How can i use the minelayer?
Keep in mind that vehicles ALWAYS vanish - after missions.
Question: How can I get the minelayer ?
Answer: The minelayer is a vehicle, and must be purchased from the "Purchasing" (third horizontal button on the upper-left corner of the screen) and then the "Vehicles" tab (fourth vertical button in the "current inventory listing" window, below the four horizontal buttons, left edge of the screen). If minelayers are available, their icons, with cost, quantity available and the vehicle description will appear. Then you have to buy it, as you do for MechWarriors, 'Mechs or equipment.
Question: Then? What should I do to use it during a mission ?
Answer: "Briefing/Deployment" button, above the "Purchasing" one. The vehicle will be shown in the "Ready Area" window (lower-left corner of the screen), just like a 'Mech. Vehicles do not need MechWarriors and can be used only once, so if you want an other minelayer for the next mission you'll have to buy a new one. Place the minelayer icon in one of the available slots (vehicles have to be allocated like 'Mechs) and push the "Begin Mission" button (below the mission map, right part of the screen).
Question: Hey, the minelayer is here with my 'Mechs but it doesn't lay mines!
Answer: Sure, the minelayer will not lay mines until you order it to do so. If you select the minelayer and issue an attack order the minelayer WILL NOT launch mines or throw itself in a suicide attack against the target, it will simply reach it. Minelayers have no weapons aside their mines, which must be layed;
mines will explode when an enemy vehicle or 'Mech will enter a mined area, allocating damage to the lower part of it (most vehicles will be destroyed at once by a mine and 'Mechs will recieve damage mostly to their legs). Mines are deployed in a group of five, in this pattern:
As you may have noted, the * represents the small yellow dot the minelayer places on the battlefield. There are no chances that an enemy vehicle entering a mined area will exit without damage, as they do not know that the area is mined.
Question: You haven't told us how to lay mines!
Answer: P. 70 of MechCommander Manual. Oh well, select the minelayer, keep the "F"
button down and issue a normal move order. The minelayer will reduce its speed
to lay down mines.
Original article by Briareos Kerensky (email@example.com, briareos_CWE), ver 3.0a, 09/03/2002 - Offline archive website content
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