The distinctly recognizable CRB-20 Crab is a scrappy 50-ton workhorse that exclusively packs energy weapons that favor a mid-range firefight. A high top speed allows the Crab to avoid incoming fire and conduct hit & run maneuvers with ease. At nearly 1200 BV, the CRB-20 rivals some heavy mechs in terms of cost, but the sheer toughness of this mech make it well worth it. Either as the lead mech in a light raiding lance or a frontline choice in a heavy lance, the CRB-20 Crab is an effective choice.
Part of playing Classic BattleTech is keeping track of a boatload of modifiers and status effects that can impact the performance of your mech. From a damaged leg actuator to more complicated stacking PSR modifiers, the game can become a little overwhelming if you don't have a good system in place to manage all of these things. There is nothing worse than when you and your opponent both forget about that gunnery penalty due to heat, or that gyro hit forcing a PSR. Here at DFA Wargaming, we've devised a fairly simple and non-proprietary way to keep track of just about everything important. You may have seen a little of this in some of our battle reports, and this post is here to explain the details behind our system. It's a little different and far more expansive than what is described in the rulebook, but we think you'll find it useful.
The CN9-A Centurion is a capable 50 tonner that provides effective support for medium and heavy lances. It is slow and notably fragile under concentrated fire, but a versatile armament allows this mech to contribute to the fight at all ranges. Costing a modest 945 BV, the CN9-A is a bargain mech capable of dishing out considerable damage for its weight class. In short, this mech is a quintessential glass cannon.
Iconic in design, and feared on the battlefield, the CPLT-C1 Catapult finds itself at home in lumbering assault lances as easily fast-moving medium strike groups. Although this mech is well-known for its fire support capabilities, the Catapult can also hold its own at short range. It clocks in at just under 1400 BV, making it among one of the most expensive heavies of its era - and perhaps a little overcosted.
Weighing in at 80 tons, the ZEU-6T Zeus is a reliable, hard hitting, and durable frontline mech. It features a diverse armament capable of laying down punishing fire along with the mobility and survivability to contest key objectives. At just over 1400 BV, the ZEU-6T is a solid choice as the centerpiece of a heavy lance, or to round out an assault unit.