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Many elements shamelessly lifted from previous OPs

Current Events:
  • The BattleTech Beginner Box is now available. Two miniatures and quick-start stuff for $20.
  • The BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat starter box is also available. Eight miniatures and a bunch of stuff for $60.
  • Catalyst has launched and completed a Kickstarter for a Clan box set and additional Star and Lance Packs. Ended on August 17, 2019, the crowdfund raised over $2.5 million!

What is BattleTech?

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Battletech! A Game of Armored Combat! Is a tabletop roleplaying wargame that usually takes place in the mid 31st century in a large region of space known as the Inner Sphere (roughly everything within about 500 light-years of earth, give or take up to 50ly.

Battletech itself concerns with the actually combat campaigns that take place between the various military factions of the Inner Sphere, and usually involves Battlemechs! Giant (well, relatively small actually) mecha that range from about 5 to 20 meters and weight between 20 and 100 tons. Battletech can also involve support vehicles such as tanks, aerospace fighters, and armored infantry, but the focus is obviously on the 'mechs themselves

Additionally, there is a roleplaying game called MechWarrior (not the video game), where the players are the mechwarriors themselves, and is more interpersonal. It is stylized much more like a traditional RPG, while Battletech is more of a wargame.

Getting Started

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The best place for a new player or two to get their feelies is the two introductory box sets: the BattleTech Beginner Box contains two miniatures and quick-start rules and sheets to get players blowing stuff as soon as possible, while the BattleTech: A Game of Armored Combat box contains eight minis, standard sheets, a set of Alpha Strike cards and a fifty-plus page Introductory Rulebook for a more complete experience. Each set also includes the necessary dice and a unique novella set in the BattleTech universe.

The BattleMech Manual is the next step up. This book expounds on all the functionality a 'Mech will ever need to use on the battlefield.

For those looking to take it farther, following is the current selection of "core" rulebooks:
  • Total Warfare - The "main" rulebook and a step up from the Introductory Rules. This introduces rules for advanced technologies and non-Battlemech units (such as vehicles, aerospace, infantry and battle armor).
  • Tech Manual - Ever wanted to make your own BattleMech? This book contains all the details for building your own tournament-legal record sheets.
  • Tactical Operations - Planetary conquest! Artillery, command levels, minefields and more for all your world-conquering needs.
  • Strategic Operations - Rules and equipment for the whole solar system! WarShips, JumpShips, expanded Aerotech and extensive salvage and maintenance.
  • Interstellar Operations - Take on the role of a House Lord and run an entire faction's military! Massive-scale warfare, alternate eras and the return of the Land-Air Mech.
  • Campaign Operations - Split off from Interstellar Ops, C-Ops lets you run and maintain forces of any size, craft new battlefields to liberate (or conquer) and construct campaigns at all levels of play with this final rulebook.

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    Looking for new ways to play?
  • A Time of War - The RPG component of Battletech. Become a MechWarrior and make your place in the universe. Are you a member of a noble Great House? A vat-bred Clan warrior? Or a mercenary who lives only for their next paycheck?
  • Alpha Strike - A simplified variant of the classic Battletech system which delivers more units in faster games. Turn your record sheets from -this- to -this-. Grab some Lance Packs and go to town!


Eras: When and Where

The story of BattleTech is divided into "eras" which determine the present factions and relevant technologies. The overarching eras go thusly:

Age of War: 1988-2570. Humanity's expansion into the stars, the formation of the Terran Alliance, Great Houses and Periphery, the conflicts that resulted and the invention of a weapon to rule the battlefield: the BattleMech.

The Star League: 2571-2780. The Star League, an overarching government, has been ruled for centuries by House Cameron. When its leadership is destabilized, the Great Houses are split between following a new leader or fighting back against the usurper. Aleksander Kerensky, leader of the Star League Defense Force, launched a fourteen-year war to reclaim the throne. The damage was done, however, and the Houses' old rivalries would ignite once again. Kerensky and half of his SLDF would depart the Inner Sphere, refusing to swear in a new First House.

