Designer:Gecarcinus / Armory:Fisher-Price Mechworks

  • Last Post 03 July 2017
Lasergunner posted this 03 July 2017


Lasergunner posted this 03 July 2017

Crockett 3025

Crockett CRK-5003-W

Custom Level 2 / 3075 Clan Invasion [Tournament Legal] Inner Sphere  Biped 85 Tons
Gecarcinus Fisher-Price Mechworks
Crockett SSW (Solaris Skunk Werks) File

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Crockett CRK-5003-W

Mass: 85 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Chassis Config: Biped
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Clan Invasion
Tech Rating/Era Availability: E/X-X-D
Production Year: 3074
Cost: 8,261,175 C-Bills
Battle Value: 2,205

Chassis: Geometric Hard Core Standard
Power Plant: Strand 255 Fusion Engine
Walking Speed: 32.4 km/h
Maximum Speed: 54.0 km/h
Jump Jets: Geotec 300
    Jump Capacity: 90 meters
Armor: Carbostrand 30 Weight AS Standard Armor
    3 Magna Hellstar PPCs
    10 Omicron 950 Medium Lasers
Manufacturer: Blankenburg Technologies
    Primary Factory: Terra
Communications System: Groundpainter 5
Targeting and Tracking System: Scope 30 RNDST

Overview, Capabilities, Deployment:

The relative success of the "Iron Crow" refit project has emboldened the design
team to continue their work in three different directions.  The first such path
is the most straitforward. 

This second-generation variant incorporates double heatsink technology in order
to add a third Magna Hellstar to the left torso, bringing ranged firepower up
to modern assault 'mech standards.  Its mobility is not upgraded, but the
retention of the practical Strand 255 engine eases the burden of repair and
upkeep.  The resulting balance should hopefully fill the space between the
conservative "retrotech" approach of the last model and the front line units of
the great houses.  The heatsinks are the only new technology, making the
upgrade as easy as possible for all involved. 

This upgrade also benefits from feedback on the last model.  The abundance of
lasers gave the hand actuators and flamers little opportunity to prove useful,
and rear-facing weapons were one of the most requested features.  The
mechanically complex custom arms were also poorly recieved by tech teams tasked
with maintaining them.  It didn't seem to help that these intricate assemblies
were primarily used as blunt weapons with all the brutality an 85 ton
battlemech could muster. 

To address these, all nonessential actuators were dropped from the arms and
each flamer is replaced with yet another Omicron 950.  Four of the lasers are
moved into the space freed up in the simplified arms.  The 'mech can now fire
two PPCs and four lasers in any direction and the luxurious laser array that
was so well-recieved is now even more terrifying.  The arm-mounting of 2/5 of
its close-range weapons should hopefully discourage melee combat, and reduce at
least one source of anxiety should the pilot ever wind up facing the decision
of whether to break Zellbrigen. 

The 50% increase in ranged firepower is much appreciated when what would have
been impressive long-range power just a few years ago is fast becoming
"adequate" mid-range power as new and recovered technologies become
increasingly common.  This upgrade is the most prolific of these three, though
how much of this is due to its being the first available is hard to determine.

Battle History, Variants, Notables:

Tomas Two Bears of the Bison Thunder mercenary company pilots a hybrid of the
CRK-5003-IC and -W after having defeated a heavily customised King Crab almost
single-handedly while on garrison duty.  Tomas and the King Crab pilot seemed
to wordlessly agree to duel each other, and their comrades instinctively
understood their intent.  The battle was very nearly a draw for Tomas with his
battlemech, the Breetai Tomahawk, barely able to return home under its own
power after having several bones broken by the King-size Crab's king-size
beams.  He explained that his victory was more luck than skill, as he would
have been defeated had his desperate punch not triggered a cookoff in his
opponent's missile bin, but his contribution still earned him a bonus which
went toward the rebuild and refit of his 'mech. 

His bonus also included a pair of Heavy PPCs he chose from the remains of his
dueling opponent's battlemech.  These he carries with pride as cherished
trophies, replacing the lighter weapons in the battle-fisted arms he used to
earn them.  This upgrade replaces the third PPC in a -W refit, allowing the
left torso flamer to be retained.  The heatsink upgrade is applied as normal,
but the arm-mounted lasers are instead mounted in the legs.  Tomas explained
that he feels he is too tempted in the heat of battle to make risky kicking
attacks when opponents close, and the standard -W refit would only exacerbate

Equipment   Type Rating   Mass 
Internal Structure: Standard     130 points        8.50
Engine:     Fusion Engine        255      13.00
    Walking MP: 3
    Running MP: 5
    Jumping MP: 3 Standard
    Jump Jet Locations: 1 CT, 1 LT, 1 RT   3.00
Heat Sinks: Double Heat Sink     17(34)    7.00
    Heat Sink Locations: 2 LT, 3 RT, 1 LA, 1 RA
Gyro:       Standard       3.00
Cockpit:    Standard       3.00
    Actuators:      L: SH+UA    R: SH+UA
Armor:      Standard Armor       AV - 263 16.50

      Internal       Armor     
      Structure      Factor    
        Head     3    9
        Center Torso     27   36       
Center Torso (rear)  18       
   L/R Torso     18   24       
    L/R Torso (rear)  12       
     L/R Arm     14   28       
     L/R Leg     18   36       

Equipment Location    Heat    Critical    Mass 
Medium Laser HD        3 1 1.00
Medium Laser CT        3 1 1.00
2 Medium Lasers      RT        6 2 2.00
PPC  LT        10        3 7.00
2 Medium Lasers      LT        6 2 2.00
PPC  RA        10        3 7.00
2 Medium Lasers      RA        6 2 2.00
PPC  LA        10        3 7.00
2 Medium Lasers      LA        6 2 2.00
    Free Critical Slots: 8

BattleForce Statistics
MV      S (+0)  M (+2)  L (+4)  E (+6)   Wt.   Ov   Armor:      9    Points: 22
3j 5       5       2       0      4     3   Structure:  7
Special Abilities: ENE, SRCH, ES, SOA

User Reviews

11/23/2010  Ice Hellion
A nice change to the Crockett, turning it into a really dangerous 'Mech.

11/19/2010  Gecarcinus
obvious fluff formatting errors fixed

OOC note: Tomas Two Bears and Bison Thunder have been forming in my mind for months, and Two Bears kinda grew out of the 'mech this is based on. The name of his 'mech just occurred to me today and is a new callout to Breetai. Breetai's Warhammer Mk. II closely resembles the 'mech this was based on, Tomas' battlemech has dual PPCs of a sort, and the Warhammer was based on a Macross design called the Tomahawk. It all fit together uncannily well.