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Title: OPERATION LANCASTER - Complete BattleTech Fan Project (Downloads & Launch Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 09 March 2022, 03:23:44
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"Operation Lancaster: A BattleTech Fan Project led by Devin Ramsey" is a large-scale, fan-made lore project set in the BattleTech/MechWarrior Universe. This project has taken five years to complete, and it is an entirely non-profit project, made by fans of BattleTech, for fans of BattleTech.

Technical Readout / Sourcebook .PDF Download Link (500+ Pages!):
- https://www.dropbox.com/s/pyzprdexjxtz62f/BattleTech%20-%20Operation%20Lancaster%20V105.pdf?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/pyzprdexjxtz62f/BattleTech%20-%20Operation%20Lancaster%20V105.pdf?dl=0)
UPDATE (May 15th, 2022): Version 1.0.5 - FINAL PLANNED UPDATE!!! Includes glorious additional color art for the Acalan dragon by Pyralis, and numerous text fixes!

.RAR MegaMekLab-based Record Sheet Download Link (Files for 530+ All-New Variants!):
- https://www.dropbox.com/s/t25cjblx4hwp1th/BattleTech%20-%20OpLancaster%20Record%20Sheets.rar?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/t25cjblx4hwp1th/BattleTech%20-%20OpLancaster%20Record%20Sheets.rar?dl=0)
UPDATE (May 12th, 2022): Now includes .PDF-format Record Sheet batch sets, now with unit art!

.RAR Complete Art Pack (includes the MASSIVE full-resolution Cover Art by Alan Blackwell and Acala III piece by Pyralis!):
- https://www.dropbox.com/s/2v82g7dy0avcfjz/BattleTech%20-%20OpLancaster%20Art%20Collection.rar?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/2v82g7dy0avcfjz/BattleTech%20-%20OpLancaster%20Art%20Collection.rar?dl=0)

Launch Video Link:
- https://youtu.be/51HcUV39Buw (https://youtu.be/51HcUV39Buw)

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Operation Lancaster includes the following:
- 7 Short Stories of varying length (Arguably the project's crown jewels!)
- 1 "Main Event" article: Operation Lancaster itself
- Complete Tables of Organization & Equipment for all forces involved in Operation Lancaster
- 4 Planetary Historical Articles
- 1 Corporation Historical Article (dating back to the 21st Century)
- 6 Combat Unit Historical Articles
- 81 Character Profiles (the majority of which are quite in-depth, and have their own index)
- Articles detailing two different forms of personal kits/suits and two personal weapons
- A bestiary featuring four unique animals from the protagonist homeworld
- Roughly 200 artworks by Matt Plog, Alan Blackwell, and Matt Maeda (as well as one piece by an artist who goes by "Pyralis" planned to be added in a later update!).

The Technical Readout portion includes articles for the following:
- 6 Civilian Vehicles
- 11 Combat Vehicles
- 1 Infantry Unit
- 4 Battle Armor
- 1 ProtoMech
- 10 Export/Mass-Production BattleMechs (Many of which date back to the Star League!)
- 16 Limited Production BattleMechs & OmniMechs (Many are upgrades of the Export models)
- 2 Satellites
- 4 Aerospace Fighters
- 1 Small Craft
- 3 DropShips
- 1 Space Station
- 1 JumpShip
- 2 Production-Model Black-Water WarShips
- 2 Unique Black-Water WarShips
- 35 Unique & Modified 'Mechs, Vehicles, & AeroFighters
- 6 Celestial OmniMech Configurations
- 8 Second-Line Clan BattleMechs

...AND MORE!™️

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Operation Lancaster features roughly two hundred wonderful artworks by the following artists:

Matt Plog – https://www.deviantart.com/mattplog (https://www.deviantart.com/mattplog)
Alan Blackwell – https://www.deviantart.com/shinypants (https://www.deviantart.com/shinypants)
Matt Maeda – https://www.deviantart.com/octobomb (https://www.deviantart.com/octobomb)
Pyralis – https://www.deviantart.com/pyralis-art (https://www.deviantart.com/pyralis-art)
      &  – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClixdq0Utbi9o3BE2AVKnYQ (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClixdq0Utbi9o3BE2AVKnYQ)

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Operation Lancaster is a non-profit fan project.

Operation Lancaster has often been described as a “love letter to BattleTech”. What began in 2017 as a humble fan-TRO project exploded into something far beyond anything anyone involved could have possibly imagined. This has been a non-profit project from the start, and Devin has ensured that he cannot profit in any way, shape, or form from it. He has refused to accept any offers of financial donations and there has never been a Patreon page or any other kind of funding page for this project. Everything that had to be paid for has been paid for out of pocket.

Thank you for looking into Operation Lancaster! I hope you enjoy it!

- Devin Ramsey
Title: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 09 March 2022, 06:43:32
>SQUEE!<  Me want!

Need help editing?  I can't do much, but spelling and grammar are my thing.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: willis on 09 March 2022, 10:13:12
I helped on some other fan projects for marauder.... :drool:
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Maingunnery on 09 March 2022, 12:19:17

I have been looking forward to this ever I have seen the first pieces of artwork posted by Matt Plog.  :drool:
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 09 March 2022, 17:04:53
*Plog?*

His deviantart?
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: willis on 09 March 2022, 22:53:02
I am waiting for the link to download....
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 09 March 2022, 23:10:52
>SQUEE!<  Me want!

Need help editing?  I can't do much, but spelling and grammar are my thing.

Happy you're excited for it! I sincerely appreciate the offer, but for now I'm going to have to decline. However, once the project "goes live" I do fully intend to watch for critiques that people have, and I'll try to make corrections once I've assembled a list of things to fix that others have spotted--along with things that I myself will inevitably find starting just SECONDS after I post it publicly. -_-; You know how that goes, I'm sure.

