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Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« on: 18 June 2017, 23:32:19 »
There's a few units in my AU that have been provided by others or that I've borrowed over the years.  Many people see the names come up and wonder what I've done with them.  So I'm going to post them all in the same place along with some other unit's I've built up myself over the AU's history.

Starting with the Charlestown Chiefs created by JA Baker

The Charlestown Chiefs
   A Lyran-based Mercenary unit specialising in Arctic-warfare, the Charlestown Chiefs hold the record for most reprimands from the MRCB over unnecessary brutality and violence in combat, a fact that is not help by the units wish to add hatchets to most of its Mech's. The units Mech's are normally painted blue with white and yellow stripes, with the word CHIEFS written across the torso somewhere.

   The unit is co-owned by its members, including the support staff, a situation that arose after their previous owner attempted to run the unit into the ground so it could be written off as a tax-loss. The means that remain unclear, the Chiefs CO managed to get the owner to agree to sell off the Mech's and other equipment, including their DropShip, for a fraction of their market value. The others have remained unflinchingly loyal to Captain Dunlop ever since.

   They defended Antares from the Jade Falcons and added a Swallow WiGE Company to their ranks in 3091.  In 3093 along with Millie's Marauders mercenary command they defended Great X.  The unit lost the Blackjack of the second lance while salvaging a damaged Viper 3 BattleMech. 

   After resting and refitting the unit survived a bloodbath on Great X in 3103 at the hands of Clan Jade Falcon losing five BattleMechs and their pilots.  They fell back to Galatea station to rest and refit while they considered their next move while technically under Lyran Contract they were not called upon to serve further before their contract elapsed in 3105.  During the two years on Galatea Station they had time to recruit five new warriors while Reggie Dunlop dug into the units savings to purchase two new BattleMechs for warriors who didn’t have machines.

   In late 3105 the unit accepted a new contract this time with the planet of Hazeldean in the District of Gibraltar of the Free Worlds League taking up garrison in early 3106.  They served on Hazeldean for a year into 3107 seeing only a little combat as they got used to their new MechWarriors before returning to Galatea Station arriving in late 3107.  With no casualties on Hazeldean the unit immediately accepted a two year contract with the Isle of Skye taking up station on Kirkcaldy in early 3108.

Personnel
Captain Reggie ‘Reg’ Dunlop
In the last few years he has rebuilt this unit after losses taken against Clan Jade Falcon but in doing so he has visibly aged as the stress of what the Chiefs have gone through the last few years.  With the loss of his fiancé on Great X he has withdrawn from personal relationships although his unit is still fiercely loyal to their CO.  When on Galatea he almost emptied to Chiefs reserves to purchase the Axman piloted by Pope and the Berserker piloted by Delgado but with the contract on Hazeldean the unit has enough money to cover operational costs.

MechWarrior Jermaine “Reverend” Paul
Where MechWarrior Paul gained his highly modified Thanatos BattleMech, where MechWarrior Paul gained his habit of reading last rights to fallen enemies and why a MechWarrior of fifty years was on Galatea Station without a unit in 3104 when he joined the Chiefs are all mysteries.  Paul appears to be on very good terms with Dunlop leading to many of the others wondering if Dunlop wishes to pass command of the Chiefs to him in the future.

(Thanatos MRM launcher replaced with a Large Vibroblade, no medium pulse laser)

MechWarrior Bryan “Adept” Alonso
Alonso is a former member of the Word of Blake, Alonso is not a former member of the Word of Blake.  This question has surrounded Bryan Alonso since joining the unit and for his part the warrior does not suggest either is the correct answer instead if the question comes up he states he’s a member of the Charlestown Chiefs.

Captain Reggie 'Reg' Dunlop, GHR-5M Grasshopper
MechWarrior Steve 'Time-Out' Hanson, Viper 3
MechWarrior Mara “Crusher” Pope, AXM-3S Axman*
MechWarrior Jermaine “Reverend” Paul, Thanatos Reverend

Lieutenant Denis 'Lock-Out' Lemieux, AS7-K Atlas
Corporal Jeff 'The Goon' Hanson, CPLT-C1 Catapult
MechWarrior Javier “The Mexican” Delgado, BRZ-B3 Berserker*
MechWarrior Summer “Blood-rain” Rain, Lycurgus

Lieutenant Monica “White Witch” DeCarlo, Wasp IIC
MechWarrior Bryan “Adept” Alonso, BCN-3R Buccaneer
MechWarrior Flavia Sousa, NX-80 Nyx
MechWarrior Martin Boyega, SCB-9A Scarabus

Lieutenant Dima Tchercova, Swallow Attack WiGE (Original variant)
Tank Commander Steen Petraneck, Swallow Attack WiGE (Original variant)
Tank Commander Hana Seung, Swallow Attack WiGE (Original variant)
Tank Commander Benjamin Cotton, Swallow Attack WiGE (Original variant)

Lieutenant-Commander Walt 'Bus-Man' Comisky, Union class DropShip Lady of Spain
-   Lady of Spain lacks aerospace launch facilities instead the internal arrangement of the ship has been changed so four light vehicle bays have been added to support the Swallows which joined the unit on Antares.

Original unit
http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=9525.msg222652#msg222652
« Last Edit: 18 June 2017, 23:36:15 by Dragon Cat »

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #1 on: 18 June 2017, 23:43:07 »
* Waits patiently for his contribution to arrive in order of appearance. *

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #2 on: 19 June 2017, 00:08:16 »
Created by JA Baker

The Alpha Team

   A renegade SLDF lance from a unit that was framed for the massacre of gang members and civilians on Devil's Rock.  The unit went AWOL in early 3091 turning up on Westover in September of the same year they offered their services as mercenaries for hire to the Rim Association which was accepted.  Although they have had opportunities to expand beyond lance strength they have so far not done so instead each of the four MechWarriors each use highly customized BattleMechs which play to their MechWarriors strength.

