Victory Road

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Victory Road

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As always, the true strength of the Russian Coalition is the fearsome White Army. On land, more than at sea, the Coalition’s numerical supremacy grows more evident. The tank formations of the White Army are characterised by waves of gargantuan iron mahcines of war churning across the open fields, sheltering large groups of smaller vehicles. Once close, these huge land ships disgorge scores of riflemen to overwhelm and subdue opposing crews in short order.

In support of the infantry assaults the White Army maintains the nation’s focus on durability and close-range firepower, particularly from its largest vehicles. When in range the small and medium tanks then move out from behind their iron wall to lend fire, and riflemen, to the land ships’ endeavours. This, combined with the uniquely disruptive abilities of the Army’s bombards, allows Russian Commanders to dominate the battlefield.

Following is a guide to the optimal use of the war engines in most widespread use by the White Army.

As the FSA lines begin to break, the Belgorod Class Land Ship deals a crushing blow

As the FSA lines begin to break, the Belgorod Class Land Ship deals a crushing blow

Like its Naval counterpart, the Borodino, the Belgorod Class Land Ship favours heavy firepower at short range over extended bombardment. Again, it relies on thick panels of ablative armour to absorb the brunt of the enemy’s attacks whilst it obtains a good firing position. However, whilst it still focuses its weapons forward, the disparity between its main guns and supplementary broadsides is less evident. Many Russian Commanders therefore find success in plunging the resilient land ship deep into the enemy formations, where it can pour fire from multiple angles.

An unusually large garrison of conscripts enforces this close range threat. Once the Belgorod has isolated and weakened a target with its powerful weaponry, its riflemen will spill forth to capture their prize in the name of the Tsar.

To complement the plates of ablative armour, the land ships carry up to two powerful Rocket Jammer Generators. With these, any Rocket Ordnance approaching the Belgorod can be fragmented amongst the tight-packed Russian formation, or if close enough, even be reversed to wreak havoc amidst the opposing fleet. If both generators are fitted, even the most concentrated Rocket volleys can be rendered ineffective in short order.

The White Army wall of iron closes in on the weakening FSA tanks

The White Army wall of iron closes in on the weakening FSA tanks

The Stavka hold a very different view to other nations in the tactical use of middle weight tanks. Instead of the wheeled ironclad favoured by their opponents, the Kamchatka Class Medium Tank is closer to an armoured infantry carrier. Held behind a wall of land ships, the Kamchatka initially serve as a rearguard, using their flexible turrets to ward off any outflanking attempts, whilst protected from incoming fire. Then, when close enough, they spring forward with their powerful engines to wreak havoc with a series of infantry assaults.

With this duty discharged, the tanks continue to throw out a frightening volume of close range fire; their comparatively large numbers making their massed volleys of smoothbore shells a threat to even the most resilient of opponents.

Although conventionally deployed as part of the dense White Army formations, many Commanders also use them as a raiding force. With their above average speed, flexible firepower and ability to defend themselves from aerial attack, they can strike from behind the enemy’s frontline causing mayhem and devastation amid the foe’s supporting squadrons.

The Volochok Class Bombard provides a path-clearing volley as the ranks of Tikhvin push forward

The Volochok Class Bombard provides a path-clearing volley as the ranks of Tikhvin push forward

The White Army’s Volochok Class Bombards, whilst limited in range, are able to devastate large areas at a time. This makes them particularly adept at destroying light tanks, whose dense squadrons are vulnerable to this mass bombardment. The Mobile Mortars are capable of denting larger vehicles, and the psychological impact of these thunderous volleys is not to be forgotten. However, the Volochok’s inability to effectively coordinate precision strikes makes them best suited to combating smaller tanks.

A useful side effect of a Volochok’s attacks is the deep craters and areas of splintered earth left in their wake. Enemy squadrons will find these areas difficult to traverse, and if correctly placed, they can disrupt the enemy’s formations and fragment their attacks.

To best utilise these strengths, Coalition Commanders generally hold their bombards back from the main block of land ships and Kamchatka, where they can use their slightly longer range to command larger fields of fire. From there, they can quickly respond to any outflanking attempts by squadrons of fast moving light tanks, laying down killing grounds and areas of broken land, to funnel the enemy into the turrets and heavy broadsides of the other tanks.

The Tikhvin filter into the town, flushing the Prussian tanks out into the sights of a Belgorod

The Tikhvin filter into the town, flushing the Prussian tanks out into the sights of a Belgorod

Like the Kamchatka, the Tikhvin Class Small Tanks are best kept safely guarded behind the White Army’s heaviest tanks. From here, they can pepper the enemy with short range mortar attacks, supplementing the threat of the land ships, whilst protected from return fire. Although individually only a minor threat, when focusing fire from the entire squadron on a single target, these bombardments begin to take their toll. This tactic often leads to the enemy overstretching themselves in an effort to quell these gnat bites, leaving them vulnerable to the concerted fire of the Volochok or Kamchatka squadrons.

When the time is right, Russian Commanders will order their Tikhvin to surge out from between the land ships, swamping the foe in a veritable horde of tanks. Each of the small vehicles is able to sustain a considerable weight of fire from their fore-mounted guns, which when combined into squadron strength, can crack even the hardest targets. They can then add their riflemen detachments to the assaults launched by the other Russian vehicles, drowning the foe in a tide of men and iron.