Heavy Soviet mech modeled in Sketchup by with only a wee bit of editing and retouching in photoshop by me. If the mech looks familiar it’s essentially this one, with a different weapon load out: rob-cavanna.deviantart.com/art…
The body style is based on an alternate design seen on the far right here: rob-cavanna.deviantart.com/art…
If you dig it, please give Marco a +watch! There is more like this on the way. Marco has done several versions of the Proletarian, including a traditional Katyusha rocket rail launcher. Highlighting this one because I have a soft spot for the Gundam style rocket pod insanity!
Rocket artillery was mounted on many platforms in WWII, and Soviet mechs were hardly exempt. Though less accurate than conventional artillery, multiple rocket launchers were inexpensive and easy to produce. More importantly, they could deliver the equivalent impact of myriad artillery guns in a matter of mere seconds, saturating a wide area with many tons of high explosive. While not quite surgically precise, the shock effect of such weapons was immense. After unleashing its salvo, rocket artillery units could quickly relocate and avoid retaliation by counter-battery fire. In the case of platforms such as the heavy mech Proletarian, the next step was usually towards shattered enemy lines.
Generally speaking, one disadvantage of rocket systems was the lengthy time required for reloading. But in the case of mechs, rocket canisters and racks could be easily ejected, and other weapons taken in their stead, rapidly restoring the mech to maximum payload weight and optimal combat capacity. In the absence of logistical support, particularly during intense urban melees, an anthro configured mech always had the option of grabbing whatever heavy object is nearest to hand and using it to bludgeon enemy targets. A mech as heavily armored as the Proletarian could afford to absorb heavy enemy fire while steadily advancing towards its prey.
Initially, the Katyusha rocket system was adapted to the Proletarian by means of a back mounted rail system similar to those found on Soviet artillery trucks. Later in the war, however, a more compact system was devised that made full use of the mech’s multiple weapon mounts, distributing weight more evenly, and allowing for greater agility in close combat and better mobility in urban combat zones. The Proletarian’s exceptional payload capacity enabled it to mount 30 forward facing rockets, and an additional 12 on a backpack unit. The backpack unit could be rotated 90 degrees in either direction, allowing the option to fire at right and left flanks. If kept nearly vertical, the rear rockets could be used as a sort of high trajectory rocket mortar, unleashing an arc of high explosive warheads over tall buildings and devastating targets on the opposite side.
Another idea would be a light and fast mech with one massive recoil-less cannon and a light machine gun and just enough armor to stop infantry weapons. I got the idea for this from a friend's rig in Mechwarrior 3. He had a Puma (lightest and fastest mech in the game) with no armor, and an AC-10 auto cannon. He'd run up behind the heavier mechs and pound them into the ground. If he ran out of ammo, he could outrun anything else on the battlefield. I think this idea would be best for a Soviet mecha, as it would be cheap to make (with no special armor) and would agree with their massed assault doctrines. (such as arming their troops with PPSH submachine guns because rifles were more expensive to make) I can imagine a swarm of these light fast machines advancing behind heavier machines and once the two sides became engaged, they would swarm out and simply pound the other side into hamburger. They'd have a high attrition rate, but, casualties never bothered the Soviets.
I agree the Zinka would be good, though it seems to me it would be a good idea to have two light cheap single shot recoil-less on either side (for balance sake) Or have a manual reload version and carry the ammo on the off side. Or just a massive short range single shot rocket launcher on either side. I think the rocket launcher would be very much in the soviet technology and would be cheap to build and deploy, keeping with the cost effectiveness idea.
That sounds like a good idea on the bear paw, but, I was thinking instead of a regular shell, to have more of a blank type shell with no projectile. Then it could be magazine fed allowing multiple strikes.