AT-43

The U. N. A. pushed back the Therians during the Trauma. 43 years later, humans launch a counterattack under the codename ‘Operation Damocles’.

The French company Rackham introduced their new pre-painted sci-fi miniatures game AT-43 with the starter set Operation Damocles, and produced some amazing figures before, sadly, going bust in 2010. I made a big investment in this game and it’s my sci-fi miniatures game of choice, and it’s probably a good thing for my wallet that they’ll be no more releases!

I didn’t like the game’s original unit cards so I made new ones myself. Here you’ll find all the cards redesigned into a much more readable and comprehensive format, plus custom-designed unit activation tokens. If you still play this excellent game, these summaries and references are a must.

Army Cards

Legacy Material

Here you’ll find all the original Rackham PDFs for AT-43. This was all made available on the internet at one time or another, and is provided here for personal use only.

Army Books

Update Log

Rules Summary & Reference

Date Version Changelog
Jan 2017 2.4 Added note to Therian reference sheet about relays and overseers
Jan 2017 2.3 Added note to Therian reference sheet about using each routine once per activation; improved grenade and nonstorm listings; lightened background

Army Unit Cards

Date Version Changelog
Various See files Current releases

70 Comments

  • Avatar Charles says:

    These are great looking. Thanks for your hard work!

    If you’re ever looking to part with any of your AT-43 stuff, let me know!

  • Avatar Tom says:

    Hey Peter-

    I’m a big fan of Dust Tactics, and was thinking of picking up some AT just for something different. Curious what you thought the strengths and weaknesses were between the two systems?

    Thanks!

    -Tom

    • Avatar Universal Head says:

      Hi – sorry for the delay in replying, I’ve been ill. Tom, they really are completely different and I enjoy both. AT-43 is a full tabletop miniatures game in the style of Warhammer 40,000, and Dust Tactics is more of a board game, with miniatures on a large gridded map. I recommend both, but AT-43 is a larger, more complex game.

  • Avatar Marco says:

    Friends, dirt kangaroo in karmans army has wrong una logo on the card

    • Avatar Universal Head says:

      Outrageous, it will be fixed asap! Glad someone out there is using these. 🙂

      • Avatar Marco says:

        not only use them. love them at all
        better then original ones because of the rules written on the card

        really a wonderful job!
        here in my club we are re starting at-43 but a lot of warhammer players want to use their own miniatures. have you cards in levels to change pictures?

        • Avatar Universal Head says:

          Glad you’re using and enjoying them. I’m afraid supplying them in such a way as to allow players to change the images would mean a huge amount of effort – and I’ve already spent literally hundreds of hours on these. Hope you understand! 🙂

  • Avatar Marco says:

    of course!
    I would change pictures by my own, I can’t ask you to do it
    but I fully understand you

    • Avatar Universal Head says:

      Thanks mate – with 200+ summaries I get lots of specific requests – if I followed them all up I’d never get new things done!

  • Avatar Marco says:

    my friend… I found a miss in karmans cards: guide darius, a promo hero

  • Avatar SPC Atkinson says:

    I would like to know if there is some way for me to get my hands on therian miniatures these days. Sadly I wasn’t able to afford these games till recently, and I have since seen all of the stuff I wanted disappear or become extravagantly overpriced; even eBay is pretty bone dry. Does anyone have any suggestions.

    • Sadly, I would have to say that unless you’re happy with very small forces, the days of being able to get together armies of AT-43 figures are gone. Unless you stumble across someone wanting to sell an entire army or two, there’s very little left out there (except for some Karmans; they really must have made a lot of Karman figures back in the day).

      It’s a very sad state of affairs and it’s a shame that no one ever picked up the licence and ran with it. All the figures would have to be redone from scratch now as the last I heard, the original molds had been left to decay for various bloody money-related reasons. I still think there’s an opening for an alternative to Warhammer 40,000 and that AT-43 filled that gap, but it was all mis-managed and the opportunity was lost. Perhaps one day someone will resurrect the game via Kickstarter or something, but for now I think it is too late to get into it from scratch.

    • Avatar Mark says:

      There is an ebay seller from hong kong with original prints of the base set and some troopers. shoporiental is the seller I think. However, you’re paying full retail (adjusted for inflation) prices. Miniature Market in America are mega cheap ($2 for an army book) but shipping is horrendous. 3 army books was going to cost me about $70. Shame really, but you’ll be paying an absolute premium to play this game. I’m tempted to give it away and go after something modern and cheaper.

      • Unless you’re using proxies, sadly there’s not way you’d be able to get into this game now. There just isn’t enough original stuff left out there. Whether you’d bother using proxies for a game whose rules are still pretty rough around the edges (there was only ever one version) is debatable. I’m glad I have armies, and I enjoy it, but I wouldn’t recommend anyone bother getting into it now it’s dead and gone.