I'll be happy to get feedback at that point, and I'll make updates periodically after the initial posting. (Thanks for inadvertently reminding me, though, that I need to make sure I put a "version 1.XX" or some-such thing somewhere to mark updates once it has been posted, though!)


*Plog?*

His deviantart?

Aye, a fair number of the art pieces he has created for the project can be seen there. Not all of them, by any means, but I would say the lion's share are on there. :)


I am waiting for the link to download....

I need some more time to finish editing it, but it's getting there! I still have about a hundred pages to edit, but I figured now was as good a time as any to drop a teaser and get people's attention drawn to this being a thing. :)

I originally had planned on there being an actual webpage for Operation Lancaster, one that would have the download links listed. However, as I have a proper "launch video" made for when the project is finished, I figure I'll probably just put what would be on a webpage for the project--including the download links--in the description of said launch video once the project is finished and made ready for download.

I'll probably just copy-paste all that information wherever I post the video once everything "goes live", including an all-new post on this forum, Discord, Facebook, etc.. :)
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Iron Grenadier on 10 March 2022, 10:46:04
Sounds interesting!
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: willis on 10 March 2022, 19:53:09
It is well worth the wait / if the artworks are any indication / it is going to be outstanding..
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: David CGB on 11 March 2022, 00:07:20
looking forward to hearing more about this
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: marauder648 on 11 March 2022, 07:13:01
looking forward to hearing more about this

As someone who's a friend with the OP and has helped a bit where he can...I've seen things you people wouldn't understand!

To say that this book is a behemoth is an understatement, the work he's done for it, the length and bredth of it is staggering.

If I put all of my books together, all my fanon projects, it would probably be about half the size of Operation Lancaster.

You won't be dissapointed :D
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: namar13766 on 11 March 2022, 11:26:38
@Marauder648.

What the actual ******?! All your stuff COMBINED is mere half of this work?
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 11 March 2022, 18:33:17
I so envy you guys.  You even know each other?  I haven't had anybody in my area to even playtest to talk over the game with me for at least a decade.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 11 March 2022, 19:20:11
I so envy you guys.  You even know each other?  I haven't had anybody in my area to even playtest to talk over the game with me for at least a decade.

To be fair, you're assuming that we live in the same area. We know each other, but we don't even live on the same continent. XD
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 11 March 2022, 19:57:17
It's 2022, dude.  At least there's the internet.   :)
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 11 March 2022, 20:02:46
It's 2022, dude.  At least there's the internet.   :)

Indeed. That's how most of us meet these days. ^_^
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: willis on 11 March 2022, 20:57:38
Indeed. That's how most of us meet these days. ^_^

The same for Marauder 648 and myself / communicated through email and discord / on two different sides of the planet
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: marauder648 on 12 March 2022, 01:55:52
@Marauder648.

What the actual ******?! All your stuff COMBINED is mere half of this work?

Yep. Lancaster is a behemoth :D Tis bigger than Ben Hurr!
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 12 March 2022, 01:59:44
Yep. Lancaster is a behemoth :D Tis bigger than Ben Hurr!

...As I've said elsewhere: Next project is to be smaller scale. It CANNOT be something that could be used as a lethal weapon if printed out. -_-;;
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 20 March 2022, 00:42:07
Tease.  How much longer must I wait?
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 20 March 2022, 04:47:02
Tease.  How much longer must I wait?

Getting there! :P

Looking at end of this month, early next month at the latest. I just need to make sure not to post this on April 1st, because this sure isn't a bloody April Fools joke! :P
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Maingunnery on 20 March 2022, 05:41:34
It is soo large.... that it has to be placed gently on the Internet, and that takes a bit of time.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 20 March 2022, 14:39:44
It is soo large.... that it has to be placed gently on the Internet, and that takes a bit of time.

Ha! Yes. I'll, uh... I'll stick with that!

Silliness aside, progress is ongoing. We're definitely into the final stretch, here. It's... Kinda crazy to think of it, honestly. Especially after working on it for so long.

I will also add that there is a full three-minute-long "launch video" that has been created to go with the release. It's received really positive reactions from those who have been allowed to preview it. Plan is to have a full project description (basically the stuff that would be on a webpage for the project, including the links to download both the .PDF file and the .RAR MML file pack), all packed into the video's description on Youtube. However, I'll copy-paste the information (again, including the links) wherever I post the link to the launch video. This will include a new thread on this forum, Discord, Facebook, etc..
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: CVB on 20 March 2022, 15:28:21
Do we know for which era Op. Lancaster is?
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 20 March 2022, 15:50:01
Do we know for which era Op. Lancaster is?

Technically speaking, the answer is "Yes".

The event that's focused on (Operation Lancaster *itself*) takes place in 3077. However, literal *centuries* of history had to be written to get all the elements positioned for the event to take place while maintaining plausibility within the canon BattleTech Universe. Sure, there's no way I could make it absolutely perfectly mesh, but as someone who was involved in BattleTech back in the '90s said about this project - "Everything in here is plausible within the confines of the BattleTech Universe. Sure, some of the historical events are unlikely, but still plausible." which is about as good as I think anything this large that's fan-made can ever manage. This includes a number of other newly-introduced conflicts that are mentioned and touched on over the years, but don't get to stand on center stage.

There's basically something for just about everyone, which has been one of the goals since this project "got serious".

