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Name: Bombast Laser
Type (Category): Weapon (Energy)
Technology: Inner Sphere
Available To: BattleMechs (BM), IndustrialMechs (IM)
Reference: Tactical Operations: Advanced Units & Equipment (p. 132)
The bombast laser is meant to be the ultimate laser weapon without growing to be the heaviest energy weapon. Unfortunately, weight reduction efforts included sacrifices in the power supply, which left the bombast laser as a slow-charging weapon. Rather than hobble the gunner with a weapon that wasn’t ready to fire at a critical time, engineers modified the weapon so that it could be triggered prematurely with whatever charge it had built up. This allowed the bombast laser to be successfully (if not entirely accurately) portrayed as a “flexible” weapon with a “dial-a-yield” feature. In practice, the bombast laser is a distracting weapon for its user, as its variable charging feature is difficult to manage in the middle of combat. But its powerful damage potential and the showy effect of its pre-fire “glow” (a side effect of the electrical buildup that grows the longer the weapon’s fire is held) made it a favorite experimental weapon in the Solaris arenas where it first saw testing.
The Bombast Laser may select the level of damage it inflicts, from 7 to 12 points, but suffers an additional to-hit modifier equal to half of the desired damage value minus 7 (rounded up), reflecting the fire-holding factor. (Thus, a Bombast Laser “dialed up” to its maximum damage potential of 12 suffers an additional to-hit modifier of +3 [12 damage – 7 = 5; 5 ÷ 2 = 2.5, round up to 3].) The Bombast Laser’s heat is equal to the points of damage selected that turn. Bombast Lasers may not be fired on secondary targets. In all other respects, Bombast Lasers function per standard direct-fire energy weapon rules.
May be mounted on any available unit type in accordance with the unit’s standard construction rules.
Inner Sphere Data
WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT COMBAT AND CONSTRUCTION TABLE
* See rules for this equipment Additional Construction Rules
The following construction rules extend the ones previously listed and are applicable for this technology base:
May be equipped with a Laser Insulator RULES LEVEL PROGRESSION TABLE
ALPHA STRIKE WEAPON CONVERSION TABLE
MTF Output → Weapon List:
Bombast Laser MTF Output → Critical Slot:
PDF Output → Critical Slot: