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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #90 on: 26 November 2018, 20:54:23 »
I have always liked Snord's Irregulars because they are full of collectors like me (coins and books, I'd fit right in). I also like the Gray Death Legion, since they were among the first novels I read. Wilson's Hussars are also interesting, just wish there was a little more to read about with them.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #91 on: 26 November 2018, 23:34:15 »
 Maybe not the place for this but... Whatever happened to the Screaming Eagles? I know about the atrocity on New Canton during the 4th Succession War but they seem to have vanished once that conflict ended.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #92 on: 26 November 2018, 23:48:34 »
According to Sarna, they survived the Jihad and were last noted as being stationed on Kentwood to protect against possible aggression from the Outworld Alliance and Snow Ravens.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #93 on: 30 November 2018, 09:34:57 »
Camacho's Caballeros and Northwind Highlanders - for reasons already mentioned.

McCarron's Armored Cavalry - because I like the units that have fought for just about everyone and against just about everyone.

I'd probably throw in some scrapyard-worthy, destitute pirate units as well... I've always been enamored by the imagery of a battered Locust, limping across dessert badlands, on a hip actuator that has remained unfixed for over a hundred years.
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #94 on: 13 December 2018, 03:21:38 »
The Fighting Intellectuals.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #95 on: 28 December 2018, 12:23:43 »
Black Thorns - small unit, never seemed to catch a break

Avanti's Angels - small unit, never seemed to catch a break

Grey Death Legion - just when they seemed to have things going correctly, TPTB axed them, hate that crap

Wolf's Dragoons - hybrid entity, took in orphans, hated their treatment by the writers, wanted to see a reunification of the full Clan Wolf with the Dragoons, Exiles, and Neo-Wolves (I only say Neo as Vlad (twit of twits) renamed the Jade Wolves a new Clan Wolf)

ELH - Never really read enough about them, other than their attempt to remain true to their Star League heritage, hated the absorption of their elements on Huntress

Camacho's Caballeros - the novels about this unit were intriguing in the way they kept growing their family.
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #96 on: 27 January 2019, 09:00:13 »
12th Vegan Rangers. Played as a member of that unit since the Galtor Campaign book came out. I latched onto them from general coolness in the unit profile write up as well as the rulers of Verde sharing my family name.
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #97 on: 28 January 2019, 02:39:44 »
My picks

The Grey Death Legion:  Grayson Carlyle and his crew helped bring Battletech out of the 3025 stalemate it was in for so long.  They chose the wrong side in the FedCom Civil War and were destroyed for it.  The two scenario packs FASA produced were well done, and they defined the Battletech experience for so many years.  Grayson should have had a 5D Marauder instead of that silly Victor, but that's a minor quibble.

The Chaos Irregulars-These guys were fun to read the short stories on. The two groups that formed them were a great counterpoint of professionalism vs irregular planning. They had a good variety of mechs (Mongoose recon pilot for the win!), fought against an interesting bunch of foes, and were placed in interesting environments as challenges

The Fighting Urukhai and Hansen's Roughriders: These were two merc bands who took no guff from anyone. I admire Hansen's especially for its use of combined arms of heavy mechs and tanks.

Black Thorns-This was a good example of a small unit that got lucky, and then fell apart.  Rose's rage against the Clans and their makeup of 3050 Clan and IS units was a fun mix.

17th Recon Regiment: KATN forever!

Mcarron's Armored Calvalry:  Even though they became a House Unit, the Big MAC was the great example of a multi-regimental merc unit that planned well.  They didn't have Clan support, author plot armor, or Warships to help them become 5 regiments. Just good planning and investment in the unit, their own factories, and civilian legitimate enterprise to continue a non-merc based cash flow. 

Lastly, Avanti's Angels. They died in the Dark Ages, but their fight against the Word of Blake help start the bricks that tumbled to start the Jihad. Marcus' Caesar was a great mod using salvaged Clan tech. 




