No animations or no effects? Make sure you have the correct .ftsxml triggers file and the correct .fxsxml file for the unit you are using. The xml code references the .fxsxml file, which in turn references the .gr2 and .ftsxml triggers file for the unit. If that isn't the problem I would probably have to see the code. Also, you need the BNW expansion for the XCOM Plasma ("Deathray") effect.