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(In addition, Man the Guns is also required to design any amphibious tanks, using the drive or chassis.)
Armored vehicles now require many different technologies for different parts: armor technology for chassis, engines and armor, various artillery technology for guns, radio for radios, engineering for flamethrowers and dozer-blades, &c.
Where no technology or year is given, the module is already available when it is first possible to mount it.
Basics of design[edit | edit source]
Designing an armored vehicle is a balance of attack, speed, armor, reliability, cost, resources and more. Some may want a tank based on speed and power. Others may want an impenetrable steel block. But what matters is which modules and aspects you use to your advantage.
Chassis[edit | edit source]
|Chassis type||Chassis||Year||Base Speed (km/h)||Reliability||Armor||Production Cost (empty chassis)||Resources|
Main gun[edit | edit source]
A tank's weapon is one of its most distinguishing features in conjunction to all its others. In addition to providing most, if not all, the firepower of the vehicle, the main gun also determines which role(s) the design can fill. Anti-Air guns prevents the design from being used as a regular tank, while artillery weapons allow the design to fielded as a Tank or as Self-Propelled Artillery and high-velocity and most regular Cannons allow the choice between Tank or Tank Destroyer role.
Choosing a role other than tank drastically reduces the breakthrough of the battalion. Other than that, there are only minor differences in the base stats depending on the role chosen, other than the extra width of artillery. But depending on technology, doctrines and leaders, different roles may get very different bonuses.
Categories of main guns[edit | edit source]
The vehicle designer features a plethora of different main guns, but most fall into a few distinct categories:
'Regular' Cannons[edit | edit source]
Cannons are all-round weapons with good all-round stats for soft and hard attack, good piercing and a moderately low price. They are outperformed by a more specialised cannon for a given situation, but in turn outperform the specialised weapon in other areas, meaning they're never an awful choice.
They come in small, medium, heavy and super-heavy sizes, suitable for the various chassis. Like with the chassis, further research into the artillery tree will unlock improved and advanced cannons.
All but the small cannons enable a tank to fulfil the tank destroyer role, if chosen to be one.
Anti-infantry/howitzer cannons[edit | edit source]
Generally larger calibre and low velocity, these weapons are intended to fire large shells. Large shells, as per the square-cubed law, can carry exponentially more explosive filling than a smaller calibre shell. As such, these weapons are ideal to destroy soft targets, but their low shell velocity dramatically inhibits their ability to engage other armored units.
This category includes weapons with high soft attack and little to no hard attack and piercing.
Like with Anti-tank weapons, and unlike cannons, the "Next level" of howitzer demands increasing chassis requirements. It starts off as capable of being mounted in small turrets, but the most advanced version requires a large turret or medium fixed superstructure to handle, and the intermediary howitzers need medium turret or light fixed superstructure to handle. This makes designing Self-Propelled (SP) artillery somewhat synergistic with the nature of this line of weapons.
All of these allow the SP artillery role.
Anti-tank cannons[edit | edit source]
High-velocity cannons use their increased shell velocity to more effectively pierce heavier armor. To achieve this, a gun is made longer, or more propellant is added; but as a consequence, the calibre of the weapon is smaller to keep recoil at a sustainable level. As such, the reduced shell size reduces the power of high-explosive shells, represented in-game by their low soft attack.
Similar to Anti-infantry cannons, these increase in size as they advance, meaning only a larger hull and turret can sustain them. If intended to be mounted on tank destroyers, this is of little issue, as a fixed superstructure can handle a larger gun on a smaller chassis.
These enables the SP TD role.
Anti-air guns[edit | edit source]
AA guns are anti-air weapons adapted to a tank chassis, giving the crew a mobile and armored platform to shoot down planes with. Sadly, the AA gun does not seem to be a fast-firing "Heavy machinegun", so they are ineffective against ground targets.
Mutually exclusive with any role except SP AA.
