Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives Vol 4


Go To Units Before there was even a Star League, the technologies taken for granted in the thirty-first century went through their awkward paces in a universe newly opened to humankind. In an age when the BattleMech was nearly unknown, when the DropShip was a new concept, and when tanks and fighters dominated the battle zones, the technology of the day was primitive by modern standards…and each new design with an experiment unto itself.

Experimental Tech Readout: Primitives, Volume IV samples more of the early technology designs that dominated the universe of BattleTech during the pre-Star League Age of War period. Each design featured in this book demonstrates the primitive technology level of the first generation of BattleMechs, the last generation of Combat Vehicles (before the ’Mech supplanted them), and the low-tech aerospace units that flew above them. Although many were ultimately upgraded to “modern standards” and shown in Technical Readout: 3075, the units featured here reflect these designs as they were when first introduced to the universe they fought for. Statistics and Record Sheets are included for 13 Primitive BattleMechs, vehicles, aerospace units presented in this book, ready for play in advanced BattleTech games.

Name Tons BV PV TRO/RS Rules Era Intro
Toro TR-A-1 35 671 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Era Specific 2481
Swordsman SWD-1 40 692 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Era Specific 2463
Swordsman SWD-2 40 803 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Introductory 2482
Rifleman RFL-1N 50 931 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Era Specific 2504
Rifleman RFL-2N 50 1,093 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Introductory 2556
Griffin GRF-1A 60 1,024 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Era Specific 2465
Emperor EMP-1A 90 1,453 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Era Specific 2442
Emperor EMP-5A 90 1,830 XTRPrimitives IV RS3058Uu-C Introductory 2502
Xanthos XNT-2O 100 1,300 XTRPrimitives IV XTRPrimitives IV Era Specific 2564