The Succession Wars: 2781-2900 (Early), 2901-3049 (Late). Over the next three hundred years the five remaining Great Houses were constantly at war with each other over who would lead a reestablished Star League. A great deal of technological progress disappeared in the First and Second Succession Wars with the abundant use of atomic, biological and chemical weapons; the saying goes that the Houses "blasted the Inner Sphere back to the Stone Age". The Third and Fourth Succession Wars were fought under more old-fashioned rules of engagement. ComStar, a neutral faction with sole proprietorship over the galaxy's only method of faster-than-light communication, finds itself religiously hoarding Star League-era "Lostech" and stifling the technological regrowth of the galaxy. Only when a memory cache is rediscovered, its contents freely shared and traded to the Great Houses, does this growth resume. And not a year too soon...

The Clan Invasion: 3050-3061. Remember Kerensky and the SLDF who ragequit after the Star League broke apart? Yeah, their genetically-engineered warrior descendants have returned as the Clans. The Inner Sphere has been judged and the Five Great Houses have been found wanting, resulting in a near-total curbstomp of the depleted IS forces by the technologically superior Clans. Naturally, the offensive is blunted by inter-Clan rivalries and their disagreements on how to save the Inner Sphere from itself. The Sphere, in turn, mostly gets its act together and pushes back at the Clan forces, ending in ComStar proposing a final proxy war to decide the victor. The Clans lose and, bound by honor, dissolve their invasion and melt into modern politics.

The Steiner-Davion Civil War: 3062-3067. The heirs to a Steiner-Davion union, siblings Victor and Katherine, wind up in full-blown conflict as Katherine schemes to vault House Steiner to glory atop the dead bodies of their former Davion rivals. Several of the Clans make their mark in the war. Victor's half takes victory but not without cost: the largest faction in the Sphere is split apart once again while Katherine is spirited away by Clan Wolf.

Jihad: 3068-3080. With the religious reverence of technology losing its relevance, a radical splinter of ComStar known as the "Word of Blake" plots to recover the ways of old, feeling they are destined to come to power as heads of the new Star League. The Houses are suspicious and the League is dissolved. Understandably upset at the rejection of their prophecy, the Blakists attempt to reunite the Star League by lethal force in an all-fronts assault known as the Jihad. They're descended upon like a pack of hungry wolves and erased from the public eye, ComStar's Hyper-Pulse Generator network absorbed into common government.

Dark Age: 3081-3150+ (ongoing). From the ashes of the Jihad, another new Star League is formed, now maintained by the central Republic of the Sphere. With technology recovered from Blakist facilities and utilized by ultra-loyal Knights and Paladins, the Republic manages to stamp out most major conflict for a few decades. A sudden blackout of the HPG network spurs the many factions, Houses and Clans alike, to once again lunge at each other's throats and ignite the flames of war as if it's the only thing they know how to do. The central government sequesters itself as the Fortress Republic, building up its military forces as those citizens outside the "walls" must fend for themselves until the veil is lifted once more.

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Links: Read Up

The Official Battletech Website: The definitive portal to getting into the BattleTech board game.
SARNA: The BattleTech Wiki: Everything you ever wanted to know about everything BattleTech.
Master Unit List: An online tool to help you sift through the thousands of combat units in the BattleTech universe. Includes Alpha Strike stat cards!
Iron Wind Metals: The official producer of BattleTech miniatures in the US. If it's not plastic or 3D printed, it's a metal mini made by these guys.
CamoSpecs Online: This website showcases the various color schemes in the BattleTech universe as demonstrated on actual minis.
MegaMek: An unofficial online version of the BattleTech board game. Some of us forumers are participating - ask in the thread!
Solaris Skunk Werks: This Java app will let you build Mech stats according to Tech Manual rules and print them out as official-looking sheets.

The Oosik Irregulars: The OFFICIAL CANON UNIT of the Penny Arcade forums

Don't be afraid to suggest any additions or fixes for this OP. I'll probably need to get different image links sooner or later.


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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    edited July 31
    ~ Clan Invasion Kickstarter Updates ~
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    If you're a backer who is going to have minis you're willing to trade away, and/or didn't buy some packs that include minis you wanted, check out our PA Trades List googledoc! (Still in-progress, so feel free to update it for what you're getting!)

