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Recognition Guide, Vol. 1: Classics

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Recognition Guide, Vol. 1: Classics
Product information
Type Technical Readout
Development Johannes Heidler
Primary writing Herbert A. Beas II
Aaron Cahall
Étienne Charron-Willard
Matthew Cross
Joshua Franklin
William Gauthier
Keith Hann
Chris Hartford
Johannes Heidler
Philip A. Lee
Edward McEneely
Joshua Perian
Luke Robertson
Eric Salzman
Lance Scarinci
Paul Sjardijn
Geoff ‘Doc’ Swift
Chris Wheeler
Matthew Wilsbacher
Patrick Wynn
Pages 154
Cover Artwork Pablo Aschei
Eldon Cowgur
Illustrations Alan Blackwell
Jordan Cuffie
Aaron Harris
Harri Kallio
Chris Lowrey
Anthony Scroggins
Natán Meléndez (Chapter Art)
Publication information
Publisher Catalyst Game Labs
Product code CAT35136
First published 21 July 2023
MSRP $14.99 (PDF)
$34.99 (Printed Book & PDF)
Content BattleMechs
Record Sheets
Era ilClan era
Timeline 3151
Series Recognition Guides
Followed by Recognition Guide, Vol. 2: ilClan


Recognition Guide, Vol. 1: Classics (abbreviated RGv1 Classics or RGC) is the accumulation of PDF only series of Clan-Style Technical Readouts published as an in-universe 3150 intelligence reports created by Clan Sea Fox. A two volume set, which separates the classic Inner Sphere & Clan designs from the past, from the cutting edge all-new designs.

Volume 1 focus is on the Classics 'Mechs, which have proven of the centuries of be best known and used through out the conflicts of humankind.

Unlike previous series of mini-RecGuides, the book contains no Record Sheets.

Publisher's Description[edit]

The march of technology across BattleTech’s eras is relentless—but some war machines never die. As the ilClan era dawns, the most recognizable BattleMechs stand ready to carry your banner into the future, bristling with cutting-edge weapons and armor.

BattleTech: Recognition Guide, Vol. 1: Classics collects some of the best-known Inner Sphere, Clan, and ComStar BattleMechs, rebuilt with the latest technology to keep them competitive on modern battlefields. This volume is the companion to Recognition Guide, Vol. 2: ilClan, and contains material originally published in the bestselling PDF-only BattleTech Recognition Guide: ilClan series.

Each machine is fully detailed with an illustration, in-universe development notes, battle histories, and notable pilots for each unit.


  • Table Content
  • Credits
  • Introduction

Inner Sphere BattleMechs[edit]

Clan BattleMechs[edit]

Comstar BattleMechs[edit]


  • The book is first book which has collectively has been published together new line up of the Classic images funded by the Clan Invasion Kickstarter.
  • The book also is the first time since 1990's Technical Readout: 3050, that all of previous unseen BattleMechs have been collected together in one book with full images.
  • Many of the notable pilots were character names submitted by fans who backed projects originally associated with the successful Kickstarters for Starter Box sets.