SOLARIS7: BATTLEMECH TECHNICAL READOUT: ARCHIVE ID #519
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2004
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BattleMech Technical Readout
Inner Sphere / 3025
Level 1, Standard design
Foundation Type 10X Standard
300 Vlar Fusion
Durallex Heavy Special Standard
1 Deathgiver Autocannon/20
1 Doombud LRM 20
4 Hellion-V Medium Lasers
1 Thunderstroke SRM 6
Manufacturer: Yori 'Mech Works, Defiance Industries, Independence Weaponry
Location: Al'Nair, Hesperus II, Quentin
Communications System: Army Comm. Class 5
Targeting & Tracking System: Army Corporation Type 29K
The sight of BattleMechs lumbering across the terrain is a familiar one among the worlds of the Inner Sphere. Nevertheless, the sight of an AS7-D Atlas still manages to make even experienced MechWarriors break out in a sweat and brings the bitter taste of bile to their mouths.
The Atlas was designed as a last-ditch attempt to ensure the superiority of the Star League's Regular Army over the growing armies of the House Lords. It was an understandable reaction to the Cameron edicts passed from 2751 to 2761 by the High Council, which permitted the five Lords to double the size of their personal armies. General Kerensky himself set down the specifications for the Atlas. He said it should be "a 'Mech as powerful as possible, as impenetrable as possible, and as ugly and foreboding as conceivable, so that fear itself will be our ally."
Ugly and foreboding are two apt descriptions for the Atlas. Though some 'Mechs might be taller and heavier, none have the Atlas' aura. Considerable effort went into making the Atlas' weapons as visible as possible, giving an opposing MechWarrior plenty of opportunity to see that he is outgunned and to decide he is not being paid enough to die. Designers spent an entire year fashioning the head and cockpit to create a perfect merging of function and gruesomeness. The result was a complete success, and so MechWarriors nicknamed the Atlas "Death's Head".
The Atlas was the first 'Mech to mount such a large and devastating autocannon. Even though it carries only ten rounds for its Class 20 AC, the mere threat of such a large autocannon is often enough to send some 'Mechs scurrying. The weapon's only problem is that it lacks a cooling jacket and can overheat easily.
The Atlas' long-range missile delivery system is a unique design. Upon discovering that 20 launching tubes would not fit into the 'Mech's torso, the designers decided to install five tubes with a feed system that can shoot four salvos within ten seconds. The feed system is fairly reliable, and Techs need only worry about shielding the ammo from heat emitted from the nearby reactor. Reloading is quick, as each missile tube system has its own ammunition clip. Completely loaded, the missile system can shoot twelve salvos of 20 missiles. The large aperture between the two missile systems may look like another weapon, but it is the omnicoupling, where power and coolant cables can be attached to start up or repair the Atlas.
The 'Mech's armor is thick, and the forward torso and legs are especially well protected. Someone once calculated that if a battalion of Stinger 'Mechs engaged an Atlas, the Atlas would retire for repairs an hour later, leaving only one Stinger still able to move.
The head is roomy enough to support a small disk antenna, giving the Atlas limited surface-to-space communications. When entering battle, the pilot can fold up the antenna and stow it in a protected portion of the Atlas' head.
The three medium lasers and short-range missiles make the 'Mech a good close-range fighter, while its internal structure gives the arms and hands enormous power. This has created many horror stories concerning Atlases and their ability to pick-up medium-sized 'Mechs with one hand and fling them to the ground as though they were mere toys.
The main drawback of the Atlas is its slow speed. Intelligent opponents will retreat before the forbidding machine, hoping either to draw it into tight quarters, such as a city or woods, or sucker it into water or mud. Once there, the Atlas' lack of mobility is compounded. If a company depends on an Atlas for fire support, then a wily enemy will hit and run, hoping to draw the swifter 'Mechs away from the slow Atlas.
The Atlas was first used against Stefan the Usurper. In the final battles to gain control of Earth's major spaceports, the Atlas was instrumental in securing beachheads to allow troops to land safely.
General Kerensky's second-in-command, General DeChavilier, spearheaded the final assault on the Usurper's last stronghold, the Imperial City. He continually exposed his Atlas to enemy fire, yet marched on as if the laser bolts, missiles, and cannon shells were nothing more than the annoying buzz of flies. When DeChavilier's Atlas pushed over the concrete outer wall surrounding the Imperial Palace, Kerensky headed for the Usurper's palace gates in his Orion.
Considering the Atlas' raw power, it is no wonder that Kerensky wanted all Atlases to accompany him into his self-imposed exile. Oddly, more than two-thirds of the pilots who refused to join him were Atlas pilots. Perhaps they felt that they could better their social standing by remaining in the Inner Sphere. The remaining Atlases and those still being produced on Hesperus and Quentin continue to inspire terror wherever they tread.
With the passing years, it has become difficult to replace many Atlas parts, as most supplies have been destroyed or exhausted. The Atlas can use slightly different weapon designs, but they invariably decrease the size of the 'Mech's interior.
Notable 'Mechs & MechWarriors:
As for modifications, few Successor Lords have tried to tamper with success. Some have replaced the medium lasers on the 'Mech's hands with large lasers. This variant is only moderately successful, however, as the new lasers are unreliable when tied into the already-taxed battle computer.
MechWarrior Rodney Van Kleven
A member of the elite 6th Syrtis Fusiliers, Rodney Van Kleven is an aristocrat with the instincts of a democrat. Extremely personable, he is well-liked by everyone from fellow MechWarriors to the lowliest ship's cook.
On the battlefield, Van Kleven uses his Atlas, which he calls the Boar's Head, like a 100 ton scout. He stomps all over the field, creating general terror in the enemy lines and almost always overheating his 'Mech. He has won several land grants, but quickly loses the titles when his 'Mech overheats and shuts down on the battlefield.
General of the Army Vasily Cherenkoff
Commander of Lord Kurita's forces, Cherenkoff's Atlas is seldom in the vicinity of a raging battle. Preferring to park his red Atlas next to a mobile HQ, he uses it only in an emergency or when inspecting troops. The general is as abrasive as he is fat. The current joke among his troops is that the Atlas is the only 'Mech that can carry his weight, and that even its leg actuators groan under the strain.
152 pts Standard
(Heat Sink Loc: 1 HD, 1 LA, 1 RA, 1 LT, 2 LL, 2 RL)
Cockpit, Life Support, Sensors:
L: Sh+UA+LA+H, R: Sh+UA+LA+H
304 pts Standard
Center Torso (Rear):
L/R Side Torso:
L/R Side Torso (Rear):
Weapons & Equipment:
(Ammo Loc: 2 RT)
1 LRM 20
(Ammo Loc: 2 LT)
2 Medium Lasers
1 Medium Laser
1 Medium Laser
1 SRM 6
(Ammo Loc: 1 LT)
Crits & Tons Left:
Cost per BV:
2,120 / 2,120 (Ratio = 1.36 / 1.36)
SRDmg = 30; MRDmg = 12; LRDmg = 5
MP: 3, Armor/Structure: 8/8
Damage PB/M/L: 6/5/1, Overheat: 0
Class: MA, Point Value: 16