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Section of Site: Vehicles D6Belongs to Faction: Rebel AllianceSubtype: Ground VehiclesEra: ImperialCanon: EU

Craft: MLC-3 Mobile Laser Cannon
Scale: Speeder
Length: 2.1m
Skill: Ground Vehicle Operation: MLc-3
Crew: 1
Passengers: 0
Cargo Capacity: 15kg
Cover: Full
Maneuverability: 0D+2
Move: 10; 20kmh
Body Strength: 2D
            Twin Light Laser Cannons (firelinked)
                        Fire Arc: Front
                        Scale: Speeder
                        Skill: Vehicle Blasters
                        Fire Control: 2D
                        Range: 20-200/500/1km
                        Damage: 4D

Description: The MLC-3 Mobile Laser Cannon was a self-propelled gun used as a light artillery weapon by the Rebel Alliance.

The MLC-3 was armed with twin blaster cannons and moved on a compact tracked chassis. The use of wheeled bogies rather than repulsorlift units suggests that, like many Rebel units, this was a relatively low-tech vehicle, and it seems that the cockpit hatch was opened manually rather than hydraulically.

While the MLC-3 was designed to operate with a single pilot, they could be programmed to run autonomously, firing at preset targets.

MLC-3s were used to defend Echo Base on Hoth, and may have been among the "smaller modules" which the Alliance successfully evacuated from the base during their retreat.

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26/Mar/2021 18:58:46 Posted by J

This is a tough one. I respect keeping the stats as low as possible and avoiding fanboyism and "power creep," but I will argue for slightly better stats for this vehicle.

Even though it's small, it was referred to as a "light tank" in a canon Rebels comic strip. A light tank can be built more heavily than a speeder because it doesn't use repulsorlift, and more heavily than a wheeled vehicle because it's also tracked. Since the MLC-3 pays for its ground-vehicle nature by being slower and more prone to terrain fouling, and because the Star Wars: Galactic Defense game even described it as having "thick armor" [according to Wookieepedia], I will argue that its Body Strength would quite reasonably be higher than that of the average landspeeder [2D]. For comparison with other vehicles, let's use:

The Rebel ULAV landspeeder [Body Strength: 2D+2, but a very high-speed and agile vehicle—400 kmh, Maneuverability: 3D+2]
Imperial Nen-Carvon CAVw PX-10 Compact Assault Vehicle [Body Strength: 3D+2—also a one-man tankette but bigger, yet can manage 260 kmh]

As a compromise between these two values, I suggest Body: 3D.

I also argue it should be faster than a mere 20 kmh via the comparison to the CAV. Even if it's only a third as fast as the CAV [and that's pretty harsh!], its Move would still be 30, which would equate to 90 kmh. That's about 55 mph and not unreasonable for a Star Wars ground vehicle that is in all likelihood powered by some kind of fusion.

The laser damage value looks on the money to me at 4D. My justification: the Rebel KAAC Freerunner sports "Anti-Infantry Blaster Batteries" with a damage code of 3D+2. Since the MLC-3's weapons are described as lasers, likely also fire-linked [like the "batteries" on the Freerunner] and, due to their articulated nature, are likely intended for use on targets other than just infantry, they should be the next step up in power: 4D. 👍

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