Monday, October 3, 2011

"Red" Reviews: Black Knight BL-12-KNT "Reaver"

Black Knight BL-12-KNT "Reaver"

Mech Class: Heavy

Weight: 75 Tons

Tech Base: Mixed (IS Chassis, Clan weapons)

Primary Manufacturer:
Blake's Castaways (Solaris 7)

Olympiad Mechwarriors:
Jak "Irish" Black

The Black Knight was introduced in 2578 as a front-line command BattleMech for the Star League Defense Force at the company and battalion level. Its advanced communications gear allowed the Black Knight to effortlessly coordinate an entire company of 'Mechs simultaneously, and could easily link into the command frequencies of its parent regiment and orbital support satellites. The loss of Kong's orbital factory in 2802 forced the company to produce less advanced line of Black Knight 'Mechs, though the recovery of lostech has allowed for more advanced variants to be produced.

The Black Knight is a BattleMech that appears to be a jack-of-all-trades. The all energy weapon configuration allows it to operate for long periods without re-supply. The 13 tons of good armor protection on an Endo Steel frame allows the 'Mech to stand up to a great deal of punishment, while its Beagle Active Probe allows it to work well as a command 'Mech and a heavy scout. The main drawback of the design is its use of single heat sinks. With twenty heat sinks it is able to dissipate a great deal of the heat produced by its weapons. However, if the Black Knight finds itself in a protracted combat situation, a less experienced MechWarrior can have trouble with heat management. 

The Black Knight "Reaver" is a Modified version of the Davion made BL-12-KNT.  The two Large lasers are replaced with Clan ER Large Lasers, purchased from Clan Diamond Shark.  The four Medium lasers are replaced with Clan ER versions as well.

Removed is the ER PPC and in it's place is a Hatchet.  With the removal of the PPC the required size and computing power of the Targeting computer was cut in half.  The saved tonnage was used for additional armor and one more Double heat sink.

The most expensive change was adding the MASC system that will let the Black Knight spped up when needed.

Saffron's Analysis:  
Good at all ranges, this mech is one to take note of.  Clan weapons, and a Hatchet along with Max Armor.    

The only down side that I can see is the weight class.  Facing off against Assault mechs is the one downfall of many modified heavy mechs.  The internal structure is just not as durable as the big boys. 

Still, This is one of my favorite designs in the Olympiad and should do very well.

Rating: 9.0 of 10

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