Phoenix Hawk LAM MK-1
Pre-Reseen LAM depictions
Originally Battletech borrowed (licensed, whatever) designs from Dougram, Macross, Crusher Joe, etc to make their game. Destroids and such. Big stompy mechs, since Battletech is about big stompy mechs. And for some retarded reason, since they thought they had the rights to the VF's they threw those in there as well, and called them "wasps". Harmony Gold sued the shit out of them, and they lost all the rights to the mechs. So they made up a bunch of designs to replace them. Apparently they kept in transforming mechs, despite the fact they don't fit the setting. At all.
>“Around this time I also heard about how some of my Macross designs were used in BattleTech. It seems that the company that held the rights to use only the packaging design of the plastic model broadly misinterpreted that. As they thought that anything on the packaging could be used elsewhere. So a lot of different designs appeared to have been replicated. Naturally, I didn’t approve of any of it and only found out about it third hand. It’s not something I can talk about openly, as this possibly became a court case.”
I don't know why they thought it was a good idea to bring them back. No one liked them to begin with, and these designs did nothing for it.
>tfw the best LAM design is fanmade
They are ridiculous strategic assets. A unit with the resilience of a battlemech, the speed of an aero fighter, and you don't have to land a dropper or perform any kind of upper-atmosphere bullshit or orbital insertions to get it on the ground. It can even screen for a dropper making planetfall, and it fits into both aero and battlemech bays.
The only problem with it is they included airmech mode, and expect it to be a competent fighter while in it.
If it was, like, a transitional mode that you could only go into while landing and taking off, and you took horrible crits if you got hit while in the mode, it would help define the LAM's strategic, uh, strategy. As-is, though, it's right fucked.
I can see the effort in the redesigns, but the LAM concept in general sticks out from BT like a sore thumb. Most 'Mechs can barely tumble and come back up in under 5 seconds and there're these tri-mode fighters agile enough to use their air form and fast enough in their transformation to outstrip all other forms of ground-based versatility (obviously, otherwise no one would have ever produced LAMs).
A clankier, heavier, blockier, vulture droid-facsimile using the sheer power of thrust to enter atmosphere, bomb the shit out of people, and land to continue fucking shit up/be able to fly back up into space would be something that would fit the industrial trappings of most BT 'Mechs better.