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« Reply #90 on: 01 September 2023, 15:06:22 »
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Re: Best weapon for "head capping" a battlemech?
« Reply #91 on: 01 September 2023, 15:21:30 »
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« Reply #92 on: 01 September 2023, 19:20:46 »
elite artic wolf (standard) + aim high + sandblaster
Also a delightfully devilish setup.
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Re: Best weapon for "head capping" a battlemech?
« Reply #93 on: 02 September 2023, 11:50:18 »
So, I'm not sure if this was our house-rule, but, swarm-LRMs worked like LB-X cannons, with each missile rolling for a location.  Now, if you fire two LRM-20's, both hit with at least thirty-six missiles, statistically, you'll get one head-shot. Now, if you can do that each turn, it'd be like a boxing-match until the pilot is, eventually knocked unconscious.

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« Reply #94 on: 02 September 2023, 11:54:44 »
That has to be a house rule...

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« Reply #95 on: 02 September 2023, 12:48:14 »
I've never heard of any rules for Swarm LRMs that cause them to do damage clusters that are different from standard LRMs.
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« Reply #96 on: 07 September 2023, 20:46:06 »
That's what I figured; and the grouping of five-clusters was probably to expedite the flow of the game.

And the best head-capping weapon, is black-ops in a mechwarrior RPG-game; if they can take out the mechwarriors, the mech is ineffective. 

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« Reply #97 on: 11 September 2023, 05:01:49 »
In thoery light machine gun arrays  4s . 2 hits to the head may kill or KO pilot . Plus a push or kick to make the KO pilot dead or more Unconscious.  I have tried but haven't really succeeded in doing this yet . But on paper this potentially takes out the mech  pilot without breaking the 200,000 C bill cockpit with it .

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« Reply #98 on: 11 September 2023, 13:10:02 »
Never thought of a MG array before, for head capping.
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Re: Best weapon for "head capping" a battlemech?
« Reply #99 on: 11 September 2023, 14:20:08 »
I've never heard of any rules for Swarm LRMs that cause them to do damage clusters that are different from standard LRMs.
Hmmm... have Follow-The-Leader (FTL) missiles been mentioned yet? A LRM-20 or potentially even LRM-15 with FTL ammo is also a headcapper. But probably not the best one available, with that +2 to-hit modifier.
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« Reply #100 on: 11 September 2023, 15:27:33 »
Yeah, FTL missiles can potentially work.  And that reminds me, don't cluster artillery munitions roll damage on the punch table?
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« Reply #101 on: 11 September 2023, 17:06:56 »
Yeah, FTL missiles can potentially work.  And that reminds me, don't cluster artillery munitions roll damage on the punch table?

Not any more.  That was Errata'd out a while ago with the 5th TacOps Printing, I believe.
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« Reply #102 on: 11 September 2023, 22:16:51 »
Never thought of a MG array before, for head capping.

Too powerful:



Unless you can use the Punch hit-location, like, the mech is in partial-cover and you have a Vulcan.

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« Reply #103 on: 12 September 2023, 00:45:15 »
you have to first roll for the head hit and then hit with four heavy MGs to get 12 damage. it's not reliable or efficient. but it IS funny.

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« Reply #104 on: 24 September 2023, 20:27:53 »
Also, any instance in which you can use the Punch hit-location chart, any weapon can be a, "Head Cappin'", weapon.

I was thinking of troopers stationed on roofs, higher than the mech they are ambushing.  They don't do a lot of damage, but, they got a one in six chance.

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« Reply #105 on: 24 September 2023, 20:33:52 »
Standing on ground 1 level above your opponent and kicking with any mech that's 60+ tons.
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« Reply #106 on: 24 September 2023, 20:49:23 »
Standing on ground 1 level above your opponent and kicking with any mech that's 60+ tons.

Yeah, just barely; I don't know why I like head-cappin' so much; maybe because it's the universal-equalizer; no matter how powerful that Clan-mech is, 12-points is it!  And I liked screaming, "There Can Only Be One", every-time I got a head-shot mech-kill.

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« Reply #107 on: 24 September 2023, 21:15:59 »
you have to first roll for the head hit and then hit with four heavy MGs to get 12 damage. it's not reliable or efficient. but it IS funny.
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« Reply #108 on: 25 September 2023, 10:11:41 »
Yeah, just barely; I don't know why I like head-cappin' so much; maybe because it's the universal-equalizer; no matter how powerful that Clan-mech is, 12-points is it!  And I liked screaming, "There Can Only Be One", every-time I got a head-shot mech-kill.
I mean, special armor and reinforced structure. It's why I'm a proponent of called-high LB-X and SRMs.

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« Reply #109 on: 25 September 2023, 17:36:35 »
Yeah, Hardened Armor by itself will get you to 21... Reinforced IS will get you another 3 points.

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« Reply #110 on: 25 September 2023, 20:48:42 »
Of course, putting Hardened armor and Reinforced structure on the same mech means that you're left with a slow-moving machine that's almost impossible to kill but has the firepower of a wind-up toy.
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« Reply #111 on: 25 September 2023, 20:50:30 »
IJJs and TSM turn the windup toy into a kicking monster

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« Reply #112 on: 25 September 2023, 21:09:51 »
And if its movement speed were more than 2/2/3, that might be intimidating.
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« Reply #113 on: 25 September 2023, 21:16:22 »
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« Reply #114 on: 26 September 2023, 00:05:24 »
Of course, putting Hardened armor and Reinforced structure on the same mech means that you're left with a slow-moving machine that's almost impossible to kill but has the firepower of a wind-up toy.


If you are going with that combo you can carry 50-75% max armor and still be better protected then most mechs while not sacrificing too much firepower.

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« Reply #115 on: 26 September 2023, 00:39:03 »
If you're not carrying at least 75% of your chassis's maximum, hardened armor's drawbacks don't make it worth mounting on a mech.
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