Warhammer WHM-7S Builds for MechWarrior Online

As previously mentioned, the unseen Warhammer is joining the battle in MechWarrior Online in January of 2016. The WHM-7S is the most missile oriented of the series. Working with the hardpoints provided, here are a few builds to utilize this chassis.

WHM-7S Face Ripper

Focusing on short range combat, this build has 2 Large Lasers, 4 Medium Lasers, and 3 SRM-6 launchers. The armor has also been drastically improved. These changes were made possible by converting the internal structure to Endo Steel.

Engine: 280 Standard

Armor: 432 of 434 Standard

Heat Sinks: 16 Double

Structure: Endo Steel

Weapons:

Left Arm: Large Laser

Left Torso: 2 x Medium Lasers, SRM-6

Right Torso: 2 x Medium Lasers, 2 x SRM-6

Right Arm: Large Laser

To be placed: 5 Double Heat sinks (11 covered by engine), 2 tons of SRM ammo (200 missiles)

Notes: I did not have a chassis available to test this build for heat. If every weapon is fired constantly, the mech will likely have heat issues. It is recommended to use the Large Lasers for long range and shift to the Medium Lasers and SRM-6 launchers at closer range.

WHM-7S Archer

The Archer is as iconic as the Warhammer. This variation builds a similar configuration, but with heavier energy support than the original Archer ARC-2R and a shift from LRM-20’s to LRM-15’s to allow for more ammunition and better armor.

Engine: 280 Standard

Armor: 432 of 434 Standard

Heat Sinks: 16 Double

Structure: Endo Steel

Weapons:

Left Arm: Medium Laser

Left Torso: 2 x Medium Lasers, LRM-15

Right Torso: 2 x Medium Lasers, LRM-15

Right Arm: Medium Laser

To be placed: 5 Double Heat sinks (11 covered by engine), 5 tons of LRM ammo (900 missiles)

Notes: For a proxy, I used a TDR-9S Thunderbolt. Quirks will change the results, but they should provide a rough feeling for the heat of the build.

Caustic Valley: Firing the weapon systems separately, the heat is very manageable. The LRM’s alone do not produce enough heat to cause problems. Firing the Medium Lasers however will overheat the mech in four volleys. Full alpha-strikes will cause the mech to overheat before the third strike is finished.

Frozen City: As expected, the LRM’s did not heat the mech at all. The Medium Lasers could be fired five times, overheating on the sixth volley. Full alpha-strikes caused the mech to overheat on the 4th laser/2nd missile attack. Chain firing the Medium Lasers still generates heat, but much slower than a full blast.

WHM-7S Missile Boat

Shifting to a more LRM oriented build than the Archer, we can make an impressive missile boat. Obviously, it depends entirely on the pilot and their preferences on how this build should be used or modified.

Engine: 300 XL

Armor: 432 of 434 Standard

Heat Sinks: 14 Double

Structure: Endo Steel

Weapons:

Left Arm: Medium Laser

Left Torso: LRM-15

Center Torso: AMS

Right Torso: 2 x LRM-15

Right Arm: Medium Laser

To be placed: 2 Double heat sinks (12 covered by engine), 9 tons of LRM ammo (1620 missiles), 1 ton AMS ammo.

Notes: I used a Zeus ZEU-6T as a proxy for these tests. Individual results may vary, based on quirks, etc.

Caustic Valley: Chain firing the LRM’s did slowly build heat, but it took a while to be a problem. Similarly, firing just the Medium Lasers was not an issue. If a full alpha-strike is fired, 5 laser blasts and 4 LRM volleys will overheat the mech.

Frozen City: Heat was obviously less of an issue. Firing an alpha-strike repeatedly overheated the mech at about 7 laser blasts and 6 LRM volleys.

Options: I do not usually use Artemis for my LRM mechs, as I focus on indirect fire. If you do wish to have Artemis, three tons will need to be acquired. This can be done with armor or ammo. You can also reduce the size of the engine, but reduction in heat sinks will needed as well.

Conclusion:

With the addition of the Warhammer in January of 2016, another previously unseen mech returns to combat. Which builds will be used for the various configurations will obviously be based on the quirks, but they should be a lot of fun in MechWarrior Online.

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