First with the convention, in an unusual twist there are three Battletech games at the con. Usually there is only one large game run on Saturday, but this year, there is a smaller game on Friday night and my game Sunday morning. I hope the increase in games will not dwindle the available players. As for getting ready, I’m just about there, I just need to finish printing out some reference charts and packing the minis with foam so they don’t get damaged. It should be a good weekend, and I’ll be sure to give a good write-up Monday night when I get back to Sacramento.
Now I would like to present a Clan Snow Raven R-team of Beta Galaxy: Storm Crow Galaxy. Wait, what’s an “R-team” you might ask. Well an R-team is a specialized Raven unit I ran across while reading Battletech Field Manual Warden Clans 1711. On page 123 under Unit Structure (chapter written by Chris Hartford and Michael Koennecke) there is a small blurb about R-teams. It seems because Clan Snow Raven experienced a lot of problems (getting nuked) when they formed and because they are very aerospace heavy, they have small teams that quickly scrounge the battlefield to recover salvage so they can maintan their small groung forces. the book states:
Within select Snow Raven units are stars known as R-teams, which serve as reclamation units. An unusual hybrid of warriors and technicians, such units [are] comprise[d] of two Mechs, two Points of Elementals and a team of technicians. They are charged which securing battlefield salvage for the clan, often while under enemy fire. While the warrior contingent secures the area, the technician crews salvage any usable material. The R-team may then either call in appropriate transport vehicles to remove the isorla, or the unit’s Mechs can manhandle the equipment back to friendly lines (all R-team Mechs are equipped with hands and carry nets). The technicians attached to these teams are trained to defend themselves.
So I have a complete R-team finished as well as one of the vehicles they might call in to hull away salvage—an Anhur. I will have the other nine vehicles complete in the coming weeks. As for the R-team itself, it is comprised of one Viper (Dragonfly), one Mist Lynx (Koshi), two points of Elementals (laser and machine gun), and a team of technicians comprised of infantry from GHQ on one stand.
Please enjoy the photos and let me here what you think of a unit like an R-team in Battletech and beyond into any Sci-fi or post-apocalyptic setting. Do you think it’s feasible? What other assets should they be using? What would be a good battle scenario to build around this unit and its accompanying non-combat units?