Venom SDR-9KCv

  • Last Post 31 August 2017
Luxan posted this 30 August 2017

Haven't designed anything in a while, but inspiration struck.

Venom SDR-9KCv

Mass: 35 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Chassis Config: Biped
Rules Level: Experimental Tech
Era: Clan Invasion
Tech Rating/Era Availability: E/X-X-E-A
Production Year: 3075
Cost: 7,926,773 C-Bills
Battle Value: 767

Chassis: Crucis-II, Newhart Endo-Steel
Power Plant: VOX 280 Fusion XL Engine
Walking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Maximum Speed: 129.6 km/h
Jump Jets: Rawlings 75
    Jump Capacity: 240 meters
Armor: Kallon FWL Special Light Ferro-Fibrous
    1 Mithril Wyrm Large Vibroblade
    3 Diverse Optics ER Small Lasers
    1  C3 Computer (Slave)
Manufacturer: Nimakachi Fusion Products Limited
    Primary Factory: Lapida II
Communications System: Omicron 4002 Networking Channel
Targeting and Tracking System: TRSS Eagle Eye

Equipment           Type                         Rating                   Mass  
Internal Structure: Endo-Steel                    58 points                2.00
    Internal Locations: 6 LA, 4 RA, 2 LL, 2 RL
Engine:             XL Fusion Engine             280                       8.00
    Walking MP: 8
    Running MP: 12
    Jumping MP: 8 Standard
    Jump Jet Locations: 4 LT, 4 RT                                         4.00
Heat Sinks:         Double Heat Sink             10(20)                    0.00
Gyro:               XL                                                     1.50
Cockpit:            Standard                                               3.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA+LA+H    R: SH+UA+LA+H
Armor:              Light Ferro-Fibrous          AV - 118                  7.00
    Armor Locations: 1 HD, 3 LT, 3 RT

                                                      Internal       Armor      
                                                      Structure      Factor     
                                                Head     3            9         
                                        Center Torso     11           15        
                                 Center Torso (rear)                  6         
                                           L/R Torso     8            11        
                                    L/R Torso (rear)                  5         
                                             L/R Arm     6            12        
                                             L/R Leg     8            16        

Equipment                                 Location    Heat    Critical    Mass  
2 ER Small Lasers                            RT        4         2         1.00
ER Small Laser                               LT        2         1         0.50
C3 Computer (Slave)                          LT        0         1         1.00
Large Vibroblade                             RA        -         4         7.00
                                            Free Critical Slots: 2

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      4    Points: 8
8j         1       1       0       0      1     0   Structure:  2
Special Abilities: C3S, MEL, ENE, MHQ1, SRCH, ES, SEAL, SOA

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Luxan posted this 30 August 2017

Although it’s a rare occurrence, sometimes a customized 'mech from the Solaris 
VII arenas inspires a production model for front line deployment. In this case, 
the inspiration was the "Iaido", a customized Venom piloted by Hachiro Nogami. 
The Iaido, and Hachiro, gained fame in its debut match by beheading a nearly 
pristine Sasquatch in an open class arena fight. However, it wasn't arena fame 
that inspired Nimakachi's new refit kit. Rather it was the Iaido's 
effectiveness against Word of Blake forces during the Solaris VII occupation 
that inspired the refit. As it turned out, many of the Word's sophisticated 
technological advantages could be circumvented with a massive physical weapon.

The hallmark feature of the "Iaido" was its large vibroblade and the SDR-9KCv 
upgrade is built around a near replica. Almost as tall as the 'mech itself and 
weighing in at seven tons, it gives the light mech an imposing stance. 
Opponents rarely cower based on appearance alone but once in close combat the 
blade's effectiveness is terrifying. In a single stroke, it can cleave limbs 
from other light 'mechs or penetrate all but the heaviest rear armor. And the 
prodigious jump distance that the Venom is known for makes flanking opponents 
easy. The blade is also capable of decapitating or cleaving the cockpit of any 
opponent in a single swipe. It also proved devestating against battle armor, 
able to destroy all but the heaviest suits in a single blow.

