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Title: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 08 March 2017, 19:10:50
The Second Succession War is coming! Mercenary units will play a central role in this brutal conflict, and we want to feature yours on the war-torn battlefields of the Inner Sphere. Submit your best mercenary unit name to ray@catalystgamelabs.com by March 17. We'll consider it for a mention in the pages of our upcoming sourcebook.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Dubble_g on 08 March 2017, 23:13:37
Interesting. Couple of quick questions:

Strictly unit name only or do you want ideas on the commander's name, unit insignia or other details?

One submission per person limit?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 08 March 2017, 23:17:11
Just a name.
Ah, no limit, but limit yourself to cool name you've come up with, don't hit me with every possible combinations of <possessive name/adjective><things> :)
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pensiveswetness on 08 March 2017, 23:33:11
Tiffany's Brood.


Might as well take the 'Make my wife famous' route to infamy...
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: scatcat on 08 March 2017, 23:37:14
fun idea!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: locust on 09 March 2017, 00:13:06
While in our current Norcal CBT campaign I'm running Disposable Income, the second succession war needs a unit named:
Mopar's Messiahs.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: jdragon on 09 March 2017, 00:41:56
While in our current Norcal CBT campaign I'm running Disposable Income, the second succession war needs a unit named:
Mopar's Messiahs.

Wanted to second Mopar's Messiahs and submit The Broken Blades as my entry. 

Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Sharpnel on 09 March 2017, 01:32:33
E-mail sent and another may follow as I give this more thought.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Meridian on 09 March 2017, 02:05:57
Neat. Will submit one.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: NeonKnight on 09 March 2017, 02:14:50
How about....Neon Knights :P

Sure, it's my nic, but we have sooooo many Neon Knights:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nhe1SuBGkiA

http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Neon_Knight_(Toei)

as well as of course the play on regular word:

Neon Nights :D

Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: monbvol on 09 March 2017, 02:28:34
I've got a few more names floating around if CGL ever decides to do this again for other eras.

Though I do have a camo scheme for the unit I submitted since they tend to be my go to unit for MekHQ campaigns that I think looks fantastic in MegaMek.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Tai Dai Cultist on 09 March 2017, 03:19:05
The Second Succession War is coming! Mercenary units will play a central role in this brutal conflict, and we want to feature yours on the war-torn battlefields of the Inner Sphere. Submit your best mercenary unit name to ray@catalystgamelabs.com by March 17. We'll consider it for a mention in the pages of our upcoming sourcebook.

Question:  I presume that Merc outfits with cross-IP inspired names need not apply? (Team Banzai, Fighting Urukhai, etc)  Or is this considered kosher given such units' preponderance in early/ 3rd SW sources and its potential inclusion will presumably be limited to how they were destroyed in the 2nd SW?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 09 March 2017, 07:14:00
Your presumption is correct.  :-[
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Dubble_g on 09 March 2017, 09:39:28
I'm picturing mercenaries in the 2nd war being much more "corporate" than their rock star descendants in the 3rd.

They're dealing with capable, professional governments still commanding massive firepower: to impress these clients they've got pamphlets and PR people, crew cuts and PowerPoint presentations.

They've got names like:
Bleeding Edge Solutions
Body Count Services Group
Dynamic Intervention
Fugazi Force
Iron Partners



Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: scatcat on 09 March 2017, 10:06:52
While in our current Norcal CBT campaign I'm running Disposable Income, the second succession war needs a unit named:
Mopar's Messiahs.

Wanted to second Mopar's Messiahs and submit The Broken Blades as my entry.

I'll third Mopar's Messiahs. In our campaign I'm running Fortune's Favorites.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Reldn on 09 March 2017, 10:37:56
The Second Succession War is coming! Mercenary units will play a central role in this brutal conflict, and we want to feature yours on the war-torn battlefields of the Inner Sphere. Submit your best mercenary unit name to ray@catalystgamelabs.com by March 17. We'll consider it for a mention in the pages of our upcoming sourcebook.

Awesome! Got my submission sent in.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: MoparMessiah on 09 March 2017, 12:30:28
I'll third Mopar's Messiahs. In our campaign I'm running Fortune's Favorites.

LOL

Thanks guys.

Would love it but I need to point out that Mopar is a trademark of FCA. 

I'll send a list to Ray
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: CungrVanck on 09 March 2017, 13:29:36
Submissions sent!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Snake Eyes on 09 March 2017, 13:32:33
Just sent my submission.

Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Tai Dai Cultist on 09 March 2017, 13:33:48
I sent one in too.  Thanks to TPTB for giving us a chance to leave a mark on the universe we love :)
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Cubby on 09 March 2017, 14:36:08
I sent one in too.  Thanks to TPTB for giving us a chance to leave a mark on the universe we love :)

Given that it's the Second Succession War, it's probably more like the TPTB giving the universe a chance to leave a mark on a unit you love.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pheonixstorm on 09 March 2017, 17:04:13
 ;D O0 Good one cubby!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 09 March 2017, 20:25:52
Ouch!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pheonixstorm on 09 March 2017, 21:09:45
Let us hope he isn't referring to "skid marks" on our beloved units  :P
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: vidar on 09 March 2017, 21:25:26
The Knights of nowhere

Steel contracters
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: boilerman on 09 March 2017, 21:51:04
Hogan's Guards AKA the HoGs
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: truetanker on 09 March 2017, 22:01:28
Love is in the air.... ( Ever-Free ).

 :-*

TT
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: CrossfirePilot on 10 March 2017, 00:09:19
Cross' Cavaliers - just a shameless self promotion.   
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Blacknova on 10 March 2017, 02:15:10
Given that it's the Second Succession War, it's probably more like the TPTB giving the universe a chance to leave a mark on a unit you love.

Oh I already have painholders, I mean placeholders, for these units in the master listing. Lord Gideon has spent the last two weeks trying to stop me killing every unit in the Inner Sphere. He is such a spoil sport.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pheonixstorm on 10 March 2017, 03:34:37
Noooooooooooo! Don't kill Gideon's Griffins too harshly!! #P
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: ANS Kamas P81 on 10 March 2017, 16:46:59
I threw "Vic's Vaporizers" into the hat; they'd just be "Vic's Vapor" after they get nuked :D
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: NeonKnight on 10 March 2017, 18:20:13
I sent Adrian:

Snake Eyes
Unit Logo: two d6 with '1's showing.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Kojak on 10 March 2017, 18:30:50
I went with an old favorite that I normally use with Manei Domini forces: Vigor Mortis.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: E. Icaza on 10 March 2017, 20:28:08
I sent mine:

Rutger's Raubritters

Part of a Lyran unit that went rogue during the chaos and sets out for service to a higher calling:  their wallets!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Daryk on 10 March 2017, 20:48:44
I sent in two, the first mostly for the pun value, and the second based on some 3025 characters I've written about here and there:

1) Stack's Deck: all the playing card allusions you can think of, to include "52 pick-up" when the unit gets crushed.

2) Vercelli's Vigilantes: based on a couple of shady characters (father and son) from the era of Anton's Revolt and after. As I said to Ray: "A Second Succession War ancestor with a similarly shady reputation would be icing on the cake."
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: CungrVanck on 10 March 2017, 21:26:17
Since everyone is sharing, I tossed two names into the pot.

1) Bad News Firewalkers - a unit from the Bad News system that has no problem with high temperatures (until that nuke hits that is!)

2) Red Rover's Ronin - old high school basketball nickname plus some masterless samurai.  May they die gloriously!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Hawker101 on 10 March 2017, 22:47:04
The Pale Horsemen has always been my unit. Think about Revelation 6:8 and you'll know what they're about.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Dubble_g on 10 March 2017, 22:50:05
Vigor Mortis is good, I like that one.

Tex 'Mechs?
The Grim Brothers
The Walking Dread

Too punny?


Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: monbvol on 11 March 2017, 00:23:41
I guess I'll get in on the spirit of posting what I submitted.

Above all others was Green Thunder.

Honorable mentions were Damage Force Plus and Heaven's Wrath.

For all the unit's I've helped create as part of my gaming group or came up with on my own I do feel it a bit weird that those are the only three I'm willing to be flexible enough on their past to offer up to the Second Succession War.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Comedian on 11 March 2017, 01:52:46
Aura Wings (a PC Unit)
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Sharpnel on 11 March 2017, 02:19:28
I sent in a total of nine names with The Disposable Heroes (Metallica reference) and The Forlorn Hope as the two more original names out of the bunch.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: MoparMessiah on 11 March 2017, 15:46:24
submitted numerous merc units

Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: SethsMatches on 13 March 2017, 11:17:01
My suggestions

 - Feral Auditors
 - Warcheese
 - Plausible Deniability
 - Myomer Mayhem

Was fun thinking them up  :)
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pheonixstorm on 13 March 2017, 18:48:12
Why not Bug Hunters  :P
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Reldn on 13 March 2017, 22:47:35
I submitted Harlan's Hessians as my Merc unit.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Grognard on 14 March 2017, 02:13:20
suggestions & reasons why:

You may recall James Degenhardt aka RPGsheets aka Amalor Myrnnyx, a well-known painter extraordinaire, who passed away 3 years ago.  (March 2014)  He had created several homebrew mercenary units, but only one fits.

