Picked up a copy of Alpha Strike and it seems to be rather beer and chips friendly game. It is a streamlined (simplified) version of Battletech, that allows a players to run multiple mechs and finish a game in a reasonable amount of time.
Instead of having a sheet of paper to record a single mech, the information has been reduced to an index card. It has been described as a paper version of clickytech without the restraints of preprinted dials. The cards for the mechs, vehicles, and infantry can be found here at the Master Unit List page at this site http://www.masterunitlist.info/ .
I have a box of the prepainted MechWarrior minis in the closet that I will be using for miniatures. Supposedly they are N-scale and they just need to be removed from the bases.