   The unit accepted a contact with the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth defending Brodon in 3093 from the Isle of Skye intrusion.  They escaped an SLDF unit led by Colonel Hank Lynch by stealing an Overlord-class DropShip assigned to The Thunder Road Mercenary Command.

   Knowing that Lynch would not be far behind them The Alpha Team decided to head away from SLDF territory accepting a contract with the District of Regulus world of Avior (landing in late 3097) who were facing having their world taken over by a corporate entity who wished to strip mine a nature reserve.  Using tactics intended on causing as few deaths as possible Alpha Team frustrated the corporation for nearly six months before a response from Regulus arrived in the form of a Battalion from the First Regulan Hussars.  While the mining would still go ahead it would be controlled by Regulus and the intention was for little to no damage to be done to the people.  Colonel Smith promised the people that if he heard that the strip mining had gone ahead he’d ensure that the leaders on Regulus paid a dear price.

   Nearly two years late in 3099 the Alpha Team showed up again this time on the Magistracy of Canopus leisure world of Gallis when a pirate band attacked their compound cutting them off from their BattleMechs.  The four MechWarriors and a group of civilians from Gallis raided the raiders camp in a daring night attack using modified civilian vehicles to resist the attacks from the raiders vehicles and Mechs.  Although several of the civilians were killed the Alpha Team were able to regain control of their Mechs and went about destroying every single raider BattleMech and armoured vehicle taking control of their DropShip launching an attack on the raider JumpShip several days.  Nearly two months later the Alpha Team dropped on Astrokaszy and finished the job of destroying the remaining raiders at their base on the world.

   It was on Astrokaszy the Alpha Team seemed to find their place defending the Tycho Station (a small town with nearly five thousand inhabitants and a water source) from raiders.  With a Union-class DropShip for their use to cross the planet if they needed to (the crew stayed on the JumpShip left for a pirate haven elsewhere).  Both Smith and Peck married and had children during their time on the world.

   Unfortunately as is the way of things in 3107 an SLDF Pirate Hunting unit arrived on the planet.  As the Alpha Team are still wanted criminals the unit chose to move but this time they have not left alone.  Taking the Union-class DropShip they acquired from the pirates and nearly a dozen modified vehicles along with nearly fifty dependants the unit left heading into the Marian Hegemony.

Colonel John “Hannibal” Smith – Banshee Hannibal
Captain MC “Howling Mad” Murdock – BattleMaster Howling Mad
Lieutenant Tempest “Faceman” Peck – Cyclops Faceman
Sgt Bosco Albert “BA” Baracus – Atlas BA

Captain Jonathan Silberberg, No End Theory, Union-class DropShip
-   Modified has four BattleMech bays, no aerospace bays all else turned over to cargo

A dozen modified civilian vehicles with crews
-   Carried as cargo onboard No End Theory

Original unit
http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=39150.msg905794#msg905794

Their Mechs in my AU
https://www.ourbattletech.com/forum/index.php?topic=2600.msg35487#msg35487
« Last Edit: 19 June 2017, 00:10:49 by Dragon Cat »

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #3 on: 19 June 2017, 00:27:06 »
The Wolf's Dragoons got an Intelligence Report so I won't repeat them all here instead I'll post a link

http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=57888.0

And

Wolf's Dragoons

Commander:                General Sean Dorran
Commander of WolfNet:         General Stacy Church
Territory Held:               
           Outreach (Chaos March)         Home (District of Bowang)

Alpha Regiment - Elite - (Dragoon - 140% norm)
   - 2 Air Wing      - 2 Armour Cluster   - 1 Artillery Battalion
   - Full Elemental Cluster
   Engaged Word of Blake on Caph in 3064.  Lost about half a Battalion but salvaged several Blakist C3i and iNarc systems.  In 3067 accepted in members from almost every deactivated regiment bringing it back up to full strength.  Has full armour regiment organized along Star League lines, a cluster of Battle Armour warriors, mainly Elementals, and two air wings for support.

   Were badly battered during Operation Downfall and are hovering at half normal strength, have retreated to Outreach, they are also without a commander at present.  The unit moved to Talitha in 3091 to secure it under contract of the Star League Defence Force.

   The regiment destroyed the Sixth Capellan Defence Force and the Fifth Liao Lancers on Old Kentucky in 3108 supported by the WarShip Athena.  Since then the unit has been seen on Outreach indicating its service to the FWL was a brief one.

Beta Regiment - Veteran - (Dragoon 140% norm)
   - 2 Air Wing      - 2 Armour Cluster   - 1 Artillery Battalion
   - Full Elemental Cluster
Landed on Liao in 3074 helping the AFFS to steal over a regiment of armour and Mechs while severely damaging the Capellan Confederation’s Holdfast Guard and Warrior House Ijori.  Participated in Operation Downfall and were far more successful than Alpha Regiment securing Jacson with little loss and supporting the fall of Madras.

   Unit was destroyed in 3084 by Jade Falcons.  In 3094 the Dragoons began stockpiling equipment to rebuild Beta and Delta Regiments.  In 3097 the Dragoons announced that Beta and Delta Galaxies were to be re-registered with the MRBC and would be ready to take contracts in early to late 3098.

        The Regiment has since served with the Draconis Combine and Federated Suns.  The unit is currently on Home.

