TCB Irregulars Inventory #: FLS-7K #001-A
Mass: 75 tons
Power Plant: Vlar 300
Cruising Speed: 43 kph
Maximum Speed: 64 kph
Armor: Kemplar 5000
- 2 Thunderbolt A5M Large Lasers
- 5 Defi ance B3M Medium Lasers
- 1 Coventry Volcano Flamer
Manufacturer: Defiance Industries
Primary Factory: Hesperus II
Communications System: Faust/Calliope FM-4
Targeting and Tracking System: TharHes Ares-7
Overview, Capabilities, & History:
The Flashman debuted in 2701, with the first battalions forming the core of heavy and battle regiments throughout the Hegemony. By the fall of the Star League, several of the League’s BattleMech divisions had formed fast brigades composed of Flashman battalions, and the strength and fl exibility of the design meant that it remained popular after the Exodus through the First Succession War. Unfortunately for the Flashman, the destruction of Renault-Prime’s manufacturing facilities on Wasat in 2796 and the brutality of the First Succession War meant it nearly became extinct. It was only the lucky acquisition of a schematics package by Defi ance Industries that saved the Flashman from history, although its numbers never climbed to their pre-Exodus zenith.
The original Flashman was designed as a powerful cavalry ’Mech with the speed to move quickly and the firepower to make a diff erence when it arrived on the scene. Although the decline of technology in the orgy of destruction that was the First Succession War meant that the Flashman’s advanced engine could no longer be maintained, a simple redesign allowed the Flashman to use the popular Vlar 300 fusion engine, giving it speed comparable to other heavy BattleMechs.
Offensively the Flashman isn’t, pardon the phrasing, terribly fl ashy. What it is, however, is reliably dangerous. A pair of Thunderbolt A5M large lasers are mounted in the Flashman’s forearms. Potent as they are, the Thunderbolts are not the Flashman’s primary weapons. This distinction is claimed by the battery of five Defiance B3M medium lasers. Although individually less powerful than the larger Thunderbolt lasers, the Defiance B3M lasers demonstrate strength in numbers, consistently delivering more damage than the bigger weapons. Finally, an anti-personnel flamer gives the Flashman both a strong and psychological defense against swarming infantry.
Although the technological degradation of the Succession Wars has robbed the Flashman of its speed, it is still well endowed with thirteen-and-a-half tons of armor and a mammoth complement of twenty-three heat sinks. Though this seems like a massive load of heat dispersal, the laser weaponry of the Flashman generates incredible amounts of heat, making even this staggering array somewhat weak.
“Hammerjack” was produced in 2957 and was crippled just after coming off the line in the 9th Battle of Hesperus II. Mothballed for decades for want of replacement parts, she was finally refit and deployed to the 5th Donegal Guards in 2992.