    Update 120, Shipping delays and deadlines:
    The limiting item(s) for Wave 1 remain the Clan Invasion box set and all of the ForcePacks.
    But, they are freaking late. Terribly late. Beyond Covid-issues late.
    After blowing the June 20th deadline, China did a serious self-assessment and came back with a new date. Well, to be fair, first they said “It’s going to be July.” That was as close to a deadline as they’d commit. July. We spent a few conversations after that demanding a real deadline. That took a few weeks to get, but we got one. July 31st.
    Because of the success of the late pledge campaign that kept running in the background while we worked on getting the product out, we’ve added nearly 4000 new backers, and so—get this—we have to print 82,000 Salvage Boxes! Which is great for BattleTech. Which sucks for trying to get China to deliver everything we need on a decent timeline.
    So at the moment, our delivery schedule looks like this: 80% of what we need on July 31st. 20% of what we need on August 15th.

    So what we are hoping is that on July 31st, we can begin staggered shipping to our five logistics Hubs around the world in order to have the product arrive more-or-less at the same time and prep and begin fulfilling to you, our backers, about the same time.

    After talking with Quartermaster Logistics, the fulfillment company that is helping us keep all this on track and will be responsible for the final delivery to you, we are looking at the following revised schedule:

    August 1st: start shipping to the logistics Hubs
    August 16th: final shipment to the logistics Hubs.
    September 1-15th: all product arriving in all logistics Hubs.
    September 15th-30th: all product collated and beginning to ship to backers.
    September 21st - October 31st: Backers receiving Wave 1 worldwide!

    As Hubs will be operating on their own schedules to make this happen, there is about a 2-week window where some Hubs may get an early start, and that leads to a 5-week window thanks to actual shipping and delivery times where product will be arriving to our Wave 1 backers worldwide.

    So what does that mean for Wave 2? We are working to answer that question. While this has been going on, our team has not been idle. There are fifteen ForcePacks in Wave Two. Six of them are already with the manufacturer and initial prototype printing is already under way there, in preparation for the creation of the master molds. And we’ve another large batch of STL files heading to them shortly; there is actually only two designs left of the entire nearly 100 that have not had an initial sketch approved. While all of that is encouraging for moving into the start of Wave 2 production shortly after Wave 1 is done, we have not been given any new/revised schedule that we can bank on for sharing specifics at this time.

    Previous updates:
    Update 101, on Canon Characters:
    Since Tax Day was moved, we figured we would co-opt April 15th as the close of Phase 1 for the Canon Character Surveys. That means you have one week left to complete your current survey and request your credit or to make certain the data is correct. After that, we will close the character survey links for a period of data management.

    We realize that some of you may not have received links yet. Either there was a problem contacting you through CrowdOx or a problem with the link itself. Please don’t worry! We are going to set up an auxiliary method for requesting the buyback credit if that is what you want. As for the character list, it’s going to take us weeks to get through the early photo uploads and create that many cards, and years to get all characters into a published product regardless. We are all in this for the long haul!

    We expect it will take at least a few weeks to clean up the data we’ve currently received. We will reengage next month regarding Phase 2 of the Canon Character Surveys.

    Update 100, unboxing video:



    Update 97, on delays:
    Here is what we know:

    Our primary factory responsible for ALL plastics and 90% of the product for this Kickstarter Campaign has reportedly just come back up to 80% of their normal production speed. (This follows the last 30 days, where the best they claimed was 50%). This was also the company we talked about back in January, when they hit us with the first 4-week(ish) slowdown.

    What that means:

    Delays. Currently, they won’t promise anything before July, 2020. Though they say this could move up as they increase speed on their production lines. Once we get the product, we are at least another three weeks to deliver Wave 1.

    We are being hit with the usual platitudes: “Your project is first in line. You have the highest priority.” And some of this may even be true. We still want to rant and yell and pound on the table… but when faced with the choice between trying to force a faster schedule, or maintaining quality, we are going to err on the side of keeping up quality.
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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    I had bought a 3d printer recently. Among other things, I’ve been printing and painting a bunch of Battletech vehicles. I’ve got a fleet of Manticores, Scorpions, Strikers, Demolishers, Bulldogs, Schreks, Savanah Masters, etc etc.