For instance, there are several BattleMech and combat vehicle designs that date back to the time of the Star League--produced by a mega-corporation that's introduced in the document with reasonably detailed history that starts all the way back in the mid-21st Century. There are also new variants and even a couple of designs that are introduced AFTER the operation takes place. The history continues to be told until a hard cut-off of 3085, that way the events that unfold after the operation takes place can be detailed. After all, often times the events that take place after a large military operation/event are just as interesting as the event itself. :)

...Yeah. It's uh... In-depth. Part of the reason why it's taken so bloody long to write. >.>;
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 20 March 2022, 16:03:42
...And sorry for so many edits on the previous post. I apparently couldn't make up my mind as to what to say for a few things. -_-;;
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: CVB on 20 March 2022, 17:53:48
No problem, and thanks for the information!
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 22 March 2022, 20:13:26
No problem, and thanks for the information!

Any time! ^_^
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Wrangler on 23 March 2022, 14:35:22
Looking forward to this!
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 24 March 2022, 20:17:03
Looking forward to this!

Well, it won't be long, now. Looks like the release will be happening this weekend. I'll be starting a whole new thread when that happens, but yeah. :)
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 24 March 2022, 20:50:36
Merde.

Fix the gates, shopping for clothes with all 6 of us...  Well, hurry up! :excited:  kids are going to have to do their own laundry and sort out their own socks this weekend. 
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: CVB on 24 March 2022, 20:55:53
Clothes are overrated anyway  ;D
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 25 March 2022, 00:03:25
My daughter is ...unhappy... with your opinion.

However, my son insists he doesn't want to go, but hates to wear sweatpants to school and doesn't have a single pair without holes in the knees the size of dinner plates.  Catch-22, here.

Still, looking forward to this has added some urgency to my own project, which isn't a bad thing.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Maingunnery on 25 March 2022, 12:39:55
Still, looking forward to this has added some urgency to my own project, which isn't a bad thing.
Lets call it inspirational.  ;)
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: marauder648 on 25 March 2022, 13:14:49
So looking forward to this :)
Title: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 25 March 2022, 21:15:19
EDIT: Irrelevant post. Keep scrolling. :P
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: marauder648 on 26 March 2022, 01:24:29
The juggernaught has been released! Downloaded already and will read! Big grats on getting this behemoth out of port my friend! Its one hell of a milestone!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Kasaga on 26 March 2022, 01:41:40
Jesus brother you kept this project a secret for this long.  I haven't heard of any of it.  This looks awesome.  I can't wait to read. 

Thank you for sharing and putting in the hard work!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 26 March 2022, 09:27:57
Jesus brother you kept this project a secret for this long.  I haven't heard of any of it.  This looks awesome.  I can't wait to read. 

Thank you for sharing and putting in the hard work!

It definitely was a bit of a challenge to keep it mostly under wraps, I admit. But now the cat's outta the bag! :D

I hope you enjoy it! :)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 26 March 2022, 10:45:04
Apologies to anyone who hit a "Can't be downloaded" error in the last fifteen minutes or so. It's been hopefully fixed, now!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Maingunnery on 26 March 2022, 11:40:46
So massive and good.  :thumbsup:

I really love the Triton and the Thunder Chicken.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Wrangler on 26 March 2022, 15:32:05
Dear god, what amazing effort of work.  This is so epic!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Dragon Cat on 26 March 2022, 16:14:35
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Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 26 March 2022, 18:14:10
FYI: A couple of small fixes have been made, and a continuity error regarding a specific date has been fixed. The document has been updated with these fixes.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 26 March 2022, 18:50:09
Aaaaand sorry for the multiple posts. The bloody PDF link somehow got scrambled with the update, so a new link has been posted.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: worktroll on 26 March 2022, 19:03:48
It's a lot of work. Shame you've included work from unlicenced repro makers violating BT IP (Stratos Minis).
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 26 March 2022, 19:08:06
It's a lot of work. Shame you've included work from unlicenced repro makers violating BT IP (Stratos Minis).

Not any more! That TRO Article, and all references to it, have been PURGED from the project.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Kasaga on 26 March 2022, 20:34:28
I believe your release thread was removed.  I can't find it anymore.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 26 March 2022, 23:36:08
I believe your release thread was removed.  I can't find it anymore.

No idea why that happened, but thank you for saying something. I had planned on shutting down for the night and would not have had a clue were it not for your message. I've repurposed this thread to be the launch thread.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 27 March 2022, 00:06:16
Ah!  Thank you!  Just in time - I got the new computer hooked up, and can't read the flash drive I have my project on.  Nor does this one come with a CD-rom drive.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: marauder648 on 27 March 2022, 11:31:25
There's so many variants! Its glorious!
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Kasaga on 27 March 2022, 15:28:35
No idea why that happened, but thank you for saying something. I had planned on shutting down for the night and would not have had a clue were it not for your message. I've repurposed this thread to be the launch thread.

Of course bud.  I love the project.  Have been avidly reading it while gate camping in Eve.  Can't wait to finish it.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Red Pins on 27 March 2022, 18:03:17
My god, this is...  Dense, I guess.  Really thorough, but you have to read it intently.  By comparison, CGL produces marshmellows.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 27 March 2022, 18:23:00
My god, this is...  Dense, I guess.  Really thorough, but you have to read it intently.  By comparison, CGL produces marshmellows.

I'm not sure whether to say "thanks" or apologize. ^.^;;

Though I admit that the story is rather dense, the intent had been to create something where someone could read one article or another as they so choose, and still get the gist of what's going on without having to know every specific detail of every other thing described in other articles. Admittedly, this did result in some overlap when writing it--good grief, at some points it became almost painful trying to find new and interesting ways to describe the same events for the purpose of contextualizing things in various articles.

I felt that it was important to well and truly establish everything to build the foundation for everything. I know that many of the diehard BattleTech fans would surely crucify me for my blasphemy if I didn't create a recognizably plausible scenario for everything that follows to take place. So, I did everything I could to satisfy those requirements. Amusingly, nearly a year of the project's development was spent modifying the story to blend it into the canon BattleTech universe, and ensuring that it didn't "rock the boat".