Fast-Firing ground-targeting weapons[edit | edit source]
For a period while tanks were still rare and the armored doctrine still immature, the idea of a tank to be armed as a mobile pillbox was considered. As such, they were armed only with machine guns, or the larger autocannon, and intended to mow down infantry, whilst other units capable of dealing with tanks dealt with opposing armor.
Machine guns are incredibly inexpensive if used as a main armament, but have low stats overall and minimal anti-armor ability.
Automatic cannons, which are somewhere between a large-calibre heavy machinegun or a small and rapid-fire cannon, have greatly increased (relative) anti-armor capability of machineguns whilst retain cost-effective soft attack, but still are inferior in hard attack compared with "true" cannons.
Flamethrowers[edit | edit source]
Flamethrowers spew flames at the enemy. Due to their nature, a tank must get impractically close to any target if it intends to hit anything with a flamethrower, but the nature of this weapon means it is effective when engaging immobile fortifications to burn-out dug-in units.
There is only one flamethrower module, which has absolutely no hard attack power and minimal soft attack.
Flamethrowers uniquely adapt to the size of the tank chassis, but this only effects the bonuses given as a flame tank company rather than its attack power.* (Citation needed)
Table of main guns[edit | edit source]
|Category||Gun||Size||Technology||Year||Speed (km/h)||Reliability||Soft attack||Hard attack||Piercing||Breakthrough||Air attack||Production Cost||Resources||Roles allowed|
|Regular cannons||(Basic)||Small cannon||Small||Artillery||1934||-0.1||-10%||10||6||25||1.50||Tank|
|(Basic)||Medium cannon||Medium||Artillery or Anti-Tank||1939||-0.2||-15%||20||20||60||+2||3.00||1||1||Tank||Tank-destroyer|
|Basic||Heavy cannon||Large||AA or
|Superheavy cannon||BFG||Superheavy Tank||1943||-0.6||-35%||35||45||275||12.50||5||2||Tank||Tank-destroyer|
|Anti-infantry||Close support gun||Small||Artillery||1936||-0.2||-10%||25||5||12||4.00||1||Tank||SP Artillery|
|(Basic)||Medium howitzer||Medium||Artillery||1939||-0.3||-20%||35||1||20||-2||4.00||2||1||Tank||SP Artillery|
|(Basic)||Rocket Launcher||Medium||Rocket||1940||-0.1||-10%||25||1||2||-4||4.00||1||2||SP Artillery|
|Heavy howitzer||Large||Artillery||1943||-0.5||-30%||55||2||60||-4||7.00||3||1||1||Tank||SP Artillery|
|Anti-air||Basic||Anti-air gun||Small||AA||1936||-10%||6||2||10||16||2.00||SP AA|
Battalions level stats[edit | edit source]
|Vehicles required per battalion of ...|
|Chassis type||Tank||Amphibious||Tank destroyer||Self-propelled
|Light tank chassis||60||50||50||50||36||15|
|Amphibious tank chassis||N/A||50||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Medium tank chassis||50||50||50||50||36||15|
|Heavy tank chassis||40||50||40||40||36||15|
|Super-heavy tank chassis||40||N/A||40||40||36||N/A|
|Modern tank chassis||50||N/A||50||50||36||N/A|
Armored recon company uses 24 light tanks.
|Supply use per battalion of ...|
|Chassis type||Tank||Amphibious||Tank destroyer||Self-propelled
|Light tank chassis||0.22||0.42|
|Amphibious tank chassis||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Medium tank chassis||0.25||0.46|
|Heavy tank chassis||0.32||0.60|
|Super-heavy tank chassis||0.40||N/A||0.80||N/A|
|Modern tank chassis||0.25||N/A||0.50||N/A|
|Hardness of battalion of ...|
|Chassis type||Tank or
artillery or anti-air
|Light tank chassis||80%||55%||50%|
|Amphibious tank chassis||N/A||85%||N/A|
|Medium tank chassis||85%||70%||65%|
|Heavy tank chassis||95%||80%||80%|
|Super-heavy tank chassis||100%||N/A||90%|
|Modern tank chassis||95%||N/A||85%|
Recon and flame support companies do not affect hardness.
