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Rodan, Mothra, Gihodrah?
So far still working out Godzilla and Mechagodzilla, but hope to get to all of them (except Godzookie)

I was able to get some PVC gumball figurines from Japan that were the right scale
 

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Maybe make them about as powerful as a heavy clan mech. The Thor from the starter set is certainly a match for half a dozen inner sphere heavies.
 

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It's going to take some playing around, currently trying to figure out how to handle Crits for a flesh and blood creature
 

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Bones, Joints, Heart, Lungs, Muscles they map to structure, actuators, power plants, and myomers quite nicely.
 

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what doesn't map is the critical hit effects, like ammo explosion or life support destroyed. What I'm trying to do, essentially, is prevent Kaiju from being glass cannons - as that's not how they operate onscreen, but still to not remove all the disadvantages a mech has, since they already are not affected by heat, the primary weakness/controlling mechanism in the BT verse.
 

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Well... reading this thread pushed me over the edge and into buying... Adeptus Mechanicus.
The giant battle robot is an appealingly silly idea, but I was always put off by the mech designs in Battletech (after they were spanked for using Macross designs early on).
But I think I'd like to borrow that idea of using giant Kaiju as opponents... they'd be huge Tyranid constructs in AT, I suppose.
 

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So pretty. Oh well, so, sometimes big Hollywood monsters swell up and explode. Maybe they should have an explody thing inside them that goes off if they take too much damage.
 

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I've been filling in my Unseen ranks with the absolutely insanely detailed Robotech models by MiniTech
I have a bunch of these. I'm filling out a Robotech RPG Tactics Roster with them.

My opinion, if anyone cares, is that these Mini-Techs are really good for your ace or elite units or for situations where you just have one or two of the miniature on the playfield. But if you're troop building (not really a thing for Battletech), they're price and detail overkill.

The Zentraedi mecha are a bit too big for standard Battletech boards. The RDF/UEDF force mechs are perfect for Battletech, though.
 

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They're cheaper, individually, than Battletech minis. Yeah, the Marauder is a bit tall in comparison to it's Unseen counterpart, but unless you're mix and matching with the old models, it shan't make a difference. The still fit on the same sized hex bases

It's especially nice to find a veritech that doesn't look janky as hell. Those IWM are really starting to look long in the tooth
 

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I think it's been on my ebay alerts for 9 years now
You can set ebay alerts?!@!!?!!?#?

Also

I'd love to pick up hard copies of the core rules for "current" battle-tech but it seems like every time I check the Catalyst Shop (which admittedly isn't to often) they are always sold out and it's only PDF's. Also I'd prefer to get these books with the "Classic Art" covers as i agree with ya @TristramEvans on the new art being a bit garish and to colorful.
 

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You can set ebay alerts?!@!!?!!?#?
lol, um yeah.

Otherwise you'd have to just go there and ...repeat the same searches over and over?

I'd love to pick up hard copies of the core rules for "current" battle-tech but it seems like every time I check the Catalyst Shop (which admittedly isn't to often) they are always sold out and it's only PDF's. Also I'd prefer to get these books with the "Classic Art" covers as i agree with ya @TristramEvans on the new art being a bit garish and to colorful.
I always use Aries...

looks like they currently have 3 copies of Total War (the core rulebook) in stock, 11 copies of the Boxed Set
 

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The Real-Life History of Battletech Preludes Part III

Also in 1985, Harmony Gold released the cartoon series Robotech. This is where things start to get convoluted.

BIG EDIT: I apparently confused Harmony Gold with Sandy Frank, the ones actually responsible for bringing Gatchaman AKA Battle of the Planets AKa G-Force AKA Eagle Riders to North American television. I direct interested readers to my website at Pariedolia.weebly.com/NIMH for the full, expanded, and corrected story.

In other words, Harmony Gold wasn't so much about translating anime, as it was reforging it into something they saw as commercially viable and culturally appropriate for Western audiences. Additionally, Harmony Gold had a pre-established relationship with Anime studios in Japan, who they licensed shows from directly, rather than going through an international licencor middleman such as Twentieth Century Imports.

Such was the case when Harmony Gold licensed three anime Mecha series, Super Dimension Fortress Macross , Super Dimension Century Orguss, and Fang of the Sun Dougram, and then cut and combined them to form Robotech. Harmony Gold actually didn't even come up with the name Robotech, instead licensing that from Revell, which had used it for a series of mecha-based model kits.

If two of those names sound familiar, that's because they were the aforementioned sources of several of the Mecha designs that FASA had licensed for Battledroids. And that's where even more troubles began for poor Battletech...
Belated and nit-picky correction...

It was FASA that used designs from Fang of the Sun Dougram, Harmony Gold included episodes of Genesis Climber MOSPEADA as the third part of Robotech.
 
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