A erm, basic first draft of a possible Main Battle Tank for the Pact.
Alas, this image doesn't show all the things I want- just a basic setup, the layout for the fundamental parts (eg placeholder crew hatches) and about half of the accessories I wanted to depict.
That aside, this only shows two very SPECIFIC possible combinations I had in mind, and I thought I would list the full (hypothetical) gameplay implications here (as many of these elements CAN be combined, but tend to displace each other):
The top turret features:
1- A coaxial machinegun and IR Lamp. As expected, would allow the tank to engage enemy infantry, and probably gain some extra sensory capabilities.
2- Smokescreen launchers. Real life Soviet tanks either seem to have a massive array of these displacing other frontal components- or more often, a smaller array to make space. Perhaps making a smokescreen renders the tank un-targetable for a brief moment?
3- Storage boxes- some Soviet tanks wrap these around the entire turret- but in this case, are only wrapped around the back. Implications could be out-of-combat self-repair, faster rate of fire, better crew survival or boosting nearby friendlies?
The bottom turret (also sporting flanking skirt plates):
4- Mounted on the bottom are an array of armour plates (not sure if reactive). An obvious armour boost- or maybe a 'second chance' against an anti-tank round perhaps? Most real Soviet tanks mount these along the entire front half of the tank, some making room for smokescreens seated directly behind (middle of the turret). Others remove one of the front panels to fit the IR lamp. A novel idea- the player could wrap the ENTIRE 360 degrees of turret in these, providing rear protection as well? Obviously wherever a plate is placed, another component can NOT be placed as well.