Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Horseman APC (Tracked) - "Lupus"
War Booty from Dunkelheim
Horseman Tracked APC “Lupus” (10 tons)
Power Plant : 60 Fusion
Cruise Speed : 64.0 kph
Flank Speed : 97.4 kph
Armor : StarSlab/3 (Armor Factor 48) : 3.0 tons
Front – 12
Right Side – 10
Left Side – 10
Rear – 10
Turret – 6
Armament : 2 “Green Plasma” Flamers (Turret)
Cargo (Infantry) – (Body)
Communicationms System : LongCom
Targeting and Tracking System : OptiTrack Techniques
Manufacturer : Dunkelheim Manufacturing and Services Solutions
Notes : -
Overview : Infantry is the backbone of any military organization. AeroSpace might dominate the skies and BattleMEchs may mount more firepower than any other weapons platform, but for taking an objective and holding it, making precision strikes, providing relief and any of another hundred missions, nothing compares with the efficiency and effectiveness of infantry. Though undervalued by neophyte cadets and armchair generals far from the front lines, every working military knows defeat or victory will depend on how well their infantry rises to the occasion. And infantry’s impact depends upon their ability to get where they need to be and when they need to be there.
APCs are the vehicles charged with getting troops in and out of a combat zone. The three basic designs currently in use date to their establishment by the Star League and have been in continuous production, virtually unchanged, for centuries.
Capabilites : The most robust and dependable of APCs, tracked versions are capable of bringing their cargo across any terrain. Mounting only half the firepower of hover or wheeled variants, they remain the vehicle of choice when battle is joined on unfamiliar ground. They are best known for being able to get anywhere and bring their infantry cargo into the depths of enemy controlled territory safely and quickly.
Deployment : Every military in the Inner Sphere employs each type of APC. Utilization of its infantry, however, varies from Houe to House, though, and thus APCs may only be found in second-line garrison duties in the DCMS, or they serve as front-line forces with House Steiner, or as an organic compound to all military formations with House Davion.
Variants : These obiquitous vehicles are produced in many factory variants, and are frequently modified by individual units in the field. Some militaries – namely planetary militias lacking financial resources – convert them into weapons platforms to support deployed ground forces with varying degrees of success. The simplest method replaces the infantry bays with simple MGs and more ammo, but other variants can get quite extensive. Smaller SRM and LRM launchers are known to be used in APCs, as are documented instances of hover APCs employing advanced sensors packages and used as scouts in the Taurian Concordat and the MArian Hegemony. Though mounting these improved sensors makes some sense in the light, highly mobile hover APC, the removal of its defensive MGs often mitigates their use, as it presents an unnacceptable potential of loss for a highly valuable sensor array.
The Horseman-Class of tracked APCs was produced by GeoForce Vehicles (a now defunct Terran corporation), and features the surprising 60-rated fusion engine, designed to support a pair of “Green Plasma” Combat Flamers, with an improved armor protection as well. The turret is noteworthy for being very low-set, giving the vehicle a reduced combat profile. The interior cabin of the infantry bay has extended cargo stores, providing spare ammunition, medical supplies and even a couple “advisors” to accompany each squad so deployed. Due to these additional abilities, the Horseman was often employed by scout forces, giving them a great deal of freedom to perform independent operations. Due to its popular rated engines, however, most were cannibalized for armor and engines early in the 2nd Succession Wars, and few have survived intact on today’s battlefields.
Infantry are often considered the craziest of all combat troops. To enhance this image and strike fear into tehir opponents, they often paint their carriers in bright, garish colors that reveal their position to anyone within sighting distance.
The primary vehicle of * “The Werewolves”, the “Lupus” was taken as war booty during operations on Dunkelheim. It is, at present, their only sepcial equipment, and is stored aboard the “Dingoes’ Den”.