Gamma Regiment - Veteran - (Dragoon - 140%)
   - 1 Air Wing      - 2 Armour Clusters   1 Artillery Battalion
   - 1 Elemental Battalion
   Participated in Federated Suns actions against former Chaos March worlds under Capellan rule in 3075.  Though there was no major actions for the regiment it did give the inexperienced unit some much needed combat and cohesion.  Though it was not needed the regiment were seen moving through the Elgin system running hot with WarShip support and hot-dropping onto the planet’s surface, this exercise proved the unit’s ability to work together over anything else.

        The unit has been seen in the Free Worlds League's District of Marik.

Delta Regiment – Veteran – (140%)
   - 1 Air Wings      - 1 Armour Clusters   1 Artillery Battalion
   - 1 Elemental Battalion
        In 3094 the Dragoons began stockpiling equipment to rebuild Beta and Delta Regiments.  In 3097 the Dragoons announced that Beta and Delta Galaxies were to be re-registered with the MRBC and would be ready to take contracts in early to late 3098.

        The unit has been seen in the Lyran Commonwealth on Coventry and is currently registered with the MRBC as under a contract that will last five years ending in 3110.

Zeta Cluster - Elite - 5 Trinaries
   Participated in the Final Battle for Terra on the Plains outside Sandhurst in the United Kingdom.  Joined the Beta Regiment in assaulting Liao with AFFS forces in 3074 helping the Federated Suns capture over a Regiment’s worth of Mechs and Armour.

   Participated in Operation Downfall in 3074 with Alpha and Beta Regiments supporting Alpha Regiment like the Wolf Spider battalion they received only small losses during the conflict.  Securing all their objectives and several Capellan Stealth Mechs.

   Deployed along with the Seventh Kommando and the Athena to Clipperton in 3094.

        Currently the unit is on Outreach.

Black Widow Cluster - Elite - 5 Trinaries
   General Stacy Church

   Destroyed  during the worldwide riot on Outreach by the Blakist subverted Broadsword Legion in 3067 the Wolf Spider Battalion made famous as the creation and command of Natasha Kerensky during her time with the Dragoons have only recently been returned to duty and full strength.  With the Wolf Spiders serving as General Maeve Wolf’s own command during the Wolf Dragoon’s Civil War the General had ensured that the Wolf Spiders get the best equipment and any warrior they request in their efforts to rebuild.

   Participated in Operation Downfall in 3074 with Alpha and Beta Regiments supporting Alpha Regiment like Zeta battalion they received only small losses during the conflict.  Securing all their objectives and several Capellan Battle Armour suits and a single vehicle equipped with Stealth Armour.

   When the Clans enlisted the Dragoons to take care of the Opacus Venatori the Wolf Spider Battalion was selected which led to the Wolf’s Dragoons newly acquired Fredasa-class Corvette Widow’s Lair.  To further the search John Cavell took the unit off Outreach to Galatea to give the unit more access to a greater amount of sources.

   On Galatea they suffered great losses, nearly a full company of Mechs and people, when the Opacus Venatori tracked their ground base and ambushed them during a planning session several warriors lost their Mechs and Tarantula Trinary was stood down following heavy losses.

   Retreating to Arc-Royal to regroup the unit purchased several Mechs from the Kell Hounds intent on returning to the field with even more hurt for the Opacus Venatori.  These purchases brought several brand-new/experimental designs the Kell Hounds had been working on and saw an opportunity to try them out.

   Engaging the Opacus Venatori on Brasha in the Outworlds Alliance the unit took the Opacus Venatori by surprise as they attacked a Snow Raven depot.  Unfortunately Berith, leader of the Opacus Venatori tracked down John Cavell pinned the Wolf Spider’s leader to the ground under his Archangel and executed the Dragoon Major.  Captain Stacy Church leader of the Black Widow Company was able to rally her troops around her and stop a rout but the Opacus Venatori were able to escape once more.  Captain Church took command of the search and what was left of the Battalion.

   In 3080 following several more encounters between the two forces the Black Widow Company and Opacus Venatori met one last time on Kyeinnsian in the former Free Worlds League near a Clan Sea Fox trade base.  There the Opacus Venatori were destroyed by the combined forces of the Black Widows and the Sea Fox defenders.  Berith himself killed when Elementals broke into his cockpit and ripped his cybernetic systems from what remained of the man.

   Returning to the Dragoons triumphant the Wolf Spider Battalion was officially retired from Wolf’s Dragoons TO&E with the Black Widows returned to full operational status.  In 3107 along with Zeta Battalion the Black Widows were rechristened as a Cluster reflecting the unit's make up.

       Currently the exact location of this unit is unknown however Star League Protectorate Media Sources stated elements of the unit were on Mars in 3108.

7th Kommando Division - Elite - Five Platoons out of Five - Fully Operational
   - Exact Strength of a Seventh Kommando platoon is unknown

   - Come under direct command of WolfNet, the most organized intelligence organization available to any Mercenary and an organization better organized and financed than some states intelligence organizations.

–   Has access to the best equipment the Dragoons can offer including several techs pilfered from other states/organizations legally or illegally

–   Deployed along with the Zeta Battalion and the Athena to Clipperton in 3094.

Support
   Full JumpShip, DropShip and Tech Support.

   DropShip fleet includes a Conquistador-class vessel gained from the Federated Suns and used as Alpha Regiment’s command vessel.

   Two Recharge Stations in Outreach system.  Two orbital defence stations above Outreach - both rumoured to be equipped with naval weapons.  Rumour suggest the Dragoons wish to place stations over Home as well.

