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Taurian Guards

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The Taurian Guards is a Taurian Concordat BattleMech line Regiment assigned to the Taurian Guards Corps.

Taurian Guards
Taurian Guards
Unit Profile (as of 3064)
Nickname Hells Heart Regiment
Parent Formation Taurian Guards Corps
Formed Periphery Rebellion

Unit InsigniaEdit

The Taurian Guards insignia is a planet surrounded by a ring of five point stars on a red field.[1] The Guards typically paint their assigned equipment brown with red and gold accents.[2]


The Taurian Guards were created by combining several senior Regiments that had been decimated by the fighting during the Reunification War against the Star League in the later part of the twenty-sixth century. Originally organized as a Battalion, the Guards saw action against SLDF forces led by Aleksandr Kerensky on the planet New Vandenberg in the late 2760's.[1]

In 2765 they were stationed on Taurus and guarded the Calderon family, the Protector, and the Concordat Privy Council. Four extra lances of 'Mechs provided this protection, and the Guards frequently cross-trained with the other units of the Taurian Guard Corps to provide experience and maintain a high readiness level. The cooperation between the Guards and the other members of the Guard Corps rivalled that of the SLDF's special forces commands.[3]

One of the most celebrated Regiments in the Taurian Defense Force, the Taurian Guards have been awarded seven Taurian Brands. The first of these awards was given in the fighting against House Liao forces on the world of Mendham. During this campaign the Guard counterattacked the Capellan forces, thereby saving the civilian population of the planet from being massacred in a pogrom that was planned to suppress the rebellious local population. It was for these actions that the unit survivors received the coveted Mendham Brand.[2]

Historically a trusted and loyal TDF Regiment, the Guards fell out of favor with the Taurian government. Protector Grover Shraplen has little trust for the Guards since the actions of the former commanding officer and Marshal of the Taurian Guards Regiment and Corps, Brenda Calderon. Her resignation has caused mass dissatisfaction within the Guards as a whole, giving the public perception of a unit unwilling to live up to their grand history and consequently living down to Shraplen's lowered expectations.[2]

In 3067 DeMaestri's Sluggers found their way through the Pleiades Cluster and raided Taurus. They inflicted heavy damage before the Guards stopped them.[4] The Taurian Guards then led a counterattack into the Capellan March, but were eventually repelled. During the fighting, the Guards absorbed the survivors of the Hyades Light Infantry.[5]

By 3079 the Taurian Guards were deployed across Horsham and Robsart and had lost more than a third of their combat strength;[6] this would only get worse, and it was reported that as a result of the combat seen during the extended war with the Federated Suns and then in Operation MATADOR the Taurian Guards had been reduced to less than a quarter of their established strength by mid-3081.[7] The Guards lost most of a battalion on Horsham to the 4th Ceti Hussars, and another was pushed off Robsart after only a month of fighting. Many of the attached infantry units were left behind to delay the AFFS, leading to extreme losses in that branch. In addition, the two battalions that fought on Horsham and Robsart only escaped with approximately a company of 'Mechs. Losses suffered by the aerospace and armor forces attached to the Guards were similar. In 3085 the Guards were on Taurus to rebuild.[8]

In 3145 the Taurian Guards were stationed on Taurus, as they had been since the end of the Jihad. Their long garrison left their skills below the traditional level, but experienced officers kept them from being totally ineffective.[9]


Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Taurian Guards
Colonel Brenda Calderon 3025[10]
Colonel Samantha McGrinn 3050 - 3054[11][12]
Colonel Arthur Hedstrom 3058 - 3064[13][2]
Colonel Lee "T-Bolt" Smith 3067[14]
Colonel Yvo Aliprandi 3085[15]
Colonel Mildred Webber 3145[16]


