My only gaming/hobby stuff over the past weekend of sheer gluttonous eating, was when Kushial and I played a game of Classic Battletech Saturday night. 8k points, 3030s timeframe units (he had a few royal variants, and idea that completely escaped me), Eridani Light Horse vs. a combination of the 2nd Legion of Vega and the Free Rasalhague's reserve readiness corps (the FRR was still an unwilling member of the Combine during that time period).
We seemed to be trading blows fairly even early on, until a lucky SRM hit produced 3 criticals, and blew the gyro out of my catapult killing it. That, lead to the immediate collapse of my flank and it was all down hill from there. I did hang on for quite a bit before raising the white flag an hour or so later. Of my units though (a medium mech lance and a heavy tank lance), the tanks impressed me more than anything.
|The best pic of the tank that Fasa/Wizkids ever made.|
I think that vehicles suck in CBT because they're easily immobilized (which happened to virtually all of mine), and thus outmaneuvered are easily taken down (though turrets do mitigate the out manuevering part somewhat, unless of course the vehicle doesn't have one...). That said, the Axel Mk I's that I was fielding a lance of easily did the lion's share of damage to Kushial's ELH force. Indeed, the Axel's took down 2 Jenners (vile looking things), and a Saladin almost single-handedly, and left a few big holes in his surviving units as well. In tonnage its a piss poor trade off, whereas in battle value, probably not quite as bad. They were fielded by the FRR's weekend warriors after all...
The Axel is basically an ICE powered Rommel, which adds a machine gun and trades the LRM5 for a LRM10. Sounds great except its mud slow, and the 'big gun' has a woefully short range. Still Kushial's (quite effective) preference to surround a tank for the 'circle of death' still resulted in several mechs taking a 20-point slug and the occasional MG hit for their efforts.
Conveniently, this tank chassis comes in a bucket load of variants, ranging from the 900 point Axels used Saturday, on up thru the 2k point+ (WTF?) Clan versions! So in the future they'll become a jack-of-all-trades unit. Though, the humble (and probably worst of the bunch) Axel is already a favorite!