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Conscript
RA2 Conscripts
Unit
Affiliation

RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Union

Role

Light infantry

Armament

PPSh-41[1]

Protection

Heavy plating

Tier

1

Tech level

1

Properties
Hit points

125

Armour type

Flak

Amphibious

No

Production
Cost

$100

Build time

0:04

Produced by

Soviet barracks

Combat
Ground attack

PPSh:

  • 15 (20 when elite) (SA)
  • 20 (30 when elite) (when garrisoned) (SSAB)
  • 25 (IFV) (SSA)
Cooldown
  • 25
  • 20 (when garrisoned)
  • 15 (IFV)
Speed

4

Attack range
  • 4 (5 when elite)
  • 6 (7 in RA2) (when garrisoned)
  • 6 (IFV)
Sight range

5

Function
Elite upgrade

Increased strength, firepower, rate of fire, self-healing

For Mother Russia!
- Conscripts' battlecry
RA2 Conscript Icons
RA2 Conscript Veteran Icons

The conscript was the basic Soviet footsoldier during the first and second iterations of the Third World War.

History

The USSR and their affiliated states preferred to use conscripted soldiers to comprise the bulk for their military. They were armed with a PPSh-41 sub-machine gun and a revolver, and protected by metal breastplates worn over brown greatcoats and bulky respiration equipment built into their suit.

Some conscripts were also trained as paratroopers. However, they were not trained to swim (a problem affecting many Soviet infantry, including Boris).

In-game

Conscripts are incredibly vulnerable in the open. While large hordes of them can overwhelm the occasional tank, it is ill-advised to train them as they are very easily and cheaply countered, making armies of conscripts very cost-ineffective. They are most useful when they garrison a structure, which removes their vulnerability and increases their firepower considerably. If maps are lacking in usable structures, then battle bunkers may be constructed (in Yuri's Revenge only). However, artillery units can attack them with impunity when garrisoned, especially prism tanks. They can outrange, outrun and fry conscripts by the dozen.

They also have uses on the attack. A group of accompanying conscripts will cheaply stop Chrono Legionnaire attacks. They can also garrison any key buildings they find along the way to form a fall-back position. Against Tesla coils and psychic towers or other psychic units, they serve as a very useful, expendable meat shield for tanks. Send them ahead as a bullet magnet: it is better for a few conscripts to fry or become mind-controlled, than for your tank crews to suffer such a fate. If playing as Yuri, conscripts serve as a cheaper additional power source for bio reactors.

Conscripts can overpower prism towers as they only target one Conscript at a time. However, prism tanks can vaporize multiple conscripts at once.

Aftermath

After the Psychic Dominator Disaster, the Soviets decided to make conscripts lighter and faster. They removed their heavier plating and armed them with more powerful AK-47s, making them more powerful than Allied Peacemakers. After the Soviet time travel incident that led to the War of the Three Powers, conscripts were equipped with Molotov Cocktails to clear garrisoned buildings.

Assessment

Pros

  • Cheapest infantry unit in the game ($100).
  • Quickly promoted.
  • Trained very quickly
  • Only one of two (three in Yuri's Revenge) infantry units that can survive a hit from a single prism tower for more than one shot (with the others being Tesla troopers and brutes).
  • Can be used as cannon fodder for Yuri clones.
  • Wins in a one-on-one duel with an undeployed GI.
  • In large groups, it can easily overwhelm single-target defenses like Prism Towers and Tesla Coils.
  • Very powerful when garrisoned in buildings.

Cons

  • Slow-moving.
  • Generally the weakest basic infantry unit.
  • Only effective in sheer numbers when not garrisoned.
  • Loses in one-on-one fights against deployed GIs and initiates.

Selected Quotes

Comrade?
- When selected
Conscript reporting
- When selected
Awaiting orders
- When selected
Moving out
- When moving
Order received
- When moving
For the Union
- When moving
Da!
- When moving
For home country
- When ordered to attack
Attacking
- When ordered to attack
You are sure?
- When ordered to attack
For Mother Russia!
- When ordered to attack
Mommy!!
- Under fire
*crying*
- Under fire
We are being attacked!
- Under fire

Gallery

See also

Trivia

  • Conscripts are played by Andrei Skorobogatov and Marlo Lewis in the cutscenes.
  • The concept art of the conscript originally had the heavy shock trooper label. They are equipped with a breathing apparatus, a pair of iron plated shoulder pads, a revolver, a bandolier loaded with munitions, and (occasionally) an Uzi sub-machine gun.
  • Strangly enough, the NCR Veteran Rangers from Fallout: New Vegas bear a striking resemblance to the RA2 Conscripts, featuring the same armoured trenchcoat style and almost exact helmets. Even the visor colours match.
  • In-game, they use the PPSh-41, which is roughly 30 years old by the time of the Third World War.

References

  1. Yuri's Revenge cutsene with Soviet conscripts showing their guns
RA2Sovietlogo Soviet Third World War Arsenal RA2Sovietlogo

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