Russian Roulette

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Russian Roulette

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Russian Coalition Tactics

Whilst lacking the speed of rival nations, the large, imposing vessels of the White Navy compensate with thick armour plates and devastating close range turrets. Their broad strategies are simple; close to the optimum range of their powerful, forward facing weaponry, shrugging off what pitiful resistance can be offered and force the foe to flee before their uncompromising might. Meanwhile, squadrons of small but manoeuvrable craft guard the lightly armed rear of the formation from intrepid out-flankers.

Russian Naval Commanders know well the strengths and limitations of the ships they have available, so that they can sweep the enemies of the Tsar aside with characteristic ruthlessness. Following is a brief guide to the most common vessels found patrolling Coalition territory.

Borodino Class Battleship

The Borodino epitomises the textbook tactics of the White Navy. Their hulls are lined with heavy armour plates, designed to absorb withering hails of fire and keep the vessel’s core completely unscathed until the ablative shell is worn away. This allows Russian Commanders to plough straight toward the foe, regardless of the weight of enemy fire, using their slow but unrelenting engines to bring the three powerful turrets into range.

A Borodino Class Battleship unleashing its full force!

A Borodino Class Battleship unleashing its full force!

The large front turret, supported by the pair of raised turrets, is then capable of amassing an unmatched volume of fire. If used in tandem with the Suvorov Cruiser squadrons, this will cripple any opposition in a few brutal volleys. Whilst undoubtedly weaker, Commanders should not forget the vessel’s broadside cannons; particularly useful for intimidating any smaller vessels attempting to move past the turrets’ field of fire.

The bulk of Coalition vessels are crewed by freshly drafted conscripts, lacking the combat experience of the trained marines employed by other nations. However, what these troops lack in drill and discipline they compensate for with zeal and weight of numbers. As a result, whilst Russian Commanders may be reluctant to commit their troops to a boarding action, they can rest assured that only the boldest or most desperate opponents would try their luck against the entrenched horde.

One of the more advanced of Markov’s creations is the infamous Torpedo Breaker Generator. This device allows the Borodino to repulse a number of Torpedoes that venture within the Generator’s range, dispersing them amongst the formation to deny a concentrated volley the chance of penetrating their armour.

Suvorov Class Cruiser

Like the Borodino, Coalition Commanders use the Suvorov Class Cruiser as a harsh, unbending anvil against which their foes are crushed. Armed and armoured like their battleship counterpart, the cruisers generally use their increased speed to hold the flanks, funnelling the enemy into the core of the battle-line with the threat of their fearsome turrets.

The Suvorov Class Cruiser is a lethal opponent to face in battle

The Suvorov Class Cruiser is a lethal opponent to face in battle

The Suvorov are also outfitted with Rocket Jammers. These sophisticated devices supplement the Borodino’s Torpedo Breaker, also allowing the cruisers to redirect incoming Rocket Ordnance. The simplicity of White Navy doctrine and ship design makes this solid block a dangerous foe.

The Suvorov Class Cruiser causes devastation as it passes the Prussian Scout Force

The Suvorov Class Cruiser causes devastation as it passes the Prussian Scout Force

Strong and durable as they are, the Suvorov Class Cruisers are not without their weaknesses, and it is a foolish Commander who overlooks them. The focus on forward facing weaponry leaves them susceptible if surrounded. Furthermore, once the ablative armour is eroded, the cruisers can become quite vulnerable; so it is important to keep them protected from any concentrated firepower. Presenting many targets often overwhelms an inexperienced foe, who will be tempted to split up their gunnery in an effort to deal with everything at once.

Novgorod Class Frigate

The Novgorod Class Frigate operates in a radically different fashion to the majority of frigates around the world. Although not able to match their opposite numbers for speed, their curious circular hulls afford them unmatched manoeuvrability. Instead of the wide flanking actions normally given to vessels of this class, White Navy Commanders keep their frigates interspersed within their main formation. Here they can use their superior manoeuvrability to protect the poorly armed rear of the larger vessels and intercept enemy flanking actions.

Splitting and flanking, the Novgorod Class Frigate is a deadly adversary

Splitting and flanking, the Novgorod Class Frigate is a deadly adversary

Further, each of the frigates is armed with a close range mortar. These they can use to support the attacks of the main Russian force, whilst safely screened behind the larger vessels and in position to guard the vulnerable rear arcs.

Should a bold enemy Squadron succeed in circling or penetrating the dense Russian formation, the Novgorod will open fire with its guns. Whilst lacking the punch of the heavier ships, they are more than capable of dispatching adventurous frigates, or even flanking cruisers, when combining the whole squadron’s firepower.

Myshkin Class Bomber

In keeping with the force’s main elements, the Myshkin Class Bombers favour a slightly cautious approach. Wise Coalition Commanders will hold their bombers in reserve, keeping the enemy’s fire focused on the more resilient naval vessels. Then, once correctly aligned, the Myshkin can begin their bombing runs.

On approach, the Myshkin Class Bomber lines up a punishing delivery

On approach, the Myshkin Class Bomber lines up a punishing delivery

Whilst bearing a significant payload of regular munitions, the real danger the bombers present is their highly unique attack. A final bombing run will culminate in the detachment of the aircraft’s heavily reinforced nose from the main body of the craft. The sturdy metal shell will plummet from amid the clouds to crash through the enemy’s decks, causing incalculable devastation. The shell will then sink to the seabed below, to await recovery.

Opposing Commanders have quickly learned to fear this unique weapon, and so will focus heavy fire on the bombers to bring them down before they close. Cunning Coalition Admirals then, either keep their bombers held well back, until they can make a safe approach, or use them as a diversionary piece. In this way, the enemy will be so focused on entirely destroying the aerial threat that the already hardy Cruisers and Battleship can close completely unscathed.