Alces

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Snowjeepney posted this 16 January 2018

Alces


Mass: 100 tons
Tech Base: Clan
Chassis Config: Biped Omnimech
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Clan Invasion
Tech Rating/Era Availability: E/X-X-E-A
Production Year: 3064
Cost: 10,155,000 C-Bills
Battle Value: 1,346

Chassis: Type WD40 Endo-Steel
Power Plant: Vlar 300 Fusion Engine
Walking Speed: 32.4 km/h
Maximum Speed: 54.0 km/h
Jump Jets: None
    Jump Capacity: 0 meters
Armor: Royal-7 Standard Armor
Armament:
    49.0 tons of pod space.
Manufacturer: WC Site 1
    Primary Factory: Arc-Royal
Communications System: HWLR Designation ComSys
Targeting and Tracking System: Hunter (7) Dedicated TTS

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Finally, the last of the "Project Chihuahua" Omnimech series is here.  And just like before, reviews are welcome.


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Snowjeepney posted this 16 January 2018

Overview:
The development of the 100-ton Alces was started by Clan Wolf scientists in
3011, as a replacement for the Dire Wolf, after Clan Wolf lost the trial for
the plans and production rights of that specific Omnimech to Clan Smoke Jaguar.
 Though the scientists were able to have a fully functional prototype working
in 3018, the need for the Alces was rendered moot after Star Colonel Ulric
Kerensky won a trial of possession that allowed Clan Wolf to manufacture its
own Dire Wolf Omnimechs in 3019.  As a result, the Alces schematics was shelved.

After the Exiled Wolves have settled in their new home in Arc-Royal, they
revisited the Alces design, and added it to the Omnimechs planned to be
developed under Clan Wolf-in-Exile's "Project Chihuahua" rebuilding program. 
As the Alces was the least in the priority list, it took until early 3064,
before the first Alces Omnimechs rolled off the assembly lines.


Capabilities:
Named after the Kenai Peninsula grey wolf from Terra, the Alces is a 100-ton
Assault-class Omnimech than was based off the venerable Woodsman Omnimech,
though it shares the same reverse-joint leg design as the Dire Wolf.  The Alces
is designed with durability and cost-efficiency in mind; the Endo-Steel Chassis
is the only weight-saving technology used in the design, resulting with the
Alces having a slimmer profile than the Dire Wolf; as a result, it is sometimes
nick-named the "Diet Dire Wolf".  A Vlar 300-rated Standard Fusion Engine is
the Alces' main powerplant, providing the 'mech with a max cruising speed of 54
km/h, while accomodating 12 fixed double heat sinks, while 19 tons of armor
provides excellent protection.  Overall, the Alces has 49 tons of pod space to
work with, which is only 1.5 tons less than the Dire Wolf.

The Alces' Prime Configuration takes its inspiration from the Devastator
battlemech, with each arm fitted with a Gauss Rifle, while each side torso was
fitted with an ER Large Laser.  A trio of ER Medium Lasers, one per arm and one
on the center torso, provide close-range back-up.  An additional double heat
sink helps keep waste heat under control, while a Targeting Computer makes each
shot more accurate.  Furthermore, this configuration has six tons of ammo for
the Gauss Rifles, ensuring a certain degree of longevity in all but the most
taxing of situations. 

Just as popular as the Prime, Configuration A of the Alces was based of the Imp
battlemech, with the long-range weapons consisting of an ER PPC on each side
torso, and an Artemis-guided LRM-20 launcher, supplied with three tons of ammo,
on the right arm.  An LB 10-X autocannon on the left arm offers the 'mech some
combat flexibility, while five Medium Pulse Lasers are intended for close
combat situations.  A total of 18 double heat sinks help keep the 'mech
relatively cool.

Intended for urban combat, Configuration B showcases improved mobility courtesy
of three jump jets, with one per side torso and one on the center torso.  A
Large Pulse Laser on side torso are the longest ranged weapons in this
configuration, while an Ultra AC/20 and a pair of Streak SRM-6 launcher are
meant for close-range combat, with three Small Pulse Lasers rounding out the
weaponry.  This configuration also has an ECM and Active for anti-electronic
warfare, while fifteen double heat sinks help keep the waste heat under control.

Configuration C can handle enemies at any range, with an ER PPC and a Gauss
Rifle for long-range combat, while an LB 20-X autocannon and two ER Medium
Lasers were meant for close-range combat.  This configuration also features a
mult-range ATM-9 launcher, while two more double heat sinks were added to keep
the 'mech relatively cool.