  • Avatar p! says:

    I am still collecting and playing the game. Nice to see, that there are some people around who also still like AT-43!
    Great Work!!!

  • Avatar Mark says:

    Found some good proxies which might fit the bill. I’d say the Sayx and Harvesters forces fit especially well for the UNA and Therions.

    http://www.scale75.com/index.php?route=product/category&path=84_85

  • Avatar CK Lai says:

    And a very happy new year to you, UH…

    I’ve played a few games of what is probably (?) one of your favourite SF tabletop minis games (UNA vs Therians only, so far) and your material here has been absolutely invaluable!

    That said, I noticed a few items you might like to consider updating:

    1. Therian Overseer (Infantry and AFV) routines: “An overseer can use each routine once per activation”. Can’t seem to find this info in any of your rules summaries or cards and it was a major question that popped up.

    2. Army building: not sure if you want to add this, since your rules summary skips lightly over this part, but I didn’t realise this till AFTER I’d played a game:

    “• A company can only have one rank 5 officer;
    • A platoon can only have one rank 4 officer;
    • A unit can only have one officer;
    • A company must have at least one officer.”

    3. A small thing but you seem to be missing a photo of the Therian Assault Golem Overseer (and you used the photo of a normal Assault Golem instead) for your Therian cards. Would you like me to send you a photo of the actual mini?

    Other than this, many thanks again for this excellent resource for a greats but (sadly) dead game!

    • Excellent! This has been a huge project and it’s good to have another eye looking over it. Please send the photo, and I’ll check the other things you mention. Anything else you find, let me know! Thanks.

      • Note that bit about the officers is in the Recruitment section of the summary, but I have fixed the Therian summary sheet to include the note about using each routine once per activation.

  • Avatar CK Lai says:

    Great stuff, UH! The more I play, the more I appreciate the basic simplicity of the rules for this game. (Cue sad music and the usual laments about the game’s death).

    Sorry I didn’t notice the recruitment section in your summary, since I wasn’t playing with reinforcements just yet.

    Also, would you consider putting the grenade and nanostorm info from your rules summary (under the individual UNA, Therian, Red blok etc. sections) as a chart with the relevant symbols instead of what you have now? I know you’ve provided that info in separate cards but to be honest, I don’t use them as they are something extra that needs to be taken care of.

    I’ve also emailed the photos to you. Hope you can use them. If not, let me know and I’ll take new ones.

  • Avatar i-one says:

    I still collect and have 100 minis from the game from all factions but ONI (those are just over the top expensive)… I play now with my kids and it is simple and great looking. One can make mods to the rules if you find them too simple. Anyway glad there are ppl who appreciete AT 43 🙂

  • Avatar briscoe999 says:

    Hello UH – on your Red Block cards Pages 21 and 22…..no the Groupa R Krasnye and RPG support team cards – 4 of the 6 cards show 8 figures on the team. All the other support cards show 3 figures. Is this correct? I am thinking all support team cards should show 3 figures, but i am not sure. Regards

  • Avatar briscoe999 says:

    PS – just watched your most recent AT-43 play-through video again….Great Stuff!!

  • Avatar briscoe999 says:

    Sorry that I didn’t see this earlier when i posted the errors i discovered a few days ago, but i think there are a few other minor errors on the Red Block support teams (specifically RPG Groupa R and RPG Groupa R (Krasnye). To the left of the cards it says 3 Troopers with 2 Rocket Launchers. I believe it should read 3 Troopers with 3 Rocket Launchers for both cards.

    Also,is there a reason you also list the Standard Ranged weapon for all the support teams of all the factions? I thought the Support Teams are small groups of 2 or 3 figures with only the specific specialized weapons mentioned (Example – Sniper team, Flamer Team or Rocket Launcher Team). Or, are you listing the normal range weapons as well because these teams can use both?

    Regards.

  • Avatar briscoe999 says:

    UH – When you get around to “fixin” the AT-43 cards, i think i noticed another small item for Red Blok. It looks like for the (2) Hetman cards, you show a picture of a Kossack. The Hetman picture is actually the picture shown on the Odin and Mannon card (the pic when they are in the vehicle of course).

  • Avatar Dave Wilkin says:

    Hi,
    Checked out your vids on utube, and now checking out your site. Great resources for AT-43.A couple of us at the Bedford Gladiators, ( UK wargames club) were seriously in to AT back in ” the day” and recently I got my stuff out of storage, and we had a game down t’ club! I think the pics are being popped on the club site bedfordgladiators.wordpress.com
    Do you know if the old Easy AT43 army builder software is still around?
    Cheers,
    Dave Wilkin

  • Avatar Jimmy Zimmerman says:

    Wow what a great collection of army books and game. I was only tangentially aware of at-43 as I was out of gaming during that period (damn small children ruining my playtime;) !!) and by the time I was back the game was gone so I never really dug into it till now. Having noted a thread at Dakka about the IP being (finally) up for sale and some tantalizing tid bits about “amazing fluff” brought me here. Can say, WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED.

