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Infinity: Ariadna The Scots Guards, 6th Caledonian Infantry Regiment (ML)
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"Air son ar duthchais" (For our heritage)
Gaelic motto of the Scots Guards.
creation of the Scots Guards Regiment was the response of the most
progressive sector of the Caledonian Highlander Army to the painful
lessons acquired during the Separatist Wars. It was proposed to create a
new unit distanced from the influence of Clan loyalty that is
ever-present in all Highlander troops. This new regiment would only
answer to the military Command and the Justiciar itself, and never to
any Clan. For its formation, training and leadership, Colonel Emile
Augier was hired, a Merovingian mercenary officer versed in modern
combat techniques. The Colonel would make the Sixth Regiment a mobile
and flexible unit, highly trained and disciplined, adapted to long
distance fighting as well as to close combat. This new regiment, known
as the Scots Guards, saw much criticism from the most powerful Clans,
who saw it as a clear attack on their political and military influence
in Caledonia. The general belief is that this animosity was provoked by
the Matr government, always interested in instigating rivalry between
the Clans and the Justiciar to keep Caledonia in a politically weak and
unstable situation. However, this was never established beyond a shadow
of a doubt. The sudden death of Colonel Augier was attributed to the
Cossack Intelligence service, but this was also never proven. The
Colonel's successor was his first officer, commander Clyde Rannoch, a
veteran of the Special Ariadnan Service, who continued the innovative
training of his predecessor. Under the leadership of commander Rannoch,
the second battalion of the regiment was instructed in commando
techniques, specializing in ambushes and surprise actions.
Scots Guards had the opportunity to demonstrate their worth during the
diverse Antipode Offensives, but where they shone the most was in the
Commercial Conflicts, confronting better-equipped regular professional
forces. The Scots Guards distinguished themselves in Northwest Border
operations, supporting the Merovingian Rapid Response Force and earning
an Honorable Mention for their brilliant actions against the unstoppable
forces of Yu Jing during the Lochleil Defense. The Sixth Regiment
proved itself an elite unit comparable to any other in the Sphere, a
unit with all the courage of the Highlanders but none of their
characteristic madness in combat. Nevertheless, the most important thing
they proved was their adaptability and integration into an
international force situation. Because of this, the Scots Guards were
the first option of the Ariadnan Command to be part of the Paradiso
Expeditionary Corps at O-12's request, as well as one of the first
Ariadnan units assigned outside the Dawn system.
Guards are a strange unit amongst the Caledonian armed forces, a regular
corps with a specific structure aimed at accomplishing special
operations, with a strong regimental pride, but without ties to any
clan; a unit that melds the best of the Highlander tradition of warfare,
the S.A.S. commandos' dirtiest tricks, and the most modern combat
techniques; a promise of what the future of the Caledonian and Ariadnan
armies can be.
Miniatures are supplied unpainted. Preparation and assembly may be required.