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Wargame : Red Dragon Units and News !
Hi guys !
As you know, a new wargame will come in March 2014, and new units have appeared. I know that we are on the guides WAB but it might be interesting to share it. The guide will evolve progressively.
While AirLand Battle focused on alliances (NATO & Warsaw Pact) and individual nations, Red Dragon will include a new layer of military brotherhood: Coalitions.
Uniting together several pre-determined countries in a kind of “super nation”, Coalition decks will have access to all of its members’ prototypes, but will grant less activation points available than individual nations would.
Coalitions will be (some names are still subjected to change):
Many questions have been asked about the way the ships will be featured in Red Dragon. Now isn’t the time to answer them all, but here are some clarifications …
Boats are divided (gameplay-wise) into three types :
- Destroyers & Frigates (over 80m long) will be the flagships by taking the role of naval command vehicles, hence being able to seize control of naval reinforcement zones. Covered with weapons, the destroyers will be the mightiest ships to sail in Red Dragon. The Japanese Kongo & Soviet Udaloy II destroyers, respectively 161m et 163m long, will be the Kings of the High Seas.
- Corvettes are smaller combat boats (30-90m), either designed for pure naval warfare (anti-ship missiles, …) or with some ground support weaponry (MLRS, mortar, …). Usually faster than their bigger brethen, they will be the scouts and main frontline ships of the naval forces. The South Korean Pohang corvette will be among the biggest of its kind, while the ubiquitous Soviet Osa (used by pretty much every communist state in the world) will be among the smallest.
- Patrol boats (under 30m long) will be the smallest boats, with light weaponry. Like ants among giants, they will, unlike the bigger boats, be able to leave the sea to penetrate inland through rivers, and thus act as support weapon platforms for the ground troops. My personal favorite being the Vietnam-era Monitor “Zippo”.
With Wargame's timeframe extending from 1975-1985 to 1975-1991 in Red Dragon, infantry units won’t be able to remain the same for the whole era without evolving like their armored counterparts.
In AirLand Battle, the deliveries of late-era infantry weaponry, such as the Sa80 or the widespread of the FAMAS, were not taken into account for they would have prevented some mainstream infantry units to be available in all era. In Red Dragon, it won’t be the case anymore. Some (not all!) infantry units, usually combat troops/rifle squads will come in two variants: the “vanilla” one representing their weaponry in 1975, as per ALB’s standards, and a second variant dated ‘85 or ‘90 (depending of the nation and the real-life evolution of its weaponry) with improved weaponry.
Small arms might change, especially in terms of accuracy and close-quarter efficiency, but the main boost to infantry which this infantry improvements will provide will be with their anti-tank capacity: US Riflemen switching from M72 LAW to AT4/M136 in the mid-80’s, while the Soviet troops will drop their RPG-7 to get their hands on the dreaded Vampyr at the turn of the 90’s. Thus, with nations’ infantry forces evolving at different dates, this will make era-deck more versatile: a nation which might have been “underdog”, infantry-wised, in 1975, might transitionned to its modern weaponry earlier than other nations, and thus get an edge in mid-era decks.
Let’s take one of the most extrem evolution, for in this case, it will bring the unit from 1975 weapons to prototype 1992 ones : W-German Fallschirmjäger.
W-German Fallschirmjäger(en?) will come in ‘75 flavor in most era-decks, but will be available in their 90’s flavor only in late-era ones, and to W-Germany or Coalition decks. The G11 was the Wunderwaffe supposed to replace the G3 as the main Bundeswehr assault rifle, but although it proved successfull in field testing in the late 80’s, it was dropped in the early 90’s for cost reasons (there were no more ennemy) and NATO ammo standardization (it used a unique 4,73mm caseless ammunition). But had a war broke in 1990, the G11 would surely have been mass-produced and widespred … The Panzerfaust 3 was the Panzerfaust 44’s successor. Also ready for field testing by the late 80’s, it actually entered service in the Bundeswehr in 1992.
