Flea Light Mech (Mechwarrior 4 Variant) Background
The Flea is an extremely dangerous mech…if you were a grunt…without any weapons…caught in the open by yourself. Otherwise, you don’t really have much to worry about. The Flea, with its lightweight armor and puny guns, will pose little threat to you. It is strictly a recon mech, and Flea pilots are under orders not to engage bigger and better armed mechs. It serves its primary purpose very well because it’s fast, light, and maneuverable, but it is useless going toe-to-toe with other mechs. A Flea pilot would be smart to only attack light infantry, but Fleas have been known to take down much bigger adversary if they worked together using swarming hit and run tactics. Because of its small size and speed, it’s harder for a big mech to get an accurate bead on it. No matter how big your guns are, you can’t destroy what you can’t hit. A pilot who makes the most of the Flea’s slight advantages will live to fight another day.
The Flea had an inauspicious beginning. It started life under the Trooper name. However, it performed so poorly, being prone to various mechanical failures, that it had to undergo a complete redesign, which included a new name. This was necessary in order to distinguish itself from its ignoble origins. The redesign/rename worked, and now the Flea is considered a successful mech for what it does. It can be found in large numbers, especially within the mercenary units.
Check out this Mechwarrior 4 gameplay video of the Flea mech in action.
The Flea Mech Lego Model
The Flea Lego model featured here was designed by Primus. It is the variant found in Mechwarrior 4. I have previously built the Classic Battletech model of the Flea, which I found to be quick and enjoyable. Although just as small, this version is more detailed, and looks even better. The higher level of detail increased the build time, but it was worth it. Unlike the other model, the cockpit was too small to fit a pilot. It would be pointless to have a pilot figure in any case because you cannot see the interior through the tiny windscreen. Other than this, everything looked convincing—the legs, torso, guns. The model produces a close likeness of this underappreciated mech. [I mentioned in a previous post that I would finish building all the Classic Battletech mech models before working on anything in the MechWarrior 4 or Age of Destruction series. This is still true, because I built this Flea model several months ago.]
The model was stable. So much so that I kept it around for several weeks before finally taking it apart. In my world, if a Lego model survives more than a week after being photographed, it is something special.
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