AUTUMN'S HARVESTERS  I can't recall much beyond it being a mixed force of battalion-ish size.

A second offering would be in honor of Chris Dickerson AKA DREAD, who passed away in November 2015.
DREAD'S NAUGHTS.   I think he said it was about regiment in size.

final suggestion:  RONIN'S REGULATORS. A cavalry battalion with a mix of fast mediums and hovertanks.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: truetanker on 15 March 2017, 18:54:31
I'll repost mine again...

Ever-Free.

They are a canon unit, never given stats from House Davion, pg. 69.

Look 'em up.

TT
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Rainbow 6 on 16 March 2017, 15:10:46
What a great idea.

Sent 3 in, my merc unit from an ongoing campaign. One named after the Mrs and the last named after where I live.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pheonixstorm on 21 March 2017, 21:23:04
Alas if only someone was asking for Pirate unit names for a bygone era...

Rabid Dawgs run by the Dawg brothers :P
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Feenix74 on 28 March 2017, 00:10:53
I am fashionably late to the party but seeing that everybody is sharing:

Roberts' Privateers

CO Westley Roberts
XO Amanda Montoya
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: pensiveswetness on 28 March 2017, 22:14:01
IF our suggestion is included in this upcoming book... do we need to submit a little backstory to aid the authors?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Drakno on 28 March 2017, 23:49:33
Drac's 7th Cavalry from the Free World League. A corporation protection specialist unit which breaks down at company level with one
mech lance, one tank lance and one infantry lance. The 7th was a regiment in size but all contracts where for company size or smaller.
HQ home world is Ayn Tarma. Given the 7th a wide range of planets without being on the front lines.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Sartris on 29 March 2017, 00:35:21
Bellemore Warfare Solutions
Willful Malice
The Indefatigable
Friendliest Fire
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: MoparMessiah on 29 March 2017, 01:34:34
I threw "Vic's Vaporizers" into the hat; they'd just be "Vic's Vapor" after they get nuked :D

Or Vic's Vaporized  ;D
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 30 March 2017, 13:59:12
IF our suggestion is included in this upcoming book... do we need to submit a little backstory to aid the authors?
Not required, those chosen will go on the Deployment Tables.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Rainbow 6 on 30 March 2017, 14:16:05
Not required, those chosen will go on the Deployment Tables.

And die in various ways.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Meridian on 01 April 2017, 09:03:00
...
Roberts' Privateers
....

The Chairman would approve.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Feenix74 on 03 April 2017, 08:57:49
Cheers and thanks  O0

I just hope that TPTB agree with The Chairman  :)
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Dubble_g on 04 April 2017, 06:19:06
For the Canadians: Barrett's Privateers.

Having them all die horribly would be quite in keeping with tradition.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Daryk on 04 April 2017, 18:54:11
And their dropship needs to be named "Antelope"...
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Dubble_g on 05 April 2017, 08:43:47
Get this man a "like" button.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 26 April 2017, 19:01:59
I'm slowly going through all the entries right now. Over 500 entries, and we need to choose about 20. Some pretty hard choices...
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: truetanker on 26 April 2017, 21:37:30
Good luck!

TT
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: MoparMessiah on 27 April 2017, 08:14:40
I'm slowly going through all the entries right now. Over 500 entries, and we need to choose about 20. Some pretty hard choices...

Yikes!  Only 20?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Mendrugo on 27 April 2017, 11:20:32
I'm slowly going through all the entries right now. Over 500 entries, and we need to choose about 20. Some pretty hard choices...

Google Fight to break ties!  It's uncannily accurate...

https://www.googlefight.com/wolf%27s+dragoons-vs-word+of+blake.php
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: MoparMessiah on 28 April 2017, 02:23:27
Google Fight to break ties!  It's uncannily accurate...

https://www.googlefight.com/wolf%27s+dragoons-vs-word+of+blake.php

Pretty accurate
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adacas on 02 May 2017, 11:24:27
Hummm

Blood Ogres
Bury Privateers
Cheng Long Hounds
Rabids Rats
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Lord Cameron on 02 May 2017, 21:25:08
The Second Succession War is coming! Mercenary units will play a central role in this brutal conflict, and we want to feature yours on the war-torn battlefields of the Inner Sphere. Submit your best mercenary unit name to ray@catalystgamelabs.com by March 17. We'll consider it for a mention in the pages of our upcoming sourcebook.