    Originally I’d been painting them in a basic military fashion; grey, OD green, tan, etc. However, I’ve so many now I may start giving some of them faction specific paint schemes.

    Also looking for a suitable APC and Comm/HQ vehicles.

    I’ve got various dropships that need printing too.

    My campaigns are going to be way more elaborate. :razz:


    I may get in to printing Mechs, but for now the vehicles are where my supplies were quite deficient. I’ve always enjoyed the more combined arms stuff personally.

    Hm... do I need air assets too? Oh God, it doesn’t end does it?!

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    Listen, as someone that only trucks largely in the official stuff from IWM and Catalyst:

    No, it does not ever end.

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    Axen wrote: »
    I had bought a 3d printer recently. Among other things, I’ve been printing and painting a bunch of Battletech vehicles. I’ve got a fleet of Manticores, Scorpions, Strikers, Demolishers, Bulldogs, Schreks, Savanah Masters, etc etc.

    Originally I’d been painting them in a basic military fashion; grey, OD green, tan, etc. However, I’ve so many now I may start giving some of them faction specific paint schemes.

    Also looking for a suitable APC and Comm/HQ vehicles.

    I’ve got various dropships that need printing too.

    My campaigns are going to be way more elaborate. :razz:


    I may get in to printing Mechs, but for now the vehicles are where my supplies were quite deficient. I’ve always enjoyed the more combined arms stuff personally.

    Hm... do I need air assets too? Oh God, it doesn’t end does it?!

    Pictures?

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    Got these two so far (5 each). Still new to the 3d printing scene so I'm still dialing in the settings. The test Striker I printed didn't turn out too well. Though truth be told I'm not too concerned with the models being hyper detailed, just good enough.

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    I've been giving them all a quick and dirty paint jobs. Primer, a base coat and some Nuln Oil to give em a more used look. I'm thinking when I start doing faction specific paint schemes I'll give them more TLC. But for generic mooks? Eh, I don't care.

    I've got some Bulldogs in the oven at the moment.

    I got all the prints from this fine fellow.

    Most of those prints are chassis and turret. Some come with optional turrets. The Scorpions for example have either the twin MLs or a single AC5.

    The Striker comes in three pieces; the chassis, turret, and a little bit that connects the chassis and turret. If you've the know-how I recommend splicing together the bit and the chassis so it's one solid piece before you start printing. They're a real pain in the ass to put together otherwise.

    The others so far have been real easy.

    I'll post more as they come.


    On a humorous note. I'd been looking for a suitable APC and I see a lot of people have prints for the APC from Aliens.

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    "Eh, I'd like to find something a bit more fitting for the setting I think". So I go to Sarna and start looking for APCs. I find this,

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    Wheeled APC


    "Oh well, in that case."

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    I mean, "Box What Got Wheels For Moving Mans" is....well, it's pretty much a tapped vein.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited March 29
    I mean in the real world most militaries' APCs do kinda look very similar, but they don't look like the one from Aliens.

    That said, I'm not exactly surprised I suppose given everything in Battletech.


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    Heavy Wheeled APC

    That is more along the lines of what I was expecting and is kinda similar in style to most real world APCs.

    Axen on
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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    BTW if there's anything that should or needs to be added to the OP lemme know

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  • IanatorIanator Delightfully mediocre! Registered User regular
    Tox wrote: »
    BTW if there's anything that should or needs to be added to the OP lemme know

    I was gonna say the logo banner link broke and needed to be replaced, but it looks like you took care of that already.

    Anyways, here's a few examples from my library's resin printer:
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    Shadow Hawk and Phoenix Hawk, Syllogy's models from Thingiverse. The antennas on both are fragile and the gun barrel and shoulder rack on the SHD came off during cleanup but I kinda like the character it gets from the stubby AC5.

    Now I just need to figure out how I'm going to paint them. I'm thinking orange-red torso, beige/white limbs and green eyes/visors, kinda like a GM from Gundam.

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    How is the scale of em? From the pic it looks perfectly acceptable.

