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Standard Rusviet infantry armed with shotguns. Effective against other infantry.

Rusviet Vanguards are basic infantry units trained by the Rusviet Tsardom. Equipped with semi-automatic shotguns, they are effective against unarmored targets at short range.

Lore[]

The elite and most loyal core of the Rusviet Army have been universally equipped with trench guns. These weapons proved to be extraordinarily efficient in the close quarters and urban battlefields of the Great War; so much so, that they drew a diplomatic protest from the Saxon government.

General Description[]

These hardy conscripts are pulled from all walks of Rusviet life to give their lives for the state. Many are disgruntled but continue to serve, while many others truly do believe in their country. They are culturally diverse, and many are used to hard weather. Their leaders, however, see them as little more than fodder for the enemy cannons. Their uniforms are thick and warm, with boots, gloves, a grey fur-lined jacket and a tall black ushanka embellished with the Rusviet five-pointed star. Although they are poorly informed and home-sick, vanguards remain determined and unflinching.

Vanguards live up to their name: always in the front. Equipped with shotguns, they are the strongest in close quarters so long as they can get close. Being fast, they are powerful in a group, swarming the enemy ahead of the main force to clear out infantry and soften up the enemy.

However, range is the bane of these infantry. If something is preventing them from getting within effective range, like barbed wire or being suppressed by machine guns, they will get picked off without doing much damage, particularly by Polanian Riflemen. Out of all standard infantry, they are marginally the most effective against armor but are still hopeless against mechs. Sent in with units capable of slowing down or softening up the enemy like the SHM-86 Kolokol, they will make hostile infantry engagements short but sweet victories for the glory of Rusviet.

Pros[]

  • Strong damage in close quarters
  • Decent rate of fire
  • Cheap
  • Fast
  • Adaptable with weapons kits

Cons[]

  • Poor range
  • Not as useful if garrisoned
  • Fragile to mech weapons and machine guns
  • Useless against even light armor

Weapons[]

The Rusviet Vanguards are equipped with semi-automatic shotguns, which makes them best at short range and bad at long-range. Historically, Rusviet rifles were of poor quality, so they were replaced with shotguns, which are more durable and easy to maintain. They can use almost any scrap of metal as ammunition.

Trivia[]

  • The shotguns used by Rusviet vanguards looks to be based off a mix of the Kalashnikov rifle family, the PPSH-41 submachine gun, and "bastard" submachine gun from "Metro 2033," all three distinctly Russian designs.
    • This is one of the few firearms used in the game that does not have a clear or direct real-world counterpart.
  • Their use of shotguns being protested by Saxony is a nearly-exact mirror of protests in World War I by the German Imperial forces at the United States Army's use of the Winchester Model 1897 pump-action shotgun, which proved very effective in trench warfare. It was cited as being against the Geneva Convention and caused unnecessary suffering.

Gallery[]


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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