compiled overview of the 40ton Watchman 'Mech
, from various BattleTech
novels and game sourcebooks:
During the invasion
, many Inner Sphere
commanders concluded that the best way to fight the Clans
was to assign front-line troops advanced equipment and to place them in front of the incoming juggernaut
This method, used by both the Federated Commonwealth
and the Draconis Combine
, left many borders short-changed
in manpower and equipment. Local governments everywhere raised their concerns. One of the loudest in the Federated Commonwealth
was Duke Aaron Sandoval
, leader of the Draconis March
. Unable and unwilling to return front-line units, Prince Hanse Davion
quieted the Old Duke by sending him older equipment and training units. Hanse Davion
also invited Duke Sandoval to share the cost of retool
ing a factory to produce the Watchman
, an inexpensiv BattleMech
suited for defense and training.
required the design of the new 'Mech
be based on a current model to reduce the capital investment
. In no time, the old Enforcer
was chosen as the basis for the design. As most factories that built Enforcer
s had already been upgraded to the new technology, huge stores of older parts were available.
design dropped the autocannon
because of weight considerations and the expense of ammunition
for a training environment. This left the 'Mech
a little under-gunned
, so the designers added a pair of ChisComp 39 medium laser
s, found prominently on the early Dervish
es. The two SperryBrowning machine gun
s were added as an afterthought, when anti-infantry
weapons were appended to the specifications.
controls were simplified, to facilitate instruction of inexperienced MechWarrior
s. The Enforcer
's armor was replaced with Starshield A armor
and the old McCloud Special jump jet
s were replaced by the more popular and less costly HildCo Model 12 jump jet
s, which permit the 'Mech
to jump 150 meters. These changes lowered the weight of the completed design to 40 tons.
showed its true colors when compared to light 'Mech
s such as the Wasp
and the Valkyrie
, both plentiful in militia units. It carried more than twice the armor of a Wasp
, and effectively paced the Valkyrie
in fieled tests. Reliance on older, surplus beam weapons assures the Watchman
a long life in garrison
and training units.
The initial production of the new Watchman
was delivered to the Second Robinson Rangers
stationed on Phact
. Although still quite rare, the 'Mech
promises to become the backbone of the Federated Commonwealth
's militia system, even if the Old Duke would prefer to keep them all to himself.
Since the introduction of the Watchman
, an increase in militia recruits was recorded for both the Crucis
and Draconis March
es. Neither the Lyran Commonwealth
State Command nor the Capellean March
have shown any interest in the Watchman
, content with the 'Mech
s and the equipment they possess.
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