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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #30 on: 03 June 2022, 13:57:03 »
I get that mixed tech makes sense in 3151, but I still hate it, as it means I can't take the mech to my table.

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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #31 on: 03 June 2022, 14:38:44 »
Why?  It is standard 'tech' for the timeframe.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #32 on: 03 June 2022, 14:44:58 »
There's always someone who thinks that any given technological advance in the game is just going too far.  I had a friend who thought that Light engines, Rotary autocannons, Heavy Gauss Rifles, and Stealth Armor were all "munchkin Fanpro Tech" despite the fact that they'd all debuted in the Field Manuals that FASA had published.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #33 on: 03 June 2022, 15:33:04 »
I cut my teeth with the Clans so I'm happy we are finally getting to the point where we won't need 2 IS Mechs for every Clan Mech
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #34 on: 03 June 2022, 15:39:41 »
Yeah, TRO 3055 was already out by the time I got into the game.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #35 on: 04 June 2022, 10:11:33 »
I don't have the books anymore (yaaaay flooding apartments), but I seem to recall there was a Sagittaire in one of the Dark Age novels in the hands of a mercenary unit, refitted with standard lasers in place of the pulse models. What that setup looked like in detail, I couldn't tell you- the weight loss would have to go somewhere, and it doesn't have a ton of spare space for heat sinks or any of that. But, it was out there at the very least. I'll see if I can find which book it was, unless someone beats me to it.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #36 on: 04 June 2022, 10:32:06 »
I don't have the books anymore (yaaaay flooding apartments), but I seem to recall there was a Sagittaire in one of the Dark Age novels in the hands of a mercenary unit, refitted with standard lasers in place of the pulse models. What that setup looked like in detail, I couldn't tell you- the weight loss would have to go somewhere, and it doesn't have a ton of spare space for heat sinks or any of that. But, it was out there at the very least. I'll see if I can find which book it was, unless someone beats me to it.

It's mentioned on Sarna.net at the least. it sounds like it's a level 1 refit of the Sag.

Sarna describes it as follows

"the BattleMech's XL Engine was swapped for a standard 285 Fusion, its double heat sinks had been swapped out for 32 standard heat sinks, and its targeting computer was removed. The 'Mech was armed with a Standard PPC in center torso, a Large Laser and two Medium Lasers are mounted in the right arm, the left arm has three Medium Lasers mounted on it. Lastly it had a rear-mounted Medium Laser on the head"

the mod works although it would require the loss of a ton of armor.


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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #37 on: 04 June 2022, 11:27:50 »
Yes, Jacob's Jugernauts which I mentioned earlier, in Wolf Hunters.  They make an appearance again when Anastasia sends Yulri's organization to collect them for her pack.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #38 on: 04 June 2022, 23:40:56 »
The overgrown pulse-boat mess that demonstrates that the best short-range weapon is a long-range weapon :)

In a grid layout city, this thing would be toast.  Even in the city/large town I currently live in, you can see farther down the vast majority of streets and avenues than even the AC-2 series can shoot.  Terrain topography, hello places like Deadwood, SD, might help it. 

And, given the pathetic ranges of IS pulse lasers, this is just bad.  Per public data, let's say that a city block in Manhattan is ~80x270 meters.  IS LPL maxes at 300 meters range.  That's right folks, if your enemy appears on the far side of the street on the long side of the block, better hope the PPC hits, because depending on which side of the street/road you are on, you might not get there with anything else.  No amount of pulse bonus is going to help if you can't get there from here. 

That all being said, I think that Apollo's Law wouldn't apply to this design.  That could be much uglier.

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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #39 on: 05 June 2022, 00:50:02 »
I don't have the books anymore (yaaaay flooding apartments), but I seem to recall there was a Sagittaire in one of the Dark Age novels in the hands of a mercenary unit, refitted with standard lasers in place of the pulse models. What that setup looked like in detail, I couldn't tell you- the weight loss would have to go somewhere, and it doesn't have a ton of spare space for heat sinks or any of that. But, it was out there at the very least. I'll see if I can find which book it was, unless someone beats me to it.


There is, the personal 'Mech of Col. Jerry Jamison of Jamison's Juggernauts. The description is thus;


"Lack of funds, not neglect, had reduced the Sagittaire from what it once had been. The rare and valuable - and difficult to maintain - Stalker targeting module had been traded away decades ago, during the nadir of his father's career. Also gone were the extended-range particle projector cannon and the eight state-of-the-art pulse lasers. His father had not left the massive BattleMech defenceless, of course. He had simply traded the high-ticket items for needed supplies, including more common, low-cost and easily maintained weapons. With its torso mounted PPC, large laser-medium laser pair in the right arm and trio of mediums in the left, the Sagittaire was still a machine to be reckoned with. The head's rear-facing medium laser discouraged attacks from behind as well. Shedding the heavy pulse lasers had freed up nearly ten tons of load capacity. Jerry's father had used it to swap out the too-vulnerable 285 XL engine for the tougher and more reliable standard version - keeping everything cool with thirty-two standard heat sinks. Perhaps it did have to get a little bit closer to hit - and hit a little more often to do the same damage - than it once had, but today his Sagittaire could stand up to fire that would have crippled it seventy years ago. And fire all weapons - while riding its HildCo jump jets - with no fear of overheating."
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #40 on: 05 June 2022, 13:24:39 »
I always love how the Eridani "Light" Horse end up with assault mechs for their commanders and now the upcoming Kickstarter with the Sagittarie..

