View Full Version : Battletech Classic Re-Vamp in May

04-04-2006, 13:59
Good Evening Viewers!!!

Has anyone seen any details on the re-vamp of the Classic Battletech rules due out some time in May?


04-04-2006, 15:20
Pinched directly from Fanpro:

August of 2006 sees the unveiling of a whole new look and presentation for Classic BattleTech.

The basic rules and concepts of the game have not changed: thirty-foot tall metal titans of doom-piloted by feudal MechWarrior knights-firing lightning bolts, coherent lasers and autocannons in an orgy of destruction across a futuristic landscape of thousands of worlds.

These concepts have made Classic BattleTech/MechWarrior® one of the most successful science fiction lines ever created, spawning millions of sold MechWarrior PC games, almost a hundred full-length novels, more than ten million sold MechWarrior: Dark Age Collectable Miniatures Game figures, comic books, toys, a cartoon, virtual reality centers, over five-thousand fan-based websites and more.

Yet it all began with the original board game, which still conveys all the best the universe has to offer, presented in a whole new way:

All the disparate game systems from BattleMechs® to vehicles, battle armor to aerospace units: all are fully integrated into a single, unified rules set.
The new series of six core rulebooks are organized and presented to provide a foundation of game play (and the universe), for the various aspects of Classic BattleTech. Knowing which core products to stock or purchase for Classic BattleTech will be simple and easy, allowing for a smooth transition from one core rulebook to the next.
The core line of Classic BattleTech rulebooks will be published in full-color, hard back.
Total WarfareTM

The product of over twenty years of gaming experience, Total Warfare presents the rules of the BattleTech game system as never before. Fully integrated and meticulously updated, Total Warfare provides the most detailed and comprehensive rules set published to date for BattleTech; the perfect companion for standard tournament play.

Starterbook: Sword and Dragon™

The Starterbooks are a perfect way to jump into the further excitement of the Classic BattleTech universe once players have tried their hands at BattleTech. Starterbook: Sword and Dragon provides a short synopsis of the conflicts between the ancient enemies of House Davion and House Kurita, as conveyed through the infamous Fox's Teeth and Sorenson's Sabres.

Includes record sheets for everyone in both commands, including eight, never-before-seen 'Mech variants!

Sword and Dragon 'MechPacks

Iron Wind Metals (www.IronWindMetals.com) will be simultaneously releasing Sword and Dragon 'MechPack Davion and Sword and Dragon 'MechPack Kurita to support Starterbook: Sword and Dragon. Each 'MechPack contains four unique 'Mech variants, to be used in conjunction with the new variant record sheets found in the Starterbook.


A companion volume to Total Warfare, Classic BattleTech TechManual combines all the construction rules for the various units presented in that core rules set. More than just a rulebook, the TechManual presents numerous sourcebook-style treatises, providing the in-universe context for these units and the technologies of their development.

Classic BattleTech Introductory Box Set™

For the first time in over a decade, plastic miniatures are back in the base box set! As ever, the introductory box is the starting point for any player, containing everything needed to play. But now players can have the thrill of 3-dimensional figures to bring excitement to their games from the moment they open the lid.

FanPro LLC has big plans afoot to support the re-branding of Classic BattleTech.

Issue #8 of Games Quarterly (shipping February 10th) contains an interview covering some of the behind-the-scenes decisions for this re-branding and the launching of the new core line of Classic BattleTech rulebooks.
An extensive marketing campaign leading up to August's release will launch in March.
Kicking off the launch will be a great new look to the www.ClassicBattleTech.com website. Fully integrating the new branding look of Classic BattleTech, the site will be streamlined, while retaining the depth of information of the current site, including the ever popular forums.
A new weekly BattleBlog will be featured on the front page that will have insights and information direct from the Line Developer, Randall Bills, on a whole range of topics pertaining to all aspects of this new and exciting time. Topics include everything from what this re-branding means for fans and retailers to what rules will be improved upon and how they will be presented.
Starting on March 18th (and running the third Saturday of every month through August) an open-to-the-public Live BattleChat will be hosted by www.BattleCorps.com, at 10AM Pacific Standard Time. Randall Bills will be answering questions posted by those in attendance; look to both www.BattleCorps.com and www.ClassicBattleTech.com as we near March 18th for details on how to attend.

Google is your friend...

04-04-2006, 16:23
I love Battletech so this is good news for me. I just finnished reading the Dawn of the Jihad stuff but a return to the classics would be a very welcome change.


04-04-2006, 18:27
No return to the classics here. Did you miss the blurb about the mech packs having 8 never before seen model variants?