    A Capellan's favorite sheath for any blade is your back.
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  • McGibsMcGibs TorontoRegistered User regular
    edited April 1
    The default scaling on them is good (they're 3D models, so technically you can scale them to be whatever.)
    My friend printed up some of the same artist's models. Here they are next to some of the starterset mechs.
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    They're really nice because they're the MWO/BT designs, but he's done a real good job of simplifying them for miniaturization and posing them, unlike some other makers who have just ported the meshes over.

    McGibs on
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  • HydroSqueegeeHydroSqueegee ULTRACAT!!!™®© Registered User regular
    Axen wrote: »
    Got these two so far (5 each). Still new to the 3d printing scene so I'm still dialing in the settings. The test Striker I printed didn't turn out too well. Though truth be told I'm not too concerned with the models being hyper detailed, just good enough.

    SgAlz3W.jpg

    aGjX5BP.jpg

    I've been giving them all a quick and dirty paint jobs. Primer, a base coat and some Nuln Oil to give em a more used look. I'm thinking when I start doing faction specific paint schemes I'll give them more TLC. But for generic mooks? Eh, I don't care.

    I've got some Bulldogs in the oven at the moment.

    I got all the prints from this fine fellow.

    Most of those prints are chassis and turret. Some come with optional turrets. The Scorpions for example have either the twin MLs or a single AC5.

    The Striker comes in three pieces; the chassis, turret, and a little bit that connects the chassis and turret. If you've the know-how I recommend splicing together the bit and the chassis so it's one solid piece before you start printing. They're a real pain in the ass to put together otherwise.

    The others so far have been real easy.

    I'll post more as they come.


    On a humorous note. I'd been looking for a suitable APC and I see a lot of people have prints for the APC from Aliens.

    WOGbVhL.jpg

    "Eh, I'd like to find something a bit more fitting for the setting I think". So I go to Sarna and start looking for APCs. I find this,

    JYkNa6H.jpg
    Wheeled APC


    "Oh well, in that case."
    Axen wrote: »
    I mean in the real world most militaries' APCs do kinda look very similar, but they don't look like the one from Aliens.

    That said, I'm not exactly surprised I suppose given everything in Battletech.


    hYjLN6d.png
    Heavy Wheeled APC

    That is more along the lines of what I was expecting and is kinda similar in style to most real world APCs.

    ayyyyyyy! I printed out the Manticors too. Scaled em down a bit though since they were huge compared to the mechs. I'm new to the 3D printer scene too. What you using? Because that manticore looks way sharper than the ones I printed.

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  • ElvenshaeElvenshae Registered User regular
    Can we get a link to Penny Arcade's own Oosik Irregular page in Sarna.net added to the OP?

    https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Oosik_Irregulars

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  • justGamejustGame Registered User regular
    edited April 1
    This thread is just what I was looking for. I finally started playing the turn-based game by Harebrained and that put a bug up my bum to replace the books I no longer have. Unfortunately, Catalyst's website is complete garbage. But that's ok, because all the info I needed to clarify what is new is right here. Thanks!

    I found an ok-priced copy of BattleTech Manual to start off with.

    They ever print a coherent set of rules for running a merc company or anything like that? I recall a book covering some necessary rules/systems but also being amazingly frustrated at how haphazard the organization was and how I still had a billion questions with no apparent answers.

    justGame on
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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    edited April 1
    justGame wrote: »
    This thread is just what I was looking for. I finally started playing the turn-based game by Harebrained and that put a bug up my bum to replace the books I no longer have. Unfortunately, Catalyst's website is complete garbage. But that's ok, because all the info I needed to clarify what is new is right here. Thanks!

    I found an ok-priced copy of BattleTech Manual to start off with.

    They ever print a coherent set of rules for running a merc company or anything like that? I recall a book covering some necessary rules/systems but also being amazingly frustrated at how haphazard the organization was and how I still had a billion questions with no apparent answers.

    The Campaign Operations book is what you are looking for. Only available in PDF, but it has what you need for running a Merc outfit, House Regiment or Pirates.


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    ayyyyyyy! I printed out the Manticors too. Scaled em down a bit though since they were huge compared to the mechs. I'm new to the 3D printer scene too. What you using? Because that manticore looks way sharper than the ones I printed.

    Hi5 newbie printing buddies!