As for the unit, I can see the 8R as a good choice for close range battles in locations like crowded city. Maps with lots of buildings,  base defense, heavy forests, jungle and the like. IS pulse lasers suffer from range issues in more open field combat unless they're mounted on faster moving units like the Anvil or the Nightsky. The C3 command variant is an excellent command lance and air defense unit, and fits in with Davion C3 doctrine of the time. As for the rest, I'm not super impressed by the attempts to increase survivability while focusing on VSPLs or Reengineered lasers as your main offensive battery. The fact that none of the variants mount X-Pulse or Large VSPls is a bit suspect in my opinion, but I get the demands of the time.

 A Dark Age mixed tech variant of the baze 8R Sagittaire that does a 1 for 1 IS to Clan swap on the weapons makeup would be horrifying. It would easily balance out with the RecGuide refits of the Black Knight, Marauder II, Marauder, the Lancelot, and the Flashman. 

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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #41 on: 07 June 2022, 13:13:40 »
I always love how the Eridani "Light" Horse end up with assault mechs for their commanders and now the upcoming Kickstarter with the Sagittarie..

The ELH had assault elements in the 50th and 82nd Heavy Cavalry Batts going back to the 3025-era Merc’s Handbook.  Each had around 25 assaults and heavies, along with Von Luckners, Demolishers, Long Toms, and other heavy combat vehicle support.

And the three regimental commanders at that time drove an Atlas, Battlemaster, and Stalker. 

May or may not be reflective of SLDF Light Horse formations, but the precedents for ELH assaults in the late Succession Wars existed from the early days of BT.

In my mind, the bigger weirdness about the ELH TO&E was that they had no SLDF mechs (Mongoose, Crab, Black Knight, Highlander, etc.).  Obviously that was just an artifact of TRO 2750 coming out some years after the original Merc’s Handbook.  But it’s hard to explain in-universe why the ELH and other large, SLDF-descended units had not a single downgraded SLDF design left in their rosters.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #42 on: 07 June 2022, 15:33:29 »
honestly not surprising. while the term 'light horse' originally referred to light cavalry or mounted infantry units, as technology developed IRL they tended to become a lot heavier, with most surviving units now being composed of IFV mounted infantry and MBT's (or occasionally, configured as helicopter infantry)

the terms cavalry, light horse, dragoon, etc IRL today tends to mostly just be used for units trained for quick deployment, rather than equipment choice.

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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #43 on: 07 June 2022, 19:43:58 »
It's mentioned on Sarna.net at the least. it sounds like it's a level 1 refit of the Sag.

Sarna describes it as follows

"the BattleMech's XL Engine was swapped for a standard 285 Fusion, its double heat sinks had been swapped out for 32 standard heat sinks, and its targeting computer was removed. The 'Mech was armed with a Standard PPC in center torso, a Large Laser and two Medium Lasers are mounted in the right arm, the left arm has three Medium Lasers mounted on it. Lastly it had a rear-mounted Medium Laser on the head"

the mod works although it would require the loss of a ton of armor.

I'm not sure where in the old forums, I asked the author Kevin Killiany if stats i recreated was correct and he said they were.
However, MUD has never acknowledged the Succession War tech custom.  It only reappeared again but it was back to the standard model SGT-8R version tech again in later novel sarna.net doesn't list where Anastasia Kerensky is bring back the Steel Wolves/Clan Wolf people she broke off to make Wolf Hunters.  I forget the novel. I remembered. Juggernauts joined them since half their crew were Wolves.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #44 on: 07 June 2022, 19:46:47 »
If looks could kill, the SGT wouldnt need a TC  ;D

It was an interesting exploit of the rules when it first came out, but since the rules have moved on it leaves me thinking of more effective options ...

For example: SGT-10W

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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #45 on: 09 June 2022, 06:10:56 »
Personally, I would swap the LPLs of the 8R for Snubnose PPCs. Would also net you two more tons. I would add another med Pulse. AND switching them all to X Pulses, IF I want to keep it fully IS Tech.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #46 on: 09 June 2022, 23:06:25 »
Let me just put this here...

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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #47 on: 09 June 2022, 23:42:07 »
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #48 on: 10 June 2022, 09:00:04 »
You know the thing with the Saggy . . . I always wondered if it and the Men Shen had the same artist, though that depends on the Men Shen art.  They are both sloped arrowheads on legs with the point missing and gun pods as arms and IIRC came out in the same book.

Having seen what was done with the Saggy, I would love to see the revisit of the Men Shen even I am in the camp that feels not all art needs revisited.  Like the Arcas . . . love it as it is, I just think the mini's arms need fixing.
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Re: MOTW: The SGT-X Saggitire
« Reply #49 on: 10 June 2022, 09:29:55 »
The Men Shen AKA Dustbuster came out in TRO 3060, the Saggy came out in 3067.
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