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Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« on: 09 January 2019, 14:27:54 »
Thinking of a Dark Age era Solaris story and was thinking of starting with light mechs (MW4: Mercs logic that they are the relatively affordable fighting machines)

Though it would be a good idea to get list of favorite fighting lights so things don't get repetitive.

I'll start off with the Wolfhound.   
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #2 on: 09 January 2019, 15:19:37 »
Cougar D. (You'd be amazed how overwhelming that thing can be against another light Mech in a zellbrigen duel- and what is Solaris but zell with fans?)
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #3 on: 09 January 2019, 15:28:43 »
+1 for the Venom 9KA
Also partial to the QD Valkyrie, any Panther, and (if I'm feeling very lucky) the Pack Hunter.
Also the Hollander.
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #4 on: 09 January 2019, 15:52:03 »
Hmm... Toss between Banshee and Zeus ;D
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #5 on: 09 January 2019, 15:56:40 »
Ooooooh, good call on the Hollander. High risk, high reward- there's a reason it's the most popular Mech at the Solaris Melee Challenge most of the time. It's only firing once per turn, it's boned if it misses, it's got a bomb in its torso... but that's a pretty hefty amount of range, and not many other Mechs of its class can take that fifteen-point kiss without it causing serious problems. Great Mech. (I actually love the LB-10X version more, but as a supporting-role AA unit rather than a dueler)
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #6 on: 09 January 2019, 16:03:01 »
Old school? Spider-5V...Dark Age might be a 8K...

Also the Spector-4F or 5F (if the 4F's special systems aren't allowed...)

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #7 on: 09 January 2019, 18:32:14 »
I have a soft spot for the Solitaire.

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #8 on: 09 January 2019, 18:49:14 »
Also a big fan of the JR7-F and SDR-9KA.
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #9 on: 09 January 2019, 18:56:20 »
So . . . I think people are really missing 3145?  Which for one means its after the Wolves have occupied Solaris VII . . . so Clan tech should really not be hard to get.

I think a few awesome 3145 mechs are missing!

Havoc P6 (makes me wonder what the P2, P3, P5, and P9 are- and begs for cERMLs!)
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     7/11, 4 ERML, 2 ERSL, 2 SRM2 w/ CASEII, TC and Watchdog CEWS, and Quirk- Multi-Trac

Jaguar
     8/12, 4 ERML,, ATM6 w/2T in a turret, 2 SRM2 w/1t ammo, and Quirk- Protected Actuators

Phoenix Hawk 11K2- freak some opponents out into thinking you are a med!
     6/9/(6?), Snub PPC w/Capacitor, MML3, 2 ERMLs

And if you could swing it-
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #10 on: 09 January 2019, 19:50:00 »
So . . . I think people are really missing 3145?  Which for one means its after the Wolves have occupied Solaris VII . . . so Clan tech should really not be hard to get.

I think a few awesome 3145 mechs are missing!

The Jackalope in many different flavors...

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #11 on: 09 January 2019, 20:34:40 »
I’ve been running the Jenner F since I started playing in 1996. My 3145 light minis have seen the table a few times each so they haven’t had time to achieve favorite status. Ask again in 2042 :))

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #12 on: 09 January 2019, 21:04:23 »
Anubis 5Y or the 5Z.
I just noticed that sarna has the wrong armor for it. I wasn't allowed to change the amount of armor; only the weapons.

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #13 on: 10 January 2019, 03:03:29 »
Pretty much any version of the Fire Javelin and Osiris aren't bad in that type of environment. 

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #14 on: 10 January 2019, 03:09:06 »
its a custom that I built but the "wolf pup" rates pretty high for me, but the kit fox and wolfhound are pretty good also

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #15 on: 10 January 2019, 11:20:52 »
I'm a big fan of the Mongoose, and the Hermes I isn't exactly bad either. At those tonnages, in the 3025 era, speed is life.  A FS9-M is also pretty nice, as is the JR7-F, but I'm not fond of the 100% torso-mounted armament on the JVN-10F (it can't cover its own butt).  Once you get into the eras with Pulse Lasers, Clan stuff, and TCs, the survival rate for Lights goes way down, and you need something with more armor and the ability to hit high-THN targets.  At that point, I'll take a Vixen(Incubus) with the cLPL.