Eventually someone figuratively tapped me on the shoulder and pointed out, "Look, something of this scale is never going to be absolutely perfect, and there are people who will criticize it no matter what you do."

I'm sure you can imagine the relief I felt after someone who was heavily involved with BattleTech all the way back in the days of FASA Corporation gave the (at the time VERY unrefined) project a look from end-to-end, and told me (and I'm paraphrasing here), "Everything in here is plausible within the confines of the canon BattleTech universe. Sure, there are things in here that are unlikely, but even those are still plausible." It was like a weight had been lifted, and it gave me a renewed confidence to push forward and get this finished.

However, even then, I'll freely admit that I was braced for a FAR more mixed reception than the overwhelmingly positive reactions I've been getting. This has been a wild experience, to say the least.
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 27 March 2022, 21:32:59
UPDATE: While not pretty, the Record Sheets pack now includes the record sheets in .PDF form, grouped in batches. They do not have custom art, because I encountered an issue with that, but at least there are now .PDF format record sheets included in the pack!
Title: Re: Re: (Teaser) Operation Lancaster - A BattleTech Fan Project
Post by: Trace Coburn on 27 March 2022, 22:49:05
Moderator Notice

  For everyone’s information, the original thread was removed because of concerns over IP violations — specifically, the project’s association with Strato Minis, a known producer of unlicenced knock-offs of BattleTech miniatures.  Allowing it to be linked or posted here in its current state would give the appearance of tacitly endorsing IP piracy, of Catalyst Games Labs IP no less, which for obvious legal reasons is... not on.

  Given the unmistakably monumental passion and effort that has been devoted to producing “Operation LANCASTER”, the Moderator staff are currently deliberating on options that might allow it to be hosted here without visibly supporting a company that is actively selling illegal repros of CGL minis.  Until we come to a final decision, we are removing the post containing the download links and locking this thread; we ask that another not be opened until we finish deliberating and discussing options with each other and the producer(s) of “Operation LANCASTER”.

  Please stand by for further developments.  We appreciate your patience.

Trace Coburn, Moderator
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Trace Coburn on 28 March 2022, 01:31:46
Moderator Notice

  After discussions with the Moderators, Sumaire_STi has made edits to “Operation LANCASTER” and uploaded a new, Rules-compliant version to Dropbox.  I’ve merged the ‘teaser’ and ‘release’ threads into one for the sake of convenience (I hope you can all forgive any confusion or jumbled post-orders that may result) and will be making the appropriate edits to the download links momentarily was beaten to fixing the necessary download links by the project’s proud creator.  :D

  I thank everyone involved for their patience, understanding, and willingness to ‘play well with others’, and will now let you all get back to reading and enjoying this sublime effort of fan-work.  As I intend to, once I finish the needed data-work.

Trace Coburn, Moderator
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 28 March 2022, 01:50:38
Moderator Notice

  After discussions with the Moderators, Sumaire_STi has made edits to “Operation LANCASTER” and uploaded a new, Rules-compliant version to Dropbox.  I’ve merged the ‘teaser’ and ‘release’ threads into one for the sake of convenience (I hope you can all forgive any confusion or jumbled post-orders that may result) and will be making the appropriate edits to the download links momentarily.

  I thank everyone involved for their patience, understanding, and willingness to ‘play well with others’, and will now let you all get back to reading and enjoying this sublime effort of fan-work.  As I intend to, once I finish the needed data-work.

Trace Coburn, Moderator

In other words... WE'RE BACK, BABY!

Okay, all silliness aside, I think an explanation is due.

Put simply, I was completely ignorant of the severity of Strato Minis' activities until a few hours ago.

About 24 hours ago, I got my first *hint* that there might be something awry, shortly before the original post was deleted. As I had not been contacted when the original thread was deleted (nobody's fault, these things happen!), I made an assumption that I'd violated some kind of a "too many posts on the same subject matter" rule. Turns out, it was because I had unwittingly associated Operation Lancaster with a known IP thief--the aforementioned Strato Minis.

Now, I have NO intention of being associated with someone who is known for such things, but I'm not really all that active in the community, and I literally was just unaware of everything that had gone on related to him.

So, I purged the Jammer Scout Vehicle--and all references to it in the entire document--which was based on a miniature I had been permitted to use by him and the original miniature's designer in Operation Lancaster literal years ago. Sure, it means I'm out of pocket a couple of commissioned art works, as well as a couple of days of writing and editing, but that's FAR better than being associated with theft, even indirectly.

The link has been updated, and everything is golden, now. The project is three pages shorter, as well as down a quirk that had been created *exclusively* for that vehicle, and I had to go through and edit SO many page numbers in the Table of Contents and Character Profile Index (bloody hellfire, do I hope I got all of those right!), but it's worth it, I feel. Also, the Record Sheet now no longer includes the record sheets for that vehicle.

It's been a sorta panic-filled couple hours of editing, but it's done. Version 1.0.3 of the PDF file is uploaded, the Record Sheet pack is updated, and I can put this whole ordeal behind me.

...Whew.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 28 March 2022, 01:58:08
Irrelevant accidental post. Please ignore.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: worktroll on 28 March 2022, 03:15:13
I'm delighted that a positive outcome has been achieved. Thank you for your cooperation!

Just skimming the new version, and my Ghu you have worked long and hard on this!

Worktroll, Ombudsman.

PS - any idea how I can contact Metal Core Collectibles, as they have no "contact us" feature I can find on their website, and lack the desire to book my face. Much of interest there.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 28 March 2022, 03:23:52
I'm delighted that a positive outcome has been achieved. Thank you for your cooperation!

