I'm liking the modifications to the Archer. Fairly soon I'll also have my own 3d printed version of the rifleman and warhammer that I can send you to paint. They'll be tweaked to be a couple MM taller so they fit in better with the current range as everything has had some major scale creep. Also it'll fix a couple things about the old models that drive me crazy from a hobby snob point of view, like the R/L arm thickness being differant.
I don't know if you saw this on LOTB but it has a simular archer which I like (it's NScale)
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As far as background info, there were a couple suppliments put out for wolf dragoons so it may be one of those. A lot of the older materials had variant mech designs in them that were reprinted in the record sheet books but they may not be mentioned in the technical reouts.
The basic story was that the wolf drgoons were spies opperating as mercenaries,sent by the clans way ahead of their invasion. (Clan wolf specifically) They always had a mysterious source of mechs, the best pilots and fielded a number of very hard to find mechs that were more or less lost to the rest of the inner sphere.
Once the clans invaded they suddenly started fielding clan weaponry as it would no longer blow their cover, but at this point they'd basically broken away from the clans due to bad blood and were now truly opperating as mercs usually against the clans.
While all that fits in within the setting I always found that it felt like a bit of after the fact re-write, the dragoons always having a secret stash of stuff was always part of the setting from the beginning but that was in place years before the idea of the clans were even conceived. I remember at the time feeling so pissed off when it was revealed they they were double agents as they were basically the heroes of the clasiic 3025 setting. It felt really out of place and really tore down their image in the early setting, nowdays it's a meh point but at the time it was a very raw wound.
I'll take a look and see if there's anything in the mercs book, the original wolf's dragoon book is pre-clan so it wouldn't have it, but there may well be an updated version that I don't know about as I was out of the game for a long time. I stopped about the time that 3058 came out so there's a pretty big gap in my battletech library, a lot of books have also been revised multiple times. (I know they reprinted Solaris VII 4-5 times and the mechs in there are differant each time)
Battletech Wiki has this entry, there's some mention of it there, but not much detail for the Archer Wolf variant, other than it's fitted with clan tech and Jaime Wolf's archer's was presumed to have simular tech upgrades. http://www.sarna.net/wiki/Archer