Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Mainline Capellan Mech
CTF-1X Cataphract (70 tons)
Chassis : Earthwerks CTF
Power Plant : VOX 280
Cruise Speed : 43.5 kph (4)
Flank Speed : 64.8 kph (6)
Jump Jets : None
Jump Capacity : None
Armor : Kallon Royalstar (Armor Factor 176) : 11.0 tons
Head – 3/9
Center Torso – 202/26
Rear – 9
Right Torso – 15/16
Rear – 6
Left Torso – 15/16
Rear – 6
Right Arm – 11/22
Left Arm – 11/2
Right Leg – 15/22
Left Leg – 15/22
One (1) CeresArms Smasher PPC (RA)
Four (4) CeresArms Medium Lasers (RA, LA, RTR, LTR)
One (1) SarLon MaxiCannon Type 10 AC/10 (RT)
Ammo (AC/10) : 10 (RT)
Manufacturer Earthwerks Incorporated, Tikonox; Earthwerks Incorporated. Grand Base (Capellan Confederation).
Communications System : CommuTech Multi-Channel 10
Targeting & Tracking System : BlazeFire Sightlock
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 2/3 : y : y : y : 45 : 7 : 28 : 5 : 10 : – : n : n
Notes : -
Overview : Carver V fell to the Free World’s League in 2953, stripping the Capellan Confederation of vital heavy and assault BattleMech production facilities. The battles to liberate the world raged for three years, and when the dust cleared, the Carver V factories had been reduced to smoking piles of rubble. As a result, the Confederation found itself desperately short of heavy BattleMechs during eh final years of the Third Succession War. Thus the Cataphract design was born from the Cappellan Confederation need for a new heavy BattleMech. Its introduction is considered the crowning achievement of Capellan technology.
Capabilities : Ruined by the Succession Wars, the Confederation’s industrial base had been ravaged to the point that it was almost incapable of manufacturing anything bigger than the VND-1R Vindicator. However, a number of factories could still manufacture parts. It was from this mishmash of available components that the Cataphract was born.
Unkindly given the nickname “FrankenMech”, on paper the Cataphract certainly resembles the shambling pile of jury-rigged parts that occasionally grace the battlefields of the Succession Wars. The legs, torso and right arm are based on the Marauder, and numerous components of the Phoenix Hawk are also incorporated in the design. The left arm is taken from a Shadow Hawk (according to its original prototype blueprints). But unlike the familiar jury-rigged mechanical nightmares of most repairs in the Succession Wars, the Cataphract was carefully designed and engineered for their role in the machine. While perhaps not aesthetically pleasing, it is functionally and (perhaps more critically) something that can be produced within the Confederation.
Layered with armor, the Cataphract can easily absorb damage, but even more importantly, deal it out too. At longer ranges, the CeresArms Smasher (borrowed from Vindicator production) and the SarLon MaxiCannon combine in a vicious punch. Close -in, the quartet of CeresArms medium lasers provide short-range firepower to both front and rear.
Deployment : The Cataphract is intended to become the Capellan front-line heavy BattleMech, and is seen in wide production for its military as a result.
Variants : The only known production variant is the CTF-2X, which adds two tons of armor at the expense of two heat sinks. A Firmir MaxiLase large laser replaces the PPC, and both torso lasers all fire forward. The arm-mounted medium lasers are replaced by a Hovertec Quad SRM-4 launcher on the left arm. The 2X also carries a necessary extra ton of ammunition for the autocannon.