Just skimming the new version, and my Ghu you have worked long and hard on this!

Worktroll, Ombudsman.

PS - any idea how I can contact Metal Core Collectibles, as they have no "contact us" feature I can find on their website, and lack the desire to book my face. Much of interest there.

Agreed on the outcome for sure, mate. Absolutely. Your one comment was my first clue that there was something awry, but I had NO idea just how severe the issues were.

And aye, it's uh... Been a labor of love, to be sure. I sincerely hope you enjoy it--especially the short stories (which I URGE you to read in order!). :)

As for contacting Metal Core Collectibles - if you have Discord, he has his own group that you can easily reach him through: https://discord.gg/xWnWEjAP
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: marauder648 on 28 March 2022, 04:24:18
Great to see this back and cleared up what was going on! :)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Kasaga on 28 March 2022, 11:01:27
Awesome man glad to see you back in play.  I hope to get my second version released soon for my project.  But alas I am stuck reading your FANTASTIC work.  Can't wait to see anything else that is released if you choose to continue.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Red Pins on 28 March 2022, 17:24:11
...I am tempted to keep the original, just for the novelty.  But I just can't bring myself to.  I'll just have to make do with this MAGNIFICENT BOOK!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: croaker on 29 March 2022, 08:33:33
Hmmmm. Fun. Have to sit down and read through it properly at some point.

But those illos of the jumpships and warships have got my Sketchup finger twitching. Time to get some sculpting done. If the project is interested in 3d-printable versions I'm tempted to get to work. ;)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Kasaga on 29 March 2022, 14:17:03
Hmmmm. Fun. Have to sit down and read through it properly at some point.

But those illos of the jumpships and warships have got my Sketchup finger twitching. Time to get some sculpting done. If the project is interested in 3d-printable versions I'm tempted to get to work. ;)

If He isn't I sure am lol.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 29 March 2022, 16:45:51
But those illos of the jumpships and warships have got my Sketchup finger twitching. Time to get some sculpting done. If the project is interested in 3d-printable versions I'm tempted to get to work. ;)

If He isn't I sure am lol.

I asked Metal Core Collectibles about this, since he designed the ships that the art you're talking about is based on (although admittedly Matt Plog added quite a lot of detail and put his own spin on them). So long as they're not made for distribution (as he himself may in the future finalize and sell models of those ships), and are just made for personal use, he's got no issue with that.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: croaker on 29 March 2022, 16:47:56
If I were to do it, I would print a couple for myself, then offer the STL files to the project if they're good enough.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 29 March 2022, 17:15:13
If I were to do it, I would print a couple for myself, then offer the STL files to the project if they're good enough.

Just for clarity, this reply is relating to the Mammoth series of JumpShips, the Jackal-class Destroyer, and the Firebrand-class Battlecruiser, all of which MetalCoreCollectibles worked on. The Texas-LFR-class D.B.C. Phoenix is actually a design that I was graciously allowed to use by Steven Cross (creator of the awesome Delranes Fighting Ships and other excellent fan AU projects), so you'll have to speak with him about that one. And, of course, the Dreadnought-class D.B.C. Trinity is, well... It's a Dreadnought-class Battleship. It's canon, so that's uh... That's between you and CGL, haha! :D

So yeah, I'll admit, this is a "middleman position" I never thought I'd find myself in at any point during this project's development...

The first part of what you said (about printing a couple for yourself) is fine. However, like I said, so long as it's not distributed, there's not an issue. The Operation Lancaster project itself doesn't have anything to do with STL files or distribution of miniatures--that's part of how it maintains its legally neutral stance, because while it gives credit to the creators and artists, and it points people to where those artists operate as applicable, it has nothing to do with distribution, sales, or anything of that sort. There isn't a project "STL pack", because that would imply a relation to distribution, so that's kinda... Not how that works. Sorry, I'm not trying to be mean, here, but on behalf of the artist, MetalCoreCollectibles, I again have to request that any STLs of those ships that you make just be made for your own personal use.

For any further inquiries about it, I'd recommend contacting MetalCoreCollectibles directly, as I'm not very good at being a middle-man. 😛 His e-mail address is here: metalcorecollectibles@gmail.com
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Red Pins on 29 March 2022, 20:03:25
...you know, reading your designs today, I really think you would enjoy the Quicksilver design competition (If it's still on, that is) or at least reading the threads.  There's a lot of similarity, I think.  Particularly one like the Demoness, where a medium laser or ARM battery replaces some of the weapons.

*edit, that's on the battletech forums. Sorry, forgot to mention that.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 30 March 2022, 15:39:25
...you know, reading your designs today, I really think you would enjoy the Quicksilver design competition (If it's still on, that is) or at least reading the threads.  There's a lot of similarity, I think.  Particularly one like the Demoness, where a medium laser or ARM battery replaces some of the weapons.

*edit, that's on the battletech forums. Sorry, forgot to mention that.

Please forgive my ignorance, but where might I find this? I've not been all that active in the community, so I'm kinda stupid when it comes to the goings-on. ^.^;;
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 30 March 2022, 16:25:50
Hey, all.

I should have done this far sooner, but I would like to make a bit of a statement regarding Operation Lancaster.

First off, I would like to publicly apologize for my previous ignorance of Strato's reputation.

I was unaware of his notoriety as an intellectual property thief. As such, I allowed myself to blindly and stupidly include one of the vehicles he sells on his own website (or at least sold, I haven't checked) in the original set of TRO articles in the initial release of the project. When I asked for permission to include the vehicle in Operation Lancaster roughly two years ago, I was put in touch with an individual I was led to believe was the STL creator for said vehicle, and I was given permission to use it. Given circumstances, for all I know, even that could have been a lie. I'll probably never know for sure, but it's irrelevant now.

