"Drop Bear" is the colloquial name used in the military for a thrown version of the Anti-Personnel Mine. The operator of this weapon can throw it, even over an obstacle, or alternatively can deploy it within arm's reach like an old-fashioned mine.
DROP BEAR (Skill)
|DROP BEAR||SHORT SKILL / ARO|
In the Reactive Turn, LoF to the Active trooper is required.
Dodging a Detonating Drop Bear:
Drop Bear Profile
Drop Bear Weapon Profiles
|Drop Bears (Thrown Weapon)||0-8" +3||8-16" -3||--||--||--||1||--||Disposable (3), Speculative Fire, Targetless, Throwing Weapon|
|Drop Bears (Deployable Weapon)||--||--||--||--||13||1||Shock||Deployable, Direct Template (Small Teardrop), Disposable (3), Intuitive Attack|
Example of Drop Bears as a Throwing Weapon:
During his Active Turn, a Neoterra Bolt wants to toss a Drop Bear near a wall corner. To reduce the chance of failing and losing his Drop Bear, the Bolt Moves within 8 inches of the corner so he can benefit from the Drop Bear's +3 Range MOD. He places the Mine Marker and makes his Roll. It is a success, so the Marker stays.
With his next Order, the Neoterra Bolt wants to place another Drop Bear, but this time he wants to toss it over the wall, outside his LoF. Without LoF to the Drop Bear's resting place, all the Bolt can do is declare Speculative Fire and spend one Entire Order. Since he is within 8 inches of his target spot, the Bolt applies a +3 MOD to his PH, partly offsetting the -6 MOD for Speculative Fire. He again passes the Roll, and leaves the Mine Marker on the spot he had previously declared.
ATTENTION: Use of this weapon is prohibited by the Concilium Convention. Violators shall be prosecuted by international courts.
The first troops to receive the new Mk3 Multi-Purpose Mines developed by Armatech Solutions were the Neoterran units of the Darwin Military Base, notoriously proud of their Australian cultural heritage. Due to the plump design of the mines themselves and the ease with which they could be made to rain down upon the enemy with deadly consequences, the Neoterran troops dubbed them Drop Bears after a fictitious koala-like predator said to lurk in Australian treetops.