   Blackwell Industries on Outreach provides Dragoons with Mechs for their use only, it is also produces Clan OmniMechs.  Recently they began to build Stealth and Templar OmniMechs as part of an agreement between the Dragoons and the Federated Suns making the Dragoons the first organisation outside the Federated Suns and Star League to field these units in large quantities.  Blackwell is known to produce Adder, Timber Wolf and Dire Wolf Clan OmniMechs in limited quantities along with various armoured vehicles.

       Home facilities have been steadily increasing in size although they do not match those on Outreach.  All factories serving the Dragoons on Home are owned directly by Blackwell.

   Rumoured to have a Genetics Repository like those in use by the Clans, likely how the Dragoons field so many Elemental Warriors.  It is unknown if Home shares facilities with Outreach or if these have remained on Outreach.
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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #4 on: 19 June 2017, 00:58:40 »
Originally I found this in Field Manual Non-canon which was on the forums somewhere.  Not too sure who originally built them.

THE OBSIDIAN LANCERS

   The Obsidian Lancers were founded in 3035 based on the RCTs that were appearing in the Federated Commonwealth. The complete combined arms package of the group led Steiner and Davion commanders to frequently use the Obsidian Lancers independently to tackle secondary targets while House RCTs handled the primary objectives of a major operation. During the War of 3039   the Obsidian Lancers gained a great deal of respect for its performance on Kessel, despite the ultimate withdrawal from the planet. During the Clan Invasion, the Obsidian Lancers was quickly dispatched to the front lines. Unfortunately, in the face of the Clan juggernaut the Obsidian Lancers found itself constantly re-assigned in transit as their destination worlds fell.    After the Truce of Tukayyid the Obsidian Lancers roamed the Jade Falcon border as a fire brigade, occasionally executed major raids.  The Lancers were tapped for Operation Bulldog where they served as a strategic reserve, bolstering assault forces that met stiffer than expected resistance.

   In 3081 they were part of a joint House Steiner and Mercenary force that unsuccessfully defended Pandora and were forced to retreat.  Since then the Lancers have been among the most vocal of supporters for an assault to take the world back.

   The unit supported the assaults on the Capellan Confederation in 3093.  And then they supported assaults against the Rim Collection by the Draconis Combine in 3100

   The command spearheaded an assault against the Stone Spirits in 3102 striking against the planet of Elba in a dawn raid.  The unit uses its Clan equipped units to break through the Stone Spirit lines securing the planetary capital for the Lyran Commonwealth.   Later that same year they were on Lost as a civil disturbance broke out the unit was ordered to put down the rebels resulting in dozens of casualties.  The unit was then struck by the Rim Collection forces who had arrived to bring about a peace.  After years countering the Rim Collection’s moves the mercenaries attempted to counter the Collection units but were unable alone due to extensive aerospace support from the Rim Collection’s naval forces.  They were later replaced by house troops.

   In 3107 the unit accepted another five year contract this time with the Draconis Combine landing on Irece in late 3107.  Since then they have spent a considerable amount of money buying additional BattleMechs and armoured vehicles all equipped with C3 systems.  These have been added to other units within the command to form the 1-4 Battalion.

MRBC Rating: A*

OFFICERS
   Colonel Melissa Collishaw, though young, shows promise at having inherited leadership abilities from both her parents. Her command, the 1-3 Battalions, is fanatically devoted to her. For some reason, the First Light Regiment is also fiercely devoted to her. If her career arc continues in its current fashion, it seems inevitable that she will eventually command the Obsidian Lancers with no accusations of nepotism following her.  She took command in 3100.  Since the passing of Clifford McEwen she has shouldered the command of the Lancers alone.

TACTICS
The Obsidian Lancers specialize in major unit actions where it can maneuver and engage the enemy with its full strength. Thus the Obsidian Lancers prefers relatively open terrain, but is quite comfortable in any environment. Most members of Obsidian Lancers have fought together for a long time and now operate reflexively together on the field; forming ad-hoc combined arms forces in the middle of battle without needing coordination from their parent units.

The newest C3 Battalion of First BattleMech appears to be an experiment which the Regiment may, or may not, decide to employ throughout their command in the future.

First BattleMech
Reinforced Regiment/Elite
1-1 Battalion: Colonel Melissa Collishaw
1-2 Battalion: Major Michael Restler
1-3 Battalion: Major Obst Willets
1-4 Battalion: Major Hattori Huagi

   The First BattleMech Regiment follows their commander’s lead and prefers a mix of medium and fast heavy designs. The First Battalion has a large collection of Clan equipment in the though very little in the form of Clan OmniMechs. The 1-3 Battalion is a pathfinder formation that uses a variety of drop methods to land at the forefront and secure an LZ for subsequent units.  The newest unit in the Regiment is 1-4 Battalion wish specializes in the use of C3 technology to coordinate its two BattleMech and 1 vehicle companies.

First Light
5 Battalions/Elite

1-1   Battalion: Colonel Bill Lee
Hovercraft
1-2   Battalion: Major Anton Pierre-Louis
Hovercraft
1-3   Battalion: Major Dieter Beiter
Battle Armour
1-4   Battalion: Major Francisco Ortiz
Battle Armour
1-5   Battalion: Major Cameron Redford
Artillery

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« Reply #5 on: 19 June 2017, 21:47:22 »
The Medusans: Looks Can Kill

   Formed just before Operation Bulldog, as a temporary command, to ensure that the disparate Mercenary DropShips that were being used did not become piecemeal for Clan Smoke Jaguar WarShips the Medusans unlike other such units stayed together, adding ground forces for additional security during a contract.