Regardless, the TRO article in question (the Jammer Scout Vehicle) has now been stripped from the project altogether, and light rewriting has been done to purge all mention of it from the project PDF file with the update to Version 1.0.3 (the 514-page version that was released when this thread was reinstated a couple of days ago). Ironically, I believe that doing this actually improved a handful of minor things throughout, so it's not a total loss by any means. It just means that two commissioned artworks had to be thrown out the window, and some time was wasted regarding the writing of said article.

While I'm still a little salty about that last part, I admit, I'm otherwise very satisfied--and so, it seems, is Catalyst Game Labs (or at least I sure hope so!).

Despite the lack of initial communication regarding the issue at the heart of the matter (leading to some confusion on my part as a forum-newbie), I would like to dearly thank the admins for being kind and courteous--and, hell, downright friendly--once they brought this issue to my attention. I admit, I take a little pride in having addressed this issue in all of about two hours once the problem was brought to my attention. :D

All that being said...

I have to say for the record, I really was expecting a far more mixed response from the community regarding Operation Lancaster--I was honestly halfway expecting to be crucified by at least part of the community for whatever reason--but I've been absolutely overwhelmed by the positive feedback I've received, not only on this forum, but on Discord, Facebook, and Youtube. I guess I really did underestimate this community. Thank you all.

I do sincerely hope that you all enjoy this project, because when it comes down to it, that's the whole point, isn't it?

I also sincerely hope that the guys'n'gals at Catalyst Game Labs have received this truly sincere "love letter to BattleTech", and that they too enjoy it!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Red Pins on 30 March 2022, 16:52:03
Please forgive my ignorance, but where might I find this? I've not been all that active in the community, so I'm kinda stupid when it comes to the goings-on. ^.^;;

Ourbattletech.com , Knightmare has a long running set of threads for his latest fan project.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Kasaga on 30 March 2022, 16:55:42
I asked Metal Core Collectibles about this, since he designed the ships that the art you're talking about is based on (although admittedly Matt Plog added quite a lot of detail and put his own spin on them). So long as they're not made for distribution (as he himself may in the future finalize and sell models of those ships), and are just made for personal use, he's got no issue with that.

I was more talking about my designs from my Project: LEGION
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 30 March 2022, 17:19:59
Ourbattletech.com , Knightmare has a long running set of threads for his latest fan project.

I'll try to remember to check that out. Thanks! :)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 30 March 2022, 17:20:44
I was more talking about my designs from my Project: LEGION

Oh... I apologize for my misunderstanding! (Boy do I feel dumb now. >.>; )
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Kasaga on 30 March 2022, 19:43:15
Oh... I apologize for my misunderstanding! (Boy do I feel dumb now. >.>; )

You're good bud
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: EAGLE 7 on 01 April 2022, 08:05:37
  Hat tip for this fan project. Thanks for adding to the body of FAN made BT crack, but with artwork!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 01 April 2022, 18:54:20
  Hat tip for this fan project. Thanks for adding to the body of FAN made BT crack, but with artwork!

Haha! Thanks, mate. Much appreciated. ^_^
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 04 April 2022, 14:10:55
A couple of specific things have been found so far that will be corrected with a future "Version 1.0.4" update:

- I accidentally deleted "Dreadnought Spec (Quirk) " instead of "Modular Powertrain (Quirk)" from the Table of Contents during the "panic" 1.0.3 update.
- "Modular Powertrain" is still mentioned in the Dreadnought Spec quirk.


The Modular Powertrain quirk was deleted from the project because it was associated with precisely one vehicle--the Jammer Scout Vehicle--which is the TRO article that was deleted altogether from the project due to its design's association with an intellectual property thief.

For anyone interested, here's what the quirk WAS before it was deleted in the Version 1.0.3 update:

Modular Powertrain

A vehicle with the Modular Powertrain quirk has a unique form of Body-on-Frame style of construction that is broadly similar to that of Omni-tech. The entire “Body” and the entire underlying “Frame” are assembled as two entirely separate assemblies that can be quickly separated and swapped in a matter of hours with a well-equipped crew of technicians. The Frame of a vehicle with this quirk is assembled as one unit, containing the powerplant and motive systems integrated into it. Meanwhile, the Body of the vehicle contains the passenger compartment, armored hull, electronic warfare suites and any other advanced electronics, as well as any weapons systems. Some additional parts, generally prefabricated for ease of installation, may be required when the swap involves converting between different motive types. The most typical examples of this being the armored cowlings for the skirts when converting to a hover powertrain or track guards when converting to a tracked powertrain—any instance when the armor plates already attached to the Frame are not of the same type as that of the Body. These parts are usually relatively minor. While not particularly useful under most circumstances, this quirk does allow for quick construction of an operable vehicle when combining an intact Body and Frame from two examples of the same vehicle that would otherwise be individually crippled or destroyed.

The number of hours it takes to swap a Body to a different Frame by a well-equipped crew of technicians can be calculated by the vehicle’s weight divided by five, multiplied by two, with a minimum of five hours (Ex: A 20 ton vehicle takes 8 hours (20 / 5 x 2 = 8)). The “Modular Powertrain” quirk can only be applied to vehicles weighing 25 tons or less.




I BEG OF YOU - PLEASE, if you spot issues in the project file while you're reading, PLEASE let me know so that I may try to address them with the next .PDF file update!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 08 April 2022, 05:06:24
Version 1.0.4 PDF file update has been uploaded! (Also updated the link in the initial post.)

