes
Armor No
Infantry No

The Waco Rangers were a mercenary regiment formed in 3007 by Colonel Wayne Waco.

Although one of the larger and more successful mercenary units from the late Succession Wars era, with a track record showing them to be very competent overall, they were known primarily for their hatred against the legendary Wolf's Dragoons.[1] Pursuing their one-sided vendetta would cause them several embarrassing (and costly) defeats.

The unit suffered a catastrophic defeat in the 3058 battle on Coventry against Clan Jade Falcon that sent it into a downward spiral. A shell of its former self, the depleted unit under geriatric Wayne Waco finally sparked the Scouring of Outreach in October 3067 and thereby got a measure of revenge against the Dragoons, but also perished in the act.

Unit History[edit]

The Waco Rangers were a mercenary regiment formed in 3007 by Wayne Waco and disaffected Capellan Confederation MechWarriors after Waco's previous unit, the First Tau Ceri Rangers, were disbanded.[2] Accepting their first major contract with, ironically, the Confederation, they saw heavy combat against Wolfs Dragoons (then in the employ of the Federated Suns) on New Aragon in 3008. The Dragoons' Zeta Battalion smashed through the Rangers' light 'Mechs, resulting in the death of John Waco, Wayne Waco's son. Apparently, a Dragoon Stalker inadvertently crushed the younger Waco after his Wasp was destroyed.[3][4]

Wayne Waco and his officers promptly declared vengeance against the Dragoons,[5] despite a ComStar investigation clearing the Dragoons of intentional wrong-doing. Afterward, the Waco Rangers refused employment with any Successor State that also employed the Dragoons. Despite this one-sided feud, the Dragoons and their commander, Jaime Wolf, seemed barely aware of the Rangers' grievance. Indeed, some of the Dragoons would eventually nickname them the "Wacko Rangers".[3]

In 3011, the unit conducted a successful hit-and-run campaign against the 42nd Avalon Hussars on Thomas. With salvage from this operation, the unit would soon expand to two battalions. Later that same year, Waco learned that House Liao had hired Wolf's Dragoons without informing his unit ahead of time as specified in the Rangers' contract. The Rangers not only left the Confederation, they raided supply warehouses on Korion, expanding further.[6]

In 3014, the unit signed with the Draconis Combine, and was sent to the Davion border to conduct a series of raids. This included a successful attack on Mara, where they were able to damage the Third Ceti Hussars, seizing significant salvage. They would continue raiding worlds as a cohesive unit through 3018 with great success, each time retreating before reinforcements could be brought to bear.[7]

In 3021, while on New Wessex, the Rangers learned the Black Widow Company of Wolf's Dragoons was on planet, on a raid in service to the Lyran Commonwealth. The Black Widows were harassing the 20th Draconis Regiment, who was unwisely trying to hunt the Dragoons down in single lances. Waco interceded against the Draconis commanding officer's objections, correctly deducing the location of the Widows' DropShip. They were too late, however, and the two forces exchanged only brief fire before the Dragoons escaped.[8]

In 3023, The Draconis Combine honored its contract with the Rangers by reporting it was hiring the Dragoons. The Rangers then signed on with the Lyran Commonwealth, and in 3024 they tangled with the Dragoons again, this time on Hyperion. Expecting to find only a battalion of the Dragoons, they instead faced two whole regiments and were forced to retreat. They were successful in destroying a number of Dragoon 'Mechs, however. Following this encounter, the Rangers continued to conduct their raids on the Combine with great success.[9] One of these raids was on Altais, where they faced elements of the 5th Sword of Light and the Altais Militia. The Rangers took heavy damage during this raid.[10]

By 3025, the Rangers were in service to the Federated Suns,[11] based on the world of Mentasta.[12] At the time they were a medium regiment rated at "regular" skill level, and had their own infantry, armor, aerospace fighter and DropShip support; their contract was slated to expire in 3026.[13]

(A full writeup of the unit, as of ca. 3025, is found in the Mercenary's Handbook, but the impression is given that they are still in House Steiner employ.)

