The Montana Raiders
Montana Raiders are currently among the lesser known, but powerful and
up-and-coming bands in North America. They do not
crave attention, if in fact discouraging it by driving off AAW
reporters that attempt to interview them, and even refusing (Albeit
more politely than AAW) Tamara Staples attempts to interview them.
They do not want attention, realizing that it would only increase the
rewards on their heads and encourage competition by opposing gangs.
While the band is far less bloodthirsty than the Red Skull Legion, and
certainly more so than Redmann's Gang, they are not clean and rosy.
Although they do not attempt to inflict civilian casulties, they do
occasionally ignore possible collateral damage standing between them
and payoff. However, even with that they rarely go
overboard, and in some occasions stooping to help out those in need in
The group is under the same leader that formed it in early 1934, Grant
Olson, a resident of former Montana. He is well-liked
by those who know him, which are few. He keeps out of the public
eye, attending bars and various establishments around the world, but
attempts to keep a low profile.
Those that have met him outside of the gang have described him as cool
and calm, which he is when not among friends, thus keeping his
They are currently based in the Disputed Territories in former Montana,
near the Lakota border and well within the territory claimed by the
Lakota. A fact which has led to a number of confrontations
between them and the roving warriors. For a
short period of several months in early 1936, they actually remained on
constant patrol in western Montana, guarding it's residents against
Lakota incursion, and even leading several ad-hoc formed raids into
They pretty much prey on anyone, notable exceptions being the
Confederation of Dixie, Appalachia and French Louisiana, all providing
good central locations of refuge from their neighbors.
As of late, they have been launching deep raids into Hollywood, and
against Hollywood operated mines and industry in the Disputed
They have however launched raids across the globe. Once in late 1936
and early 1937, making a worldwide cruise that spread reports of them
dogfighting Mitsubishis in the Pacific, tangling with Australian
Commonwealth Fighters in that conflict and sparring with British and
German fighters across India and the Middle East, culminating on a fast
wide raid across the Empire State, ISA and Peoples Collective.
Montana Raiders were formed in September of 1934. Originally it
consisted primarily of pilots from the former state of Montana, with a
few "outsiders" thrown in.
Until December of 1934, they continued hunting in eastern Montana,
building their moderate skills against Peoples Collective zeppelins and
However as escorts became more skilled and convoys heavily guarded,
they packed up and headed to Colorado, albeit leaving their homebase in
It was there that they expanded from their one squadron, inlcuding an
additional flight. They preyed outside of Free Colorado, into
Texas, The PC and Utah.
By april of 1935 they had reached a full two squadrons, accumulated
through recruitment, and even the "Theft" of four pilots and 6 aircraft
from a rival gang. It was now when they decided to pick up a
Rather than settling for a converted cargo ship as many had, his group
travelled to Alaska on a tip. Within a week they had
captured a former Bolshevik combat zeppelin, manned by a in-experianced
crew and in the middle of transitioning to a Alaskan based Red crew.
It became the Helena, and they staged their first long raid
across the Peoples Collective and the ISA before landing in Appalachia.
They suffered heavy losses in that raid, and the return one through
Texas, which is when many of their newest recruits (The Hamiltons,
Tippin, and Daniels) joined up.
They continued local raids into the surrounding nations, often
returning to their Montana base to retrofit it into a permanent base of
It is at this point they became involved in the Great Lakota raids of
'36. Between July and October of 1936, the Lakota launched a
series of raids against Eastern Montana, intent on driving out the few
remaining citizens there. The Raiders fought back,
going so far as to hit deep into Lakota territory and destroying an
aerodrome and a stockpile of Lakota munitions.
Joined by local groups, and a small number of volunteers from around
the west, the Raiders pushed back the Lakota, the Native's settling
into smaller and less frequent raids.
After re-supplying, and after some rest, the Raiders began their
worldwide cruise. They raided across Hollywood, then through the
rich shipping lanes surrounding Hawaii, before turning south towards
Achilles Island in the Marivellas.
After a run-in with the Japanese and Khan Industries, they turned and
moved south, preying on Commonwealth Australian shipping, before
launching a attack on a Commonwealth battle zeppelin in a surprise
They were however caught in an ambush, and spent spent several weeks in
the WRA capitol of Perth repairing their zeppelin.
They raided across the Indian Ocean, up into the middle east and into
Egypt, although things became fuzzy, with some reports placing them in
China and India only days after being seen in Greece and Egypt.
After repairing in the Caribbean, they swung northward, hitting the
British shipping lanes, and then cutting to North America, making a
swath across the Empire State, ISA and Peoples collective.
After the end of that raid, it was nearly October of 1937. Since then
they have stuck close to home, primarily raiding into Texas and
The Raider's zeppelin is the former CCCP
Lenin. Among the
first constructed after Stalin re-asserted control over the USSR and
then sent to one of his puppet generals in Alaska. It
had only been in that general's service for two weeks before being
boarded and captured by the Raiders.
