Red Lancers

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Red Lancers
Formed 2452
Nickname The Red Heart Guard
Affiliation Capellan Confederation
Parent Command Capellan Hussars



Originally raised in 2355 as the 2nd Hexare Lancers, and later renamed the Red Lancers after destruction of a rebellious unit Merik's Grenadiers in 2451-2452, a rogue Capellan Hussars unit that had assassinated Chancellor Duncan Liao in 2452.[1][2]

First Succession War[edit]

In 2787, the Chancellor Barbara Liao assigned the Red Lancers to Task Force Devlin, a multi-regimental and naval expeditionary force tasked to gain worlds for House Liao.

The Battle of Calloway VI[edit]

In March of 2789, the Task Force Devlin had jumped to Calloway VI. Pior to the invasion being carried out, traitors among the Task Force feeling guilty over the lost of life caused by Task Force's action on New Delos leaked to House Marik the operation plans for Liao's attack on Calloway VI. Task Force Devlin was meet by a First Oriente Provincial Squadron on their arrival at Calloway system. Despite the Oriente Squadron's surprise attack and destruction of regiments worth of 'Mechs and Aerospace assets, the Lancers along with other ground forces burned to the planet. Barbara Liao lead the Regiments to for domination of the planet. Joining other four surviving regiments, the Marik defenders had mustered five regiments and had weeks to fortify their positions. However, due to the presence of the Chancellor leading the Lancers into battle, reserves of troops used up every time the Marik forces broke through their battle lines and threaten her. Eventually, after 10 days of battle, Chancellor admitted defeat and ordered Liaos forces to withdraw as attrition of battle depleted her forces. By this time, the Red Lancers had been depleted to a third of the fighting strength remained as they tried to provide cover for Chancellor to withdraw from the planet. In the aftermath of the following destruction of Task Force Devlin, the Red Lancers were among the three regiments to have survive the campaign.[3]

During Sandol Quinn Regency, the young Ilsa Liao completed a two-month Lance-command stint in the Red Lancers on Sian. [4]

Second Succession War - The Red Heart Guard[edit]

Recognizing as the Second Succession War began in earnest in 2828 that the depleted CCAF could not hope to fend off simultaneous attacks from both Free Worlds League and Federated Suns, in a desperate gamble Chancellor Ilsa Liao stripped the League border of its best troops and personally lead the Red Lancers supported by elements of the Prefectorate Guard to strike the important Federated Suns staging world of Orbisonia to try and delay the Davion advance. While Ilsa's troops had a considerable weight advantage, their ranks consisting primarily of Warhammer and Marauder heavy 'Mechs, the defending units of the Avalon Hussars were much more experienced and managed to outmaneuver and outsmart the Capellans thanks to the heavy use of light reconnaissance and scout assets. [5] [6] [2]

By the fourth day of the campaign the Capellan forces were in full retreat, with Ilsa leading the rear-guard forces. Unbeknown to the Capellan forces, the Federated Suns troops had identified that Ilsa was leading the rear-guard and launched an aimed strike at her forces. During the final rear-guard action that saved the remains of the Capellan forces, Ilsa Liao was killed in action, becoming the first Capellan Chancellor to die on the battlefield. The Red Lancers would thereafter adopt the nickname of the "The Red Heart Guard" in commemoration of their fallen commander.[7] [5] [6] [2]

Later there were sent as reinforcements to Tikonov to repulse the Davion invaders in 2832.[2]

On Spica, the command destroyed a taskforce of Davions Mercenaries Gunther's Grenadiers, Deidre's Destroyers, and Brighton's Irregulars.[2]

The Lancers forestalled a Capellan Civil War in 2989 by throwing their support behind Maximilian Liao.[1][2]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

Despite being stationed on Sian during the Fourth Succession War, the Red Lancers did not take part in the defense against the raid of the 1st Kathil Uhlans on the 24th of October, 3029, as only 'Mechs of Warrior House Imarra stood at the space port as the honor guard for what they believed were the victorious returning 4th Tau Ceti Rangers.[citation needed]

Andurien/Canopus Invasion[edit]