In August 3028 the Lyran Commonwealth launched Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG, the major Commonwealth offensive of the Fourth Succession War; the Rangers were deployed from their garrison on Bessarabia to assault the Combine world of Hyperion.[14] The defenders on Hyperion[15] - the Ninth Rasalhague Regulars[16] - were of questionable loyalty, and didn't put up much of a fight.[15] The Ninth Rasalhague Regulars withdrew to Satalice, where they would face the Rangers again in 3029;[16] following several months of consolidation in the aftermath of GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG the Commonwealth went on the offensive again in the Trellshire and Tamar theatres of operation. While a large part of the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces' attention went into trying to win ongoing conflicts on a handful of worlds, seven new planetary assaults were launched. Satalice was one of the worlds attacked, because of the presence of the Ninth Rasalhague Regulars, and the LCAF dropped Hansen's Roughriders and the Waco Rangers on Satalice. The two mercenary commands spent several months maneuvering against the Ninth in a campaign marked by good coordination between the mercenary units and their supporting conventional forces. The culmination of the maneuvre campaign came when the two mercenary units caught the Ninth in the rich Mizona Valley; keenly aware of the danger of being surrounded and wiped out, the Ninth abandoned Satalice after a race to their DropShips.[16]

In 3032, upon hearing that the Snord's Irregulars mercenary battalion was closely associated with the Dragoons, Waco challenged Cranston Snord and his unit to a battle for a priceless collection of 23rd century Demmings crystal on the planet Nockatunga in the Free Worlds League. Despite stating that he would only bring his command battalion to the fight, Waco in fact had his entire regiment lying in ambush, outnumbering the Irregulars three to one. The Rangers were outmaneuvered by the Irregulars' tactics, and Waco himself was defeated in battle. Snord spared him more for spite than mercy. The Irregulars left with the crystals.[17]

At some unspecified point, Colonel Wayne Waco seems to have retired from regular active service, turning command of the regiment over to Colonel Wayne Rogers. Waco apparently still maintained ownership of the unit, however. As of 3049, the unit was in service to the Free Worlds League, stationed on the planet of Epsilon.[18] Reportedly, they were still a well-respected unit at this time, despite their eccentricity regarding the Dragoons.

At the start of the Clan Invasion, with the revelation that Wolf's Dragoons were originally from Clan Wolf, Wayne Waco tried to form a mercenary coalition against them. His failure to do so only sharpened his anger.[19] Later in 3053, he achieved some measure of satisfaction when he sat as one of the judges on the Mercenary Review Board when the Dragoons were brought up on charges of one of their battalions violating the terms of its contract while in service to the Free Worlds League. Though Jaime Wolf could have brushed the matter under the carpet, he felt it necessary to demonstrate that the Dragoons were not above the system they themselves had championed. Wolf was suspended from active service for one year.[20]

In 3058, the Rangers were employed by the Lyran Alliance to see action against Clan Jade Falcon on Coventry. During the battle, they were forced to fight alongside Wolf's Dragoons' Delta Regiment, despite repeated protests from Wayne Rogers. The Rangers ignored both the battle plan and recon information provided by Caradoc Trevena of the Tenth Skye Rangers. As a result, they were routed by the Falcons and had to suffer the indignity of being rescued by the Dragoons. Colonel Rogers was killed in the fighting.[21][22]

Afterward, Wayne Waco resumed command despite his advanced age, and brought charges against the Dragoons and all others involved, blaming them for the entire matter. The MRBC dismissed these charges as groundless. As a result of major defections following these events, the unit was reduced to a single BattleMech company, with only a lance of aerospace fighter support.[19]

