Production information
Manufacturer Blackwell Heavy Industries[1]
Production Year 3055[2]
Model GAL-1GLS[1]
Class Heavy
Cost 6,646,179 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Inner Sphere BattleMech
Mass 70 tons
Chassis GLKWL-52gls
Armor Valiant Lamellor
Engine VOX 280
Communications System Dalban Micronics
Targeting Tracking System Dalban HiRez II
Heat Sinks 18 double
Speed 65 km/h
Jump Jets Geotec 300
BV (1.0) 1,497[3]
BV (2.0) 1,695[1][4]


The Gallowglas was designed to counter the threat of the Clans. The 'Mech is produced by Blackwell Heavy Industries on Outreach and is built to be effective from its longest range to point-blank range. The 'Mech is built using a BLKWL-52gls Endo Steel chassis to save weight and a VOX 280 fusion engine for its durability. The Gallowglas is protected by a respectable twelve tons of armor, and the 'Mech uses eighteen double heat sinks to handle its heavy heat load.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

The weapons payload on the Gallowglas is an all energy arsenal. The primary long-range weapon is a Tiegart Magnum ER PPC, which provides a powerful long-range punch. For intermediate ranges, the 'Mech carries two Sunglow Large Lasers. Finally, for short-range protection, the 'Mech has two Magna Quasar Medium Pulse Lasers and a Magna Starglow Small Laser.


  • GAL-2GLS 
    The 2GLS variant of the Gallowglas is modified to increase its long-range effectiveness. This is done by removing the ER PPC, a Medium Pulse Laser, the Small Laser, as well as eight double heat sinks and replacing them with a Blackwell Fury Gauss rifle and two tons of CASE-protected ammunition. This modification greatly reduces the 'Mechs heat load and gives it a greater damage potential at long range. BV (1.0) = 1,664;[3] BV (2.0) = 1,857[5]
  • GAL-2GLSA 
    Another Jihad-era field expedient version, this variant carries a Heavy PPC and a Light PPC instead of the Gauss rifle. Though techs added more heat sinks, they cannot completely cool the 'Mech when all weapons are fired.[6] BV (2.0) = 1,771[7]
  • GAL-3GLS 
    The 3GLS expands on the 2GLS Model. The 'Mech is built using a light fusion engine and uses the saved weight to substantially improve the 'Mech's armor protection and accuracy. The T&T system is switched to a Dalban Hi-Rez III and all of the 'Mech's weapons have been linked to a Targeting Computer, giving them greater accuracy. The 'Mech has also had an additional ton of armor added. The laser arsenal has been upgraded to two ER Large Lasers and an ER Medium Laser. Finally, the 'Mech has had Triple Strength Myomers added, which allows the 'Mech to move at a top speed of 86.4 km/h when it is operating in the proper heat range.[1] BV (1.0) = 1,642; BV (2.0) = 2,291[8]
  • Gallowglas WD 
    A variant of the Gallowglas available only to Wolf's Dragoons, the Gallowglas WD is built using all Clan technologies. The 'Mech carries an ER PPC as its primary weapon, and two ER Medium Lasers and two Small Pulse Lasers for close range combat; three double heat sinks are removed. The WD variant uses the weight savings to increase its engine size, allowing for a maximum speed of 86.4 km/h, making the WD a highly maneuverable and effective 'Mech.[1] BV (1.0) = 2,024; BV (2.0) = 2,094[11]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Gallowglas has the following Design Quirk:[12]

Notable pilots[edit]



  • Author Blaine Lee Pardoe stated in a blog entry that, according to his memory which he admitted could be wrong, the Gallowglas was among the BattleMechs which he designed and for which he wrote the original background as initially published in TRO:3055.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Technical Readout: Clan Invasion, pp. 154–155: "GAL-1GLD Gallowglas"
  2. MUL online date for the Gallowglas
  3. 3.0 3.1 Combat Operations, p. 136
  4. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 83
  5. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 84
  6. Technical Readout: 3085, p. 190
  7. Record Sheets: 3085 Unabridged - Old is the New New, p. 98
  8. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 85
  9. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 86
  10. Starterbook: Wolf and Blake, pp. 24, 107
  11. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 88
  12. BattleMech Manual, p. 91: Design Quirk Table - Gallowglas Entry