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.