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c60pxj2pqjk5qt/BattleTech%20-%20Operation%20Lancaster%20V104.pdf?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/7c60pxj2pqjk5qt/BattleTech%20-%20Operation%20Lancaster%20V104.pdf?dl=0)

This includes final fixes removing the deleted "Modular Powertrain" quirk included in the initial release, edits to the final short story "Keepsakes", and a handful of minor fixes throughout.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 17 April 2022, 12:27:10
Well... No shit. Did a Youtube search for "BattleTech" without being signed in, and after the initial thirteen hits, it starts the "People also watched" section, and... Well, there it is. O.O; I consider this an accomplishment, heh.

Thank you so much for the support, everyone! This has been absolutely awesome!

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/757846112832061550/965300766686445598/unknown.png)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: cklammer on 18 April 2022, 05:46:38
Good deeds have their own reward ...
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Atlas3060 on 19 April 2022, 10:50:44
Good deeds have their own reward ...
Pretty much this.
I only found it via the video when I was just browsing youtube and smiled.
Yet again the community does some really fascinating things.
So yeah good job to all those involved.  :thumbsup:
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - A BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 27 April 2022, 23:34:47
Good deeds have their own reward ...

Pretty much this.
I only found it via the video when I was just browsing youtube and smiled.
Yet again the community does some really fascinating things.
So yeah good job to all those involved.  :thumbsup:

Thank you both. This warms the cockles of my heart. I'm really happy that it can be found through ways more than just word of mouth and forum posts. :D


In other news, there's still one more planned update for Operation Lancaster (version 1.0.5), and in addition to various grammatical fixes that have been found post-release, it will include arguably the single most impressive piece of artwork made for the project. So, what the heck, why not share a bit of a preview of it? It's obviously still VERY much a work in progress, but it's reached the point where I think it's clear just how impressive this piece is going to be when it's complete.

In hindsight, it's rather amusing that the entire reason why I added the local fauna entries for the protagonist homeworld of Acala III (specifically the Acalan dragon) was to provide an explanation why a unit based in Davion territory would have a dragon as their symbol/unit crest (y'know, since the historical enemy of House Davion has been House Kurita--the "dragon" of the Inner Sphere).

As described in the (rather lengthy and detailed) profile for the Acalan dragon, they can form a bond with humans, similar to that of a military canine and a soldier. Most bonds are formed over time, with the human approaching the dragon--though the strongest of those bonds is when the dragon chooses the human. The latter was the case for Colonel Ann Lawrence, the commander of the Dreadnought BattleCorps, and Koree, the Acalan dragon who chose to save her life and become her companion--and, well, as the name "Koree" might indicate, he became the mascot of the Dreadnought BattleCorps. (Get it? Corps? Koree? Ugh, I'll get my coat...)

Anywho, for the last couple of months an artist who goes by the name Pyralis has been working on what I've come to refer to as the "Cherry on top" image for Operation Lancaster. This is a shot of the more wild side of Acala III, showcasing the natural beauty of the world, while also showing the interesting dichotomy of what life is like there.

In the foreground, we have Colonel Lawrence herself relaxing with Koree by her side, perched atop her Neugen Assault OmniMech, as the sun sets over the far mountains. In the background we can see a beautiful canyon complete with waterfalls and various dragons flying about in their natural habitat--meanwhile, a pair of Steel Cobra Heavy Aerospace Fighters fly overhead, patrolling the skies.

I had full faith that I'd found the right artist for this piece when I commissioned her--Pyralis--for it. I've recently begun to realize now just how right I was.


Initial sketch (Yes, yes, it's rough. It's a sketch, but I include this to give an idea of what all is planned to be in the final image.) -
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/381634664575533057/969092559852941322/unknown.png)


Most recent update (Much work still needs to be done, sure, but my GOODNESS is this already becoming absolutely beautiful!) -
(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/381634664575533057/969092560201056277/unknown.png)


Having to post *significantly* downsized versions so that it doesn't get cut off in the forum post, but this image is roughly 9.8k x 5.5k pixels at full resolution, so it's... Well, it's massive. And the detail when viewed at full resolution is *marvelous*, even in its work-in-progress form. Looking forward to getting it printed as a poster and framed to put on my wall. ^.^;
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 02 May 2022, 13:18:36
Another update. It just keeps getting better. Pyralis put a lot of work into the sunset, the flora, and the clouds. Colonel Ann Lawrence has been sketched in, and the first of the aerospace fighters flying overhead has started to be blocked in. Loving this more and more.

(https://cdn.discordapp.com/attachments/381634664575533057/970750872709644329/unknown.png)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: marauder648 on 05 May 2022, 15:08:30
Wow! This looks amazing :D
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 12 May 2022, 13:46:01
Wow! This looks amazing :D

Oh, I agree! But, believe me, it's only gotten better. :D



OPERATION LANCASTER NEWS!

- Final Art Piece: It appears that the Acala III art piece by Pyralis that I've been previewing is likely to be completed sometime this weekend. The plan is to add this beautiful art piece into the PDF file between the final short story and the "Making of" section.

- Upcoming Final(?) OpLancaster PDF Update: Once the aforementioned art piece has been completed and added to the PDF, I plan to upload the updated Version 1.0.5 of the PDF file. I have been making continuous edits throughout the document (fixes, tweaks, etc.) since launch. Version 1.0.5 includes several formatting tweaks, phrasing fixes, typo corrections, etc.. As I've said before, I'm sure I'll never be able to make it absolutely perfect, but it's not for a lack of effort!