The Taurian Guards prefer older, more robust technologies rather than newer more fragile designs when choosing their equipment. First Battalion specializes in urban warfare and the Guard overall is one of the heaviest units of the TDF. One of their assets is the inclusion of a company of coveted Assault BattleMechs in their TOE[2]. The discrete Battalions of the Taurian Guards are often assigned to border patrol duties outside of the core worlds of the Hyades Cluster. This allows the Guards to see action and maintain their high combat experience while allowing more junior units to rotate to less contested regions for rest and refit.[1]

Composition HistoryEdit


Taurian Guard (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[17]

- At this point in time the Guards was stationed on Taurus.[17]

2786 - 2821Edit

Taurian Guard (Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical) [18]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Taurus. In 2821 the command was reduced to 42 percent of its strength and was deployed on Taurus. [18]


Taurian Guard (Regiment/Elite/Reliable) [19]

Note: At this point in time the heavy-weight unit was stationed on Taurus with an operational readiness of 71 percent. [19]


Taurian Guard (Regiment/Veteran/Fanatical) [19]

Note: At this point in time the medium-weight unit was stationed on Taurus with an operational readiness of 16 percent. [19]


Taurian Guard (3 BattleMech Battalions)[10]

  • CO: Colonel Brenda Calderon
  • 1st Battalion (Elite/Fanatical) - CO: Subaltern Josiah TeMwaier
  • 2nd Battalion (Veteran/Fanatical) - CO: Subaltern Hadji Doru
  • 3rd Battalion (Veteran/Fanatical) - CO: Subaltern Samamha McGrtnn


Taurian Guard (3 Battalions)[11]

  • CO: Colonel Samantha McGrinn
  • 1st Battalion (Elite/Fanatical)- CO: Subaltern Arthur Hedstrom
  • 2nd Battalion (Veteran/Reliable) - CO: Subaltern Joseph Timar
  • 3rd Battalion (Veteran/Fanatical) - CO: Subaltern Marcus Zaki


Taurian Guard (3 Battalions)[12]

  • CO: Colonel Samantha McGrinn
  • 1st Battalion (Elite/Fanatical)- CO: Subaltern Arthur Hedstrom
  • 2nd Battalion (Veteran/Reliable) - CO: Subaltern Tamatha Marshall
  • 3rd Battalion (Veteran/Fanatical) - CO: Subaltern Bradly Clayton


Taurian Guard (3 BattleMech Battalions)[13]

  • CO: Colonel Arthur Hedstrom
  • 1st Battalion (Elite/Reliable) - CO: Brigadier James Sterling
  • 2nd Battalion (Veteran/Reliable) - CO: Brigadier Janilee Towarr
  • 3rd Battalion - (Veteran/Reliable) - CO: Brigadier Malcolm Brightwater


Taurian Guard (3 BattleMech Battalions)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Arthur Hedstrom
  • 1st Battalion (Elite/Fanatical) - CO: Brigadier James Sterling
  • 2nd Battalion (Veteran/Reliable) - CO: Brigadier Tamantha Marshal
  • 3rd Battalion (Elite/Fanatical) - CO: Brigadier Bradly Clayton

4th Taurian Air Division (Wing/Elite/Reliable)[2]

- Nicknamed Calderon's Shield the 4th is trained in precision maneuvers as well as combat. The Division often stages air shows when not on active duty.

3rd Taurian Armor Guard (Company/Green/Reliable)[2]

- An honorary unit permanently assigned to Taurian Guards Regiment in recognition of the unit's history. The Armor Guard is used mostly for parades and rarely travels with the Regiment when on active duty.

121st Cluster Infantry (Reinforced Regiment/Green/Reliable)[2]

  • CO: Colonel Steve Milner

- The 121st has been recently assigned to support the Taurian Guards Regiment. This unit has never been assigned duty off Taurus and is deeply committed to defending the Taurian capital world. The 121st is atypical in that it is organized with six Battalions of Infantry rather than the more typical four.