   In 3067 they took on a 5 year contract with the Federated Suns Capellan March, under Duke Hasek’s, own bank-roll supporting Capellan trade convoys and military exercises.  These included operations into the Pleiades Cluster against Taurian Concordat forces in 3068 where they saved the SLDF’s Sirian Lancers from destruction and in 3070 when they found Taurian Nuclear weapons.

   In 3072 when this contract lapsed the Federated Suns offered the unit better terms keeping them within the Federated Suns on a broader contract supporting state efforts.  This saw them travel  between Galax, Kathil and New Syrtis supporting Federated Suns Naval efforts.  This has also given the unit preferential attention at the Federated Suns Shipyards at cut down prices.

   In 3076 following several years of convoy duty the unit was called to assist the Federated Suns incursion into the Capellan Confederation, targeting six former Chaos March worlds.  Here he unit found itself escorting the Lucian Davion, one of the Federated Suns prized Avalon-class Cruisers, and the Third Robinson Rangers RCT.  The mission went well to start with however the surprise intervention of the Capellan’s Thera-class Carrier, Chancellor’s Pride, temporarily drove back the Federated Suns forces.  Driving forward the Lucian Davion supported by Hydra Squadron forced the Chancellor’s Pride to vacate the system though at a cost of three DropShips to the Hydra squadron.  This was offset by the capture of the CCSS Shen Zhen, a Kuan-Ti class Assault DropShip, from the Capellans and the Federated Suns offered to sell them a Conquistador-class Troop/Command DropShip at a discounted price.  Though the Medusans did not need the vessel’s massive transport capabilities Rear Admiral Henry H. Harwood, commander of the Hydra squadron had other plans for the vessel and the Medusans accepted the offer, the Illustrious was quickly added to Hydra’s TO&E.

   During the time with the Federated Suns the unit evolved to two full squadrons with the Belfast, a Sub-capital cannon armed Arondight-class Pocket WarShip, two blockade runner variants of the Conquistador, the Cloud Errant, a Special Operations variant of the Gazelle-class DropShip, and the Act on Instinct, a Vampire II-class DropShip have all been added to the unit's TO&E.

By 3102 the unit has rebuilt to two full squadrons of DropShips including several Davion Pocket WarShip designs they have also added a Starlord-class JumpShip, an additional Mammoth-class Cargoship, three Aurora CV-class DropShips, two Aurora Tanker-class DropShips and two Overlord-class DropShips.  Medusan DropShips and aerospace fighters escorted AFFS ground troops to Minnacora in 3107.

Tactics
During “peacetime” operations the Medusan squadrons are often deployed separately to critical systems of the Federated Suns Capellan March with Ziliang and Indicass often patrolled by their units which frees up FSN assets to patrol further afield.

When it comes to combat the Medusans prefer to be deployed together during operations with both Hydra and Basilisk Squadrons deployed against the same target isolating an element of enemy operations.  The unit prefers to attack in waves with Hydra striking first and being followed by Basilisk from a different angle while Aerospace Fighters and Small Craft often strike between these units assaulting from different angles keeping an enemy unprepared for the next attack.

The one thing the Medusans lack is a WarShip which Admirals Jellicoe, Harwood and Beatty have all approached the Federated Suns at different occasions attempting to purchase a vessel from the Succession State and have been rebuffed.  However in a universe with the number of active WarShips are there currently are in the Inner Sphere the Medusans know they are going to find themselves outclassed if they cannot purchase such ships.  Fortunately the Capellan Confederation’s WarShip fleet is small and relatively ineffective compared to other nations units.

Units
Illustrious (Conquistador-class DropShip)
Although the vessel appears to be a standard Conquistador carrying the same weapons as the parent class internally the vessel has been largely gutted with the regular cargo of BattleMechs, Aerospace Fighters, armoured vehicles and infantry replaced with small craft bays and additional Battle Armour Marines.  While the vessel’s medical facilities have been maintained a Naval Comm Scanner has also been added adding additional capabilities to the vessel.

Command Squadron

   CO: Admiral John Jellicoe      Heart of Midlothian, Starlord-class JumpShip
   XO: Vice-Admiral Samantha Harrington
   
   7 Invader-class JumpShips
(Canterbury, Necromancer, Sutherland, Liberte, Nathan Hale, Lufti Djelil, Macedon)
   2 Quetzalcoatl-class JumpShips
      (Pluto, Pike)
   1 Scout-class JumpShip
      (Arboghast)
   2 Model 97-Octopus tug - Technical Support
      Glasgow, Edinburgh
   2 Buccaneer-class Cargo Ships
   2 Mule-class Cargo Ships
   2 Mammoth-class Cargo Ship
   1 Behemoth-class Cargo Ship
   3 Aurora CV-class DropShip
   2 Aurora Tanker-class DropShip
        4 Monarch-class Liners
   
Hydra Assault Squadron: Many Heads Make Light Work

   Rear Admiral Henry H. Harwood      

   1st Division: Commodore Patricia Woodhouse
      Ajax (Fortress, Command), Cumberland (Fortress)    
   2nd Division: Captain Isabella Parry
      Petard (Kuan Ti), Prince George (Conquistador Blockade Runner)
   3rd Division: Captain Shaun Traphagen
      Illustrious (Conquistador), Belfast (Arondight SCC)
   Harpy Fighter Wing: Major Robin “The Greek” Demetriadis
   Minotaur Marine Battalion: Colonel Eric Vandercamp
      Starfire, Overlord-class DropShip
   Gargoyle BattleMech Battalion: Lt. Colonel Kenny White