War of 3039[edit]

Operation GUERRERO[edit]

Operation BULLDOG[edit]

In 3060, they represented the Capellan Confederation in the Great Refusal. A company of Lancers defeated a Binary from Clan Fire Mandrill. [8]

Xin Sheng Campaign[edit]

The Red Heart Guard defended Chancellor Liao against two assassination attempts in 3063 and a third attempt in 3066.[9]

The Red Lancers would be the Confederation's participating unit in the Second Star League's attempt to revive the Martial Olympiad, ultimately winning the Olympiad held on Tukayyid in 3067. [10]


Located on Sian when the Word of Blake sent two divisions to attack the world, the Red Lancers forced the 17th and 24th Divisions to a standstill. This allowed the Blackwind Lancers to arrive and shatter the Blakist commands. The Blakist forces withdrew in disarray.[11]

The Red Lancers accompanied Magestrix Naomi Centrella-Liao back to the Magistracy of Canopus in 3075, taking part in the campaign to liberate the Magistracy capital world of Canopus.[12] When Naomi returned to the Capellan Confederation in December 3075 she left the Red Lancers on Canopus to reinforce the surviving planetary defenses.[13][14][15]

The unit was still in Canopus in 3079.[16]

Republic Era[edit]

With Naomi Centrella-Liao's daughter named after the Red Lancer's legendary commander, the unit named the Ilsa an honorary sang-shao in the unit in 3084. The Lancers staged a full military parade on her sixteenth birthday, posters of the young Ilsa posing with several of the Red Heart Guards atop the canopy of a Men Shen OmniMech widely distributed across both the Confederation and Magistracy in its wake. [17]

During the Victoria War the Red Lancers took Schen Wan from the Oriente Protectorate before moving to assault Ipswich. Supported by Roman's Mounted Fusiliers they faced the 5th Oriente Hussars and 6th Oriente Hussars.[18]

Dark Age[edit]

In 3145 the Red Lancers drove the 1st Federated Suns Armored Cavalry off Almach[19][20], afterwards returning to the capital. Seemingly content to have demonstrated their power and removed an obstacle to the CCAF's invasion timetable.[21]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Red Lancers
Colonel Nikolai Yurchenko 2828[22]
Colonel Judith Abermarl 3025[2]
Colonel Andre Elias 3050-3054[23][24]
Sang-shao Siona Aterade [1]
Sang-shao An Shennu 3062-3070[1][25][26]
Sang-shao William Le Marchant 3085[27]
Sang-shao Cao Culverton 3145[28]


The Lancers use divide-and-conquer tactics, splitting an enemy force in two. One tactic involves pinning an enemy unit between heavy Mechs and lighter, jump-capable units.[1]

Composition History[edit]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[29]

Note: At this point in time the regiment was based on Sian.[29]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[30]

Note: At this point in time the Lancers were a heavy-weight regiment operating at full strength and were based on Sian.[30]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[30]

Note: At this point in time the Lancers were a heavy-weight regiment operating at just below half-strength and were based on Propus.[30]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical) [31]

Note: At this point in time the assault-weight unit was stationed on Gorki with an operational readiness of 80 percent. [31]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical) [31]

Note: At this point in time assault-weight unit was stationed on Sian with a operational readiness of 39 percent. [31]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Judith Abermarle

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Sian. [32]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[33]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Sian. [33]


Red Lancers (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical) [23]

Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Sian. [23]


Red Lancers (Elite/Fanatical)[24]

  • CO: Colonel Andre Elias


Red Lancers (1 Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[1][25]

  • CO: Sang-shao An Shennu

- Includes 2 Augmented Lances 'Mechs in second Battalion

4th Sian Defender Wing (1 Wing (Military Unit)/Veteran/Fanatical)[1][25]

The Blood Brigade (1 Battalion/Regular/Fanatical)[1][25]

Red Lancers Infantry (1 Reinforced Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical)[1][25]

- Includes 2 Platoons of Battle Armor)


Red Lancers (Elite/Fanatical)[27]

  • CO: Sang-shao William Le Marchant

4th Sian Defense Wing (Wing/Elite/Fanatical)[27]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Fun Che Chow