Taurian Guard (Veteran/Reliable)[14]

  • CO: Colonel Lee "T-Bolt" Smith

4th Taurian Air Division (Wing/Elite/Reliable)[14]

  • CO: Senior Air Master Byron Tike

3rd Taurian Armor Guard (Battalion/Regular/Reliable)[14]

  • CO: Subaltern Paul Sinclair

121st Cluster Infantry (6 Battalions/Regular/Reliable)[14]

  • CO: Colonel Steve Milner


Taurian Guard (Veteran/Reliable)[6]

  • The Taurian Guard had been reduced to just 60% of full strength at this point, although 25% of their equipment featured upgraded technology.


Taurian Guard (Veteran/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Yvo Aliprandi

4th Taurian Air Division (Wing/Elite/Reliable)[15]

  • CO: Senior Air Master Oldrich Klerx

3rd Taurian Armor Guard (1 Battalion/Regular/Fanatical)[15]

  • CO: Subaltern Tiberius Strohkirch

121st Cluster Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[15]

  • CO: Colonel Anuj Brankovic


Tauria Guard (Veteran Fanatical)[16]

  • CO: Colonel Mildred Webber

8th Taurian Air Division (Regiment/Elite/Fanatical)[16]

  • CO: Senior Air Master Lois Cooper

2nd Taurian Armored Guard (Veteran/Fanatical)[16]

  • CO: Colonel Andrew Williams

121st Cluster Infantry Brigade (Elite/Fanatical)[16]

  • CO: Colonel Ronald Richardson


Reunification WarEdit

Each Taurian Guard MechWarrior, armor crew, or pilot receives an Edge point to use in combat. When rolling for equipment and replacement availability the Guard's controlling player gets a +1 bonus on the roll.[20]

Clan Invasion EraEdit

The Taurian Guards Regiment has the following abilities using the Rules Annex's Force Specific Rules from Field Manual: Periphery.

  • Taurian Guards Corps abilities allows controlling players to select up to either two vehicles or 'Mechs from the appropriate column (in Periphery Random Rolling Tables) prior to randomly rolling the rest of the units composition.
  • If Taurian Guards Regiment control the fastest 'Mechs they receive an Edge Point. For each Guard 'Mech that is faster a +1 point is applied to a maximum of +3
  • When operating in Urban settings the 1st Battalion of the Taurian Guards Regiment receives the Overrun Combat special ability



The Taurian Guards have permanently assigned DropShip and JumpShip assets to aid in their assigned task of defending the core worlds of the Taurian Concordat in the Hyades Cluster as part of the Taurian Guard Corps.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Periphery (1988), p. 77, "Unit Profile"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 2.7 2.8 Field Manual: Periphery, p. 57, "Taurian Guards Unit Profile"
  3. Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 22
  4. Field Manual: Updates, p. 192
  5. Field Manual: Updates, p. 193
  6. 6.0 6.1 Field Report: Periphery, p. 12, "Taurian Concordat"
  7. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 115, "Taurian Concordat"
  8. Field Manual: 3085, p. 141
  9. Field Manual: 3145, p. 194
  10. 10.0 10.1 Periphery 1st Edition, p. 81, "Unit Deployment Table - 3025"
  11. 11.0 11.1 20 Year Update, p. 77, "Taurian Defense Forces Deployment Table - 3050"
  12. 12.0 12.1 Objective Raids, p. 48, "Taurian Defense Forces Deployment Table - 3054"
  13. 13.0 13.1 The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 22, "Taurian Defense Fore Deployment Table - 3058"
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 Field Manual: Updates, p. 201, "Taurian Defense Force Deployment Table - 3067"
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 15.3 15.4 Field Manual: 3085, p. 150, "Taurian Defense Force Deployment Table - 3085"
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 Field Manual: 3145, p. 201, "Taurian Guard"
  17. 17.0 17.1 Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 22, "Taurian Guard - Regimental Status"
  18. 18.0 18.1 ’’ First Succession War’’, p. 140
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 ’’ Second Succession War’’, p. 100
  20. Historical: Reunification War, p. 184
  21. Field Manual: Periphery, p. 152