    I'm using a Monoprice Voxel 3 (basically the same as the Flashforge Adventurer 3). When I printed those minis off I wasn't too concerned with detail. I printed 3 at once and it took about 2.5-3 hours.


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    My Schreks and Demolishers are done printing. Currently unpainted.

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    edited April 1
    Oh god, guys.

    Today's KS update.

    It's too good. We don't deserve this kind of amazing product

    I know what kind of kitbash I'm doing first, once product starts arriving!

    Nips on
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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    Nips wrote: »
    Oh god, guys.

    Today's KS update.

    It's too good. We don't deserve this kind of amazing product

    I know what kind of kitbash I'm doing first, once product starts arriving!

    Yeah I'm not even posting it yet, I want to keep it spoiled.
    Elvenshae wrote: »
    Can we get a link to Penny Arcade's own Oosik Irregular page in Sarna.net added to the OP?

    https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Oosik_Irregulars

    Done!

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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 4
    Video added to OP (well, second post, but yeah)

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    My current vehicle collection alongside a couple freshly painted, but unbased Mechs.

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    I don't claim to be a good painter, but I enjoy it and this project has been a pretty great way to spend quarantine.

    Now on to buildings and fancy hexes! And maybe some air assets if I can find some good prints for em.

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    edited April 7
    The more I look at the concept art, the more my brain picks it apart, trying to figure out how to scratch build it.

    I think I'm 70% of the way there.

    Anyone seen any stats for such a beast? I've never built a LAM, and all my tools are broken atm.

    Nips on
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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Nips wrote: »
    The more I look at the concept art, the more my brain picks it apart, trying to figure out how to scratch build it.

    I think I'm 70% of the way there.

    Anyone seen any stats for such a beast? I've never built a LAM, and all my tools are broken atm.

    There are a couple of fan made stat sheets in the comments of the actual April 1st post on Kickstarter. Don't know how viable they are though.

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    It's an UrbanMech LAM.

    "Viable" isn't even in the same language, here.

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  • McGibsMcGibs TorontoRegistered User regular
    I'll just put this here, while we're on the topic.
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4256278

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    McGibs wrote: »
    I'll just put this here, while we're on the topic.
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4256278

    Okay, I stopped myself from making this joke in my last post, but:

    A Timeline:
    April 1st - CGL releases the Trashcan LAM concept art
    April 2nd - An enterprising modeler uses the MWO assets to virtually kitbash a model together.

    One. Day. Turnaround.

    Also: SUPER LAWLS at the modeler just ripping and using the wings and engine nacelles off the Leopard dropship, scaled down to fit the Urbie.

    Just *chef's kiss* perfect.

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  • DaMoonRulzDaMoonRulz Mare ImbriumRegistered User regular
    Nips wrote: »
    McGibs wrote: »
    I'll just put this here, while we're on the topic.
    https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4256278

    Okay, I stopped myself from making this joke in my last post, but:

    A Timeline:
    April 1st - CGL releases the Trashcan LAM concept art
    April 2nd - An enterprising modeler uses the MWO assets to virtually kitbash a model together.

    One. Day. Turnaround.

    It's not like there's anything else to do right now!

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    I was looking for some suitable buildings to print for terrain and I found that someone had ripped the buildings from the MWO River City map and scaled them for Battletech. So yeah, that'll do.

    Commercial Zone
    Housing Zone
    Industrial Zone

    I also found this guy
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    Which is already printing because of fucking course I want it.

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  • see317see317 Registered User regular
    Nips wrote: »
    It's an UrbanMech LAM.

    "Viable" isn't even in the same language, here.

    I may have used the wrong word choice there.
    I didn't mean it as in "good to use in a game", but instead as "not unbalancing the system unduly with someone's fanwank".

    Ringo wrote: »
    Well except what see317 said. That guy's always wrong.
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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    edited April 7
    Axen wrote: »
    I was looking for some suitable buildings to print for terrain and I found that someone had ripped the buildings from the MWO River City map and scaled them for Battletech. So yeah, that'll do.

    Commercial Zone
    Housing Zone
    Industrial Zone

    I also found this guy
    5PCPUzB.jpg

    Which is already printing because of fucking course I want it.

    Hey, what's that Sturdy Boy on the right in orange?

