Wasp Light Mech Background
The word “wasp” has an established meaning in science fiction and military history. Anything small and fast with a potent punch is often called a wasp. Both DC and Marvel Comics have bug-sized superhero characters named “Wasp.” There have been various cars, planes, and boats with that moniker. The U.S. military has had at least one fighter plane, an aircraft carrier, and a jet engine which carried the name (as well as countless other weapon systems). During WWII, an entire group of female pilots had the designation WASP. It’s gotten to be a bit of a cliché, but understandably so. Real world wasps are known for being tiny, fast, and dangerous. The Battletech world is not immune from clichés. We now turn our attention to a light Inner Sphere mech (20 tons) called (wait until you hear this) the Wasp. I’m not going to discuss the Wasp mech‘s armaments because it would force me to write a trite sentence about the Wasp’s sting, etc. I don’t drink coffee, but such staleness might cause me to chug a quart of espresso to shock my system out of a cliché induced stupor.
The Wasp mech is one of the oldest mech designs in continuous service. The first model was introduced in 2471 for reconnaissance duties (still not sure why a mech is a suitable machine for reconnaissance, but whatever). It has operated in that role for the next five centuries, and shows no signs of stopping. Tens of thousands of Wasps have been deployed throughout the galaxies were humans have established a presence. The Wasp mech is so common and widespread that it could be considered the VW Beetle of Battletech [Editor: no more bug jokes, please].
The Wasp mech has gained venerated status because it is highly capable. It has the advantage over the similarly classed Locust in that it has jump jets, which allow it to traverse more difficult terrain, and if necessary, get out of dangerous zones fast. One combat tactic the Wasp mech is known for is the jump kick, where its pilot would knock out the cockpit of an enemy mech with its leg while in a jumping maneuver. Just goes to show you that style still counts for a lot even in combat. The idea of a mech doing a signature Bruce Lee move makes my mouth curl into a sneer. What is this fascination with mech martial arts? I previously wrote about how the Crusader mech was specifically designed for hand-to-hand combat. One would think that armor plating and advanced weaponry would make hand to hand combat pointless, but apparently it will be all the rage in the 31st Century.
This video demonstrates the Wasp mech’s jump jet capabilities. It’s old but still worthwhile:
The Wasp Mech Lego Model
The Lego model of the Wasp mech was created by Ron Perovich. Overall, I thought it was a cool little design. So far, it is the tiniest of all the mechs I have constructed. Nonetheless, the Wasp mech Lego model has quite the personality. It captures the essence and likeness of the Battletech Wasp very well, despite using very few pieces. It was a bit uninspired for me to build the Wasp mech Lego model in typical yellow and black, but it just happens to look good in those colors.
For a size comparison, check out the photo of the Wasp mech Lego model next the Crusader, a heavy mech. The Crusader is no giant, but the Wasp is less than half the Crusader’s size. Building this Lego model was an amusing diversion and took no time at all. The results were satisfying. Oh, and torso does resemble a wasp. Cute.
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