Blackjack II Medium Mech Background
Some weapon systems never get past their initial bad reception. They develop a reputation in their early deployment that they are unable to live down, regardless of what improvements are made. Most fade into obscurity, tossed into the dustbin of history. Some remain in service, unloved and unappreciated. The Blackjack mech is such a weapon system. From its initial introduction, it is a mech that is universally despised. Loathed by both friends and foe. The units which deploy the Blackjack mech are contemptuous of its capabilities, and distrustful of its reliability. Despite this, an advanced version was designed and manufactured—the Blackjack II. Inner Sphere armies field this medium mech (50 tons). The major improvement is the introduction of omnimech technology. The Blackjack II is usually armed with two extended range large lasers which replace the nearly useless autocannons of the earlier version. The new mech has seen very little combat, so there is not much history to discuss. With its improved armor and bigger heatsinks, the Blackjack II should do better than its hated predecessor. Only time will tell if its designers improved upon the mech enough for it to win over its skeptics.
The video below is of the Blackjack mech in gameplay mode:
The Blackjack Mech Lego Model
Primus designed the Lego model of the Blackjack II mech. There was no burning reason why I chose to build this mech, other than that I had all the necessary parts, and the design was easy to complete. It’s just another Classic Battletech mech on the build checklist. Nonetheless, I think it turned out very well. Better than I thought it would. The mech is fairly generic, but it still looks good. It’s also extremely stable with its straight leg design. I wish I can write more about it, but there really isn’t anything to report, either bad or good, so I’ll let the photos do the talking. For comparison purposes, there is a photo of the Blackjack II next to a similar classed Hunchback IIC mech.
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