While the oversized blade is terrifying, the SDR-9KCv carries little in the way 
of other weapons. Three extended range small lasers, it's only ranged weapons, 
are useless beyond 150 meters and offer only half of the raw firepower of the 
medium pulse lasers they replace. The installation of an extralight gyro and 
removal of one heat sink were further concession necessary to accommodate the 
massive blade. Finally, the original Ferro-Fibrous armor was unable to 
accommodate all of these changes. So, a Light Ferro-Fibrous armor shell 
replaces it but still maintains excellent protection for the mech's weight 

Besides the engine and jump jets, the only other equipment retained from the 
9KC base model is the C3 Slave Computer. This allows it to continue in the role 
of spotter for a C3 Lance, a role that it excels at. A pair of 9KCv's operating 
in tandem can be particularly effective allowing the pair to alternate engaging 
the enemy while the other positions to flank.

Built as a refit kit, deployment has been strictly limited to DCMS units 
already using Venoms. Deployment has also been limited by Nimakachi's 
difficulties in producing large numbers of the complex vibroblades.

A similar refit for older model Venoms is also available. Known as the 
SDK-9KAv, it can be applied to any base model with the older Crucis-II Newhart 
chassis. However, using the older, heavier chassis means sacrificing armor 
protection. Even so, this is the same level of protection, and indeed the very 
same plating, as the SDK-9KA model. Otherwise the SDK-9KAv is equivalent to the 

Hachiro's "Iaido" also employed a massive vibroblade as its primary weapon. 
However, the Iaido's secondary systems were different. Instead of the extended 
range small lasers used by the production refit, the Iaido used clan-tech micro 
pulse lasers. While offering an even shorter effective range they were more 
accurate in close quarters. This was critically important feature in the 
arenas. Also, working solo in the arenas meant the C3 Slave Computer was 
largely useless. So, early on, it was replaced with a targeting computer to 
further increase the lasers' accuracy. Just before the Jihad broke out, the 
targeting computer was removed in order to install an AES system in the right 
arm, granting dreadful vibroblade an even swifter stroke.

Notable 'Mechs & MechWarriors: 
Gunsho Hachiro Nogami: 
The nephew of Tai-i Yuko Nogami, Hachiro started his journey as a MechWarrior 
by following in the footsteps of his uncle. At a young age, he found his way to 
the Solaris VII arenas and was accepted by the Silver Dragons Stable. He even 
began piloting a Venom in the arenas, just as his uncle had. However, where his 
uncle had spent only a few years in the arenas Hachiro enjoyed many years of 
success in the arenas.

Hachiro's Solaris career started after the Great Refusal, so he felt no great 
need to cut his career short to fight for his homeland the way his uncle had. 
He also enjoyed a more successful run in the arenas. This success ultimately 
afforded him the resources needed to create the "Iaido", his customized Venom 
named for its ability to strike quickly.

Hachiro was still enjoying a successful career when the Jihad came to Solaris 
VII. He fought against the Word invaders as part of the Solaris Home Defense 
League. When the occupation of Solaris VII was finally lifted, Hachiro became 
aware of how the Jihad had affected his homeland. This finally instilled in him 
the same protective desire his uncle had felt over a decade prior. Although his 
"Iaido" had been destroyed in the fighting on Solaris, he made his way back to 
the Combine to enlist in the DCMS. He soon found himself piloting a Venom once 
again and serving in his uncle's company. And, of course, his Venom received 
the 9KCv upgrade at the earliest convenience.


Prince posted this 31 August 2017

Nice. My inner power gamer wants to drop the 8th jump jet for another ER small/Light TAG, for kicks.

Luxan posted this 31 August 2017

Yeah, I resisted the urge to completely optimize the production refit.

I still find it odd that a light mech can wield a 7-ton vibroblade with -1 to-hit but a 4-ton mace gives a +1 to-hit. But I'm happy to take advantage.