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Dropship for a nova
« on: 01 December 2019, 19:45:57 »
What dropships would the clans use for transporting a nova or binary nova?  Or would the clans transport the mechs and elementals separately? 


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Re: Dropship for a nova
« Reply #1 on: 01 December 2019, 21:16:04 »
I'd go with a modified Lion or Union-C if it's an independent unit. Otherwise, I'd presume the 'Mechs and Elementals would get separate transports. A Trinary Supernova would be perfect for a Union-C and a Sassanid.

The hypothetical Lion Supernova would replace the infantry space on a Lion Clan with space for fifty Elementals. However, fluff states the Clans hand engineering difficulties in setting up a Lion to carry battle armor, but it's not a mandatory requirement for your games. A Union-C would replace five 'Mechs with space for two stars of BattleArmor.
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Re: Dropship for a nova
« Reply #2 on: 02 December 2019, 02:05:42 »
No RS for them but the Horses were fluffed to use a lot of converted mech carriers for their supernovas.

Union-C is perfect for a Binary-Nova w/ extra Cargo space.

Overlord-C will nicely hold a pair of Trinary-Novas with plenty of Cargo added.

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Re: Dropship for a nova
« Reply #3 on: 02 December 2019, 07:36:18 »
Why do you need bays for battle armor? Just right some bunks in the cargo bay. It is not like you will be combat dropping them.


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Re: Dropship for a nova
« Reply #4 on: 02 December 2019, 08:49:15 »
What dropships would the clans use for transporting a nova or binary nova?  Or would the clans transport the mechs and elementals separately?
I'd use a standard Union if there are any left for the Binary Nova. For a Nova, a modified Broadsword, perhaps.
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Re: Dropship for a nova
« Reply #5 on: 03 December 2019, 12:34:45 »
Ideally your a Hell's Horses who loads their Novas on old SL Fortresses or the new Outposts.  Or maybe a old SL Triumph . . . (have to wonder how many of those the Invaders captured . . . and did they sell/trade them to the Horses?)

IIRC we do get, just like the IS Unions & Overlords, notes that they have variants that mix mechs & BA.  With the Wolves' frontline clusters in WCSB having a listing of each cluster's transport, I will have to check it when I get home to see what they list for the Supernova heavy clusters.  I mean a Supernova Trinary spread between a variant Union C and a Broadsword is going to be pretty flexible with the ability to sustain operations a bit longer (cargo!) than a regular mech trinary on a standard Union-C.
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Re: Dropship for a nova
« Reply #6 on: 05 December 2019, 02:47:15 »
Lion-C or -WD

Both work...

Mech carrier and BA suits in cold storage, plenty of Infantry spaces for 50 troopers to hold up, especially the -WD... heck you have enough space for a Point of Heavy BMR or two... and a Point of basic Flatbed trucks to carry cargo anywhere. There's even enough room for a single Point of standard Foot Infantry armed with Class 2 Divisor Armor and Mauser-IICs for ship defense, and techs too!

Just add a Carrier to this unit and your set to raid, just don't forget to assign an Odyssey jumper...

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