|Breakthrough modfier for ...|
|Light tank chassis||+15%||−42%||−42%||−55%||(No modifier)|
|Medium tank chassis||−25%||−25%||−53%|
|Heavy tank chassis||−35%|
|Super-heavy tank chassis||−35%||N/A|
|Modern tank chassis||−53%||N/A|
|Amphibious tank chassis||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A||(No modifier)|
Company level stats[edit | edit source]
As support companies are only a fraction of the size of line battalions, they only apply a fraction of their stats to the division.
|Armored recon||−50%||−20%||−50%||(No modifier)|
Note that these modifiers are added together with any other modifiers: E.g. having both of the "+25% soft attack to support companies"s from the Superior Firepower doctrine would change the soft attack of medium flametanks to −20.0%.
The hardness of a division is unaffected by the hardness of equipment used in its support companies.
Turrets[edit | edit source]
Turrets are the main source of breakthrough. Do note that roles other than tank reduce breakthrough a lot.
- A fixed super-structure allows a gun one size larger to be mounted, has the highest reliability, and provides some additional defense, but sacrifices breakthrough. Its cost is equivalent to a 2-man turret. An AA gun cannot be mounted in a fixed super-structure, since it cannot track the target or elevate the gun far enough to hit planes.
- The 1-man turret is cheapest, but also has the smallest bonuses. Medium 1-man turrets also have a penalty to attack.
- The 3-man turret is the most expensive and has a penalty to speed, but also has the best breakthrough. It's the option to choose if cost and speed don't matter.
- The 2-man turret is intermediate in bonuses and cost, but compared to the 2-man turret it has no speed penalty, making it perhaps the best option for fast tanks, unless they also need to be very cheap.
The tradeoffs for super heavy turrets are similar.
|Amphibious||Light to Medium|
|Modern||Light to Heavy, Modern|
|Turret size||Crew||Gun size||Speed (km/h)||Reliability||Attack||Breakthrough||Defense||Production cost||Notes|
|Light||Fixed super-structure||Medium||+20%||−25%||3||0.75||Forbids AA role|
|Medium||Fixed super-structure||Large||+20%||−25%||3||1.50||Forbids AA role|
|1||Medium||Soft and hard −25%||10||1.00|
|Large||Fixed super-structure||BFG||+20%||−25%||3||5.00||Forbids AA role|
Special modules[edit | edit source]
Special modules come in three types: Extra turrets, radios and special modules.
Extra turrets enable the ability to mimick real-world inter-war designs.
Radios boost breakthrough and defense.
Special modules do a little bit of everything.
|Basic radio||1936||+15%||+25%||0.50||Limit of one radio per vehicle|
|Special module||Technology||Year||Reliability||Soft attack||Piercing||Armor||Breakthrough||Defense||Entrenchment||Production cost||Resources||Notes|
|Amphibious Drive||Amphibious||1941||−15.0%||2.00 +10.0%||Allows amphibous role, forbids any other role
Can only be mounted on light, medium and heavy chassis
|Armor Skirts||Armor||1936||2.0||3.0||0.50||Limit of one per vehicle|
|Auto Loader||Artillery, AA or AT||1943||4.0||4.0||2.50||Limit of one per vehicle|
|Dozer Blade||Support Engineer||1939||1||1.00||Limit of one per vehicle|
|Easy Maintenance||Support Maintenance||1939||10.0%||Limit of one per vehicle|
|Extra Ammunition Storage||−10.0%||2.0||4.0|
|Sloped Armor||+20.0%||+1.0%||Limit of one per vehicle|
|Squeeze-bore Adaptor||Anti-tank||1939||+10.0%||1||Limit of one per vehicle|
|Wet Ammunition Storage||15.0%||1.00||Limit of one per vehicle|
Wet ammo storage and easy maintenance are good sources of extra reliability.
