Wednesday, September 28, 2011
"Red" Reviews: Cyclops CP-11-BJ "BlackJack"
Mech Class: Assault
Weight: 90 Tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Starlight Stables (Solaris 7)
Charles "BlackJack" Jackson (Scott)
The Cyclops began production in 2710 and gets its name from its cockpit, which looks like a single eye in the center of its head assembly. The Cyclops was designed as a heavy assault and command 'Mech. In order to carry out this role, the Cyclops is built to defend itself at a variety of ranges and also has a top speed of 64.8 km/h, which is higher than average for most ninety ton 'Mechs. Additionally, the Cyclops is armored with ten tons of armor. While this is below average for a 'Mech of its weight, the tendency of a Cyclops not to go anywhere without the rest of a command lance means that the 'Mech, and the commander inside, are generally well protected.
The CP-11-BJ "BlackJack" began life as a CP-11-G. It has gotten a complete overhaul thanks to the engineers at NAIS and the techs from Starlight Stables. The primary armament are twin Rotary AC 5's with one located in each torso. Each have two tons of Case protected ammo also located in the side torsos. Three ER Medium Lasers are the back up weapons, with one in each arm and one in the Center torso.
To save on weight one heat sink was removed. To maximize protection, the ferro-fiberous armor was removed and replaced with 17.5 tons of standard armor.
This one is a brawler alright. Not your typical Cyclops which usually doesn't quite live up to the "Assault" class it is in.
In the cramped areas of our Arenas, this mech should shine. With Max armor, it should be around for a bit. A 90 ton mech moving 4/6/0 without an XL engine is not that common a sight.
The downside to this mech are hard to find, but here goes. 80 rounds of RAC5 ammo might be too little, given the mech has max armor. Good chance this mech runs out of ammo before the armor is penetrated. The only other "flaw" I can see is no long range weaponry...though in the arenas, that rarely comes into play.
Rating: 8.5 of 10