Basilisk Assault Squadron: Winning the Staring Match

   Rear Admiral David Beatty

   1st Division: Captain Robin Ingles
      Victorious (Conquistador Blockade Runner), Skye’s Cinder [Aurora BA)
   2nd Division: Captain Robert Arbuthnot
      Acasta (Avenger), Active (Avenger)
   3rd Division: Captain Kirsten Tevez
      Cloud Errant (Gazelle SpecOps), Act on Instinct (Vampire II)
   Gryphon Fighter Wing: Major Lee “Big Wing” Mallory
   Manticore Marine Battalion: Lt Colonel Victor Ekenberg
      Jaureguiberry, Overlord-class DropShip
   Chimera BattleMech Battalion: Major Ezekiel Hazard
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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #6 on: 20 June 2017, 03:28:49 »
I wonder if the Medusans have ever considered a raid to borrow someone else's Warship.
Or just buy one using the WD as a broker or from the Sea Foxes. Money talks. ;D O0
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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #7 on: 21 June 2017, 19:24:38 »
Another canon unit that's changed a bit and essentially become three different entities but it survives beyond its days in canon.

Gray Death Legion
 
   Ordered to Hesperus II in Early 3066 to help in the defence of the Defiance Industries plant from the Free Skye Movement troops the Gray Death Legion found itself attacked as they assembled near the Glengarry Spaceport.  Forced into the wilderness by two regiments of the Tikonov Republican Guard, who had joined Free Skye, the Legion lost Lt Colonel Lori Kalmer-Carlyle in the opening engagements, the loss of their commander so early was a devastating blow however they were boosted soon after as Lori’s husband and founder of the Gray Death Legion Baron von Glengarry Grayson Death Carlyle came out of retirement to save his world and his Regiment from destruction.

This morale boost was short lived however when Grayson was also killed by the Tikonov Guard forces and the Legion looked ready to break but Alexander Carlyle arrived with a company of warriors from the First Royal Guards RCT to assist his command.  Although he was AWOL from the LAAF Alex took command of the Legion without a challenge and immediately threw himself and the Legion at the Free Skye Forces driving them back off Glengarry and then assisted the Lyran Military in ending the Free Skye threat.

Following this crisis the regiment returned to Glengarry and said a proper good-bye to their founders and began to look to the future as Alex Carlyle was dismissed from Lyran Military service and became the full time commander of the Legion during this time they also merged with the Denebolah Warriors Mercenary Command and celebrated Alex’s marriage to Samantha Logan the Warriors CO.

   At the very end of 3072 Alexander Carlyle contacted the Lyran Alliance High Command and informed them that the Gray Death Legion was now prepared for duty with the Lyran Alliance and should they not need their services then the Legion would travel to Outreach to look for a contract within a week the LAAF had found them an assignment and by early 3073 they were on the Marian Hegemony/Duchy of Tamarind-Abby border on the former Cirincus Federation world Baltazar III acting as the Lyran’s primary unit in the area holding the newly claimed Cirincus Federation worlds.

   In 3074 after fighting off several Marian Hegemony probes and a heavy raider force the Gray Death Legion were due to be replaced on Baltazar III by Lyran House troops however they were a month late.  The Lyrans gift four modified C-MK-O Malak OmniMechs, a design found at the secret factory on Baltazar III, these Mechs lack the C3i systems and use a regular cockpit instead of the original designs small cockpit.  These four OmniMechs are far more advanced than anything the Legion have, and they become the first unit to field them in the Inner Sphere.  During the rebuilding on Glengarry the Battle Armour Company was expanded to a full battalion of suits mostly Bruce Assault Armour, and Lyran made quad Rottweiler designs.  The Fighter wing was also increased to a full wing.

   In early 3079 Samantha Logan-Carlyle gave birth to a baby daughter Dana Lori Carlyle on Glengarry at the Legion’s main base.  At the same time around half the Gray Death Legion agreed to take a contract with the Star League Defence Force for one year in training duties with the local forces of the Star League Protectorate.  The first time a Gray Death Legion command has taken a contract outside the Lyran realm since the beginning of the Fourth Succession War.

   On returning to Glengarry in 3080 Colonel Alexander Carlyle was invited to the Kelswa Family residence on Skye.  There Alex was offered a contract with the Isle of Skye helping train the new Training Battalions with his Gray Death Legion acting as opposing forces on individual Battalion basis.  Alex accepted to contract his Battalions out to the Isle of Skye one at a time for the entire year while keeping at least three units on Glengarry for defence.

   One of the Legion’s Battalions was on La Blon a few months later when the Draconis Combine launched an assault against the world.  In any situation one battalion against a full DCMS Regiment would surely be long odds however the attacking unit was the Sixth Sword of Light and only newly formed the experienced Legion troops were able to force the Sword of Light Regiment straight back to their DropShips.  Unfortunately a second DCMS regiment arrived in the system just days later forcing the Gray Death to retreat.

   During the unit's extended deployment along the Jade Falcon border in 3094 they test several squads of Gray Death Infiltrator Suits for Gray Death Industries.   By 3100 they had been rotated to the Wolf border shoring up Lyran defences.  During one such raid against the Wolves three battalions of ground forces led a Lyran attack but the mission cost the Legion Alexander Carlyle and his wife Samantha who were killed during the fighting.