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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #98 on: 09 March 2019, 14:10:09 »
I'm always going to be a Kell Hounds fan. Stackpole's writing was how I fell down this rabbit hole in the first place.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #99 on: 13 March 2019, 00:32:16 »
The definitive merc organization circa 3025… ladies and gents, “the Pony Soldiers,” of the ELH. I bought the game before the novels, and the whole light against the darkness vibe just sat well with me. Plus, they worked for noble House Davion, holding the line against the vile House Liao and evil House Kurita. Wolf’s Dragoons you say. Let’s not forget, those nasty Wolf’s Dragoons just had to be up to no good… and ah-ha; they weren’t even real mercs and AND AND they were spies for Space Nazis! Knew it the whole time. Not at all happy with how ELH went out though, nope not at all.

Later once I read, “Decision at Thunder Rift,” I was GDL all the way. Oh, the feels. Grayson you have to save Lori! Hurry! It was safe to say I WAS the target demographic for that novel. Not at all happy with how GDL went out as well either, nope not at all.

Then Battleforce, and the Lone Wolves, because they were the most unique merc command at the time of their introduction, due to their composition and organization. Basically, how I envisioned large mercs outfits formed and operated circa 3025. But, they're dead too...

Finally, Hansen’s Roughriders, for longevity sake; I loved the cover art for the first Battleforce box. Plus, they’ve not been killed off.

ELH forever.
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #100 on: 13 March 2019, 00:49:00 »
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #101 on: 14 March 2019, 03:55:06 »
Zimmer's Zuaves

Because you got to fill out the losing side of a conflict with a name that sticks with you for years.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #102 on: 27 March 2019, 23:25:06 »
Eridani Light Horse, Kell Hounds, Burr's Black Cobras, Able's Aces.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #103 on: 03 April 2019, 17:24:31 »
Eridani Light Horse, Kell Hounds, Burr's Black Cobras, Able's Aces.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #104 on: 03 April 2019, 19:46:59 »
I answered this earlier, and believe I forgot the Blackhearts. One seriously cool unit. I would loooooooove a story regrading their evolution overtime and what happened to their Nighthawk suites.

Similarly, I'd love to know the story of King's Wild Card's (A.K.A. the Amaris 2nd Mexican Legion) They went from a Regiment to Company escaping Terra and wound up serving in Magistrate space. I would love to hear good redemption story about them in service to the Magistrate.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #105 on: 04 April 2019, 01:40:22 »
Late arriving, but my three favs in order: Wolf's Dragoons (they were just cool),  Hansen's Roughriders (loved the unit crest from CityTech, and they stood up to the Black Widows), and the Illician Lancers (for their longevity in the BT universe and their Davion ties  ;) )
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #106 on: 06 April 2019, 19:05:52 »
Snord's irregulars! Expect mech pilotsand crazy collectors! :thumbsup:

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #107 on: 07 April 2019, 00:10:41 »
21st Centauri Lancers. Professional, honest, loyal.....and Lord help you if you screw them over or otherwise mistreat them while they're in your employ.

I'm also pretty fond of the Grave Walkers, Hansen's Roughriders, and the Stealthy Tigers.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #108 on: 08 April 2019, 15:54:30 »
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #109 on: 25 April 2019, 23:10:44 »
Hansen's Roughriders... mostly because of MechWarrior 2...  :D

Honestly, I'm a fan of Snord's Irregulars. Wonky mercs who love to loot collectibles. The Lone Wolves are also pretty neat.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #110 on: 19 May 2019, 14:25:27 »
Wilson's Hussars as they are loveable losers.

So much this.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #111 on: 20 May 2019, 03:11:59 »
My favorite mercenary unit is my mercenary unit: the 7th Striker Regiment (Sinclair's Strikers)....that's actually company size.  :D

Canonized mercenary units that intrigue me are the Blackstone Highlanders, the 1st Shin Legion, and the Harloc Raiders.
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #112 on: 20 May 2019, 03:37:13 »
I have always liked Snord's Irregulars because they are full of collectors like me (coins and books, I'd fit right in). I also like the Gray Death Legion, since they were among the first novels I read. Wilson's Hussars are also interesting, just wish there was a little more to read about with them.