Most other “improved” infantry units won’t be “prototype”, but be unlocked in era decks depending of the nation and the date, as any other unit variants …
The Lafayette will be armed with one 100mm rapid-fire gun (78rpm IRL!), two four-tubes Exocet (ASM) launchers, one eight-tubes Crotale (SAM) launcher and two 20mm autocannons. That is: six weapons.
Yet, as for vehicules, naval units will feature only 3 weapons slots to avoid confusion. But that doesn’t mean the extra weapons will be lost. Part of the ship’s weaponry will be automated, starting with AA ones, which will provide, depending of their type and performance, a level of “point-defense” against incoming enemy missiles. The more CIWS (Close-in Weapon Systems) a ship have, altough not listed as armament, the better it will be at automatically stopping waves of missiles coming its way, or engage aircrafts.
In the case of the Lafayette, it will therefore be armed with twin Exocet, Crotale & a 100mm gun (identical weapons being “linked” together) while the AA 20mm will be automated.
This DevBlog is intended to explain the way Naval Support is integrated ingame.
Every deck type, whatever its nation, coalition or specialization, now has a 9th “Naval" category. However, as you can see below, slots in this category cost … no activation point. Zero. Walou. Nada.
This mean that every deck should make sure to have as much Naval Support troops in reserve as possible! The reason for that is that not all map will be “naval friendly”, that is: including the possibility to bring in naval support. Some maps will be, as in previous instalment, purely ground maps. So there would have been no point to make people spend activation points in slots which might be useless depending on the map.
Therefore, decks shall be composed as usual, spending all activation points in the 8 “traditional” categories, with naval support as a free “bonus” to be used on appropriate maps. On the example below, although every activation points have been used up, I can still fill all my naval slots.
The Naval Support roaster is composed of three types of units: - SHIPS: of various sizes and firepower, some specialized in air defence, some in ground support, … to secure and cap naval reinforcement zones and bring in the assault barge.
- ANTI-SHIP PLANES & HELOS: they are dedicated ship killers, armed with powerful missiles able to inflict crippling damages to the most powerful ships. Their role is to bring the fight to the ennemy’s vessels without risking your owns in firing range.
- LANDING TROOPS: the bulk of the naval support troops are landing troops. Once a naval reinforcement zone is controled by one side, he might bring in more troops to land them and open a new front on the beachhead. Those troops are made up of all those you can find in a Marine deck (infantry & transport, tanks, support troops, …), plus some Army units.
Although landing troops remained tied to their original country/coalition (RIMa will be only available in a French or Eurocorps deck), purely naval elements like ships and anti-ship planes & helicopters are considered part of a multinational BLUFOR / REDFOR fleets. They are thus available (in decks) to support ground/landing troops from any of the nations composing it.
Ships will have their own dedicated “armory background” in the form of a “caldera lake”:
All in all, Red Dragon will bring about 600 new units (more than ALB after two free DLCs), among which are 100 naval support units (ships, planes & helicopters).
AMX Leclerc : (France)
Kyū-maru Shiki (Type 90) Japan
M41 Walker Bulldog (ANZAC)
Glorious Ch'ŏnma-ho IV (North Korea)
Leopard C2 MEXAS (Canada)
M18 (South Korea)
Type 74 (Japan)
Challenger Mk.3 (UK)
T-72 (aka T-90) (USSR)
M1A2 Abrams (USA)
Leopard 2A5 (W-Germany)
Chinese tanks family !
HQ-7 (China) It's the Chinese copy of the French Crotale, this model will come in two nationalities...
Chieftain Marksman (UK)
Type 63 (China)
Type 95 (China)
K30 Biho (South Korea)
Koksan (170mm long-range SPG) (North Korea)
KM900 : (South Korea)
Type 87 CRV (Japan)
Type 89 (Japan)
LAV Collection ! (ANZAC)
Chinese soldier 70's (basic infantry)
North-Korean MANPAD (Anti-Air)
ROK Marine (South Korea)
Japanese ATGM (Anti-Tank)
NKSOF (North Korean Special Operation Forces) Ladies in W:RD !