Bird of Prey.

Maybe an aerospace merc unit?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Spake759 on 25 May 2017, 00:56:37
How about "Cromwell's Cavaliers" ? anyone know what it's referencing will get the joke. :D
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Akira213 on 03 July 2018, 15:14:44
*martialic music begins and the screen starts showing a military looking, quite big encampment from far away*

Problems with unwanted guests? Bulling neighbors? Disloyal competitors?
Get the GHOSTRIDERS !

*the screen zooms down to ground level to one part of the encampment where a mobile HQ is guarded by a Cyclops BattleMech and a Rommel tank. In the background even more units are visible*

Ghostrider Command ! The wisest military heads available near and far will find ways to get things done as you need them to be.

*the screen moves fast to the side to a grey-red unit consisting mostly of heavy to assault BattleMechs. The unit is moving forward slowly and the leading Guillotine points at a target outside of the screen*

The First Ghostrider Regiment ! Titans of the battlefield. Their superior battlefield domination is the backbone of our never-ending efforts to satisfy your needs – to a point even beyond your scope.

*again the screen moves fast to the side. It stops at a unit with mostly medium and light BattleMechs. A Hussar just rushes around the flank with very high speed*

The Second Ghostrider Regiment ! Lightning-fast strike abilities and astonishing flexibility will secure the comprehensive fulfillment of your desires.

*and again fast moving screen and a blur view. Then parked BattleMechs are visible. Between their legs a group of young men and women is trained by a brought-shouldered barking elder soldier*

The Third Ghostrider Regiment ! Highly experienced trainers teach the most motivated young men and women you will find anywhere the ways of solving your problems.

*the view moves back to the First Regiment, that just started the rush against their intended target. An impressive amount of tonnage shakes the ground, as the Guillotine starts it’s Jump Jets and jumps out of the screen*

Long-lasting material hiring, personal rights enforcement, unwanted resource disposal – you name it, we do it !

*Suddenly the screen is filled with the grey-red Guillotine which lands with hissing Jump Jets while firing its Large Laser at a target outside of the screen. Obviously satisfied with its hit it comes to an halt – almost relaxing. The unit’s insignia fills the screen*

GHOSTRIDERS – Solutions for a too small planet.

*Screen goes black…*
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Adrian Gideon on 04 July 2018, 23:43:16
Neat! How much’d that promo on Galitea set you back?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Akira213 on 05 July 2018, 10:52:18
Contracts ! More than they can handle !! :D


I'm playing the First Regiment for about two decades by now, and wanted to do something like this for YEARS.
Thx for the opportunity ;)
Although i'm probably a bit late.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: koalabirb on 21 July 2018, 23:23:55
The White Company. It's historical and semi-poetic (referencing the book by Sir Doyle).
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Drewbacca on 24 July 2018, 11:24:20
Heck I have a whole thread full of these.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: O5P_Ghost on 28 August 2018, 11:50:23
I know I'm late but

Aces over Queens

Mixed Aero (18) and Battlemech (14) unit with the BM unit lead by Amy Queen.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Ferret DerpDerp on 21 December 2018, 14:22:56
Blackwind Lancers!!
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: DaveMac on 28 January 2019, 08:18:09
Bitter Pill

A hard luck outfit that somehow keeps coming back for more
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: MoparMessiah on 03 February 2019, 00:06:54
Bitter Pill

A hard luck outfit that somehow keeps coming back for more

Yeah ... that's hard to swallow    ::)
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: kendrick fraser on 12 February 2019, 23:03:04
Can I nominate Nox Aeternum?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Greatclub on 03 March 2019, 00:35:53
The Awesome Hard.

Began as a lance with two lights and two Awesome. Now company sized (Light lance, Medium lance, Assault lance), but can't seem to keep any heavy or assaults intact unless they're Awesome of some sort.

The maintenance bill for their heat sink coolant is frightening.

00000

The Salvage Snipers

Not a combat Mercenary company, but more a battlefield salvage crew for hire that has their own security & dropship.
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: LRM74 on 09 March 2019, 14:15:47
Morgan's Gallowglases
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Luciora on 09 March 2019, 18:42:41
Mods, can we have this thread closed, as I believe the request has already been fufilled?
Title: Re: Name a mercenary unit from a bygone era!!
Post by: Sartris on 09 March 2019, 20:59:11
two years ago now yeah