Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Front Line Taurian Medium Mech
TLS-1B Talos (50 tons)
Chassis : Vandenburg Technologies Medium-III
Power Plant : Nissan 200
Cruise Speed : 43.5 kph (4)
Flank Speed : 64.8 kph (6)
Jump Jets : none
Jump Capacity : None
Heat Sinks : 10
Armor : Hoyt StarPlate 3 (Armor Factor 136) : 8.5 tons
Head – 3/9
Center Torso – 16/22
Rear – 5
Right Torso – 12/20
Rear – 4
Left Torso – 12/20
Rear – 4
Right Arm – 8/10
Left Arm – 8/10
Right Leg – 12/16
Left Leg – 12/16
One (1) Westen Heavy Autocannon AC/10 (RA)
Ammo (AC) : 20 (RT)
Two (2) Delta Dart LRM-5 Racks (RT)
Ammo (LRM) : 24 (RT)
One (1) Delta Bolt-6 SRM-6 Rack (LT)
Ammo (SRM) : 15 (LT)
Manufacturer : Vandenberg MilTech, New Vandenberg (Taurian Concordat – Discontinued 2598 )
Communications System : Kensu-Mocom Angelia-II
Targeting & Tracking System : Rushpoint TT2B5
Notes : Cost = 3,400,000 Cs.
BattleTech Tracking Stats : – : 1/1 : n : n : n : 45 : 6 : 31 : 4 : 8 : – : n : n
Overview : The first two decades of the 26th century saw both the Capellan Confederation and the Federated Suns deploy more and more advanced BattleMech designs against each other. The Taurian Defense Force knew it had to expand its own BattleMech forces to be prepared for the day either or both turned their full attentions towards the Concordat, and solicited requirements for a new Taurian Mech in 2521. Vandenberg Heavy Industry, one of the Concordat’s largest IndustrialMech manufacturers, had recently formed Vandenberg MilTech to produce captured and re-engineered Inner Sphere BattleMechs, and was ready to begin producing its own unique designs. Drawing upon the TDF’s experience with the TR-A-6 Toro, as well as its many Inner Sphere “knock-offs”, Vandenberg MilTech created a modern BattleMech taht was easy to produce, capable of holding its own on the battlefield, and was well-received by the veterans who piloted the prototypes through field trials.
Capabilities : Time and again, TDF MechWarriors complained about the poor heat management capabilities of their BattleMechs available to them. Though they might have devastating firepower at their fingertips, the price of such decisive fire often left them incapable of exploiting their opponent’s losses, or worse, left them vulnerable to counter-attack. At the same time, logistics were looking for lighter designs that required less maintenance, and would be easier to move within the limited cargo capacities of the many early transports available to the national star navies.
Vandenberg MilTech designed the Talos with all these concerns in mind. As a medium Mech, it was less expensive and required less maintenance than the heavier designs favored by the Federated Suns and the Terran Hegemony. Moreover, TDF MechWarriors found it much easier to learn to pilot. With a top speed of 64 kph, the Talos equaled the majority of League and House “Line” Mech designs, and its short stature made unloading and storage easier.
All of these qualities, of course, would have been irrelevant without a sufficiently powerful range of armaments. The designers relied on proven autocannon and missile systems, arrayed for layered fire, to better provide for heat resolution. The Westen Heavy autocannon, long praised by Taurian armor crews for its accuracy and reliability, was the Talos’ primary weapon system. Backed by a battery of both long- and short-range missiles, giving the Talos the ability to hit at all ranges, though decisive fire at the longest ranges required massed sustained fire by an entire lance of Talos. Given the relative problems with ranged fire in the Age of War, however, this was not considered a drawback by wither the Mech’s designers nor its pilots., though as the Age of War ground into the Star League era, more and more Talos pilots began to demand a better upgrade or replacement.
Deployment : The Taurian Defense Force accepted its first shipments of the Talos in the spring of 2532, after nearly eight years of development and prototype testing led to numerous minor upgrades. By the end of the decade, the Talos had made its way into every Taurian BattleMech battalion, and was on its way to replacing many other older and less capable line Mechs.
Vandenberg MilTech continued production of the Talos for nearly five decades, selling just over half its production runs into the military of the Rim World’s Republic, the Magistracy of Canopus and even the Outworld’s Alliance. As military technology and doctrine matured, however, the TDF began looking for more modern and capable designs, prompting Vandenberg MilTech to begin rotating its Talos out of production as the Reunification War began. Nevertheless, with thousands of the unit built, the Talos remained in service within the Periphery armies, as well as some border House units well until the end of the Succession Wars era.
Variants : Neither Vandenberg MilTech, nor the TDF ever produced any official production variants of the Talos, save from regular upgrades to its subsystems. Nevertheless, given the nature of the Periphery units, and the sheer quantity of the machines in those regions, the Talos quickly became one of the most customized designs of the era.