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Title: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: glitterboy2098 on 17 September 2021, 16:24:47
figured i'd start this up since the Sloth BAotW thread (https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-articles/battle-armor-of-the-week-sloth/?all) is getting a bit of new attention right now.


to me the Sloth's biggest problem is that people keep trying to turn it into some front line heavy combatant, when it is too slow and limited to survive up close to the enemy. it seems to me that the best use for the Sloth as a platform is a platform for longer ranged supporting fire of the more mobile BA.

thus the Sloth (LRM)
this is one that can be done as a refit.. pull one of the small lasers and the pop-up mines, and use the resulting mass to fit a five tube LRM pack with 4 shots, and improve the armor by 50%. a 4 suit Squad is now basically a semi-mobile LRM20 with a defensive gun and enough armor to weather LRM counter-fire.

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Sloth Battle Armor (LRM)
Type: Sloth Battle Armor
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Quad
Weight Class: Heavy
Maximum Weight: 1,500 kg
Battle Value: 391
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: No/No/No/No
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                               300 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              80 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            None                            0 kg
    Right Arm:           None                            0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      450 kg
    Armor Value:         10 (Trooper)                         

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
LRM 5                           Body       4       300 kg
LRM 5 Ammo (0)                  Body       1        0 kg 
LRM 5 Ammo (0)                  Body       1        0 kg 
LRM 5 Ammo (0)                  Body       1        0 kg 
LRM 5 Ammo (0)                  Body       1        0 kg 
Small Laser                     Body       1       200 kg
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: Sabelkatten on 17 September 2021, 16:43:56
I think the ideal Sloth refit (only changing weapons) is a turret with two OS-SRM5 and one more OS-SRM5 plus an APWM in the body. 5 points armor is less of a problem when you only have one shot! :D
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: glitterboy2098 on 17 September 2021, 16:51:19
seems to me that adding a turret to a BA never designed to carry one would require a fairly substantial rebuild? not just a refit.
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: Sabelkatten on 17 September 2021, 17:04:54
The way I see it, the refit's about the same as adding a new weapon. It’s a 1-slot surface piece, shouldn't be all that hard.

In this case I'd fluff it as being fixed forward too rather than a real turret. It’s just a big missile rack!
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: Giovanni Blasini on 17 September 2021, 17:08:17
Pretty sure it's been done a million times, but:

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Sloth Battle Armor Pack Sloth
Type: Sloth Battle Armor
Manufacturer: Unknown
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Quad
Weight Class: Heavy
Maximum Weight: 1,500 kg
Battle Value: 84
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: No/No/No/Yes
</p>

Equipment                                     Slots      Mass
Chassis:                                               300 kg
Motive System:                                               
     Ground MP:          3                              80 kg
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg
Manipulators:                                                 
    Left Arm:            None                            0 kg
    Right Arm:           None                            0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      250 kg
    Armor Value:         6 (Trooper)                         

                                              Slots           
Weapons and Equipment              Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Anti Personnel Weapon Mount          Body       1        5 kg 
Anti Personnel Weapon Mount          Body       1        5 kg 
Searchlight                          Body       1        5 kg 
Extended Life Support                Body       1       25 kg 
Power Pack                           Body       1       25 kg 
Mission Equipment Storage (805 kg)   Body       1       805 kg
Infantry Bridge Kit                  None       0        0 kg 
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: Cannonshop on 18 September 2021, 04:31:11
paint it red, make it go fastah.
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: mbear on 20 September 2021, 15:14:16
From Support Sloth (https://bg.battletech.com/forums/battle-armor/support-sloth-67299/msg1664426/#msg1664426)


The Support Sloth was created by AFFS militia units when they received the Battle Armor Tube Artillery option. Techs stripped the Popup mine and a small laser from the original Sloth, and installed a single BA Artillery Tube with two magazines of four rounds each. They were also able to increase the armor slightly. Not intended for front-line use, the Support Sloth retains the 32km/h ground speed of the original.


Sloth (Support) BattleArmor
Type: Sloth (Support)
Manufacturer: None (Refit)
    Primary Factory: Unknown

Tech Base: Inner Sphere (Standard)
Chassis Type:  Quad
Weight Class: Heavy
Maximum Weight: 1,500 kg
Battle Value: 245
Swarm/Leg Attack/Mechanized/AP: No/No/No/No


Equipment                                     Slots      Mass   
Chassis:                                               300 kg    
Motive System:                                                   
     Ground MP:          3                              80 kg    
     Jump MP:            0                               0 kg    
Manipulators:                                                    
    Left Arm:            None                            0 kg
    Right Arm:           None                            0 kg
Armor:                   Standard (Basic)       0      300 kg    
    Armor Value:         7 (Trooper)                             

                                         Slots           
Weapons and Equipment         Location (Capacity)   Mass 
Tube Artillery                  Body       4       500 kg
Tube Artillery Ammo (4)         Body       1       60 kg 
Tube Artillery Ammo (4)         Body       1       60 kg 
Small Laser                     Body       1       200 kg
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: Decoy on 20 September 2021, 18:42:06
As per the Shedu, the Sloth can use detacheable weapon mounts. Maybe borrow them from the Grenadier Config that uses them, IIRC
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: SCC on 20 September 2021, 20:36:44
I'd go for the one that's kind of hinted at in the article, up the armor to 10 points and swap the Pop-up Mine for a SRM 2 rack with 4 reloads.
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: boilerman on 24 November 2021, 21:22:17
I had a variant back in the day where I just striped it and made it a pack mule for the infantry in rugged terrain.

MBear, need an ammo bearer?
Title: Re: Making Lemonade out of Lemons - The Sloth BAotW Workshop Thread
Post by: Coldstone on 28 December 2021, 10:01:17
My upgrade would use two Support PPC instead of the Lasers and an LRM 4 Oneshot instead of the mines.
Armor is upgraded to the inner Sphere Standard of 9. Still using Standard Armor plating.

I guess you could use a full Medium Laser instead of the Dual PPCs but the sloth has 2 guns under the Cockpit.