Sunday, June 16, 2013
Mecha Countdown # 16
Hey, good morning, Counterfett here. Due to internet issues, I wasn't able to post anything yesterday, so it looks like our Mecha Countdown will run a day over the month mark. No worries, there was nothing that really tied it to the month of June anyway, other than I just happened to start in on the first of the month. Today's installment is an oldie but goody. It's a ground breaker both in anime and war-gaming, though the later tends to go 'uncommented' on.
#16: Soltic Round-Facer / Griffin
I didn't know it at the time, but like a lot of the Battletech 'mechs I grew up with, the old Griffin was largely borrowed from an anime. In this case it was "Fang of the Sun Dougram." While the titular Dougram mech was pretty darn close to a Griffin itself, the Soltic Round Facer was the one that FASA lifted, pretty much whole cloth. Same with the Wolverine, and I think the Scorpion and Goliath.
I never really watched Dougram (never dubbed like Robotech, and pretty much before my time), but I know quite a bit about the Griffin. It was a good medium mech with a PPC (particle projector cannon) and some missiles. The PPC could cause some heat issues, but nothing a savvy pilot couldn't handle. Like all medium mechs, it's biggest failing was that it was never as good at any one thing as some others.