Champion Mech Background
The Champion mech was introduced in 2602 to Star League forces. It is a heavy mech (60 tons) designed to be fast and maneuverable, with an array of weaponry to give it good combat flexibility. The Champion was intended to fulfill an unusual role for a heavy mech–reconnaissance. It has minimal armor (8 tons), is over-sized, and its weaponry is puny enough to be outclassed by most medium mechs. It does have one advantage in that it is fast for a heavy mech with a top speed of 86.4 k.m.h, and it is very maneuverable.
Because speed is of the essence for a reconnaissance mech, the Champion mech’s designers mounted the largest engine possible, which displaced space for armor and weaponry. The end results is a heavy mech that can be outgunned by most medium mechs, has less armor than most medium mechs, isn’t that much faster than most medium mechs, and costs more than most medium mechs. On top of that, it runs hot in battle because its heat sinks are inadequate for the job. If you do the math, it’s questionable whether the design trade-offs were worth it because the Champion’s role could have been easily occupied by a medium mech. Even the super cheap Locust could have done the same job.
Even when not taking into account the questionable trade-offs the Champion mech presented, I’m not sure why anyone would think that a heavy mech in the reconnaissance role is a good idea in the first place. What’s the point? You wouldn’t send a tank to do recon work, why would you send a heavy mech? It’s like hammering a pushpin with a sledgehammer. Too much tool for the job can make a mess of things. The idea of reconnaissance is to detect and monitor the enemy. The best way to do this is to remain undetected yourself. Therefore, having a heavy mech lumbering around in this mission makes no sense whatsoever, even if it’s fast and maneuverable. This is what happens when you try to create a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist. You come up with crap ideas. Really, this mech should never have gotten out of the design stage.
The Champion Mech Lego Model
Primus designed the Lego model of the Champion depicted here. It’s a cool little model that uses mostly easy to find Lego pieces, so I’m happy about that. Nonetheless, I can’t consider the Champion to be one of Primus’ masterpieces. I like it okay, but it didn’t wow me. This is no fault of the design, but the model only looks good from the torso up. The legs did not match the torso’s sleek aircraft style design.
If I had to guess, I would say that the Lego model of the Champion was one of the early designs that Primus created because it does not exhibit a whole lot of sophistication. Nonetheless, if you’re a Champion fan (I’m sure there are 1-2 of you out there), I hope you enjoy the photos of this under-appreciated mech because there aren’t that may depictions of the Champion in Battletech canon.
You might also notice that there are comparison photos of the Mad Cat, Fire Falcon, and Warhammer IIC. That means I have constructed these models, but have not posted them yet.
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