(05 April 3049)
What is the fascination with the big boys? Itâ€™s like 80 tons might as well be an astrological symbol tattooed on MechWarrior foreheads, â€˜cause itâ€™s all they can dream about.
And the Dragoonsâ€™ Zeta Battalion doesnâ€™t help matters, gents. What, they peek over a shoulder when they copied down the Lyran playbookâ€¦or they just steal it whole hog? Sets a bad example. â€˜Cause only those crazy, elite pilots can pull off what they do with three thousand-plus tons of war-forged metal they fling around like theyâ€™re scout pilots.
For the rest of usâ€¦sure, assault â€™Mechs have their place, but itâ€™s a place. A part of a whole. You donâ€™t stomp around carrying a giant hammer everywhere ya go. You bring it out when the jobâ€™s right. And most jobs arenâ€™t gonna need it. Give me a medium-weight, fast â€™Mech and Iâ€™ll show you a jack-of-all trades I can make fit whatever hole you need.
And donâ€™t get me started on upkeep costs, gents. Theyâ€™re brutal for assault â€™Mechs. MechWarriors may pine on and on for an Atlas, like a lover swooning over a pin-up girl. But Iâ€™ve faced it across a dozen battlefields and its bite falls well below its bark. Whatâ€™s more, those big boys get in trouble if you donâ€™t have the fast scouts to tell you when your slow-poker is getting flanked.
Then again, donâ€™t go believinâ€™ you can just get away with lights, eitherâ€¦donâ€™t mean to pitch any such thing. Itâ€™s a fine medley youâ€™re looking to createâ€¦the right mix of speed, weights and firepower for a given battlefield. If you think you can just walk your tried-and-true lance comp into any situation, wellâ€¦let me know when youâ€™re off-world so I can clean out your kits back home.
Keep it locked and loaded, gents.
â€”Jacob Hardenson, MercNet