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Drewbacca

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Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« on: 07 April 2021, 17:05:15 »
When did these guys get started?

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #1 on: 07 April 2021, 17:07:37 »
After the New Colony Region was formed by the Canopians and Taurians, ca. 3056.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #2 on: 07 April 2021, 17:13:11 »
Darn, I was hoping earlier.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #3 on: 07 April 2021, 19:15:33 »
I think we all were...  :-\

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #4 on: 12 April 2021, 12:04:39 »
Could well be there was some informal organization with similar role prior to that though, with no recognition by official powers but dedicated to fighting bandits and pirates and generally protecting the civilian populace.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #5 on: 12 April 2021, 12:18:00 »
It's doubtful there was any such formation prior to the New Colony Region. It's after that venture that the Marshals are named, after all. Worlds do have militias, though, which should have been tasked with the missions you listed.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #6 on: 13 April 2021, 19:49:54 »
There were Errant Mechwarriors, as well. From Handbook: Major Perhipery States "A lone MechWarrior who is hired to act as protector of under-defended worlds. They are normally found in the Periphery, and always own their own 'Mechs."

They were far less organized, though.
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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #7 on: 13 April 2021, 20:03:30 »
Especially since that lone MechWarrior would need a full tech team (at LEAST six AsTechs, assuming the MechWarrior is acting as their own Tech) to do any maintenance under the current rules...

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #8 on: 14 April 2021, 00:00:01 »
Especially since that lone MechWarrior would need a full tech team (at LEAST six AsTechs, assuming the MechWarrior is acting as their own Tech) to do any maintenance under the current rules...
I've always assumed that the Errant Mechwarriors, had a tech support/Inf.. Although I rather have a seperate Inf unit for security/recon, and maybe limited vehicle support
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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #9 on: 14 April 2021, 03:19:41 »
If you drive a 20-ton 'mech, a heavy APC will serve as a recovery vehicle in addition to hauling around all necessary personnel...  ^-^

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #10 on: 14 April 2021, 07:55:53 »
The cargo rules is that a vehicle can carry double its weight in external cargo, right? Yup, would serve perfectly fine.
I do not know if a single wasp would be much of a deterrent for a pirate force that has mechs of its own, though. 

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #11 on: 14 April 2021, 12:40:56 »
Especially since that lone MechWarrior would need a full tech team (at LEAST six AsTechs, assuming the MechWarrior is acting as their own Tech) to do any maintenance under the current rules...

By the little info and lore we have on Errants, the few repairs and maintenance their mechs gets are what is done by the errant, and maybe some hired hands from the planets he is working on. Maybe.
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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #12 on: 14 April 2021, 17:42:24 »
The cargo rules is that a vehicle can carry double its weight in external cargo, right? Yup, would serve perfectly fine.
I do not know if a single wasp would be much of a deterrent for a pirate force that has mechs of its own, though.
The cargo rule is the tonnage of the unit plus any installed cargo capacity.  So a Heavy APC could theoretically carry a 25 ton 'mech if you leave most of the infantry home.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #13 on: 14 April 2021, 21:26:42 »
The cargo rule is the tonnage of the unit plus any installed cargo capacity.  So a Heavy APC could theoretically carry a 25 ton 'mech if you leave most of the infantry home.
Well if we need to recover the 25 ton mech it might be a little lighter even a 30tonner might be..
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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #14 on: 15 April 2021, 00:14:27 »
Well if we need to recover the 25 ton mech it might be a little lighter even a 30tonner might be..

Since you are recovering the Mech, that means you won and hold the field.  So hopefully you have some scrap from the other Mech that you can load up into the cargo storage.

That was one idea I tossed around with another BT player, where if you shot off an arm from an enemy Mech, that enemy Mech would tend to retreat without firing.  Similar to a lizard losing a tail, the Mech that lost an arm is letting the other person have the arm in exchange for the enemy Mech being allowed to leave without any further trouble.  Similarly, the retreating Mech 'agreed' that they would not open fire while leaving.  If the retreating Mech opened fire, they were waiving the hassle-free retreat, and were once more a legitimate target.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #15 on: 15 April 2021, 17:59:46 »
I can see that working when it 1 on 1 or 1 on 2 in a campaign setting.  Because it is worth keeping your forces intact as much as possible.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #16 on: 27 April 2021, 06:12:07 »
I've always assumed that the Errant Mechwarriors, had a tech support/Inf.. Although I rather have a seperate Inf unit for security/recon, and maybe limited vehicle support
The locals could provide that from among their own militia/volunteers, along with astechs.

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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #17 on: 27 April 2021, 21:54:12 »
The locals could provide that from among their own militia/volunteers, along with astechs.
not sure I fully trust the locals to guard my mech/supplies, would rather have a force loyal to me
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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #18 on: 31 July 2021, 14:09:23 »
After the New Colony Region was formed by the Canopians and Taurians, ca. 3056.

Pardon the old thread bump...

This is correct. They were formed as an organized command as a result of the Treaty of Taurus circa 3056. The Taurians equipped them, including the development of the Marshal and Anubis Battlemechs, and the Canopians trained them on Detroit. The Marshal MHL6-FR (Fronc Reaches) is an all energy platform specifically designed to enable zero ammunition dependency on prolonged solo missions.

They are organized in both unit sizes as well as single individuals.

An Errant is different. They are lone mechwarriors usually said to be in old, dilapidated 'Mechs that are hired to defend remote, isolated settlements and colonies. From my understanding they were unaffiliated with any larger nations or command, but I imagine that could differ.
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Re: Creation of the Colonial Marshalls
« Reply #19 on: 19 September 2021, 21:05:08 »
I thought it quite obvious that the idea of Errants was lifted straight out of spaghetti westerns where isolated communities would pool their money to hire some down on their luck gunslingers to fight off bandits.
That or some grizzled old veteran choosing to retire out on the frontier.
Par for the course for the setting though, little to none of the peripheral economics and logistics were really ever examined in any detail.

 

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