   The Legion continued to be rotated onto the Wolf front over the next three years however when Baroness Dana Carlyle was captured by Clan Wolf the remaining two battalions of the command rotated back to Glengarry.  The Legion remained on Glengarry licking their wounds and lobbying the Lyran Command to allow them to attack the Wolves to try and rescue Dana who was confirmed to be alive within the Wolf Empire.  Dana gained her freedom from Clan Wolf in 3104 and chose to sell the unit to the Brewer family of Hesperus II distancing her from the mercenary life.  The unit continues to train with the Carlyle Family Guard, and many members of the Legion have served in the Guard, but the unit is now based on Hesperus II with a third Battalion of heavy and assault Mechs added to the unit’s roster by the Brewer family.

Gray Death Legion    3 Battalions       Veteran      Colonel Michael Rosenburg

Support
Saint Malo Invader-class JumpShips, 6 DropShips, 100% Tech Support

Carlyle Family Guard   

   The unit was formed in 3104 after the Gray Death Legion were sold to the Brewer family of Hesperus II.  They are based on Glengarry with the sole purpose of protecting the Carlyle family.  The unit often trains with the Gray Death Legion and Glengarry Militia so it has not lost its elite Status.  As part of an agreement with the Brewer family members of the Guard can apply for positions within the Gray Death Legion while members of the Legion can also request a transfer back to the Guard.

   Baroness Dana Carlyle officially owns and commands the family guard but while she is a qualified battle armour operator she has chosen not to involve herself in the day to day running of the unit instead trusting it to Colonel Craig Boyd.  The battalion strong family guard uses four companies of BattleMechs, Armoured Vehicles and Battle Armour with a company of each type and one mixed company of BattleMechs and vehicles armed with artillery weapons.  All of the Guard’s units are post-3050 designs with two using Clan weaponry.  All four of the Legion’s Malak OmniMechs were retained by the family guard despite attempts by Defiance Industries to gain the OmniMechs.  The Guard also has six aerospace fighters, two per DropShip, and these are used exclusively for DropShip/JumpShip defence. 

When Carlyle sold the Legion she retained one of the unit’s JumpShips and three of the DropShips.  As the Family Guard does not need all of these assets these are often utilized to increase Glengarry’s trade with nearby worlds which has increased the Baroness’ standing with the local population.  The JumpShip is often utilized by Gray Death Industries to deliver its products to customers who are willing to pay.

Carlyle Family Guard    Reinforced Battalion      Elite      Colonel Craig Boyd
Persephone Invader-class JumpShip, 3 Union-class DropShips (Dirk, Loris, Pele) 100% Tech Support

Other facilities
Gray Death Industries
In late 3063 Defiance Industries of Hesperus II proposed a deal with Grayson Death Carlyle over the ownership rights to the Legion’s unique Battle Armour which have become popular with many mercenary units.  Apparently Grayson countered this with a proposal of his own suggesting that Defiance and the Gray Death Legion go into business together and build a Battle Armour Factory on Glengarry.

   In Mid 3064 Gray Death Industries Factory opened on Glengarry, the factory owned by Defiance but all staff and designs patterned and owned by the Gray Death Legion with profits split equally 50-50.  The first Battle Armour produced at this plant is expected in 3065 and will be available to all Mercenaries before House Units due to the Contract deal between Grayson and Defiance.  Gray Death Industries also lobbied to build a unique Battle Armour for the Lyran military but were beat out by competitors.

In 3072 Gray Death Industries, a Battle Armour Production Plant run by former Gray Death Legion warriors, on Glengarry produced the Bruce Assault Battle Armour suit in a joint effort with Cosara Weaponries of Northwind.  The Gray Death Legion instantly received two platoons of the new suit which went a long way to shoring up the Gray Death Legion’s TO&E. 

   When Baroness Dana Carlyle chose to sell the Gray Death Legion to the Brewer Family she retained her family’s stake in Gray Death Industries and in 3109 convinced Defiance Industries to sell her the other half of the business with an agreement that anything developed by Gray Death Industries in the future would be shared with Defiance Industries at a discounted market price.  The factory has continued to work under Dana’s control selling Battle Armour to the LCAF, the SLDF and to mercenary forces throughout Lyran space.  For an additional price the Carlyle Family’s JumpShip can transport a delivery directly to the unit purchasing their products.

Produced by Gray Death Industries
Gray Death Standard Battle Armour
Gray Death Scout Battle Armour
Gray Death Heavy Battle Armour
Bruce Assault Battle Armour – shared production with Corsara Weaponaries of Northwind

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #8 on: 21 June 2017, 22:22:47 »
Not ever merc unit is a success story

Broken Sword

   Colonel Harold Kerr, formerly of the First Chisholm's Raiders, formed the Broken Sword Mercenary Regiment following the Varnay Crisis staffing the command with personnel who hated what the Federated Suns had become under the leadership of First Prince Victor Steiner-Davion.  During the early years Harold Kerr kept his command together through sheer force of personality, or the force of his fists.

   Immediately after leaving Federated Suns service they signed a three year deal with the Rousset-Marik Alliance requesting a posting to Van Dieman IV so they can have the possibility of combat against the AFFS.  The command remained in the Free Worlds League following the expiry of their contract first working for the Regulan Fiefs and then the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth.   Before accepting a contract with the Isle of Skye in 3090 during which they participated in an Isle of Skye attack on Clan Wolf in 3091.  The attack cost the unit a Battalion of troops and Colonel Harold Kerr who was ripped from his BattleMech’s cockpit by Wolf Elementals in a swarm attack.  Unable to take a contract with the Federated Suns and unwilling to turn to either the Draconis Combine or Capellan Confederation and with the Free Worlds League offering low rates of payment the regiment resigned on with the Isle of Skye for another five years which took them through to 3100.  Unfortunately the power vacuum caused by Kerr’s death led to another battalion abandoning the command during the duration of the contract.  With the disruptive elements gone from his command Lt Colonel Robert Foucault was able to complete the Isle of Skye contract without further losses to his personnel.

