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A fast-moving scout that can engage targets at long range or in melee.
Lore[edit | edit source]
The PMZ-7 "Śmiały" is perhaps the best representation of Polanian doctrine; lightly armored but equipped with a powerful anti-mech rifle and able to move swiftly. A revolutionary design at the outbreak of the Great War, it remains competitive years later and even the oldest models have been kept in service. It has been especially effective when deployed alongside cavalry divisions, supporting Polanian mounted infantry as a sort of modern iteration of the famed "Winged Hussars."
General Description[edit | edit source]
In a world of mechs, this pride of Polanian engineering is the one that most resembles its creators by having roughly human proportions. Like the PZM-9 "Straznik," it has a cylindrical torso but with a taller and more narrow upper body, longer legs and a pair of arms. The left arm even has a "hand" which is used to cycle and stabilize the weapon or to grab objects. Its main engine is housed in the back with two smokestacks clearly visible, and on the hull is mounted a search light for night operations.
A long stride and design built for running give the Śmiały incredible speed, making it the fastest unit in the game as well as the only mech that can outrun infantry. Excellent for reconnaissance and raiding, it is able to easily attack and then run off to reposition and attack again. Its weapon has good range, able to deal heavy damage to even medium-armored units before they can fire back, particular if it can get behind the enemy. Its speed also makes it good for hunting down isolated, weakened, or fleeing units, as well as outflanking entrenched guns.
Like the Strażnik (although a bit tougher) the Śmiały suffers from light armor and will generally lose in a one-on-one fight with most mechs and falls to anti-mech units like field cannons fairly quickly. While strong, its overall damage over time is low as its rifle fires slowly. Thus this unit works good in packs carrying out hit-and-run attacks, raids, and recon ahead of the main force. It also works well with heavier units and infantry to guard the flanks. When used in large groups of five or more, they can be a deadly force, able to pick apart even heavy mechs if they catch one by itself. Countering a wolfpack of Śmiały's can be difficult, but when they are in packs it is best to deal with them using groups of the Sd. KS 78 "Isegrim" or SHM-86 "Kolokol", which (while not as fast) can keep pace with the Śmiały's and beat them in straight-up fights with equal numbers.
Pros[edit | edit source]
- Seconds fastest unit in the game (to Michal Sikorski) and very agile, can avoid artillery and escape easily
- Unhampered by most terrain and can maneuver around defenses
- Excellent scout and raider
- Strong weapon with good range
- Charge gives it great damage
Cons[edit | edit source]
- Will lose most fights with enemy armor if forced into confrontations or cornered
- Light armor and low health, vulnerable in protracted fights
- Slow rate of fire
- Charging into groups of enemies leaves the mech at risk
- Field cannon hits take massive chunks of health
Weapons[edit | edit source]
Built into the crook of the mech's right arm is a cannon resembling a scaled-up bolt-action rifle with a massive attached bayonet. This weapon hits hard against medium armored units and infantry with good range, but with a low rate of fire.
Abilities[edit | edit source]
- Charge: Running forward at top speed, the Smialy bayonets the first enemy mech in its path, severely damaging it and briefly knocking infantry over.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- "Śmiały" is the polish word for being brave/bold.
- It is pronounced "sh-meow-lee."
- It appears to have been designed using a scavenged industrial water or fuel tank.
- It has been given the nickname, "Chicken Legs" because of its fairly thin lower legs as well as its bird-like stride.
- The name "Śmiały" is likely a reference to the titular real-world armoured train of World War 2. It was used extensively by the Polish against the German invaders.
- It's designation might be a reference to the Polish fighter plane "PZL P.7" (later developed into PZL P.11 which to this day has a cult following in Poland). During invasion of 1939 it achieved 1 to 1 K/D ratio despite being technologically outdated.