I have to agree that I kind of liked Snord's Irregulars, however I felt that there should have been some fallout when they screwed over their bosses. What I am talking about here is when the FC was negotiating with Wolf Dragoons and the Dragoons asked for Outreach as part of the deal. The FC send the Irregulars to make sure that there was nothing of major value on the planet. But not only did they not due the job that they were supposed to do, they lied to their boss and sold them out by giving a false report to the FC and the real report to the Dragoons. Now I understand they why, but the fact that nothing was ever done to them for that, not even a stain on their reputations. As they were a very good unit I can understand to some level not fringing them outright, and even keeping them on the payroll, but at the very least they should not have been trusted as much and their reputation should have taken a hit.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #113 on: 20 May 2019, 16:22:15 »
I have to agree that I kind of liked Snord's Irregulars, however I felt that there should have been some fallout when they screwed over their bosses. What I am talking about here is when the FC was negotiating with Wolf Dragoons and the Dragoons asked for Outreach as part of the deal. The FC send the Irregulars to make sure that there was nothing of major value on the planet. But not only did they not due the job that they were supposed to do, they lied to their boss and sold them out by giving a false report to the FC and the real report to the Dragoons. Now I understand they why, but the fact that nothing was ever done to them for that, not even a stain on their reputations. As they were a very good unit I can understand to some level not fringing them outright, and even keeping them on the payroll, but at the very least they should not have been trusted as much and their reputation should have taken a hit.

Agree on that - otherwise it's your bad, when you send mercs to do such a critical observation. You can't convince me that there were no other regular units - or even better some scientists to do that job.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #114 on: 22 May 2019, 00:26:44 »
Agree on that - otherwise it's your bad, when you send mercs to do such a critical observation. You can't convince me that there were no other regular units - or even better some scientists to do that job.

I agree, it is still a mercenary unit, but one that I think would have been better Team Banzai, they have proven there loyalty to the FC, are scientist who could do a scientific search and all that. But it would not have fulfilled the fluff needed.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #115 on: 29 June 2019, 00:44:51 »
ELH was done dirty by the developers, but if they had to go get absorbed, Clan Goliath Scorpions fits well.  :bang:

Lexington Combat Group another one done dirty by developers by saying that they went broke after trying to upgrade. Folded them into the 4th Ceti Hussars.

Screaming Eagles.....this one is personal to me as I served with the 101st Airborne Screaming Eagles in real life.....glad they kept them around and employed by House Davion.
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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #116 on: 20 July 2019, 01:51:25 »
Grey Death legion was always a big one because like many in this thread Thunder Rift was the first Btech novel I read and what roped me into the universe.

Eridani Light Horse Probably the first BIG merc group I heard of so always thought they where neat, being as old of a unit as they where as well was another big draw

McCarron's Armored Cavalry was the merc unit that I THOUGHT most should be like, lots of vehicles backing up those supposedly really rare mechs that all other merc units seem to have in droves..  They just fit the lore better to me than most groups. Also Manticores.. sweet sweet Manticores

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #117 on: 20 July 2019, 13:36:38 »
I'm not much of a merc fan, hard to pick a favorite. I mean, i like mercs as a concept within the universe, but that's roughly my interest in mercs.

I am inclined to say the original mercs (Lindon's Company, 21st Centauri Lancers, Hansen's Roughriders, Eridani Light Horse, Wolf's Dragoons) but i don't really have any special attachment to any of them.
The Dragoons are cool in "Wolves on the Border" but become a bit meh later on due to their incredible power as mercs.

McCarron's Armored Cavalry is neat being one of the few Capellan-centric mercs but they do become a house unit so i don't count them really.

This said, i need to go through various mercs, there might be some that possess right faction allegiance at certain time period (and nice colors) to justify some unit mixes i have in mind.

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Re: Who is your favorite mercenary unit? Why?
« Reply #118 on: 20 July 2019, 13:48:53 »
ELH was done dirty by the developers, but if they had to go get absorbed, Clan Goliath Scorpions fits well.  :bang:

How?  They were wiped out during the Jihad but had gotten mentioned in Dark Age so they had to come back . . . to become Falcon targets, blame the Lyrans for 'using' mercs.
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