Conversely, extra ammo storage can convert extra reliability to more breakthrough.
|Secondary turret||Speed (km/h)||Reliability||Soft attack||Hard attack||Armor||Breakthrough||Production Cost|
Secondary turrets have a limitation to how many can be mounted, based on the weight class of the chassis. Modern and amphibious chassis cannot mount any, light chassis can only mount 1 and medium can only mount 2. Heavy and super heavy are not limited, but there is a soft-cap of 4, because you only have 4 slots to mount them in.
Suspensions[edit | edit source]
Suspensions are the mechanical component of how the tank body would be kept above the ground and kept moving. Specifically, it determines how the suspension can handle terrain changes, and the complexity of such a component. Several inventors developed seperate and unique ways to accomplish this, with each having their own strengths and weaknesses. In-game, there are 4 "Main" suspension types for a tank: The simple Bogie, the reliable Torsion bar, the nimble Christie and the sturdy but difficult maintenance Interleaved.
Non-tracked suspensions are only available for Light chassis. They are very cheap, somewhat unreliable, and have low hardness; they will take increased damage from weapons effective against infantry (Conversely, this means they take less from anti-tank weapons).
Of the various tracked suspensions, Christie is a good source of speed, relative to a gasoline engine.
|Module type||Module||Technology||Year||Max Speed (km/h)||Reliability||Hardness||Breakthrough||Production Cost|
|Tracked Suspension||Bogie Suspension||0|
|Non-tracked Suspension||Half-track Suspension||Mobile Infantry||1940||-10.0%||-20.0%||-5%|
Armor[edit | edit source]
The armor module of tanks describes the processes used during the construction of the tank. Riveted armor uses rivets to join armor plates; welds use welds, and cast armor casts the hull or turret of a tank as one piece. Each has its own strengths and drawbacks, represented in-game with the stats for effective armor (modifying armor value %), Production cost, and the base breakthrough and defense.
The armor investment (-)(+) modifies the armor value, and by extension the additional breakthrough value.
"Sloped armor" (Special module) can boost the armor value further, though it takes up a module slot, and marginally increases production cost.
|Armor Type||Cast Armor||+50.0%||4.0||4.0||+20.0%|
|Special Module||Sloped Armor||+20.0%||+1.0%|
Engine[edit | edit source]
Gasoline engines give an extra boost to speed, though at higher opportunity cost than Christie suspension.
Diesel is a good source of extra reliability; combining it with Christie suspension is a decent compromise for many designs.
The other two engines are far more situational.
|Technology||Year||Max speed||Reliability||Breakthrough||Defense||Fuel usage||Production cost|
|Gas turbine||Jet engines||1944||+0.5 km/h||+25%||−10%||4||3|
|Gasoline Engine||+0.5 km/h||+15%||2||1|
Additional engine power or armor[edit | edit source]
Finally, extra engine power or armor can be added to the design.
Armor and engine upgrades are a (-)(+) button with up to 20 levels. Engine upgrades improve speed at the cost of reliability and fuel usage. Armor upgrades improve armor/breakthrough at the cost of speed and reliability.
