Tower of Tsar Terror

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Tower of Tsar Terror

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Although the reputation of the Russian Coalition’s military is that of a hugely potent offensive force, especially in recent years, this is not its only focus. No matter how powerful an army or navy might be it always retains the need for commanding static assets to protect its home bases and supply lines.

In fact, this goes doubly so for the Russian military – their great offensives are only sustained thanks to the secure network of fortifications they have established as they advanced. Not only does this ensure that their lines of supply are protected, it also provides Russian forces with secure areas for consolidation and the amassing of reinforcements.

Russian Coalition fortifications provide overwatch as their comrades roll into battle!

Russian Coalition fortifications provide overwatch as their comrades roll into battle!

With so many land borders to defend, the Russian Coalition also places great faith in strong static defences, which free up its mobile forces to operate elsewhere. Major cities such as Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Kiev and Sevastopol are ringed with formidable defensive works. More fortifications are positioned to watch over its far flung borders, such as the Nikolai Line overlooking the remote Pacific Coast.

Like those of the other powers, Russian fortifications are designed to be assembled relatively rapidly from pre-fabricated components. However, once assembled, they are immensely resilient, capable of resisting even the strongest assaults. The Russian Coalition raises whole regiments of infantry to act as garrison troops for its fortified redoubts in key areas.

Russian Coalition Tower Set

Russian Coalition Tower Set

Because they are immobile, fortifications can mount the largest and most destructive ordnance the major powers can devise – below each emplacement is a network of heavily defended magazines and stores to keep the fort’s weaponry and its crew battle-ready.

In the case of Russian-built structures, they mostly mount the same huge smoothbore guns common to the White Army’s Land Ships. However, some emplacements mount heavy rifled weaponry, too bulky even for dreadnoughts, to expand the areas which they can bring under bombardment.

Because of its huge land area, the Russian Coalition military places great reliance on static airfields, more so than almost any other nation. The majority of the White Air Armies are based out of conventional airfields, heavily defended by flak towers.

The extent of this network or aerodromes is vast, and they are easily constructed with conscripted labour from preassembled components. This capacity, together with its forces operating mostly from home territory, means that the Russian military has to date not needed to develop land-based mobile airfields like the other major powers.

Everywhere the Coalition military goes, it rapidly constructs a great deal of redoubts to support its operations. However, these forts also have another purpose – to establish and maintain the Tsar’s iron rule over the regions through which his armies march, and his fleets sail. They are the lasting physical embodiment of the Russian monarch’s power and his expansionist dreams.

The four corners of the Russian Coalition Tower Set watch over the Tsar's land

The four corners of the Russian Coalition Tower Set watch over the Tsar's land

A Word from the Designer

The Russian Tower Set was a pleasure to design as the late 15th c. architectural style of the Moscow Kremlin, which was a primary source of reference in this model, exhibits so many elements of design in keeping with the way I envision the collective mentality of the Russian Coalition. It exudes might and stability, asserting the dominance of those within its walls for miles beyond, and yet contains numerous examples of the intricate and ornate. It is built for supremacy – physically and aesthetically. Interestingly, the existing walls and towers of the Moscow Kremlin, in all their archetypal Russian glory, were built by masterful Italians, though they too had existing Russian designs from which to refer. Having returned to Spartan Games headquarters following a magnificent Renaissance-focussed excursion, I began work on the Tower Set and its substantially larger sibling the Russian Coalition Bunker Complex. I was full of inspiration and excitement to design a set of Dystopian Wars models that invoked strong architectural elements of these two amazing cultures, with license to bring it into our world of Victorian Super Science.

Kremlin does not refer only to the one in Moscow. The massive front doors of the Russian Coalition tower and the shield generator top, for instance, were derived from elements that I found appealing in various other kremlins around Russia. Also note the “M”-shaped trim, which appears in numerous kremlins. When designing buildings for our games, I construct them in real world architectural units, only emphasising elements that would become invisible when scaled down to game size. The Russian Coalition Tower, therefore, is 260’ in height from the ground to the tip of the towers, and the quad barrels of the Gun Tower are 68’ in length.