As of 3067, the unit's fortunes had apparently still not turned for the better. Waco, apparently acting on behalf of the Word of Blake, launched a coordinated mercenary attack on the Dragoons at their capital of Harlech on Outreach[23], causing tremendous damage and destroying the famed Hiring Hall. The Dragoons later called this battle First Harlech. During the fighting, Waco and his BattleMaster managed to engage Jaime Wolf and his Archer in combat, apparently after Wolf had already destroyed several 'Mechs. Waco was successful in killing Wolf, though he himself was also killed and his 'Mech was destroyed in the process, with those under his command defeated. In the Dragoons' "Condition Feral", all non-Dragoon forces on Outreach were hunted down and terminated with extreme prejudice. Thus, the Waco Rangers were considered destroyed at the dawn of the Jihad.[24]

Unit Notes[edit]

  • As of 3060, the unit still possessed two Overlord DropShips and one JumpShip.[19]
  • Despite their less than sterling reputation for much of their history, due primarily to their obsession with Wolf's Dragoons, the Rangers were a highly regarded unit well suited to launching deep objective raids against an enemy. They also possessed a legendary technical support group, and were able to expand the size of their unit quickly with their ability to salvage and rebuild enemy 'Mechs.[25]



The commanding officer is Colonel Wayne Waco. [26]

Composition History[edit]


Waco Rangers (Veteran/Reliable) - LCAF[27]

Waco Rangers (1 Regiment)[26]

  • Waco's Command Company: Colonel Wayne Waco
  • 1st Battalion (Noble's Assault Battalion): Major Paulus Noble
  • 2nd Battalion (Kelly's Support Battalion): Major Albright Kelly
  • 3rd Battalion (Keller's Reserve Battalion): Major C.H.G "Charger" Keller


The Waco Rangers are mentioned to be in in employ of the AFFS in the House Davion (The Federated Suns) sourcebook. However, the Mercenary Handbook as well as the House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) sourcebook and the NAIS Atlas Vol. 2 report the Rangers to be in the employ of House Steiner on several occasions. Thus, the Rangers can be considered in LCAF employ during this era. [29][30][31][32][33]


Waco Rangers(1 Company/Veteran/Questionable)[19]

  • CO: Colonel Wayne Waco

Air Rangers(1 Lance/Regular/Questionable)

Uniform and Rank Insignia Gallery[edit]


During the Coventry fighting, the Waco Rangers may avoid Forced Withdrawal conditions if they roll 7+ on a 2D6. This check is made during the End Phase of every turn after Forced Withdrawal conditions exist. If the roll is below 7 the Forced Withdrawal rules come into effect for the entire track.[34]


  1. Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), p. 127
  2. Mercenary’s Handbook, p. 84
  3. 3.0 3.1 Wolf's Dragoons (sourcebook), pp. 13, 127
  4. Making a Name
  5. Making a Name
  6. Mercenary's Handbook, p. 84
  7. Mercenary’s Handbook, p. 84
  8. Mercenary’s Handbook, pp. 84-85
  9. Mercenary’s Handbook, p. 85
  10. Sorenson’s Sabres (scenario pack), p. 63
  11. Succession Wars (Board Game), p. 13 - "House Davion Order of Battle"
  12. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 134
  13. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 147
  14. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 44-45, "Operation GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG"
  15. 15.0 15.1 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 1, p. 51, "Other Early Action"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Volume 2, p. 71, "New Invasions"
  17. Rhonda's Irregulars, p. 7
  18. 20 Year Update, p. 57
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 92
  20. Wolf Pack, p.??[citation needed]
  21. The Battle of Coventry, p. 41
  22. Operational Turning Points: Falcon Incursion, p. 27
  23. Total Chaos, p. 39
  24. Total Chaos, p. 40
  25. Mercenary's Handbook, p.??[citation needed]
  26. 26.0 26.1 Mercenary's Handbook, p. 88, "Unit Roster"
  27. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p.116
  28. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p.116
  29. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p.80
  30. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p.81
  31. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth) p.116
  32. Mercenary Handbook p.85
  33. NAIS The Fourth Succession War Military Atlas Vol. 2 p.65
  34. Operational Turning Points: Falcon Incursion, p. 11