compiled overview of the 85 ton
BLR-1G BattleMaster 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
Even during the Star League
era, the number of manufacturers capable of building a 'Mech
like the BLR-1G BattleMaster
was limited. After they won the bid to construct the 'Mech
, Hollis Industries
began production of the BattleMaster
in 2830. Designed to be the largest and most powerful 'Mech
ever fielded by the Star League
armies, the BLR-1G filled the bill.
's sheer size
required special manufacturing facilities, which meant Hollis Industries
could build the BattleMaster
on only a few planets. The cost and materials for the 'Mech
also limited production somewhat.
The firepower that the BattleMaster
can generate in one volley is staggering and more than deadly at close range. The reliable Donall PPC
is its main weapon, with the laser
systems as close support fire.
is one of the few 'Mech
s equipped with rear firing weapons. It has two Martell medium laser
s providing protection from the rear. The 'Mech
is also equipped with machine gun
s against infantry
attacks. The bulk of the ammunition for the SRM
s and the machine gun
s is stored in one location, however, which at times results in internal explosions.
Even if the BattleMaster
loses all its weapons, it still has its manipulative hand
s. In emergencies, it can disengage the Donal PPC
in order to have both hands free.
s were not produced in great numbers, their sheer size, armor
, and firepower have left many still functional despite the numerous battles they have fought in their nearly 200 years in the field. Further, the 'Mech
's basic design has proved to be sound
and reliable, with few flaws.
The attacks on Hollis Industries
during the First Succession War
brought production of the BattleMaster
to a virtual stop. The fighting Houses each grabbed the finished 'Mech
s that were available, incorporating them into their respective forces. As BattleMaster
s were rare, it became unusual ever to find them fighting side-by-side.
During the battle for St. Andre
in 2920, the three Houses of Marik
, and Davion
faced off. In making their bid to take the refinery stations near the city of Malta, elements of the Davion Guards' heavy regiment were equipped with the massive BattleMaster
s. Two lance
s, each with one BattleMaster
, led the attack against the heavily defended refinery. Five lances of light recon 'Mech
s fell quickly to the firepower of the two heavily armed attack groups, and Davion took the refinery for the moment.
The Davion planet Crossing
was the site of another historic BattleMaster
confrontation, in which elements of the NAIS
Training Cadre on temporary assignment took on elements of House Kurita
's 2nd regiment of the Sword of Light
. In this case, there were several minor BattleMaster
encounters. Though the fights were not decisive, the raw firepower of these 'Mech
s was truly put to the test in battle against one other.
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