The Blood Brigade (2 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)[27]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Yuk Fan Lam

Red Lancers Infantry (4 Battalions/Veteran/Fanatical)[27]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Wai On Ng


Red Lancers (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Sang-shao Cao Culverton

4th Sian Defense Wing (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Kong-zhong-shao Cas Birral

The Blood Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Gregorie Vidales

Red Lancers Infantry (4 Battalions/Elite/Fanatical)[28]

  • CO: Zhong-shao Manfred Kleinsfeld


Reunification War[edit]

  • When randomly generating force experience the Red Lancers receive a +2 bonus to the Random Experience Level roll.[34]
  • When determining availability of equipment, replacements and advanced components, the Red Lancers receive a +1 bonus.[34]
  • The Red Lancers receive a +1 bonus to Initiative.[34]
  • Before the beginning of a game, the Red Lancers player may select one of the opposing force's special abilities and prevent them from using that ability during the game - this refers to combat abilities, and does not affect force generation rolls such as skill and equipment rolls.[34]

First Succession War[edit]

  • Between 2786 and 2807, the composition of randomly-generated lances from the Red Lancers are determined using a single roll on the Random Unit Assignment Tables per lance, with all of the lance 'Mechs being the resulting type. Between 2808 and 2819, the lance composition is determined using two rolls on the Random Unit Assignment Tables per lance, and from 2820 lance composition is determined using one roll per 'Mech per lance.[35]
  • When generating Red Lancers forces using Random Unit Assignment Tables during the First Succession War, the Red Lancers receives a +4 modifier to each roll on the appropriate table.[36]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 Field Manual: Capellan Confederation, p. 53, "Red Lancers Unit Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 77, "Red Lancers"
  3. First Succession War, pp. 58-59 "Debacle of Calloway - Red Lancer's actions during Calloway VI battle.
  4. Handbook: House Liao, p. 28 "Sandol Quinn - Ilsa the Peacemaker - Debacle at Chesterton"
  5. 5.0 5.1 House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 47, "The Succession Wars - Second Succession War"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Handbook: House Liao, p. 29 "The Red Heart Guard"
  7. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 220, "Darter Scout Car"
  8. Twilight of the Clans, p. 13
  9. Field Manual: Update, p. 20, "Red Lancers Profile"
  10. Field Manual: Update, p. 94 "Star League Defense Force - Martial Olympiad"
  11. Blake Ascending, pp. 271-272. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, pp. 111-112
  12. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 54
  13. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 55
  14. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 19, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  15. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 55, "The Jihad In Review"
  16. Field Report: CCAF , p. 8 "Regimental Status"
  17. Field Manual: 3085, p. 23 "Capellan Confederation - Capellan Hussars - Red Lancers"
  18. Technical Readout: 3145 Free Worlds League, p. 44
  19. Technical Readout: 3145 Capellan Confederation, p. 22
  20. Technical Readout: 3145 Federated Suns, pp. 42, 52
  21. Field Manual: 3145, p. 30, "Capellan Hussars - Red Lancers"
  22. Historical Turning Points: Orbisonia, p. 9
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 20 Year Update, p. 62, "CCAF Deployment Table"
  24. 24.0 24.1 Objective Raids, p. 41, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3054"
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 Field Manual: Update, p. 32, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3067"
  26. Jihad Turning Points: Sian, p. 7
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 27.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 33, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3085"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 45, "CCAF Deployment Table - 3145"
  29. 29.0 29.1 Field Report 2765: Capellan Confederation, p. 7
  30. 30.0 30.1 30.2 30.3 First Succession War, p. 135, "Capellan Confederation Armed Forces (CCAF)"
  31. 31.0 31.1 31.2 31.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 95
  32. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p.105
  33. 33.0 33.1 Historical: Brush Wars, p.87
  34. 34.0 34.1 34.2 34.3 Historical: Reunification War, p. 182, "Capellan Confederation"
  35. First Succession War, p. 147, "Force Compositions"
  36. First Succession War, p. 147, "RAT Die Roll Modifiers by Combat Command Table"