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Halberd Light Assaut Tank

Postby Manticore72 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:49 pm

I have wanted to write some fluff for a 'Mech or Combat Vehicle for some time now. I was inspired to create a variant for the Hunter light support tank based upon the fact that both the TR 3026 art and the miniature show what appears to be a turret ring even though the Hunter has no turret. I plan to mod a Hunter miniature to represent this tank.
I am looking for feedback on the fluff most of all as I might write more for future projects.

Thanks and enjoy.

Halberd Light Assault Tank

Mass: 35 tons
Tech Base: Inner Sphere
Motive Type: Tracked
Rules Level: Tournament Legal
Era: Succession Wars
Tech Rating/Era Availability: D/X-E-D-A
Production Year: 2946
Cost: 1,091,250 C-Bills
Battle Value: 735

Power Plant: Magna 175 Fusion Engine
Cruise Speed: 54.0 km/h
Flanking Speed: 86.4 km/h
Armor: StarSlab/5.5 Standard Armor
Armament:
1 Donal PPC
1 TharHes SRM-4
Manufacturer: Defiance Industries
Primary Factory: Hesperus II
Communications System: TharHes Mini-Talk
Targeting and Tracking System: TharHes Muse 54-58K

Overview:
The Halberd Light Assault Tank began as a prototype based upon Defiance
Industries' popular and successful Hunter Light Support Tank in response to LCAF
command's request for a light assault tank that can defeat medium class tanks up to
50 tons but must be "cost conscious". The Halberd consequently would utilize many of the Hunter's existing components as a cost saving measure.

The Defiance Industries R&D department set about determining the
feasibility of converting the Hunter's hull to accommodate a turret- a
requirement of the proposed new tank. After much research the R&D team
concluded the Hunter's hull could be relatively easily converted to accept a
light turret.

After some initial testing with a Defiance B3L Heavy Laser it was clear that
the Magna power plant was more than able to meet the needs of that weapon. It
was decided then that a Particle Projection Cannon would give the Halberd
the punch it needed to defeat heavier tanks. A TharHes Industries Donal PPC
was ultimately chosen to be the Halberd's main weapon.

Supporting the Donal PPC is a TharHes 4 Pack SRM launcher in the turret capable of firing 25 salvos.
Eight tons of StarSlab/5.5 armor were used giving the Halberd slightly more
protection than the Hunter.

Continuing the cost savings and standardizing of parts, the Halberd used the
same communications system as the Hunter Light Support Tank. A TharHes Muse
54-58K targeting & tracking system, the same used on the Manticore Heavy Tank,
was chosen for the Donal PPC and TharHes SRM launcher.
[Editor's Note: When Defiance Industries first proposed the use of a Particle Projection Cannon rather than a Heavy Laser or another Class 5 Autocannon
as other light tanks carried, Lyran command urged Defiance to cut costs
somehow if they were to proceed with this design course.
Defiance's designers however argued
that they were only following a "logical course" based upon the Command's requirements
of the new tank. The Halberd was indeed over budget but Defiance Industries wanted to
provide a very different light tank than had been produced before, one that could sting even heavy tanks in, all be it, brief encounters. They negotiated a smaller initial production run to suit the
Lyran Military's budget with the condition that if the new tank exceeds
expectations, as Defiance believed it would, than they would proceed with a second production run with no changes made to the design. Lyran Command agreed to the deal.]

In mid 2945 combat trials of the Halberd prototype had concluded. The
LCAF command was very pleased with the design and green-lighted production to
begin as soon as possible.
Defiance Industries began work to expand its Hunter production line on Hesperus
II that same year to allow the new tank to be built right beside the Hunter.


Capabilities:
In trials the Halberd proved to be every bit as reliable as its
parent design. The tank's mobility, fire power, and armor protection proved to
be an excellent combination indeed.

These trials saw the tank pitted against other combat vehicles of similar
performance including the Goblin Medium Tank and Galleon Light Tank.
The prototype Halberd's superior range allowed it to punish its opponents while
staying just out of range of their weapons.

The SRM 4 pack performed well against thinner skinned targets and as a means of
self defense as intended.


Battle History:
During the Third Succession War on the Lyran Commonwealth world of Denebola,
Lyran military forces successfully repelled several invasions by the FWLM. Use
of Halberd Light Assault Tanks there proved instrumental in more than a handful
of pivotal battles.

In one of these battles a Lyran light armored company made up of Halberds and
Scorpion Light Tanks intercepted a FWLM combined arms company consisting of
light battlemechs and tanks that threatened to overrun a key industrial park.
The Lyran commander needed only to slow the advancing Marik force as
reinforcements were en-route to help defend the park.

