Nova Medium Mech Background
A nova is a natural phenomenon in which a white dwarf (a star that has burnt out) siphons gases from a larger star to restart fusion. What results is a bright but very brief flash of light and heat. This is eerily similar to what mech pilots experience when they encounter a Battletech Nova mech, a medium (50 tons) Clan design. The Nova mech is armed with a staggering array of 12 Medium Lasers, so probably the last thing many enemy pilots will see is a brief flash of light and heat. A salvo from the Nova’s lasers is sufficient to kill most mechs of similar size.
Due to its complete reliance on energy weapons, the Nova is one of the few mechs that doesn’t suffer from ammo shortages ever. As long as its fusion reactor is providing juice, it will be able to fire its weapons. That’s the good part. The bad part is that its lasers generate extreme levels of heat, more so than what the Nova’s heat sinks can handle. Heat management is essential. A zap happy Nova pilot is asking for a shutdown.
An early omnimech design, the Nova earns modest respect as a workhorse that can adapt to many different missions. It is not feared, but neither is it scorned. This is not to say that it is mediocre. Rather, it is blandly competent. This is fine, because not all mechs can attain the stature of the Marauder or the Vulture. Inner Sphere armies field an identical mech they call the Black Hawk.
Here is a gameplay video of the Nova mech in action:
The Nova Mech Lego Model
The Lego model of the Nova mech was designed by Primus. It was easy to build, because it has no hips, shoulders, or lower arms. I tend to like unusual mech designs, and the Nova was no exception. Although I think the low slung cockpit is cool looking, I can see that its not having hips would limit its ability to rotate and aim its weapons. This lack of mobility could really be a problem when dealing with an agile enemy. The legs are sturdy and presented no stability problems. Overall, I have no complaints about the model. It wasn’t great, but wasn’t bad, either.
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