Recently I've decided to reorganize my CBT forces. I had reached the point of owning a reinforced battalion and...well, that's really more than I actually wanted (and ironically didn't actually include all that I do want). Thus I set about reorganizing what I had. First off, I wanted lighter units. True my Capellans can still field a heavy lance, but only one. Everything else is a medium weight lance. True that limits me in the department of brute force, but I like the mobility aspect of CBT, and I'm aiming more for that. Fielding primarily medium and light machines helps and as such. Indeed my merc unit has one one heavy mech, a Dragon/Grand Dragon (that mech is on their logo, so kinda a necessity).
|Solid Colored Hex = have it and is painted. Faded Colored Hex = I have it but not painted. Black Hex = I don't have it.|
Despite my love of the foot slogging infantry, in order to get them close enough to theoretically do something, expensive APCs and IFVs were required. However we're aiming for smaller BV games, so there's not much room for those transports anymore. So the OMG!, WTF? and BBQ! platoons, and said APCs and IFV (along with my AC-2 Carrier as it wasn't pulling its weight) went the way of Ebay. Likewise, I've either traded off to Kushial or else put on ebay all 3 of my assault mechs as well as a few others (bid high, and often, lol!). All in all, an infantry company and a combined-arms company (plus 1 extra mech) have been sent off, hopefully to greener pastures.
I pondered switching unit identites (not hard as little is actually painted) however I stuck with the Legion of the Rising Sun and just switched Capellan units. While the 3rd CRC may use camouflage, that kind of paint scheme looks kinda generic to me. I considered several Draconis Combine units, but since the legion started in the Combine, I can pull from their units lists provided their older models. For the Capellans I decided on the McCarron's armored Cavalry's 4th regiment. Flat green with the occasional white stripe is an easy color scheme to paint, and I've always like the 'Big MAC's' fluff.
I also have the local Podunks who are mostly 'generic filler' of mechanized infantry. I tried them out this past weekend, and while accomplishing absolutely nothing damage-wise, I was pleased at their mobility w/o the need of transports. That and I didn't want to alter the Urbanmech's color scheme after its golden BB.
Rob and I played a game this past Saturday which was a lot of fun. 8k points of my 4th MAC vs. the Taurian Concordant (unit unknown). No specific scenario, but there was a city in the center of the table, we both entered and I was summarily pushed out of it. He lost a commando with a few other light mechs sporting a few holes, whereas I had a Blackhawk KU that was barely clinging to life. Thus casualties were light all around.
Probably the most significant result of the game was my LRM Hetzer tank crew's fate. Despite being parked on a hill, with an excellent field of fire, and multiple enemy mechs coming straight at it (some of which were wearing Narc beacons), the damned tank never once connected! WTF?!? Thus, its crew has since been reassigned to J-27 ordinance Transport duty! Which, for those unfamiliar with CBT, is essentially a death sentence. My Podunk infantry also failed to hit anything, but they're Podunks, so such failures are expected (that and they cost a mere 58 points).