It is really ridiculously OP. WAY worse then Daishi C's which I use as my test case in MegaMek, and which I had just barely just started beating pretty easy with Improved Jump Jets and LBXs before reading about this thing. Ferro-Lamellor and Reinforced Structure plus 4 iATM 9s with 13 tons of ammo, CASE 2, Nova CEWS and Torso-Mounted Cockpit? Geez I am glad Society did not win the Reaving.
Anyways, maybe Reactive Armor plus AMS. I was really wanting to make Mechs which take advantage of Silver Bullet Gauss a major factor, but that is now out the window. MRM Carriers could do well with Reactive Armor, but the Osteon can take them at range. Honestly, I don't think there is much in the Mech cost/effective weapons config to counter the Osteon effectively. Maybe super specialists could work- maybe- but that would be countered by the Clans just switching to another variant and then case closed.
I mean maybe battle armor, but an Osteon can be expected to have a reasonable amount of support. Especially with Protomechs running around, those guys are really nasty in numbers at close range and they are also very fast.
Edited to add: So maybe Super-Heavy Mechs, if the Clans are too stupid to use artillery and aerospace, or if you can give them reactive Armor? I mean a super-heavy Mech will shred an Osteon head-on. Super-Heavy plus AMS plus Reactive Armor maybe? That means even if Clans use Artillery (which they have almost never used much of before) and Aerospace maybe, IF backed by MRM Carriers with Apollo or Kanazuchi (from a DCMS perspective, other Houses are on their own with respect to this problem). I mean, if done right, it could work, Clans could counter with Warship bombardment, but that would be foolish of them, and they are not fools, just chauvanists.
So yeah, maybe Super-Heavies could counter Clan Osteon-equivalents (note- I am not limiting this discussion to only the Osteon, but any equivalent the Clans could create if they decided to restart the Invasion). That would leave other forces to counter Proto-Mechs.
You'd have to mess with Dropship production and that probably kills the plan, right or no?
Edited by PaintedWolf, 28 July 2012 - 03:01 PM.