Higher levels require higher technology and increase resource cost.
|Speed||Reliability||Breakthrough||Armor||Fuel use||Production Cost|
Complete list of all modules[edit | edit source]
|Module type||Module||Max Speed (km/h)||Reliability||Soft attack||Hard attack||Piercing||Hardness||Armor||Breakthrough||Defense||Air attack||Fuel Usage||Entrenchment||Production Cost||Resources|
|Small Armaments||Basic Anti-Air Gun||-10.0%||6.0||2.0||10.0||-14.0 -95.0%||16.0||3.00|
|Improved Anti-Air Gun||-10.0%||8.0||5.0||20.0||-18.0 -95.0%||32.0||4.00||1|
|Improved Automatic Cannon||-0.1||-10.0%||20.0||7.0||35.0||3.00|
|Close Support Gun||-0.2||-10.0%||25.0||5.0||12.0||5.00|
|Heavy Machine Gun||5.0||2.0||10.0||0.50|
|Basic High-Velocity Cannon||-0.1||-5.0%||10.0||25.0||85.0||4.00||1|
|Improved Small Cannon||-0.2||-10.0%||15.0||15.0||50.0||4.00|
|Medium Armaments||Improved High-Velocity Cannon||-0.3||-17.5%||20.0||35.0||125.0||6.00||1||2|
|Improved Medium Cannon||-0.3||-15.0%||32.0||20.0||90.0||4.0||5.00||1||2|
|Improved Medium Howitzer||-0.4||-20.0%||35.0||2.0||30.0||7.50||1||3|
|Improved Rocket Launcher||-0.2||-10.0%||35.0||1.0||2.0||4.00|
|Advanced Anti-Air Gun||-10.0%||10.0||5.0||30.0||-22.0 -95.0%||43.0||5.00||1||1|
|Heavy Armaments||Basic Heavy Cannon||-0.3||-25.0%||20.0||20.0||90.0||7.00||1||2|
|Improved Heavy Cannon||-0.4||-25.0%||25.0||35.0||125.0||8.00||1||3|
|Advanced Heavy Cannon||-0.5||-30.0%||30.0||40.0||170.0||11.00||1||4|
|Advanced High-Velocity Cannon||-0.4||-20.0%||25.0||45.0||200.0||8.00||1||3|
|Super-Heavy Armaments||Super-Heavy Cannon||-0.6||-35.0%||35.0||45.0||275.0||12.50||2||5|
|Light Turret Type||Light Fixed Superstructure||20.0%||-25.0%||3.0||0.75|
|One Man Turret||7.0||0.50|
|Two Man Turret||10.0||0.75|
|Three Man Turret||-0.2||14.0||1.00|
|Medium Turret Type||Medium Fixed Superstructure||20.0%||-25.0%||3.0||1.50|
|One Man Turret||-25.0%||-25.0%||10.0||1.00|
|Two Man Turret||16.0||1.50|
|Three Man Turret||-0.2||20.0||2.00|
|Heavy Turret Type||Heavy Fixed Superstructure||20.0%||-25.0%||3.0||5.00|
|Two Man Turret||18.0||5.00|
|Three Man Turret||-0.2||22.0||5.50|
|Super-Heavy Turret Type||Three Man Turret||-0.5||-10.0%||-10.0%||24.0||10.00|
|Four Man Turret||-0.2||-25.0%||35.0||12.00|
|Modern Turret Type||Modern Turret||24.0||8.00|
|Special Modules||Additional Machineguns||2.0||2.0||0.50|
|Amphibious Drive||-15.0%||2.00 +10.0%|
|Extra Ammunition Storage||-10.0%||2.0||4.0|
|Wet Ammunition Storage||15.0%||1.00|
|Secondary Turret||Heavy Machine Gun||-5.0%||3.0||1.0||1.0||2.50|
|Tracked Suspension||Bogie Suspension||2.00|
|Non-tracked Suspension||Half-track Suspension||-10.0%||-20.0%||1.50|
|Armor Type||Cast Armor||+50.0%||4.0||4.0||+20.0%|
|Engine Type||Diesel Engine||25.0%||2.00||3.00|
|Gas Turbine||2.0 +25.0%||-10.0%||4.00||4.00|
|Gasoline Engine||1.0 +15.0%||2.00||3.00|
|Petrol-Electric Engine||-50.0%||2.0 +15.0%||2.0 +15.0%||2.00||4.00 +15.0%|