Ever wonder why the Paneuros didn’t try to destroy OGREs outright?
The OGRE rules require a defender to batter an OGRE apart one piece at a time; they make no provision for attacking the cybertank’s main body. Here are some suggestions for OGREs with structure points.
Check out how well-armoured the monsters are; that’s the reason the Pansies shoot out an OGRE’s weapons and treads instead.
1.10 OGRE structure points. If desired, attackers may target an OGRE’s main body instead of its weapons or treads. OGREs are extremely well-armoured, with metres of BPC protecting their vulnerable innards. Like treads, the OGRE’s main body is attacked at 1:1 odds. A successful hit inflicts damage equal to the weapon’s attack strength.
An OGRE suffers no detrimental effects from main body damage until 0 SP are reached. At that point, the OGRE is considered destroyed; its internal systems have been breached and completely fried. If using the OGRE Miniatures rules, the OGRE still leaves behind a hulk. Various OGRE designs possess differing SP, as follows:
- Mk. VI or Doppelsoldner: 125 SP.
- Mk. IV, Mk. V, Huscarl, or Fencer: 100 SP.
- Mk. III, Mk. III-B, Legionnaire, or Ninja: 75 SP.
- Mk. II: 50 SP.
- Mk. I, Pikeman: 30 SP.
Most OGREs have so many SP that it is difficult to obliterate them within a reasonable period of time. When using OGRE structure points, the optional “AP point defense” rule is recommended (repeated here from the Other Rule Variants page):
1.103 AP point defense. An OGRE uses its AP weapons for point defense against incoming attacks, not just to mow down infantry. If all of an OGRE’s antipersonnel units are destroyed, then treat any “D” result to an OGRE component as an “X” instead (except for spillover fire). This gives attackers some reason to take out an OGRE’s AP.
As a variant, allow ram attacks to damage an OGRE’s main body instead of (or perhaps in addition to) treads.
Throughout the war, the Paneuropeans were always several years behind their Combine counterparts in the field of robotic warfare. After the capture of Sheffield, however, they were able to produce knockoff Combine OGREs; and, later, cybertanks of their own design. Many of those units are detailed on this page.
I use a variant of the standard missile rack rules for Combine OGREs. The “Launch Tubes” of many Paneuropean cybertanks have a different name, but they follow the rules for “official” missile racks (from my Other Rule Variants page):
1.102 Paneuro launch tubes. Related to the Combine Missile Pods, it might be interesting to have Fencers and Dopps keep their ‘pool’ of missiles for all launchers, giving the PE cybertanks a different feel from Combine OGREs. They don’t look like missile racks to me, so I refer to them as “launch tubes”, but follow the same rules as canon missile racks.
This scenario is meant to showcase a wide range of OGREs from the Designer’s Edition but also be relatively quick to play. I really liked the idea behind “The Day After” scenario from the OGRE Reinforcement Pack, but it featured way too many OGREs (at least 17 if you include the hulks) and combined too many new rules at once (damaged OGREs plus towing). I already wrote a scenario featuring towing (I’ve Fallen), so here’s one focusing on damaged OGREs.
Salazar sighed heavily and surveyed the apocalyptic scene.
The craters from the yesterday’s heavy bombardment still glowed hot, illuminating the radioactive haze which obscured No-Man’s Land. Ash from the burning cities fell like snow, but luckily the steep mountains kept the fallout confined to the valley. This was now a place of death. It would be centuries before the land would be clean…
His thoughts were interrupted by a beep from his battlesuit – new orders. Suddenly the pocked and blistered OGREs lurched into action, their damaged treads grinding. Salazar glanced at the message:
Reinforcements within range, but additional enemy forces incoming. Engage immediately to secure strategic target. Bridges must remain intact.
Salazar gave another deep sigh and limped forward, muttering an old verse to himself:
“Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…”