I've been filling in my Unseen ranks with the absolutely insanely detailed Robotech models by MiniTech
I think it's been on my ebay alerts for 9 years now
You can set ebay alerts?!@!!?!!?#?
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.
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...
Holy shit! Those are awesome. They have Zentraedi?
Most of my older figures are in those cardboard figure boxes from KR Multicase. Some are in those Chessex plastic boxes (which I guess can release acetic acid). I’ve never had a painted and lacquered mini rot though.Minis on wood shelves is just asking for lead rot
Wouldn't plastic bases (hex/round/square) prevent lead rot? Because they aren't sitting directly on the wooden shelf?Most of my older figures are in those cardboard figure boxes from KR Multicase. Some are in those Chessex plastic boxes (which I guess can release acetic acid). I’ve never had a painted and lacquered mini rot though.
Wouldn't plastic bases (hex/round/square) prevent lead rot? Because they aren't sitting directly on the wooden shelf?
Reading this thread made me dig though all the old boxes of books and games I left at my folks to find this. Haven’t played for a long time but I’d love to crack it open again.
For those who are more knowledgeable, is this a paired down version of another game? I don’t remember it being rules heavy and I’ve always associated Battletech with more complex rules. View attachment 34320
No, the core rules for Battletech have always been very simple. It's just that it's a modular system with tons and tons of options on top. You can play with just a lance of Mechs, or you can field an entire army with infantry, Elementals, aerotechs, submarines, drop pods etc. You can wage battle on land , sea, or air, or in space. You can assault a planet from the atmosphere. You can design, build and customize your own mechs, or any other type of vehicle. You can research new weapon technologies, have you weapon systems run by AI or linked by satellite. You can run mercenary campaigns that account for the cost of upkeep, repairs, and your pay scale based on reputation earned on the battlefield, or follow the historical rise and fall of one of the galactic empires.
But it all comes down to a very simple one on one mech combat system that really hasn't significantly changed in 30+ years.
Right on, what's the difference between Classic Battletech and the other games then? The setting info is different?