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Tgunner18 Aug 2017 6:15 p.m. PST

Looks like Catalyst gave Gen Con attendents a sneak peak of the new starter boxed sets for Battletech. They are smaller mech wise, but they have brand new mech sculpts. There will also be two sets as well.

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Notice the Beginner´s boxed set. It has two medium mechs in it. Check out the new sculpts.

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Thunderbolt and Battlemaster.

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Locust

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The two new mechs for the Beginner´s set: Wolverine and Griffin.

Oh, be sure to check out the book in the one picture. William H. Keith (of Gray Death fame) is apparently writing Battletech again. Pretty cool!!!

The Beginner Box Set will include two miniatures, the Griffin and the Wolverine. The Game of Armored Combat box set will include eight miniatures: a Locust, Commando, Wolverine, Shadow Hawk, Catapult, Thunderbolt, Awesome, and BattleMaster. All minis will have entirely new sculpts!

Their Facebook page has more details.

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Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP18 Aug 2017 9:11 p.m. PST

They are smaller mech wise, but they have brand new mech sculpts.

About damned time. Most of the Unseen redesigns looked like utter crap. These look awesome . Welcome to the 21st century.
For too long the various video game designs, not to mention the tons of fan art, have made the tabletop variants look shameful.

To hell with the willowy, fashion-model look- these guys look like linebackers. Well, except for the locust.

The Griffon can now stand proud against the old Dougram design!

Have they changed any rules? Less Byzantine, less bolted-on afterthought stuff, like, I don't know, who has big smashy fists, and who ain't even got no arms? I know, I ask too much.

ROUWetPatchBehindTheSofa19 Aug 2017 2:46 a.m. PST

Cool.

Personal logo optional field Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2017 11:55 a.m. PST

Is it just me or does that Battlemaster look much more like the Unseen version than most other Reseeen?

Personal logo The Beast Rampant Supporting Member of TMP19 Aug 2017 10:21 p.m. PST

Yup!

The Thunderbolt is my least favorite of the lot, which is sad, because its my favorite of the Fourteen. They modified the cockpit too much.

Oddly, the 'face' of the T-Bolt on the cover looks like the original! Hopefully, they'll change the mini to match.

doublesix6620 Aug 2017 6:27 a.m. PST

Are they to scale with each other now?

Tgunner20 Aug 2017 10:34 a.m. PST

I guess we will see. The Locust looks a bit too big to me. But I still like the new design. So far I´ve been pretty happy with the new wave of ¨reseen¨ mechs. The new Shadowhawk is really nice.

The Battlemaster does look a lot like the original, except for the gun which is way off.

I actually prefer the new Thud to the old one. I love the T-bolt´s stats, but I thought it was a goofy looking mech, at least the miniature was. The Dougram original was really cool though!

I like where Catalyst is going right now, especially with its attention towards Battletech´s past. I thought the First Succession War book was great, if a bit rehashed. But hey, I read a lot of that stuff 30 years ago. It´s brand spanking new for the next generation of BT players. So kutos to Catalyst for bringing back the Succession Wars.

I want to see the guys in plastic lance sets with the original 14 (the first mechs from BT) being offered. That would be amazing.

I have one question though. Why no Warhammer?!?! That was THE iconic mech of the old game.

The rules in the sets is the same as before. They edited the rules for clarity really. You can actually buy the ¨new¨ version right now on PDF:

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This article explains what´s going on with the rules.

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I hope all of this has helped show just how much the Beta process changed things, and why it's worth upgrading your copy to the final version. The BattleMech Manual gives you the clearest, easiest to follow, most thoroughly-pored-over set of ‘Mech rules we've ever had, excellent regardless of whether you play in 2450, 3025, 3150 or any era in between. Thanks to everyone that contributed feedback, and I hope you have a ton of fun with it.

— Keith Hann

SteveUK21 Aug 2017 3:55 a.m. PST

Why No Warhammer and Marauder, Harmony Gold are up to their old tricks again, new lawsuit against the computer game producers and Catalyst, not due to be heard until 2018.

Mutant Q21 Aug 2017 9:45 a.m. PST

I was just about to ask about the Marauder and the Warhammer. How "different" do they have to make those designs before those jerks at Harmony Gold are satisfied? Honestly!

Tgunner21 Aug 2017 12:44 p.m. PST

A lawyer type fellow talks about it here:

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I hope this goes nowhere. The gaming world would be a better place if these two sides got together and made good stuff together. Harmony Gold tried to get a game off through Paladium and it flubbed. How different would it have been if they had worked with Catalyst?

Gloves off for Battletech and a better line, with support, for Robotech. It would have been a win-win.

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