Lafeel Abriel
04-04-2006, 21:17
Looks interesting, all right..Wonder how it'll look..Was a huge fan before Wizkids came along and did what they did..*still loves the novels*

05-04-2006, 00:08
I really really hope they don´t screw it up.
CBT is still my favourite wargame and if they start dumbing down the rules there I´ll scream. Its complexity made CBT what it is.

05-04-2006, 13:30
Whoo plastic models in boxset thats cool news

06-04-2006, 05:30
Well, if the new classic Battletech rules play anything like the old ones, then Clan Wolf will be making a return to the battlefield.

06-04-2006, 09:57
Used to love BT but kind of played it to death. Have sold all my (hundreds) of Mechs now. Still read the novels though (new and old - I have them ALL!). Will be interesting to see how this new version looks.

06-04-2006, 16:34
Aww, and just after I got back into my 3rd (I think) edition rules. Oh, well.

Still, though, this is great news. Battletech is single-handedly responsible for my geekiness (An old 386 + The Crecent Hawk's Revenge = me.), so I'll have to get into it again. Northwind forever!

07-04-2006, 10:32
RAC5s for the win!

Brother Othorio
08-04-2006, 22:24
No return to the classics here. Did you miss the blurb about the mech packs having 8 never before seen model variants?

maybe they are new-look designs for the classic designs they cant/wont use anymore (the ones they blatantly stole off japanese cartoons)

11-04-2006, 17:17
maybe they are new-look designs for the classic designs they cant/wont use anymore (the ones they blatantly stole off japanese cartoons)
They changed the look of those mechs a few years ago. They can be found in Project Phoenix.

13-04-2006, 17:45
Yup - Check out the new Locust Variants if you don't believe him.... I've got three of the RL10 fellows and a Cicada as a reccy Lance...... Just... Dont try fighting anything heavy with them - close in, let loose then run away - fast. Hopefully the Cicy will absorb the return fire.... Hopefully...... I'd quite like a Flea or four.... If they'd only re-sculpt them a-helluva-lot smaller.....

13-04-2006, 18:16
The Project Phoenix stuff is pretty damn nice-with a few exceptions, I like it more then the original. The exceptions being the Griffin and Marauder. (Oddly enough, two of my favourites-they're just too...lanky now.)

Lafeel Abriel
13-04-2006, 20:27
The Marauder was always lanky..You seen the mech it is based on? (Robotech Zentraedi officers Battlepod)

27-04-2006, 18:57
I hope they dont do what they did to the MW Catapault to the B-tech one... *shivers*. If you dont like lanky, try a Marauder II )_)

27-04-2006, 21:35
Looks like I'll be braking out Mackensen's Reavers again (my mercenary battalion)...

Morathi's Darkest Sin
27-04-2006, 23:07
I did like the old Battletech, I had a strange obsession with the Draconis (was it Draconis) Combine, and kept taking loads of their mechs. My mate liked the Highlanders so it always got ugly.

I'd be intruiged with a new one, and at the very least I'll pass this info to my mate back in Cornwall who still has all the old stuff.

Oh and on a side note.. *shrieks excitedly* Evilmerlin where did thou get such an awesome pic to be thy avatar???

Lafeel Abriel
28-04-2006, 18:28
Yup, its indeed "Draconis" as in dragon (happens to be the official title of the leader of it, too) Combine. They used to be my favorite, too, but with the arrival of the clans I jumped ship over to the Wolf clan (in exile from 58, on).

Oh, and if you thought the Highlander was nasty, take a look at the Pillager.:D

28-04-2006, 21:19
The Marauder was always lanky..You seen the mech it is based on? (Robotech Zentraedi officers Battlepod)

Ayup, it's almost an exact copy.

Oh, and if you thought the Highlander was nasty, take a look at the Pillager.

Nothing says nasty like a 95-tonner with claws and dual (Triple?) Gauss Rifles.

Lafeel Abriel
29-04-2006, 18:42
100 tonner, and it "only" had two of them. But..nothing says nasty as well as the "Pillager piledriver" aka: death from above in a Pillager..Love jump capable assault mechs.:evilgrin:

01-05-2006, 17:47
Nah, the Highlander Burial is way cooler. Nothing like a 'Mech with reinforced legs to better stomp it's enemies into submission!

02-05-2006, 06:04
Agreed, my highlanders never leave home without one...or two.

03-05-2006, 17:18
Unfortunately the Battletech re-vamp isn't until August. For a quick 'mech fix there is a trailer for a really awesome looking short film based on the clicky game here:http://www.daveschool.com/mechwarrior/index.html It's a class project for a visual effects school, but gives real hope for sci-fi based miniature game movies of all kinds.

03-05-2006, 18:12
The Dave's School one looks a bit sketchy (I already saw the trailer on MWRealms-I'm an ex-MWDA player, but still check in sometimes).