   With only two combined-arms battalions remaining the Broken Sword were unable to command higher payment rates from any of the succession states without accepting front-line combat assignments directly raiding the Clans.  Instead Foucault travelled to Galatea Station after consulting with several of the negotiators there and agreed a contract with the Lothian League who was offering the rates the Broken Sword expected for garrison and cadre missions.

   Unfortunately during the first five year term in the Lothian League the two combined-arms battalions of the Broken Sword were on separate worlds for almost the entire duration of their contract leading to a further break in the command as the Broken Sword and Gladius Battalions emerged from the ashes of the command with Lt Colonel Foucault’s Broken Sword remaining within the Lothian League (they are now little more than Lothian troops garrisoning Paulinus) and Gladius leaving Lothian territory to join the ranks of the Marian Hegemony after being offered massive money deals for their equipment and loyalty.

Broken Sword   Veteran      Combined Arms Battalion    Lt Colonel Robert Foucault

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #9 on: 21 June 2017, 22:57:37 »
Created by Wrangler

The Thunder Road

Commander:      Colonel John R. Wrangler

   Supported Marik-Stewart forces on Brodon in 3092.  They fought on Emris IV in 3094 against Principality of Regulus forces while under contract with the Oriente Protectorate.  In the Emris IV raid they destroyed the Tenth Regulan Hussars Regiment and captured a production run of WHD-10CT Warhammer BattleMechs for the Oriente Protectorate.  As part of their payment the Thunder Road received two of the captured Warhammers.

   They then moved onto the world of Bowang in early 3095 accepting a contract to train Bowang defences and assist in raiding operations that also netted them a small land hold in the form of a run-down fire-base on Bowang near the capital.  In 3100 they accepted a second contract with the District of Bowang this one described as an ‘open ended’ contract with Bowang on a year long basis.  Under the contract Bowang or the mercenaries must give a year’s notice on termination of the contract should either decide they wish to end the association between the two.

   By 3109 this contact has been renewed nine times and neither Bowang nor the mercenaries seem interested in ending the association.  The Thunder Road have added a Light BattleMech company, additional infantry security forces and a company of fuel cell combat vehicles.  The infantry and vehicles primarily are used on Bowang to guard the Thunder Road’s dependents and the expanded facilities the unit have built there.  There is a continued rumour that The Thunder Road will become House troops belonging to the District of Bowang but Colonel Wrangler has continually refused these claims.

Tactics
   Each year of the unit’s contact brings a new world, more recently Thrace on the periphery border, the Thunder Road typically spends a month learning all they can about a planet then they act as an OppFor for the defenders in training exercises often with part of the Thunder Road assigned to the defenders forces to help guide them on their best practices.

Resources
   During the course of a contract up to a company of the Thunder Road’s warriors can be assigned to Bowang either on medical leave or taking personal time to ensure his unit is never short of pilots Colonel Wrangler has hired an additional companies worth of warriors who officially do not have BattleMechs instead they fill in if other members of the unit are on leave or otherwise missing.

Transport/Support
   Hiring local support has brought the Thunder Road up to full support status while warehouses on Bowang have enough spare parts to allow the Thunder Road to rebuild any of their BattleMechs almost from scratch though it is believed they lack the resources, facilities or expertise to construct full BattleMechs.

   On Bowang and not listed as part of the unit’s combat assets are four ultra-light BattleMechs purchased from the Twin Sons system which are used for training future members of the Regiment.  A full school programme has been established for the unit’s dependants on Bowang.

   The unit has access to only a single Overlord-class DropShip, Stonewall, which means if they choose to leave Bowang service and the district order them to abandon their firebase they will have nowhere near enough transport assets to remove all of their equipment and personnel.

Thunder Road – Regular - Reinforced BattleMech Batalion
Command Company – Colonel John Wrangler Thunder Hawk Assault Mech.
      A reinforced heavy/assault company with fifteen BattleMechs

Heavy Company – Major James Wilson
      12 Assault Machines

Flanker Company – Captain Allison Carlyle
      12 Jump capable Heavy Mechs.  Captain Carlyle is no relation to the Gray Death Legion's Carlyles and takes it as a personal offence should she be compared to them.

   Light Company – Captain Jessica Ridley
      12 Light BattleMechs all capable of a minimum of 100kph

Infantry Company – Captain Roland DeBaku
   1 company of unarmoured infantry – security for the facilities of Bowang.  The unit has recruited heavily from Bowang’s population but is completed trusted by the Thunder Road.
   1 platoon of Battle Armour troopers – all Inner Sphere designs

Vehicle Company – Captain Enrique Neu
   12 Fuel Cell Powered Combat Vehicles – assigned to Bowang in defence of the firebase and other facilities.

Transport
Stonewall, Overlord-class DropShip

Misc
   The unit has a firebase, training facilities, accommodation for their dependants and support assets on Bowang.  As part of the training facilities there are four ultra-light BattleMechs.

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #10 on: 22 June 2017, 06:59:31 »
That's cool write up!  8) I hadn't thought i see the unit again with profile. I was hoping the regiment opened a bar / restraunt on their base called the Road House where Rowdy members blew steam with the locals.  ;D

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #11 on: 22 June 2017, 07:23:26 »
Well any things possible in this AU

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Re: Mercenary Units of AU with thanks
« Reply #12 on: 22 June 2017, 17:57:35 »
Really enjoying reading these.