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Terrace

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Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« on: 28 December 2020, 20:00:48 »
So, one idea I had for an alternate Inner Sphere Battle Armor development path involves Comstar failing to keep the Hurricane PA(L) under wraps, causing PA(L)-scale knock offs to spread throughout the Inner Sphere during the 3040's. After playing with the concept for a few years, the Great Houses decide to produce bigger designs for a direct-combat role, though they'd only be Light BA in size. Anything bigger would be limited to one-offs and suits still under development, though said development is naturally accelerated once the Clans show up.

Design parameters:

Light weight class - Medium and bigger Battle Armor essentially don't exist as far as military planning goes, which makes the Elemental still be a rude shock. They have to expand production for the Lights to hold the line until bigger suits go into production, though the Elemental can still beat them handily one-on-one. It still needs to treat the IS Standard as a legitimate upgrade, after all.

No BA weapons from past 3060 - These are the early days of BA design, so what many would consider "standard" options in later eras don't exist yet.

Daryk

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Re: Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« Reply #1 on: 28 December 2020, 20:11:17 »
Check out what I posted to Cannonshop's last BA thread.  Infantry weapons can be carried by any suit with Armored Gloves, which are permitted for Light BA.  6 points of Basic Stealth gives you enough survivability and space to mount a Light Machine Gun or two, and Sniper Rifles (Bartons, of course) cover you at ridiculous range.  If you want more close range damage, just pick up an Auto Grenade Launcher instead.

Sabelkatten

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Re: Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« Reply #2 on: 29 December 2020, 03:13:10 »
Trident missile suit:

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Light BA 100kg
3 ground MP 60kg
2 armored gloves 0kg
5 points armor 250kg
Detachable SRM3 Body 190kg
SRM3 ammo (5) Body 150kg

Pretty much made of tinfoil, but it's going to leave a mark! ^-^

Sabelkatten

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Re: Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« Reply #3 on: 29 December 2020, 04:45:31 »
Armsman tactical combat suit:

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Light BA 100kg
3 jump MP 75kg
2 armored gloves 0kg
6 points armor 300kg
LGR RA 175kg
SRM1 LA 60kg
SRM1 ammo (4) LA 40kg

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Re: Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« Reply #4 on: 01 January 2021, 05:12:05 »
Check out what I posted to Cannonshop's last BA thread.  Infantry weapons can be carried by any suit with Armored Gloves, which are permitted for Light BA.  6 points of Basic Stealth gives you enough survivability and space to mount a Light Machine Gun or two, and Sniper Rifles (Bartons, of course) cover you at ridiculous range.  If you want more close range damage, just pick up an Auto Grenade Launcher instead.

LMGs are, for no good reason, 3067 tech. 

My offering is a little more Vancian.  Every morning the Wizard prepares up to two kinds of SRM ammo in 6 slots...  Or if you want to be boring you can load HE in both arms.  The anti-infantry gun is in a hands free mount so the armored gloves can be put to use casting Move Earth (material component: a normal infantry entrenching tool) or open/close (somatic component: turn door knob) or other dark sorceries that would require someone in a Tornado suit to set down their gun. 

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Wizard Light BA
Type: Wizard
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Biped
Weight Class: Light
Maximum Weight: 750 kg
Battle Value: 245
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: Yes/Yes/Yes/Yes
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Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                               100 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              60 kg
     Jump MP:            3                              75 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            Armored Gloves                  0 kg
    Right Arm:           Armored Gloves                  0 kg
Armor:                   Stealth (Basic)        3      330 kg
    Armor Value:         7 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
SRM 1                         Left Arm     1       60 kg 
Anti Personnel Weapon Mount     Body       1        5 kg 
SRM 1 Inferno Ammo (3)        Left Arm     1       30 kg 
SRM 1                         Right Arm     1       60 kg 
SRM 1 Ammo (3)                Right Arm     1       30 kg 

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Re: Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« Reply #5 on: 01 January 2021, 07:40:11 »
I'd rather have 2MP and another missile for each launcher, but I like the idea. :)

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Re: Direct Combat Light Battle Armor (Design Challenge)
« Reply #6 on: 01 January 2021, 09:02:22 »
I very much agree that LMGs are 3067 tech for no good reason!  You can always substitute the various Gauss Rifles or a regular MG.

 

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