The animation looks pretty good-not amazing, but not too bad. The actors, though? Eeeh...they really stuck out and I can't imagine the acting is going to be anything spectacular.
But, still, it's better then nothing. Only time will tell.

03-05-2006, 19:01
The animation looks pretty good-not amazing, but not too bad. The actors, though? Eeeh...they really stuck out and I can't imagine the acting is going to be anything spectacular.
But, still, it's better then nothing. Only time will tell.
I think the animation and live action together looks great considering its just a student project. I really don't expect great acting. I actually think the actors do look good for a battletech movie as it reinforces that many of the armies in the setting aren't stereotypical modern soldiers. I mainly see it as a chance to sell the concept to others rather than as the major project itself.

04-05-2006, 14:35
it still looks cool though.

07-05-2006, 22:08
Theres another fan movie I saw on Google Video..... A rather bad one at that....... Some woman running away from a Vulture.... one that she later destroys with a handgun..... Perhaps wouldn't have hated it so much if there hadn't been so many parts of it ripped straight from 'Predator'.

16-05-2006, 19:08
No revamp till August now - bummer. Where is this plastic kit info?

17-05-2006, 04:08
I haven't heard much about the re-vamp, my store is hasstling the distributor for it, but I still haven't seen much...In the mean time, I've been repainting all my old mechs and tanks, I've even ordered some minis from iron wind.

Iron Grizzly
05-06-2006, 04:59
I'm a regular over at the CBT forums and am pretty current with all of the previews. The revamped game is not a simplified version at all. It's the same game fans have loved 21 years, just with lot's of little improvements. Construction rules aren't changing so it can even use the old record sheets. Most of the new stuff has to do with changing the rules for infantry and vehicles, bringing Aerospace into the main rules, and improving the overall presentation and look of the rulebooks.

From what I've seen, the new core rulebooks will be works of art in themselves. They're full color and in hardback. Filled with beautiful color artwork and miniatures pictures, and with a greater concentration on background fluff, even in the main rulebook.

There will be plastic miniatures in the new boxed set, though they haven't revealed which mechs will be included.

The new variants in the Sword and the Dragon are just that, new variants. I think they are supposed to be mechs with a mix of 3025 and experimental versions of 3050 weapons since the campaign is supposed to take place in 3049. I also believe each of these new variants is given a modern 3067 version for use on today's battlefields.

Using the plastic mechs from the boxed set, and the mech pack from either Kurita or Davion, your supposed to be able to play through the entire campaign as either the Fox's Teeth or Sorenson's Sabres. And of course you can just play through as your own unit too.

The next Starter Book is supposed to be "Fist and Falcon" which will cover the Jade Falcon attack on the FedCom from 3050-3052.

06-06-2006, 01:12
Wow thanks for the info...I'm excited that the game won't be over simplified, I do have a question though, will these sets include battle sheets, or will you have to buy them seperately?

07-06-2006, 17:42
Fist and Falcon might be enough to get me interested. MY two favorites packaged together. It;s like a Reese's of mecha...

07-06-2006, 19:38
I'm not sure this fits on this topic, but here are some of my mechs repainted, and some tanks that are wip.



07-06-2006, 23:55
I recognise the Warhammer and the Rifleman but what are the other two?


08-06-2006, 00:53
Looks like a Clint and possible an Enforcer...

08-06-2006, 01:31
Yup, Getz got it right on the head Clint IIc and an Enforcer.

I'm thinking about making a blog about rebuilding my merc company, what do you huys think?

09-06-2006, 21:43
I'd read it.
*Looks at shelf of 'Mechs needing attention*

I should make one, too.

Wing Commander
01-07-2006, 19:59
Hmm, looks at box after box of mechs.... I'm looking forward the rerelease, should give the game a welcome boost.

01-07-2006, 22:54
After seeing Shadowrun 4th edition, I cry for you all.

03-07-2006, 10:25
Well... from what I've heard... The rules are staying mostly the same... with a few tweaks to make vehicles and Aerospace assets less problematic to use in-game....

04-07-2006, 11:34
Torso-twist markers!

14-07-2006, 06:18
All that leaves is a few tweaks so that Battlemechs aren't so problematic to use in the game! ;)

/I'll shut up now...

Nonono, you're thinking of MWDA.;)

15-07-2006, 13:38
The only thing keeping me from getting back into CBT is the fact that Iron Wind Metals has the WORST website of any miniatures manufacturer I know.

I can't find anything there, even when I know exactly what I'm looking for...

15-07-2006, 15:32
It's not -that- bad... Theres also the http://www.ralparthaeurope.co.uk/ shop, if that helps you at all. They stock quite a lot of stuff I wouldn't expect them to do.