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Broadsword Powered Armour
« on: 23 May 2013, 16:51:58 »
Broadsword Powered Armour

Class: Powered Armour Light
Chassis: Inner Sphere Standard    80kg   2/2/2
Movement: 2 Ground      25kg
Armour: 2 Stealth Basic       110kg   3 Slots
Manipulators:  2 Armoured Glove      0kg
Weaponry
LRM 1             60kg   2 Slots
LRM 1 Ammo (15)         125kg
Thunderstroke II (Hand Held)       0kg      

            Total       400kg

            BV:    97    (Squad of Four)

If the Clan Invasion and subsequent wars had cast doubt on the survivability of unprotected infantry on the battlefield, the Jihad was the final nail in the coffin.  With the goal of 100% Battle Armoured forces out of reach of all but the most prestigious regiments, the Broadsword Powered Armour was developed to fill the gap and allow infantry to take the field without suffering undue casualties.

Developed on the Planet Logandale in 3091, the Broadsword is intended to be used in the roles normally occupied by infantry, holding ground and supplying fire support.  It is not intended to replace actual battle armour, nor is it intended to have a particularly offensive role and would do poorly if forced into such roles against anything other than unarmoured infantry.  Users are reminded that this is an upgrade to unarmoured infantry and should be treated as such.

The suit offers improved protection for the infantryman; the armour is capable of weathering a direct hit from an SRM and has basic stealth capability.  In terms of personal armament the standard issue rifle is the powerful and accurate Thunderstroke II, an effective weapon against infantry.  This is backed up in the anti-armour role, by a LRM launcher with a massive fourteen reloads.   This allows a platoon of Broadswords to engage targets at a much longer range than unarmoured infantry, but also to do so over a prolonged period of time.  As a consequence the suit is not as fast as other light weight suits and needs an APC or IFV to get into suitable positions quickly.

Treated as an improved kind of conventional infantry, the Broadsword can make a valuable contribution to the battle, supporting other units from range and providing strong points to fall back on.  It will struggle however, if it is used as a poor man’s battle armour.

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Re: Broadsword Powered Armour
« Reply #1 on: 23 May 2013, 17:06:17 »
I like the idea, but unfortunately it's illegal - missile ammo takes up 1 slot per 4 rounds, so you need a location with 6 slots to fit a LRM1 with 15 rounds.

The best you can do for a light LRM suit in a light BA (4 body slots) with a LRM1 or -2 with 8 rounds.

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Re: Broadsword Powered Armour
« Reply #2 on: 24 May 2013, 03:34:03 »
Oh damn, your right, I'd forgot about that.

Will have a rethink

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Re: Broadsword Powered Armour
« Reply #3 on: 24 May 2013, 06:10:04 »
Well... A PA(L) is pretty much stuck with small weapon(s) - Light Gauss, LRR, MG, SRM1...

Now a Light BA is more practical. 3 ground MP and 5 basic stealth leaves 315 kg for armament. LRM2 with 8 rounds and a Firedrake, f.ex.