Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Medium Recon Support Mech
GRF-1N Griffin (55 tons)
Chassis : Earthwerks GRF
Power Plant : CoreTek 275
Cruise Speed : 54.0 kph (5)
Flank Speed : 86.4 kph (8)
Jump Jets : Smithson Lifters
Jump Capacity : 150 m (5)
Armor : Starshield A (Armor Factor 152) : 9.5 tons
Head – 3/9
Center Torso – 18/20
Rear – 7
Right Torso – 13/20
Rear – 6
Left Torso – 13/20
Rear – 6
Right Arm – 9/14
Left Arm – 9/14
Right Leg – 13/18
Left Leg – 13/18
Armament : 1 Fusigon Particle Projection Cannon (RA)
1 Delta Dart Long Range Missile Ten-Rack (RT)
Ammo (LRM) : 24 (RT)
Jump Jets (2 RT, 2 LT, CT)
Communicationms System : Neil 6000
Targeting & Tracking System : Octagon Tartrac, System C
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 1/1 : n : n : n : 90 : 6 : 31 : 6 : 8 : – : n : n
Overview One of the first designs to fill the void between the massive Mackie and the smaller recon Mechs, the Griffin was considered an advanced design for its era. With the mobility of a recon unit and the firepower and armor of a heavy Mech, the Earthwerks’ creation reigned supreme on the battelfield soon after its line production. When other MEch designs finally caught-up to the Griffin, it was relegated to filling the role of a mobile fire-support unit.
Capabilities : Fast and equipped with substantial long-range striking power, the Girffin is a favorite of pilots and commanders. With two tons of ammo for the LRMs, and nearly ten tons of armor, the Griffin has staying power as long as the pilot watches their heat levels. The only notable weaknesses the Mech possesses are the lack of short-ranged weapons and the concentration of weaponry on the right side.
A Lyran Griffin and Black Knight battled a Davion Grasshopper and Trebuchet on New Earth in the Second Succession Wars over a cache of Stingrays. With the Griffin providing fire support, the Knight closed but collapsed after inflicting massive damage. When a well-placed PPC shot detonated the Trebuchet’s ammunition, the combat became a duel between two abused Mechs. Damage to the Mechs legs limited their mobility, and both kept collapsing. The Griffin finally backed off and used its PPC to finish off the crippled Grasshopper. After the battle, the exhausted MechWarriors found their efforts were moot – a treaty hammered out by diplomats gave the fighters back to the Free World’s League.
Deployment : Any major military will have Griffins on their roster. The Capellan Confederation is the only great House not manufacturing the proven design, but they are reported to purchase a small amount from the Taurian Concordat.
Variants : The only production variant is made on Hesperus II by Defiance Industries. The GRN-1S downgrades the PPC to a Large Laser adn the LRM-10 to a five-tube rack, but adds a pair of medium lasers and four additional heat sinks. This converts the Griffin from a long-range support Mech, into a medium-range brawler.
The GRF-1N fits well into the Iron Dingoes’ line combat units as a support Mech, and does not need any drastic changes to be useful in most any mission. Substitution of the LRM-rack for a few shorter-range weapons is likely, but no plans have been confirmed at this time.