When it was acquired it was re-named the Helena, formerly the
State capitol and the nickname of the ship's bow figure, a somewhat
scandalous-looking redhead (In-appropriote anywhere but a fighter or
Although built as a combat zeppelin, it had been more of a
battlecruiser rather than a pure brawler role, and it's structure shows
it. It is longer, and has less depth than most combat
zeppelins a forward gondola inset in the nose to reduce wind drag.
Although it carries 14, seven inch broadside cannons (7 per broadside),
it carries barely half of the armor cloth than that of a standard
It's anti-aircraft firepower is greater in comparison, with a forward
twin 8.8CM rapid-fire Dual Purpose cannon and single 8.8's straddling
the upper rear tail-fin. The engine guns are twin .60 caliber
Brownings, and it carries a pair of top-mounted .70 caliber
Hispano-Suzia in armored mountings, while it carries three of them in
small cupolas underneath the zeppelins belly. Giving it a masive
firepower advantage over many zeppelins.
It needs it with a capacity to only carry 24 fighters.
Thus it's main goal in combat is to outrun pure combat zeppelins, with
it's 14 engines delivering a top speed of 77 knots (88.5MPH), and
have enough AA firepower to
aid it's escort in driving off attackers.
the unit using my Unit Creation rules. The Squadron leader from
750 points, his wingman at 450 points. The rest normal 450/350
pairs. In addition, an extra 200 points per 6 aircraft for player
All pilots in the Raiders practice extensively on bail-out
techniques. As a result, all pilots who bail get a -1 to the BTH
When creating a pilot, they MUST have a minimum of 4 natural touch, to
enable them easier landings.
Customizing aircraft is encouraged, with the unit using it's own funds
to customize members personal aircraft. This is under the feeling
that a customized aircraft is far superior to a standard aircraft one
is uncomfortable with.
Raiders are organized into three, eight plane wings, instead of the
usual 12 plane squadrons. This is meant to specialize
each unit, although the entire band has trained, and works equally well
with mixed components from each wing.
Diving Eagle Wing: The lead
squadron of the Raiders, this unit is commanded by the units
leader. The unit is a mostly a heavy firepower unit, with
the pilots a mix of gunnery and piloting experts.
Eagle-Lead, Grant "Gunny" Olson.
Eagle-Wing1, Cindy "Raven"
Daniels. M210 Raven.
Eagle-Lead 2, Roger "Joker"
Hamilton. Fairchild F6 Brigand
Eagle-Wing 2, Tracy "Blonde"
Hamilton. Fairchild F6
Eagle-Lead 3, Claton "Tiny" Tippin.
William and Colt Rifleman.
Eagle-Wing 3, "Tuffy" Hendricks.
Hughes MKII Devastator.
Eagle-Lead 4, Jack "Redman" Running Bull. Colt Peacemaker
Eagle-Wing 4, Anna "Anchorage" Kerensky. M210 Raven.
Falcon Wing: The Falcons are the
primary fighter unit, primarily composed of light, agile fighters meant
for engaging the esocrts of their target and worrying them while the
heavies pick them off.
Falcon-Lead 1, Pat "Sheriff" Garret. Curtiss-Wright J2 Fury,
Falcon-Wing 1, Matt "Rancher" Marion. Curtiss-Wright
"Cowboy" Kelly. Hughes Bloodhawk.
Falcon-Wing 2, Judy "Killer" Miller. Hughes Bloodhawk.
Falcon-Lead 3, "King" James
Knoel. Curtiss-Wright J2 Fury.
Falcon-Wing 3, Bill "Jammer" Anders. Marquette PR-1 Defender
Falcon-Lead 4, Aaron
"Weasel". Bell King Cobra.
Falcon-Wing 4, Jake "Brigand" O'neill. Fairchild F6
Thor's Hammer Wing: Thor's Hammers are the units
fighters. They generally are specialized in gunnery skills, meant
to provide support to the lighter fighters and to provide heavy
firepower against hardened targets.
Thor-Lead 1,"Big" Hugh Holtz. Mcdonnel S2B Kestral
Thor-Wing 1, "Quite" Clark Heller. Curtiss-Wright P2 Warhawk.
"Bomber" Epson. Curtiss-Wright P2 Warhawk.
Thor-Wing 2, Johnny "Jonboy" Jackson. Hughes Firebrand.
Thor-Lead 3, Samantha "Brute"
Anderson. Sanderson Vampire.
Thor-Wing 3, Danny "Farmboy" Mccoy. Mcdonnel S2B Kestral.
Thor-Lead 4, Dexter "Dogface"
Tillis. Hughes Devastator.
Thor-Wing 4, Billy "Four Eyes" Dupree. Blackflag Firestorm