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #16 on: 10 January 2019, 11:22:23 »
Hussar 200D. Armor is for wussies.

What the heck is a 3145?
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #17 on: 10 January 2019, 11:29:20 »
what?
nobody wants a Piranha?
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #18 on: 10 January 2019, 11:31:27 »
what?
nobody wants a Piranha?
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #19 on: 10 January 2019, 11:34:03 »
I just imagined a Solaris 7 ATOW campaign that has a Zombie Apocalypse story arc.

How glorious would a Piranha be then!?!

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #20 on: 10 January 2019, 11:36:27 »
Hussar 200D. Armor is for wussies.

What the heck is a 3145?

I see your 200D and raise you a 900D

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #21 on: 10 January 2019, 11:38:43 »
Well . . .

Solaris VII is about showmanship right?  So the Piranha might fight in for the 'braaaapp brappp' demographic, and could certainly be flashing enough for Tri-D.  The Piranha 2 would work for the lightshow, but it would need the name 'Disco Laser Show' painted on it somewhere . . . though I think the 3 is better suited for the arena than the 2.

Of course if a mechwarrior did put 'Disco Laser Show' on the mech, then they would have to make public appearances and walk out to the mech in a hard hat, aviator sunglasses, and make his cooling vest look like a jean vest.
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #22 on: 10 January 2019, 11:41:45 »
The Wasp-1W is a good Disco Show 'mech for the 3025 era.  (and we all know that's the only era that matters...)

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #23 on: 10 January 2019, 11:45:06 »
. . . the 3025 era.  (and we all know that's the only era that matters...)

Except the OP is specifically saying 3145 . . .
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #24 on: 10 January 2019, 11:48:32 »
To each his own.

Wouldn't be hard to update the -1W... just DHS it up and clan-tech the lasers. Boom instant Dark Age mech.

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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #25 on: 10 January 2019, 11:57:33 »
what?
nobody wants a Piranha?
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I mean, I figured that was just assumed...

Ooooooh, good call on the Hollander. High risk, high reward- there's a reason it's the most popular Mech at the Solaris Melee Challenge most of the time. It's only firing once per turn, it's boned if it misses, it's got a bomb in its torso... but that's a pretty hefty amount of range, and not many other Mechs of its class can take that fifteen-point kiss without it causing serious problems. Great Mech. (I actually love the LB-10X version more, but as a supporting-role AA unit rather than a dueler)

I have a love/hate relationship with Holly.  On the one hand, I genuinely do adore the fact that it is clearly and unashamedly designed for one very specific purpose, unlike a lot of mechs in this game which seem to exist purely to test some engineer's theory of "well, what if we put the medium laser in the left torso instead of the right arm?"

On the other hand, I can't help but look at it and see an obvious example of why Battlemechs aren't the end-all-be-all of the BTU.  The Yellow Jacket and the Regulator are just better choices for fielding a mobile gauss rifle. 
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #26 on: 10 January 2019, 12:04:01 »
Hussar 200D. Armor is for wussies.

What the heck is a 3145?

Rokurokubi RK-4T and 4K. Armor is everything.  Hardened armor for days, goes 7/10 (due to armor) and carries a sword and either a) LAC/5 with 2t of ammo, or b) ER PPC. 

That LAC/5 sounds like a joke, but with 2 of ammo you can mount precision ammo and AP ammo (if you are going against other high tech armors) and still shoot for days.

It has as much armor as some heavy mechs, and can take that hollander's gauss rifle anywhere without an armor breach.
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #27 on: 10 January 2019, 12:06:47 »
But falls . . .

Yeah, I guess if you were going for Kurita flair, then you definitely paint it up like its the avatar of a samurai. 
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #28 on: 10 January 2019, 14:50:47 »
But falls . . .

Yeah, I guess if you were going for Kurita flair, then you definitely paint it up like its the avatar of a samurai.

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#2) That isn't a typo. According to errata, it PSR damage numbers are based on number of bubbles filled, so it takes 40 pts (20 bubbles) to force a PSR.
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Re: Your favorite dueling Light Mech
« Reply #29 on: 10 January 2019, 15:04:12 »
I know, I was involved in that conversation . . . I was more thinking of getting kicked when you go in for the melee samurai or moving over bad terrain.
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