Jenner Mech Background
If you need to go into combat in a light mech, you want one that can punch above its weight in terms of firepower. Or, you want one that is fast enough to get you out of tough spots. Jump jets would be nice, too. The Jenner mech has all the bases covered. Its firepower is no joke for a mech of its size. Most 35 ton mechs are only good for scouting missions, but the Jenner mech can be a deadly close quarters fighter. This variant, as depicted in Mechwarrior Mercenaries, is armed with three SRM launchers and four medium lasers. The missiles tear holes into enemy armor at distance, and the lasers finish the job up close and personal. Its top speed is a respectable 118 kmh, which means it will be able to outrun most larger mechs, in case you don’t feel like mixing it up or the party has gotten too hot. Jump jets add spice to the fight. Lesser equipped light mechs don’t stand a chance. Even some medium mechs will have trouble managing the Jenner.
Because of these attributes, the Jenner mech is the perfect guerrilla fighter, if hit and run tactics are your style. Its laser weapons allow it to operate far from base without ammo being a limiting factor. This is important, because when you’re deep in enemy territory and the nearest supply depot is behind your own lines, the last thing you want to worry about is running out of ammo. The Jenner’s design is efficient enough where heat is not a debilitating issue, so its lasers retain the potency at all times. The classic Jenner attack is to hit hard, then disappear without taking any fire. Great if you’re a Jenner pilot. Sucks if you’re anyone else.
Although a bit a long side, the video below demonstrates how potent the Jenner mech can be in the right hands using the right tactics.
The Jenner Mech Lego Model
The Jenner mech Lego model from Primus was a breeze to build. Perfectly conceived and designed. The turret mounted SRM launchers and the two SRM/laser combos on the shoulders look fantastic. The Lego model captures the best qualities of the Jenner–fast, sleek, and potent. Despite using only one friction hinge per leg joint, there were no stability issues. I was concerned the chicken legs would not be able to support the weight of the torso, but the model was able to stand up alright. This is my first model in a dark red color scheme. I recently splurged and purchased a bunch of pieces in dark red. I had another mech in mind (to be revealed in another post), but the Jenner was a good test run. The first thing Luke said when seeing the model completed was, “It looks cooler than I thought it would be.” I agree.
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