A BJ-1 of the mech commander in House Arano colors.
Blackjack BJ-1 is a Medium-class 'Mech in Battletech.
The Blackjack 1 is equipped for both long and close range engagements. A pair of AC/2s are backed up by four Medium Lasers, lending the 'Mech a powerful alpha strike, while Jump Jets enable the Blackjack to move to high ground at a moment's notice.
- A very versatile and useful mech. The AC/2 conflicts with the medium lasers a bit, so you might want to swap that one out for a single AC/5 for better performance, and reduce equipment to maximize its armor.
- Try this for a more significant sniper mech: Drop two medium lasers to upgrade one AC/2 to an AC/5, then drop the other AC/2 in favor of a PPC. One ton of ammo should suffice for your AC/5 in most scenarios. If you find it being too 'hot', dump the other two ML's in favor of either armor or heat sinks. The combination of AC/5 and PPC in your starter mech will carry you until you start consistently running into heavy mechs.
- Changing the PPC to Large Laser free up 2 tonnage for 4 jump jets for the cost of just 5 less in dmg. But much better ability to position and heat management(when not jumping).
- Blackjack 1s are solid, well-rounded 'Mechs for their tonnage. They typically mount Jump Jets, which give them an extra edge by repositioning quickly to keep a direct line of fire for their Autocannons. The Blacjack is your starting mech, an ancestral vehicle of the family.