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The Artillery Train, Battle Train, or Railway Gun is a heavy transport vehicle used by elements of the Polania Republic and Rusviet Tsardom. Normally a common railway transport, this one comes with the addition of a massive artillery cannon.

General Description[]

Alongside mechs, trains revolutionized the world, allowing fast travel across land and greatly increase the speed with which to move much larger quantities of goods and people at once. In times of war, however, these locomotives are often easily adapted to serve as weapons of war. Pulling the train is a large steam locomotive, pulling behind it a box car and two armored passenger cars. Right behind the locomotive, however, is a pair of flatbed cars supporting a cannon so big that it requires the extra flatbed to support the barrel while in transit.

The train's cannon has very long range and a lot of power, inflicting heavy damage in a huge area of effect. The train can also store an infantry squad in one of the passenger cars and they can fire from within.

The train does, however, have to deploy and become immobile to aim and fire its cannon, which has a slow rate of fire and a degree of inaccuracy. The train itself is also relatively fragile, and has to be ordered to move carefully and slowly or it may overshoot and stumble into enemy fire.

Pros[]

  • Powerful support fire
  • Long range
  • Large AOE
  • Can shelter an infantry unit for defense

Cons[]

  • Vulnerable at close range with a larger dead zone
  • Slow rate of fire
  • Moderate inaccuracy
  • Completely restricted to railways

Lore[]

The first instance of a controllable artillery train is during the fifth mission of the Polanian campaign. During the previous mission, Anna Kos and her uncle Lech stole the train itself from a Rusviet-held railway station aiming to use it to bring supplies, troops, and weapons into the blockaded city of Kolno. Narrowly escaping the depot, along the way to Kolno they modified the train to carry its heavy cannon.

Once breaching the blockade and getting the train close to the tunnel to Kolno, a second, enemy-controlled artillery train will appear that will need to be destroyed as it too has a powerful cannon.

Trivia[]

  • The artillery train seems to use a single PZM-24 "Tur" cannon on a coastal-battery cradle.
    • Both the cannon being reused from an existing mech and the train itself being modified for war use both fit into the Polanian scheme of scavenging weaponry together from existing items.
Units
Heroes Infantry Weapon Systems Mechs Airships Structures
Polania Republic Anna Kos
Michal Sikorski
Lech Kos
Engineer
Rifleman
Grenadier
Gunner
Machine Gunner
Flamethrower
Medic
PZM-2 "Rycerz"
Heavy Machine Gun
Field Cannon
Field Mortar
Artillery Train
PZM-9 "Straznik"
PZM-7 "Smialy"
PZM-13 "Mocny"
PZM-11 "Lowca"
PZM-16 "Zółw"
PZM-24 "Tur"
Airlift
Skybike
Gunship
Headquarters
Barracks
Advanced Barracks
Workshop
Advanced Workshop
Outpost
MG Outpost
Cannon Outpost
Aid Station
Iron Mine
Big Iron Mine
Oil Pump
Big Oil Pump
Heroes Infantry Weapon Systems Mechs Airships Structures
Saxonian Empire Gunter von Duisburg
Brunhilde
Prince Wilhelm of Saxony
Engineer
Stormtrooper
Grenadier
Gunner
Machine Gunner
Flamethrower
Medic
Pkp 17 "Eisenhans"
Heavy Machine Gun
Field Cannon
Field Mortar
Sd. KS 49 "Grimbart"
Sd. KS 78 "Isegrim"
SLL 33 "Erlkönig"
SKS 156 "Wotan"
MWF 28 "Stiefmutter"
SKS 300 "Kaiser"
Airlift
Skybike
Gunship
Headquarters
Barracks
Advanced Barracks
Workshop
Advanced Workshop
Pillbox
Shrapnel Pillbox
HE Cannon Pillbox
Aid Station
Iron Mine
Big Iron Mine
Oil Pump
Big Oil Pump
Heroes Infantry Weapon Systems Mechs Airships Structures
Rusviet Tsardom Olga Morozova
Lev Alekseevich Zubov
Janek Kos
Engineer
Vanguards
Grenadier
Gunner
Machine Gunner
Flamethrower
Medic
SHM-60 "Groza"
Heavy Machine Gun
Field Cannon
Field Mortar
SHM-86 "Kolokol"
SHM-78 "Ognivo"
SHM-70 "Gulay-Gorod"
SHM-79 "Nagan"
SHM-68 "Nakovalnya"
SHM-69 "Serp"
Airlift
Skybike
Gunship
Headquarters
Barracks
Advanced Barracks
Workshop
Advanced Workshop
Sentry
Autogun Sentry
Cannon Sentry
Aid Station
Iron Mine
Big Iron Mine
Oil Pump
Big Oil Pump
Heroes Infantry Weapon Systems Mechs Airships Structures
Usonian Union Admiral Mason
William Mason
Sita Al-Hadid
Engineer
Volunteer
Grenadier
Gunner
Machine Gunner
Flamethrower
Medic
S3-55 "Ward"
Heavy Machine Gun
Field Cannon
Field Mortar
M-29 "Salem"
M-8 "Attucks"
M-19 "Knox"
M-22 "Stark"
Airlift
Skybike
Gunship
ZR-3 "Revere"
ZR-25 "Samson"
Headquarters
Barracks
Advanced Barracks
Workshop
Advanced Workshop
Unarmed Bunker
Flame Bunker
Paratrooper Bunker
Aid Station
Iron Mine
Big Iron Mine
Oil Pump
Big Oil Pump
Heroes Infantry Weapon Systems Mechs Airships Structures
Neutral Destroyer Cannon
Anti-Air Turret
Iron Mine Site
Oil Pump Site
Sandbags
Barbwire
Mine
Explosive Barrel
Gas Tank
Heroes Infantry Weapon Systems Mechs Airships Structures
Not Used Akiko
Bjorn
Connor
Zehra
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