Phantom Badger Light Assault Vehicle


The US Navy needed a small, light combat vehicle for reconnaissance, rescue, or combat situations that could be dropped from the V-22 OSprey. What they got was the Phantom Badger by Boeing. It crams a 240hp multi-fuel motor and five personnel into a jeep-like chassis that is just 60 inches wide, barely 13 feet long and has a range of roughly 300 miles.

The Phantom Badger has four wheel drive and steering, allowing for incredibly tight turning radiuses, and can ford up to three foot deep waters, hit 80mph on a paved road, and has interchangeable parts with most other US military vehicles, as well as a modular rear deck that can be reconfigured with a simple wench set.

The craft can either use a .50 caliber M2A1 machinegun on the rollbar behind the driver’s compartment; and two M249 5.56mm SAW for the two rear-facing seats; or it can carry up to six litters for wounded. One can be carried in a V-22, two in a Chinook helicopter or C-130, and ten can fit in a C-17 transport.

PM: +1   RED: 4   CRUS: 50   MAX: 80   RNG: 300   FCE: 2   STR: 5   COST: n/a

GM Information: The Phantom Badger receives a +1EF for off-road conditions. In a roll-over crash, the passengers receive the same damage as the craft, rather than one WL lower.

Something for the Hollow Earth Expedition crowd:

I think my neighbor is an exotic car dealer. Either that or he buys a high-priced car for a day or two then trades it for something else. Usually, it’s a Porsche 911 or Audi R8 or R10, but there’s been a Bentley Continental  and today’s feast for the eyes…


I think it’s the V-10 Murceliago.

Here’s what I’m pretty certain is a 1928-ish Bentley 4 1/2 or 6 1/2 Litre Touring I saw outside of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh:

Some game stats…just because:

For Hollow Earth Expedition — Size: 2   Def: 6   Str: 8   Speed: 90   Han: +2   Crew: 1   Pass: 3   Cost: $5000 (£1000)

For James Bond: 007 — PM: 0   RED: 4   CRUS: 50   MAX: 90   RNG: 180   FCE: 3   STR: 8

Jalopnik is reporting on a glorious Aston-Martin Vantage for sale on the roadside in Park City, Utah (where I got my first Triumph motorcycle from!) for only $75,000.  I’m taking donations; I must rescue this piece of art from its ignominious roadside purgatory!