Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Smoke Jaguar Dossier: Huntsman (Nobori-nin)

Smoke Jaguar Dossier 

Type: Battlemech

Name: Huntsman (Nobori-nin)

Mech Class: Medium

Weight: 50 Tons

Tech Base: Clan (Omni)

The Huntsman was first seen by Inner Sphere forces during the Battle of Luthien. A DCMS officer designated it the "Nobori-nin" (banner-bearer) after the fin-like object that rises from its back. No expense has been spared in the construction of this front-line OmniMech that uses an Extra-Light Engine, Endo Steel structure, and nine tons of Ferro-Fibrous armor. Five jump jets enable it to leap up to 150 meters at a time.

The primary configuration of the Huntsman sports a myriad of weapons. An Ultra Autocannon/2 and Artemis IV-linked LRM-10 provide long-range capability, while four ER Medium Lasers and a Streak SRM-6 make it a vicious close range 'Mech. A pair of Anti-Personnel Pods and a Flamer protect it from conventional infantry, and an Anti-Missile System provides it with some defense against incoming missiles. An Active Probe finds hidden units, and a TAG spotting laser can designate targets for homing artillery strikes.

* Alt. Config. A - Useful at all ranges, the first alternate configuration uses an LRM-10 and an LB-X Autocannon/2 at long range. A pair of Large Pulse Lasers are accurate at all ranges, though they necessitated the addition of two double heat sinks.

* Alt. Config. B - The Huntsman B uses an ER PPC at long range. Close in, it can call upon an LB-X Autocannon/10 and a pair of Medium Pulse Lasers. Two Machine Guns can make short work of unarmored infantry.

* Alt. Config. C - This long-range support variant uses an LRM-20, LRM-15, and an Ultra Autocannon/5 for most of its work. An ER Medium Laser, ER Small Laser, and Streak SRM-4 handle units that get in close. A Flamer provides defense against infantry and combat vehicles.

Captain Nash's Analysis: Solid 50 ton Medium Clan mech.  More of a brawler than the Nova.  Most variants of this mech have two sets of weapons one for long range and one for short, unlike the Nova which seems to focus on one range band with it's weapons.  Chances are an alpha strike will get it to overheat, so figure out which range band will hurt you less and engage at that range.

Tech Readout: http://www.solaris7.com/TRO/HTMLBattleMech/BattlemechInfo.asp?ID=2412

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