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Asmoridin wrote:
Are the Shrapnel magazines worth purchasing? Are they mostly fiction? Is there a decent amount of gaming related content in them?

I'm considering picking some up (they are pretty affordable), I'm just curious what I should expect from them, in general. I can see a summary of what's included... but not really an indication of how much of what is in there (is it 90% fiction and 10% game-related stuff, etc).


If you go to masterunit list, sources, and search shrapnel, then you can see what is in each one. So far my experience has been that Shrapnel introduces one, maybe 2 variants of existing mechs per issue, some quite odd- there's a Thunder Stallion variant used by the Lyrans and Jade Falcons, for example.

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 Gitzbitah wrote:
Asmoridin wrote:
Are the Shrapnel magazines worth purchasing? Are they mostly fiction? Is there a decent amount of gaming related content in them?

I'm considering picking some up (they are pretty affordable), I'm just curious what I should expect from them, in general. I can see a summary of what's included... but not really an indication of how much of what is in there (is it 90% fiction and 10% game-related stuff, etc).


If you go to masterunit list, sources, and search shrapnel, then you can see what is in each one. So far my experience has been that Shrapnel introduces one, maybe 2 variants of existing mechs per issue, some quite odd- there's a Thunder Stallion variant used by the Lyrans and Jade Falcons, for example.

That's just for the 'Mechs, Combat Vees, Aerospace Fighters etc.which show up in the magazine. For the full contents you can check out Sarna:

https://www.sarna.net/wiki/Shrapnel_(magazine)

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chaos0xomega wrote:
I really want those Urbie variants.

 VictorVonTzeentch wrote:
 Ghaz wrote:
 TalonZahn wrote:
I'm concerned about the scale of those tanks/vees in relation to the current metals.

None of the current metals are in scale. The new vees are in scale with each other and the new 'Mechs.


These metals are in scale with the Catalyst models, as they are based on the same designs.

https://www.ironwindmetals.com/index.php/categories/cat-battletech/cat-bt-ncm


I take full credit for the existence of this page. I bitched about there not being a quick way to identify which minis were being released in "catalyst scale" on the forums. After some back and forth where IWM pushed back on the idea that this was needed, they relented and now the page exists.


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A brief update on the Alpha Strike box from the BattleTech Forums

Cubby wrote:AS Box is on a ship, due in the warehouse early November. Hoping the turnaround into distribution will be quick. Understand that as much as y'all want it, distributors want it at least as much if not more. There's a lot of heat around this product, so we're not at all going to sit on it.

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BattleTech wrote:The Urbies are here! The Urbies are here! The Urbies are here!
The UrbanMech Company Box is now available in the Catalyst Game Labs web store! https://bg.battletech.com/.../urbanmech-company-box-now.../
   
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beast_gts wrote:
BattleTech wrote:The Urbies are here! The Urbies are here! The Urbies are here!
The UrbanMech Company Box is now available in the Catalyst Game Labs web store! https://bg.battletech.com/.../urbanmech-company-box-now.../

You missed the important part (i.e., the price)

   
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Bad news for those who were looking forward to getting a Glass Spider in the Kickstarter. From the BattleTech Forums:

Anthony Scroggins gave away that it won't be in the Kickstarter. But as you say, they created a prototype and that probably means it's coming out in plastic. I guess it'll feature as part of an IlClan-era mercenary pack?

It looks like we'll be getting this 'Mech instead...

[Thumb - Grizzly Concept Sketch.jpg]


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Okay, what is the deal with Urbanmech love? BATTLETECH: URBANMECH COMPANY BOX







   
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You could say that the UrbanMech is BattleTech's equivalent of squigs, snotlings, etc.

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 Ghaz wrote:
You could say that the UrbanMech is BattleTech's equivalent of squigs, snotlings, etc.


So it's more of a meme than an actual great mech?




It's the Tie FIghter of Battletech?

   
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 adamsouza wrote:
 Ghaz wrote:
You could say that the UrbanMech is BattleTech's equivalent of squigs, snotlings, etc.


So it's more of a meme than an actual great mech?




It's the Tie FIghter of Battletech?


yeah honestly it's pure meme.

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 Ghaz wrote:
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It looks like we'll be getting this 'Mech instead...

I rather like the Grizzly. It's performed well every time I've deployed it.

And it looks like the artist has done a bang up job as usual.

Here's my IWM model.

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So there's a guy making his own map sheets and, well, they're pretty nice.

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 Ghaz wrote:
Anthony Scroggins gave away that it won't be in the Kickstarter. But as you say, they created a prototype and that probably means it's coming out in plastic. I guess it'll feature as part of an IlClan-era mercenary pack?
It looks like we'll be getting this 'Mech instead...
So we are getting the Grizzly.

I saw a few people on the official site asking about that as a potential inclusion. Good to see it show up.


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 H.B.M.C. wrote:
So there's a guy making his own map sheets and, well, they're pretty nice.



I picked up one of their king of the hill maps a while back, hadn't see the island map yet. I'm trying to figure out what kind of scenario I could use that for...

