Armored Infantry Squad
Beside the heat rays of the invaders, the most iconic weapon of the Martians is the terrible Black Dust. The Black Dust is a incredibly lethal chemical weapon that can eat through flesh in seconds, reducing the victim to little more that a collection of dissolved meat and bones loosely held together by whatever clothes they happened to have on at the time. A single grain of Dust when inhaled is more than capable of killing a man, dissolving the lungs and organs from the inside out.
Conventional gas masks and leather gloves when paired with the standard uniform have proved effective at keeping a soldier alive for brief exposures, but are insufficient in fighting in a Dust covered environments or sustained dust bombardment. To improve on this, the Army began to develop a dedicated dust suit which would allow soldiers to continue to resist the invaders even in locations that would kill a soldier in standard issue gear. Based off of diving suits the Armored Dust Suit (ADS) developed by Westinghouse were light enough to actually be viable on the battlefield at a grand total of 50 lbs as well as provide suitable protection.
The distinctive suits are not the only thing that sets armored infantry apart from the more regular infantry units. Their rifle is substantially more powerful than the M1903 Springfield, firing the same .50 cal BMG cartridge developed for the new Browning .50 cal machine gun. This increase in firepower is almost a necessity as armored infantry are often committed into the face of the strongest Martian attacks as the invaders have taken to the habit of blanketing their preferred breakthrough point in Black Dust.
In All Quiet on the Martian Front
Armored Infantry are a good choice if you don't like to move your dudes about a bunch and are tired of them getting absolutely buried under black dust. They only have a speed of 4 inches per move, which is substantially less than the 6 of regular infantry squads. However they are a bit more rugged than standard troops with a defense of 5 and an armor of 5, which means your guys will die about 10% less often. Of course the reason for wearing the Armored Dust Suit is to stop soldiers from dying to Dust, and Armored Infantry have the special rule Gas Proof which grants immunity to Black Dust and Green Gas weapons.
Their .50 cal rifles get +1 power out to a range of 10 inches so now you can actually damage a Tripod with shooting attacks. You also get access to the standard Grenades and such which are +2 in assault.
A unit of 3 elements will cost you 65 points.
|American Forces in All Quiet on the Martian Front|
|Armored Fighting Vehicles:||Baldwin Steam Tanks - Mk IV Steam Tank - Flame Tank - MK IV ACP - Mk V Goliath - Land Ironclad|
|Transports:||Fliver - Armored Infantry Carrier|
|Infantry:||US Infantry Squad - Forlorn Hope Team - US Command Squad - Machine Gun Squad - Armored Infantry Squad - Rough Rider Motorcycle Squad - US Cavalry Squad|
|Artillery:||Field Gun Battery - Heavy Field Gun Battery - Anti-Tripod Gun Battery - Mk II Mobile Artillery Steamer - Tesla Lightning Gun Artillery Steamer|
|Support:||Cargo Steamer - Mk II Tesla Minelayer - Ambulance - Field Engineering Unit|