A testbed for latest in Clan weapons technology, Configuration D is quite
powerful but  notoriously inaccurate.  A HAG-30 mounted on each arm are the
main long-range weapons, supplied with 8 tons of ammunition.  These weapons are
backed up by a Heavy Large Laser on each side torso.  Even with 19 total double
heat sinks, this configuration still has a high risk of overheating.


Battle History:
The first known deployment of the Alces Omnimechs was in Crimond during
Operation Audacity , where Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces, supported by the 39th
ComGuard Division, clashed with the 74th Battle Cluster, who were defending the
planet for the Jade Falcons at that time.  The defending Cluster stood no
chance and were destroyed to the last man.


Deployment:
Like the rest of the Omnimechs created under Clan Wolf-in-Exile's "Project
Chihuahua" rebuilding program, the Alces is primarily deployed within the Clan
Wolf-in-Exile Touman.

Snowjeepney posted this 16 January 2018

And here's the technical stuff....

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Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Internal Structure: Endo-Steel                   152 points                5.00
    Internal Locations: 1 HD, 1 LT, 1 RT, 2 LL, 2 RL
Engine:             Fusion Engine                300                      19.00
    Walking MP: 3
    Running MP: 5
    Jumping MP: 0
Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             12(24)                    2.00
Gyro:               Standard                                               3.00
Cockpit:            Standard                                               3.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA    R: SH+UA
Armor:              Standard Armor               AV - 304                 19.00

                                                      Internal       Armor     
                                                      Structure      Factor    
                                                Head     3            9        
                                        Center Torso     31           41       
                                 Center Torso (rear)                  20       
                                           L/R Torso     21           27       
                                    L/R Torso (rear)                  15       
                                             L/R Arm     17           33       
                                             L/R Leg     21           42       

 

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Loadout Name: Prime                                          Cost: 13,695,000
Tech Rating/Era Availability: F/X-X-E-A                       BV2: 3,276

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             13(26)                    1.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 1 LT
    CASE Locations: LA, RA                                                 0.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA    R: SH+UA

Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
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Gauss Rifle                                  RA        1         6        12.00
ER Medium Laser                              RA        5         1         1.00
Gauss Rifle                                  LA        1         6        12.00
ER Medium Laser                              LA        5         1         1.00
ER Large Laser                               RT        12        1         4.00
Targeting Computer                           RT        -         7         7.00
ER Large Laser                               LT        12        1         4.00
ER Medium Laser                              CT        5         1         1.00
@Gauss Rifle (24)                            RT        -         3         3.00
@Gauss Rifle (24)                            LT        -         3         3.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 12

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:     10    Points: 33
3          5       6       4       0      4     2   Structure:  8
Special Abilities: OMNI, CASE, SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA


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Loadout Name: A                                              Cost: 14,632,500
Tech Rating/Era Availability: F/X-X-E-A                       BV2: 3,034

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             18(36)                    6.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 3 LT, 3 RT
    CASE Locations: LA, RA                                                 0.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA    R: SH+UA+LA

Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
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LRM-20                                       RA        6         4         5.00
    Artemis IV FCS                           RA        -         1         1.00
LB 10-X AC                                   LA        2         5        10.00
Medium Pulse Laser                           LA        4         1         2.00
ER PPC                                       RT        15        2         6.00
Medium Pulse Laser                           RT        4         1         2.00
ER PPC                                       LT        15        2         6.00
Medium Pulse Laser                           LT        4         1         2.00
2 Medium Pulse Lasers                        CT        8         2         4.00
@LRM-20 (Artemis) (18)                       RA        -         3         3.00
@LB 10-X (Cluster) (10)                      LA        -         1         1.00
@LB 10-X (Slug) (10)                         LA        -         1         1.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 7

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:     10    Points: 30
3          6       6       4       0      4     4   Structure:  8
Special Abilities: OMNI, CASE, SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA, IF 1, FLK 0/0/0


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Loadout Name: B                                              Cost: 14,727,500
Tech Rating/Era Availability: F/X-X-E-A                       BV2: 2,914

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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    Jumping MP: 3  (Standard)
    Jump Jet Locations: 1 CT, 1 LT, 1 RT                                   6.00
Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             15(30)                    3.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 2 LT, 1 RT
    CASE Locations: RT, LA                                                 0.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA+LA+H    R: SH+UA

Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
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Ultra AC/20                                  RA        7         8        12.00
2 Streak SRM-6s                              LA        8         4         6.00
Active Probe                                 RT        0         1         1.00
Large Pulse Laser                            RT        10        2         6.00
Small Pulse Laser                            RT        2         1         1.00
ECM Suite                                    LT        0         1         1.00
Large Pulse Laser                            LT        10        2         6.00
Small Pulse Laser                            LT        2         1         1.00
Small Pulse Laser                            CT        2         1         1.00
@Streak SRM-6 (30)                           LA        -         2         2.00
@Ultra AC/20 (15)                            RT        -         3         3.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 7

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:     10    Points: 29
3j         6       6       2       0      4     3   Structure:  8
Special Abilities: OMNI, PRB, RCN, ECM, CASE, SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA


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Loadout Name: C                                              Cost: 14,522,500
Tech Rating/Era Availability: F/X-X-E-A                       BV2: 2,972

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             14(28)                    2.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 2 LT
    CASE Locations: LT, RT, RA                                             0.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA    R: SH+UA

Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
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Gauss Rifle                                  RA        1         6        12.00
LB 20-X AC                                   LA        6         9        12.00
ER Medium Laser                              RT        5         1         1.00
ATM-9                                        RT        6         4         5.00
ER Medium Laser                              LT        5         1         1.00
ER PPC                                       CT        15        2         6.00
@Gauss Rifle (24)                            RA        -         3         3.00
@ATM-9 (7)                                   RT        -         1         1.00
@ATM-9 (HE) (7)                              RT        -         1         1.00
@ATM-9 (ER) (7)                              RT        -         1         1.00
@LB 20-X (Slug) (10)                         LT        -         2         2.00
@LB 20-X (Cluster) (10)                      LT        -         2         2.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 7

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:     10    Points: 30
3          6       6       3       0      4     1   Structure:  8
Special Abilities: OMNI, CASE, SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA, FLK 1/1/0


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Loadout Name: D                                              Cost: 14,260,000
Tech Rating/Era Availability: F/X-X-E-A                       BV2: 3,036

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass 
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Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             19(38)                    7.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 1 CT, 2 LT, 2 RT, 1 LA, 1 RA
    CASE Locations: LA, RA                                                 0.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA    R: SH+UA

Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
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HAG-30                                       RA        6         8        13.00
HAG-30                                       LA        6         8        13.00
Heavy Large Laser                            RT        18        3         4.00
Heavy Large Laser                            LT        18        3         4.00
@HAG-30 (16)                                 RT        -         4         4.00
@HAG-30 (16)                                 LT        -         4         4.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 0

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:     10    Points: 30
3          6       6       3       0      4     1   Structure:  8
Special Abilities: OMNI, CASE, SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA, FLK 3/3/3

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Prince posted this 16 January 2018

I'll jot some thoughts down- mind you, I have a thing with 100-on clan death machines, so gain of salt and all that.

Prime is your typical homebrew clan assault, but does get points for following the Devastator in obvious ways. It's got a LOT of ammo tho, which I'm not sure if that fits even the Exiled wolves- but I understand that it can't take another ton of guns without making that computer even bigger.

I want to like A, but the LB-10 is an odd choice for a clan gun since it's so underwhelming compared to other clan weapons.

B is a real nice street slugger.

C's use of the LB-20 is a little odd to me, since it doesn't have any synergy with it's other guns. Since it's already the token ATM build, why not more ATM-9s? It can fit two more and another couple tons of ammo.

D is my least favorite. Heavy Large Lasers are a tall order for any mech, as they are likely the most inefficient clan gun in terms of heat and BV- and worse, HAGs are partially in the same boat! I could see carrying one HAG gun for good anti-air, but I would strongly consider replacing them for banks of LRMs- which I replace nearly on a 1-1 basis.

icehellion posted this 16 January 2018

Aren't Chihuahua smaller than the original ones?

Snowjeepney posted this 18 January 2018

@Prince - Configuration D was intentionally bad  I have tried again and again to create a more efficient variant that features HAGs and Heavy Lasers, but eventually felt this flawed variant would best complement the other configurations.

(  I.E.  "New Tech " does not always equal to "Better")

 

@ Ice Hellion - the Alces is part of the series of Omnimechs under the "Project Chihuahua" armory.  There are five designs overall, and I'm currently working on creating a "sort of" armory in the same vein as the ones posted by Lasergunner.  Speaking of which,I should label all five with the "Project Chihuahua" label; that might help.

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