The beauty of the MA theme is that it is open ended. That means that it is a dynamic, on-going story with a solid history, but you can control the action. You can build for the MA combat forces. You can build for the GICG colony missions. You can build Somalian Pirate Terrorist Ninja Mechs that try to subvert efforts of the MA forces and the GICG here on Earth. You can build an entirely new alien race that doesn't like the expanding human colony and try to fight off the MA forces. Or, maybe youíd build an alien race that allies itself with the humans. Itís completely up to you. COMPLETELY.
However, if youíre going to build for the MA combat forces, you do have to follow the theme rules. Sorry, kids Ė yes there are even rules out here in real life. Iím not saying you have to be perfect, but the idea of a theme is to have a cohesive image. Thatís what Iíve done with the MOCs that Iíve built, and I hope that youíll be interested enough to try it out too.
So here goes nothingÖ
In case you havenít noticed, MA forces love wheels. The bigger the better. But, they could also make great use of aircraft, probably VTOL-style. Thatís also not to say that theyíre entirely against the idea of bipedal war machinery (mechs), but MA forces prefer the speed and agility provided by wheeled land vehicles.
Colors are dark and light grey, black (used for weaponry and greebles), Tan, or any other primary color that can be justified as camouflage in your MOC's designated deployment. You're also encouraged to make use of a secondary accent color that can be seen as a specific unit designator. Say, for example, sand green battle stripes for the 19th Marine Expeditionary Unit or what have you.
There are some vehicle traits you may have noticed that you may or may not wish to incorporate into your MA builds. MA vehicles make great use of advanced fly-by-wire techniques though sensor arrays and cameras, and windscreens may be present in more-evolved land vehicles and aircraft.
MA troops try to expose combatants to enemy fire only when absolutely necessary. This means a lot of auto-turrets and video monitors, but man-operated turrets would be common on patrol vehicles for visibilities sake.
You can usually spot comm-links and whip antennae sticking out of just about any MA vehicle. It is also common for equipment to be mounted to the outside of vehicles, such as buzz-saws, cargo nets, etc.
Vehicles sport cutting-edge ceramic-armor technology. They are aggressive, angular, and always dripping with attitude. Itís all about intimidation, you see. If youíre a renegade Somali pirate terrorist ninja, youíre going to feel much more inclined to give in to the combat mediatorís demands if you can see a squad of Accipiters steam-rolling your armor in the background.
The most commonly used weapon technology is projectile or ballistic-based. This means bullets, explosive grenade rounds, armor-penetrating warheads, rail cannonsóthat sort of thing. Fancy sci-fi movie gibberish like phasers and proton guns may sound cool (I think not), but MA forces make little use of energy-based weapons.
The standard MA trooper wears your typical futuristic military garb: combat fatigues in shades of grey, or camouflaged to the trooperís area of deployment. A standard matching military helmet is usually equipped, and worn with either goggles or a visor. Backpacks are utilized. Special Forces will sometimes be seen sporting balaclavas. Bright colors are deeply frowned-upon in MA apparel. Look to the MEU-161 squad pictured with the Accipiter for a good guideline for the appearance of MA troops.