    I'm kinda in love. ❤

    [Edit] Oops, thought this pic was yours. :(
    Time to hunt the internet!

    Nips on
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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    edited April 8
    see317 wrote: »
    Nips wrote: »
    The more I look at the concept art, the more my brain picks it apart, trying to figure out how to scratch build it.

    I think I'm 70% of the way there.

    Anyone seen any stats for such a beast? I've never built a LAM, and all my tools are broken atm.

    There are a couple of fan made stat sheets in the comments of the actual April 1st post on Kickstarter. Don't know how viable they are though.

    LAM conversion equipment is 10% of the mechs weight, and most LAMs are 5 tons heavier to make up for it.

    I'd go 35tons, 105 rated engine (slightly faster), full jump, AC/10 (you won't fit a /20). Ideally the gun would be moved to the torso, with a ML in each arm, and the rest to armor. Not sure how much armor you'd get then, might just go with SLs in each arm instead. Either way, that'd be where I'd start

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  • IoloIolo iolo Registered User regular
    I think it's supposed to be an Agromech or other industrial mech repurposed for combat?

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    The little walkways and staircase on the front certainly suggest it's a hastily converted labor 'mech of some sort.

    If you're curious about my icon; it's an update of the early Lego Castle theme's "Black Falcons" faction.
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  • NobodyNobody Registered User regular
    So I did some digging,

    It looks like it's a Grommet Industrial Mech.

    Apparently, there's no official model for it, however *cough*

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  • H3KnucklesH3Knuckles Jack of all interests... ...master of noneRegistered User regular
    edited April 8
    Nobody wrote: »
    So I did some digging,

    It looks like it's a Grommet Industrial Mech.

    Apparently, there's no official model for it, however *cough*

    I'm not sure where it's supposed to be hiding its
    1. Chainsaw
    2. Combine
    3. Dumper
    4. Lift Hoist
    Maybe they're modules that are only attached when it isn't fighting? But then why list them on the specs?

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  • NipsNips Luxuriating in existential crisis.Registered User regular
    edited April 8
    Nobody wrote: »
    So I did some digging,

    It looks like it's a Grommet Industrial Mech.

    Apparently, there's no official model for it, however *cough*

    Nobody, you're my hero! I had image-searched that one upthread that led me to an Instagram feed, but then I could find the searched-for image on IG because their feeds are fucking atrocious to use.

    I figured it was some sort of IndustrialMech, like you guys discussed. I have a huge soft spot for stuff like this, so imagine my surprise to stumble across one I didn't know about!
    H3Knuckles wrote: »
    Nobody wrote: »
    So I did some digging,

    It looks like it's a Grommet Industrial Mech.

    Apparently, there's no official model for it, however *cough*

    I'm not sure where it's supposed to be hiding its
    1. Chainsaw
    2. Combine
    3. Dumper
    4. Lift Hoist
    Maybe they're modules that are only attached when it isn't fighting? But then why list them on the specs?

    According to the record sheet on Flechs....yeah, the model art is missing the Chainsaw/Combine/Dumper. I could believe the Module explanation, but realistically the artists probably didn't get proper direction on this one. That said usually the IndustrialMech tools get removed from sections that have actual guns mounted on them for conversions like this, so it's probable the author is also at fault. Who knows?

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  • NobodyNobody Registered User regular
    Sounds like it was a case where the drawing came first. Then it was mentioned in text, and then somebody decided artwork a belonged with text b.

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  • ToxTox I kill threads Punch DimensionRegistered User regular
    New update, and fiddled with the OP pics. Did anybody get a link to the full desktop version of the top pic yet?

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  • AxenAxen My avatar is Excalibur. Yes, the sword.Registered User regular
    The headcanon for my Oosik painted Awesome (pictured way above) is that it originally belonged the the current owner's great-great-great grandfather who fought drunken walruses? Or got drunk and fought alongside walruses? Or maybe he got walruses drunk and had them fight each other or something? I dunno, the story has become twisted over the generations. All I know for sure is that beer and walruses were involved.

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  • DarkewolfeDarkewolfe Registered User regular
    I wish the stuff was here so I could paint it. :(

    What is this I don't even.
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