    A huge loss to wargaming this was. Seems like anything not just a 40k clone is destined to be ignored now. Such unique factions and styles and designs.

  • Hello UH,

    I was very excited about AT-43 when it first came out but was a poor gamer and unable to buy in. Over the last six months however, I have realized a long held ambition and managed to collect large and complete UNA and Therian armies and my group is halfway though the Operation Damocles campaign.

    I just wanted to thank you for your fantastic unit cards. The Rackham cards are practically illegible and I use yours in every game.

    You do excellent work!

    J-

    • I’m amazed you’ve managed to get decent armies together so recently, I thought there was hardly anything left out there. Join the forums and tell me about your experiences with the campaign, I’d love to hear them!

  • Avatar Phil King says:

    Many thanks for your hard work on this game. I got into the game just as it folded and sold it all off, including my Red Block army box , how l wish l had kept that one…..!
    I have now got back into the game and picked up a Damocles set from eBay plus some extra figures and machines. Due to the limitations of what is available it will never be more than skirmish gaming, this works for me as that is how l see the action taking place in the dark confines of the Damocles setting. I have limited my forces to the original UNA and Therians, l was never that struck on the Cogs or Karmans anyway.
    Your site is a Godsend, your cards are far superior to Rackhams, keep up the good work.

  • Avatar Josh says:

    Like the card.
    Didn’t see a PDF for operation democules or frost bite(sorry for the spelling).
    I still love the game and own all 6 armies. Found out teaming kog, oni, and therIans is over kill.
    I’m also working on expanding tactics and who appreciate any ides on how to handle vehicles.

  • Avatar Osti says:

    On another note. I finished selecting my final Therian collection. Will be listing the ones I’m not keeping in 2-3 days. That is a couple 100 Therians including rares like the Medusa’s the storm arachns and a couple succubus golgoths.

    You’ll find me on eBay as GLgamelair

    Just thought you might wanna know in case you have any rares your looking for.

    Kuddos

    • I’ve already got about 13,000 points of Therians, though perhaps another unit of arachns wouldn’t go astray … 🙂

    • Ouch, single figures with shipping of US$26?

      • Avatar Jesus says:

        Ouch!!

        Must be the international shipping. I do combined shipping so you put items in your cart if you buy internationally without paying for them then text me I text you and see what you want. Remove all those items from E-bay then cancel your items.
        Then I do a new listing with your name for all of the items you wanted and you only pay for shipping once with everything combined.
        I know a bit annoying and a lot of work for me but due to e-bay insurance when shipping outside the USA this is the best way to do combined shipping.

        🙂 Just had a French buyer that plays AT-44 buy all my assault Therians, a defender snake and G Epson this way.

        Glad to hear about your Therian legions !! I must be above 10000 pts for sure with my Therians and UNA. Sadly my red block collection is quite small, about 2000Pts. So hard finding their high quality infantry.

        • Hi – I’ve got a few things totalling US31.95, but shipping is 88.38. I’ve got to the confirm and pay page so what do I do now? BTW I don’t need the cards.

          • Avatar Osti says:

            So as long as they are in your cart you should have the option to buy them without paying. Then I will cancel those listings and make a listing with those Items specially for you and send you a link and the name of the listing. The you can buy that new listing and all the shipping will be combined.
            Or if it’s easier for you just tell me what listings they are through an E-bay message and I’ll do the same thing I just said above 🙂

        • Avatar CK Lai says:

          I have some extra Red Blok stuff if you’re interested.

  • Avatar Chris Heckert says:

    I’ve recently come into an AT-43 army and I don’t play myself. There’s 68 pieces altogether and I think it’s mostly Red Blok (camo painted mecha and soldiers?) with a few alien looking dudes. I’d like to sell the collection but would prefer to avoid Ebay fees. I’ve got photos and thought maybe somebody here might be interested in taking a look first before I find somewhere else to sell them?

  • Avatar Patrick says:

    Do you still have any of those figures left or have you gotten rid of them? Would be interest in them depending bon what you have. Thanks.

  • Avatar Chris Heckert says:

    I still have all of them. Apparently I was mistaken and they are all UNA and/or Therians. I can send some photos if you’re still interested.

  • Avatar Patrick says:

    Sure my email is ghostgundam1 @yahoo.com. thanks.

  • Avatar littlemute says:

    Hey man, this is like THE source for AT-43 and I was wondering: I have collected a mess of Army lists people made over the years– most of the sources of which are long, long gone off the interweb. Would you be interested in creating a section for army lists and I can feed you the info? Most of the stuff I can cite sources (like ‘originally appeared on X website/forum author: Y) but many sources are lost to the aether.

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