Teleri from MechWarrior Online fan art forum had redesigned the Patton/Rommel tank from BattleTech Technical Readout: 3025 with the MWO design aesthetic. With his permission and some collaborative effort (and plenty of input from other fourmites!) I translated his 2D digital painting into this 3D model. With numerous revisions and tweaks to the design as it was being developed over a number of weeks, we finally settled on this final version.
From TRO: 3025
Designed concurrently with the Patton, Defiance Industries decided that a vehicle to replace 'Mechs was needed in the early 3000s. Since 'Mech production was nearly at a standstill, the ability to produce and field armored vehicles became a necessity no Successor State could ignore. The strength of the Rommel is shown in its great urban warfare abilities. A Rommel may lie in wait down an alley or in other concealment, and then use its devastating armament to cripple or destroy a BattleMech. The main advantage the Rommel has over other, older designs is a combination of higher speed and more armor. With even more armor than a Demolisher tank, the Rommel can sustain more punishment, yet slip away faster to fight again from another position.
The Rommel uses a single Defiance 'Mech Hunter Autocannon/20 as its main armament. Able to cripple light and medium 'Mechs with a single well-placed shot from the main gun, the Rommel can also keep an enemy at bay with a Coventry LRM-5 System while retreating to another position. If attacked by infantry, or as a last resort, the tank commander can aim a single ASL Small Laser.
Patton - The Patton tank is built on the same chassis, but carries an Autocannon/10, LRM-5, Small Laser, and a Flamer for anti-infantry work. The reduced weight of the main gun compared to the Rommel enables it to mount more armor.
Model and image © Liz Gibbs
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