   
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 adamsouza wrote:
Okay, what is the deal with Urbanmech love? BATTLETECH: URBANMECH COMPANY BOX








It's like infantry. One dude with a rifle is helpless before a 'mech unless he has plot armor. A battalion can wreck a mech in one go.

Likewise, one UrbanMech is pretty useless. Twelve can dominate the whole area in range of their AC/10s, especially in dense terrain. You need significant long-range firepower to root out a company of UrbanMechs.

And let's face it. There are a lot of bad 'Mechs in BattleTech. As one of (if not THE) worst of the lot, it becomes a challenge to make good use of them in the actual game.


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 adamsouza wrote:


It's the Tie FIghter of Battletech?


That's a good way to look at it... at least from a PC's point of view. The OPFOR has to cover large numbers of targets simultaneously, while you are only attacking one. Having a cheap company of relatively static defenders allows you to economize, and reinforce the point of actual attack with mobile reserves. So if the PCs attack in, say, two lances or a company, a company of Urbies backed up by a lance of fast heavies is a reasonable OPFOR. They probably outclass all the defenders individually, but are outnumbered. This makes the victory all the more meaningful.

And if the OPFOR wins, well, winning with UrbanMechs is pretty special too.

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each one carrying a nuclear reactor and mechwarrior inside don't sound cheap.

AC/10's in carriages would probably last longer too if hidden in ambush.
   
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 Pointman wrote:
each one carrying a nuclear reactor and mechwarrior inside don't sound cheap.

AC/10's in carriages would probably last longer too if hidden in ambush.


It is a matter of comparison. micro fusion reactors are cheap in the battletech universe as an "old" common technology. and a single mechwarrior is far cheaper than training an entire tank crew.


In the right setting the urbie does just fine. i once ran a scenario game where i had 3 of them along with some light tanks as part of a corporate defense force defending a factory.

The players had infantry, APCs and a couple medium mechs. in that game the urbies did the job just fine.




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An update on some BattleTech books (not novels) from the BattleTech Forums:

Cubby wrote:Universe is still coming, it's been much more of a bear to get across the finish line than we could have imagined, coupled with getting pushed back in favor of some other opportunities that have come up. Still planned--we really want this book out as the definitive setting guide, it's a big part of our strategy to bring folks into the ilClan era.

Brush Wars is very much alive, near-daily progress on that. We'd hoped to drop the series of products for the first installment of season 1 this month, but that looks like it'll be pushed possibly to next month. The product developer, Mendrugo on these forums, has written an intro I'd like to publish in the next week or two.

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Whelp, I decided to indulge the meme and order the Urbies.

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I already have a company of Urbs...

But I guess its time for TWO companies!

And when they release those alt weapons Urbs, I'll have THREE companies (or, one Battalion)!


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I got a copy of the new Alpha Strike, very nice set.

The one thing of note, to me at least, is that the minis are a darker more solid plastic and have FAR less flash/slip lines.

These minis are a big jump up in quality.



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 TalonZahn wrote:
I got a copy of the new Alpha Strike, very nice set.

The one thing of note, to me at least, is that the minis are a darker more solid plastic and have FAR less flash/slip lines.

These minis are a big jump up in quality.


That has my interest. I just received my Urbanmech company box and picked one out at random, I didn't notice a difference in the plastic itself but it was a very clean cast with minimal mold marks. Looking forward to the AS box!

   
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I got three Salvage Boxes alongside the Wolf's Dragoons box, and got a Stone Rhino, Supernova & Marauder IIC - so I'm pretty happy with that!
   
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Honestly the ADHOC star is one of the best sets. warhammer IIc, marauder IIc, hunchback IIc, super nova and stone rhino.

The rest of the boxes are a mix of good and not so good mechs or they mix iconic mechs from various factions together. i understand it is great marketing. but who really wants to have to buy 3 different sets to get all the iconic jade falcon mechs?




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Doing faction boxes alongside faction books seems like a good idea.
   
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that would actually be kind of nice-

A falcon star with a turkina, warhawk, night gyr, summoner, black lanner




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 aphyon wrote:
Honestly the ADHOC star is one of the best sets. warhammer IIc, marauder IIc, hunchback IIc, super nova and stone rhino.

That's the Clan Heavy Star. The Ad Hoc Star has the Kodiak and a bunch of Lights in it.

I'm not as much a fan of the Salvage boxes as many people are. I like to know what I'm getting, and I hate getting duplicates of 'Mechs I think are lack luster. Someone gave me a Salvage box last night (nice of them), but it was a Crusader. Not a 'Mech I like to use, generally. I ended up giving it someone who was looking in to starting the game.

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I've gotten into Alpha Strike recently. Enjoy it - can play two games in the same time it'd take to play a game of 40k.



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The Salvage boxes are an impulse buy and a gotcha. They're cheap enough to buy one at a whim at a FLGS and some people love the excitement of the randomness.

I'm with you though. I prefer to buy the boxes where I know what I am getting,

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No points for this fellow as it's just a fine tuning of the original artwork. Can't wait to add him to my 2nd St. Ives Lancers. Now I just need the Emperor, Yu Huang, Helios, Ti T'sang, Thunder, Men Shen and Sha Yu and I'll be ready to go...

[Thumb - Pillager Concept Sketch.png]


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