- Record Sheets: FINALLY UPDATED! Now every unit that can have images applied with the software has it! (I even went so far as to get snag official art for the handful of custom variants that are mentioned in the text but aren't given a full TRO article and custom art.) However, there's a bizarre glitch preventing the -Z1 *Tyrant* from getting an image. I've tried everything I can think of, so I'm just going to call it an overall win and move on. In addition, I discovered some mistakes and some missing sheets from the PDF file sets, so that's all fixed now! Fortunately, the update didn't even cause the Dropbox link to break, so it's still the same link it has been, but for those who just want to get to it quickly and easily, here you go:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/t25cjblx4hwp1th/BattleTech%20-%20OpLancaster%20Record%20Sheets.rar?dl=0

- Alpha Strike Cards: I have yet to get around to making Alpha Strike cards. I'll admit, it's kind of daunting looking at the 500+ record sheets and not having a method to do an automatic conversion (that I'm aware of). It is on the list of things to hopefully do at some point, though.

- The Deleted TRO Article: Some have asked about the Jammer Scout Vehicle--which was a vehicle included in the original release of the project before it was discovered that the physical design presented in the art was associated with an intellectual property thief--and if it will ever be re-added to the project with new art. The answer is no. It was so unimportant that it took all of three hours to write it out altogether, and at this point it just feels tainted, so no. It will not be returning.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 15 May 2022, 17:59:05
FINAL PLANNED PDF FILE UPDATE!

PDF Updated to version 1.0.5! This includes a massive color art piece by Pyralis for the Acalan dragon, as well as numerous text fixes throughout!


https://www.dropbox.com/s/pyzprdexjxtz62f/BattleTech%20-%20Operation%20Lancaster%20V105.pdf?dl=0 (https://www.dropbox.com/s/pyzprdexjxtz62f/BattleTech%20-%20Operation%20Lancaster%20V105.pdf?dl=0)

This has been a long time coming, and is an absolutely wonderful piece of artwork that I sincerely hope people will enjoy!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: Wrangler on 15 May 2022, 19:53:12
Sweet
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: Shadow_Wraith on 15 May 2022, 20:21:35
awesome and thank you!
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: DOC_Agren on 15 May 2022, 23:05:00
very nice
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - BattleTech Fan Project (Launch Thread w/Downloads & Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 25 May 2022, 13:35:44
awesome and thank you!

Most certainly welcome! I'm really happy that most seem to be enjoying this project. :)
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - Complete BattleTech Fan Project (Downloads & Launch Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 24 June 2022, 05:54:09
Operation Lancaster News (Finally!)

- Art Pack Download Available!: I finally got off my butt and put this together, admittedly based on a download pack I made originally for the Black Pants Legion to use as they see fit in their future Tex Talks BattleTech videos (hence at least part of the organization it uses). Unless I somehow screwed up, this includes the entire complete art set for the project, including Full Resolution Cover Art by Alan Blackwell and Acala III art by Pyralis--the two gigantic full-color art pieces commissioned for Operation Lancaster. It also includes clean line-art of the individual units by Matt Plog (for those of you who like making coloring books!), as well as desktop wallpapers and unit insignias by Matt Maeda!

For the longest time I was unsure how to approach this, but hopefully you will enjoy this! Beware, the whole .RAR file is about 445 MB, so it's a big file, but as stated, there's a LOT in it!

https://www.dropbox.com/s/2v82g7dy0avcfjz/BattleTech%20-%20OpLancaster%20Art%20Collection.rar?dl=0
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - Complete BattleTech Fan Project (Downloads & Launch Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 20 July 2022, 06:06:51
Hey, all.

First off, I'd like to thank everyone who has enjoyed this project and spread word about it. I know it's nothing in the grand scheme of things, but for me it's rather special:
The Operation Lancaster video on Youtube hit 10k views a couple of weeks ago!


Most of the community that even paid any attention to this project has likely since moved on, but since it keeps coming up in conversation here and there, I have a question for those who may be interested:

Would you like to see a followup to this story, which would continue to follow the lives of the main characters?

Or do you believe it's better to just leave this alone, move on, and stick to the original plan of this being a self-contained story?


As mentioned, Operation Lancaster was meant as a self-contained project/story, but I left room for possible future expansion on it--and even left a couple of things unmentioned in the project itself. For instance, in the case of the D.B.C. Integrity and the two WarShips mentioned as nearing completion at the end of the project's internal timeline (3085), the plan I have these three ships is for none of them to have functional K-F Drives (limiting them to defensive roles only, which means that just the D.B.C. Phoenix and D.B.C. Theris are capable of traveling beyond the Acala system). The main reason why this isn't mentioned in the project itself is because it's not something that others are yet aware of in-universe. That and I didn't want to set this in stone in case for whatever reason the future storyline demanded that they be jump capable--highly unlikely, but I didn't want to completely slam that door shut prematurely, since I didn't have anything planned out.

I have a couple-few fledgling ideas, but nothing really concrete. Not making any promises or anything. I'm just really curious if there's even the slightest bit of desire for such a thing, and what people feel about it.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - Complete BattleTech Fan Project (Downloads & Launch Video)
Post by: Wrangler on 20 July 2022, 13:54:42
I'd like see full scale novella or fan story with it.  To give the AU more personal connection.
Title: Re: OPERATION LANCASTER - Complete BattleTech Fan Project (Downloads & Launch Video)
Post by: Sumaire_STi on 20 July 2022, 14:15:10
I'd like see full scale novella or fan story with it.  To give the AU more personal connection.

I'm curious, now that you've mentioned a novella. Would you prefer that over, say, an anthology of more short stories like the ones already included in the project? (I'm not pushing for either, I just hadn't thought of doing a novella before, as that would be a larger single narrative story than anything I've written before! :D )

Please do keep in mind that this would be for post-3085/post-OpLancaster. I don't really want to rehash the events that have already been described (after five years of working on OpLancaster itself, I'm *done* working on those events, haha!). ;D