As the two forces made contact it appeared that the Marik commander was content
with allowing his tanks to spearhead the attack with his four Gallion Light
Tanks and four Vedette Medium Tanks, while his 'Mechs flanked the Lyran tanks
looking to cut off any possibility of retreat. The Lyran commander knew the
enemy tanks alone were effectively an even match for his twelve. He would have
to hold the line to delay their advance. He ordered his six Halberd tanks to
engage while his Scorpions moved to attack the flanking Marik 'Mechs.

Both tank forces entered weapons range almost simultaneously but as the
Halberds began firing their PPC's and SRM's there seemed to a fair degree of
confusion within the enemy tank unit. Apparently Marik intelligence had no
knowledge of this new tank design. The fire fight was fierce
and by the time the garrison reinforcements arrived all four Gallions sat
burning while the Vedettes were attempting to run to the protective reach of
their 'Mechs that were busy with the Scorpion Tanks.

Three of the Scorpions had been destroyed by then with one Halberd destroyed.
The Marik force quickly found itself outgunned however by a further two armor
companies and attempted a retreat but were pursued and took an additional loss
of two more Vedettes and one of its 'Mechs. What remained of the Marik company
fled back to its extraction point and left Denabola.


Deployment:
In late 2946 Defiance had begun production of the Halberd and delivered the
first production run to the LCAF just eight months later.

These tanks were deployed principally with light armor regiments and to bolster
garrison units on boarder worlds. Additionally some of the new Halberds were
deployed in front line units. In fact, the Halberd proved to be an excellent
partner to a wide range of combat vehicles as its speed allowed it to work with
lighter tanks and easily keep pace with heavier and slower tanks and with many
battlemech designs.

The Halberd was well received by every unit it was assigned to. Crews of the
new light tank noted the ease of operating a tank so familiar to them due to
the many components carried over from the Hunter Light Support Tank.
Some of the first units receiving Halberds operated Hunters as well.
This was a cooperative effort made by Defiance Industries and LCAF command to
ensure a smooth integration of the new tank into Lyran armor regiments.


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Equipment Type Rating Mass
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Internal Structure: Standard 20 points 3.50
Engine: Fusion Engine 175 10.50
Cruise MP: 5
Flank MP: 8
Heat Sinks: Single Heat Sink 10 0.00
Control Equipment: 2.00
Lift Equipment: 0.00
Turret: 1.00
Armor: Standard Armor AV - 128 8.00

Armor
Factor
Front 32
Left/Right 25/25
Turret 26
Rear 20

================================================================================
Equipment Location Heat Spaces Mass
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
PPC T 10 1 7.00
SRM-4 T 3 1 2.00
@SRM-4 (25) BD - 0 1.00

BattleForce Statistics
MV S (+0) M (+2) L (+4) E (+6) Wt. Ov Armor: 4 Points: 7
5t 2 2 1 0 1 0 Structure: 2
Special Abilities: TUR(2/2/1)
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Re: Halberd Light Assaut Tank

Postby Manticore72 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:54 pm

Originaly posted to the fan design forum on the official site. Not one reply.
Maybe I'll give it a bump up to the first page again there.
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Re: Halberd Light Assaut Tank

Postby Steve Ronin » Wed Apr 27, 2016 12:57 am

Good design. Fluff is adequate and well written.

IMHO overall: it's a lighter Myrmidon that appears earlier in Universe.

Good Work. Let's see some more. :thumleft:
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Re: Halberd Light Assaut Tank

Postby Manticore72 » Thu Apr 28, 2016 9:16 pm

Thank you for the feedback, Steve.
You are right about the Myrmidon. It is very similar to my Halberd. I had forgotten about that tank and it's one that I like because of its simplicity.
I just read the fluff again for the Myrmidon and it reads a lot like what I wrote for the Halberd. It's interesting too that the Myrmidon is produced by New Earth Trading Company which was the original maker of the Vedette- the tank I envisioned the Halberd directly competing with on the battlefield which is why I included it in the battle history fluff. Maybe NETC saw something good in the old Halberd design.
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Re: Halberd Light Assaut Tank

Postby Steve Ronin » Thu Jul 07, 2016 10:34 pm

Either way,
I enjoy a lightweight, low cost, highly maneuverable vehicle with a BIG stick.
as much as this game is ALL about the Mechs,

I do so enjoy putting the fear of PPC into marauding MechWarriors. :twisted:
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