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Trojan Points07 May 2016 7:08 a.m. PST

Just bought Horizon Wars: Mechs are build from three classes: light, medium and heavy…

I'm wondering: assuming a more or less standing humanoid configuration, how tall is, IYHO, a light/medium/heavy mech?

If you answer in "mini size" (i.e. "to me a medium mech is 2 inches high in 6mm"), please mention the scale you're thinking about… HW is designed for 2 to 10mm minis but I'm not looking a anything scale/genre/universe specific here, just bench-marking what most people think…

Personal logo JammerMan Supporting Member of TMP07 May 2016 7:53 a.m. PST

The original BT game, the classes were Light, Medium, Large and Assault, from 20 tons to 100 tons and 8 to 12 meters tall. This is in 6mm scale. If you took say a Locust (20 T) against an Atlas (100 T), then it looked fine, but lots of bigger lights (35 T) looked to be the same height as Mediums and Large, but just bulked up.

Legion 407 May 2016 9:22 a.m. PST

Tall enough to be a Big target … wink But yes, DS, BT and Horizon are 6mm …

Cergorach07 May 2016 12:21 p.m. PST

Kind of depends on the universe your revering to…

Battletech had Light, Medium, Heavy, Assault classes that ranged from 9m-18m depending on form. A humanoid mech was taller then a 'duck' mech (like a locust) of the same size…

Gundam starts at 18m… Voltron is huge…

A good idea of anime Mech sizes:

Heavy Gear has a whole different class size scheme… Starts at 4m.

Personally with my BT interests I would say:
Light 9m-12m
Medium 12m-15m
Heavy 15m-18m

In 6mm scale that would be 3cm-4cm, 4cm-5cm, and 5cm-6cm.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa07 May 2016 12:58 p.m. PST

Yeah, fluff dependant, a 40K dread' is 12-15'(technically a mech since its piloted) and a warlord titan 180', light and heavy respectively. I'm guessing knight would be 'medium'?

Epic dread' is ~15-18mm, titans 5cm+, knights about 30mm?

Moe the Great07 May 2016 5:30 p.m. PST

I say, line up your mechs for shortest to tallest, and pretend your Goldilocks.

This one is too small, this one is too big and this ones just right.. Now replace "small "with light, "big" with heavy and "just right" with medium.

Problem solved.

Lion in the Stars07 May 2016 11:55 p.m. PST

Depends on setting. Appleseed Landmates are about 3.5m tall. Gasaraki Tactical Armors are ~4m tall.

IMO the tallest "realistic" mecha is going to be less than 5m tall. Even then, it's a big target.

IIRC, Warhound Titans are supposed to be about 14m tall.

Most Gundams run 18m (as do Jovian Chronicles mechs).

Battletech mechs are ~12m tall, give or take a couple meters.

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