Problem Solver

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Problem Solver

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The armed forces of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth are not especially numerous when compared to the massed military strength of the great powers, but their battle skill and courage are unparalleled. Long years of warfare have honed the Commonwealth Hussar Legions into veteran fighting units capable of facing off against the worst an enemy can throw at them.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Top)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Top)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Top)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Top)

A large part of the Hussar Legions’ effectiveness lies in their ability to dictate the flow of the battles in which they fight. The Commonwealth has developed a unique doctrine of highly mobile warfare, relying on fierce hit-and-run style raids rather than grinding battles of attrition. The Hussar Legions reflect this, being built around massed companies of highly mobile armour and artillery, backed up by squadrons of their famous steam-bike cavalrymen.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Underside)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Underside)

Because of their resource-hungry nature, the Commonwealth does not field much in the way of very heavy armour or large war engines of its own – they are generally seen as too slow and cumbersome to incorporate into the nation’s military doctrine. Also, its alliance with the Russian Coalition makes the lack of home-grown machines less crucial.

However, one type of large war engine employed by the Commonwealth is the Zamiec Class Sky Fortress. Not only are these the primary prestige war machines of the nation, they also serve a vital tactical and strategic purpose.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Front)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Front)

The Commonwealth general staff long ago realised that, given the nation’s largely indefensible borders, fixed installations other than the fortifications of major cities were a liability. Static airfields in particular were thought to be very vulnerable to being overrun and while they were crucial assets, defending them by conventional means would absorb military power that the Commonwealth could not afford to divert from its mobile forces.

The Zamiec Sky Fortress was developed to solve all of these problems. It utilises a mixture of Russian and Britannian technological refinements, being partially based on the rotorcraft principle. Heavily armed with cannons and smaller calibre quick-firing guns, it also carries squadrons of Commonwealth-modified Zhnets-pattern aeroplanes.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Top)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Top)

The Zamiec’s purpose is to provide the Hussar Legions with integral mobile air support, ensuring that Commonwealth aerial units have the fastest response time possible to requests for assistance from the ground forces.

A lot of the nation’s Sky Fortresses are directly assigned to the Hussar Legions, rather than operating autonomously. Having the bulk of the Commonwealth aerial forces airborne in their own right also eliminates the need for vulnerable ground bases.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Side)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Side)

But the Zamiec has one other quality that makes it an important asset to the Hussar Legions. As well its aerial interceptors, the Sky Fortress can also carry a squadron of light tanks within its extensive cargo bays.

These can deploy rapidly from the machine around a key objective, taking and holding crucial points on the ground while benefitting from the Zamiec’s aerial support and massive firepower. Such attacks often come as a great shock to enemies already unbalanced by the powerful strikes of the armoured Hussar Legions.

A Word from the Designer

The Hussar plays a very important role when mapping out the national identity of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth in a world at war. The military doctrine and the weapons they wield reflect the same idea of fast, agile combat.

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Front)

Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth - Zamiec Sky Fortress (Front)

The whole shape of the model is made to give the feel of the lancer; look at the way the long narrow deck is slung under the winged blimps, pointing ahead menacingly with its forward facing weapons ready to ride down any adversary from above. Mean turrets and heavy propellers assisting the lift of the craft add a little more life to the craft and the sleeker bulging dirigibles also lend an air of speed to the shape itself. The Sky Fortress ended up being a fantastic centrepiece model for one of the latest Alliance nations, standing out with style above the armoured might of the rest of the Polish forces.