Bloodhound Medium Mech Background
The Bloodhound, a medium (45 tons) mech, is based on an interesting concept. It is designed to exclusively hunt and intercept guerilla units. The Inner Sphere is not a monolithic force, but rather, an alliance of military powers who share strategic goals (mainly, a hatred for the Clans and a desire to see them eliminated). Two of these powers, the Capellan Confederation and the Free Worlds League border each other. Not all is well in the Inner Sphere family, however, because these two rival border powers have been at each other’s throats for nearly three decades (or centuries?). Although allies on paper, they have been fighting a low intensity conflict, using guerilla units to infiltrate their borders. The Capellan Confederation’s reliance and expertise on guerilla tactics and their use of guerilla units against their neighboring allies forced the introduction of the Bloodhound mech to counter the guerilla units.
With a top speed of 118 k.p.h., the Bloodhound mech is a fast machine that can cover lots of ground quickly. This is necessary because enemy guerilla units favor hit and run tactics. To help in its hunting mission, the Bloodhound battlemech is equipped with the latest sensor suite—The Beagle Active Probe. Its highly sensitive probe allows the Bloodhound to locate concealed enemy units with ease. To destroy these units, the mech mounts a trio of ER medium lasers, a single ER small laser, and a Streak SRM-6 launcher. While these weapons are good against light infantry, they are woefully inadequate against other mechs. That is the primary weakness of the Bloodhound. While it performs its search mission well, it stands little chance of prevailing in a battle against another mech. In the search and destroy mode, the Bloodhound can only search. The destroy part is questionable, unless it finds personnel on foot. At 45 tons, the Bloodhound is not a small mech. It would be really stupid to assign anti-personnel duties to a medium class mech, but with its pitiful weapons load-out that is all its good for.
Watch this video carefully and you can catch glimpses of the Bloodhound mech in action:
The Bloodhound Mech Lego Model
The LEGO model below of the Bloodhound mech was designed by Primus. It’s a good design, and it captures the likeness of the Bloodhound in Battletech canon. It was an easy build that didn’t take up a lot of time. I have no issues to report. I didn’t love the model, though. Probably the history of the mech is not that interesting or compelling to me. A search and destroy mech that can’t perform the destroy function of its mission is pretty worthless. It seems to be another questionable weapon system that is looking for a reason to exist in the Battletech universe. If there are Bloodhound mech fans out there who want to make a case for this mech, the floor is yours.
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