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The Polanian Heavy Machine Gun or HMG is a weapon system built by the Polania Republic. It can suppress and mow down entire squads of infantry from a distance but must be placed tactfully to be put to best use.

All faction's HMG's are currently functionally and aesthetically identical (except for their crews in the latter case.)

General Description[]

Alongside mech units, these weapons show truly how war has changed, turning battles that once relied on masses of infantry in strict, tight formations into crushing massacres. The machine gun itself is a conventional design with a water jacket to keep the gun from overheating, a huge box containing an ammunition belt mounted to the right and a pair of thick shields which protect the crew from the front. However, instead of a bipod or wheel carriage the gun is mounted on a set of many small mechanical legs that makes the machine gun easier to move.

The HMG is absolutely deadly for infantry units to face alone. It can very easily suppress infantry, forcing them to crawl which makes escape or further assault impossible while they are quickly killed by the machine gun or any forces supporting it. It is also decently powerful against light-armored targets like exo-suits and mechs. Having multiple guns with overlapping fields of fire is nearly impossible to assault without armor support.

This weapon does have a number of limitations, however. Its range is inferior to other weapon systems and against medium armor or heavier it is more or less useless. This leaves it vulnerable to armored pushes or artillery like mortars. In addition to these, being a weapon system it shares the same weaknesses as its fellow systems: In order to move, it must redeploy which leaves it unable to fire and deploying again takes a moment before the gun is brought to bear again. This primarily makes them support and defensive weapons, but very deadly ones in the right hands.

Pros[]

  • Devastating against infantry and light armor
  • Suppresses infantry
  • Good range with no dead zone in front of it
  • Can sustain fire

Cons[]

  • Limited firing arc
  • Relatively short range compared to artillery
  • Less effect against to medium or heavy mechs
  • Becomes abandoned if three crew members are killed
  • Slow moving and cannot fire unless deployed
  • Crews take full damage from the side, rear, or from flamethrowers

Trivia[]

  • The HMG is closely based on the British Vickers machine gun, chambered in .303 British among other cartridges which was also heavily used in aircraft, vehicles, and naval warfare.
    • The Vickers itself, based on the Maxim machine gun, is famous for extreme reliability; one gun was tested to fire a million rounds nonstop over the course of seven days and nights without a single failure (and even afterwards was perfectly functional).
    • The gun shield is reminiscent of that used on the German version of the Maxim gun, the MG-08.
    • The fact that all factions use the same HMG model is a nod to all the major powers in World War I standardizing their own versions of the Maxim gun (except France.)

Gallery[]

Rear view

Rear view

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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