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Conscript reporting.
—A Conscript addressing their commander

The Conscript is the basic and cheap foot soldier of the Soviets.

Official description

Conscripts are men drafted into service for the Soviet armies. With Soviet forces pressured to churn out an ever increasing amount of troops, Conscripts are often poorly equipped and only have the most basic military training. They are very cost effective however and are often trained en masse for use in human wave tactics. Conscripts can garrison buildings to increase their rather low survivability.[1]

Overview

For a detailed list of changes from the original game, click here.

The Conscript is the basic Soviet infantry unit. Armed with a submachine gun, they are decent against infantry and weak against everything else. However, their low cost and quick build time allows them to be amassed in large quantities quickly. Many Soviet generals often use Conscripts as cannon fodder to allow their stronger units like Desolators and tanks to survive longer.

To improve their combat potential, they can be garrisoned in civilian buildings and Battle Bunkers along with the Flak Trooper.

Unfortunately, they don't last long in battle unless they are garrisoned in civilian buildings. While they are the cheapest infantry unit in the game, they also the weakest among the basic infantry so they will lose to deployed GIs, Initiates and Knightframes on their own. They are also vulnerable to specialized anti-infantry units.

AI behavior

Conscripts controlled by the AI have the following attack patterns:

All difficulties

  • 3x guarding friendly base, accompanied by 2 Attack Dogs and 3 Flak Troopers
    • This task force will only be constructed if a Nuclear Reactor is not built
  • 3x garrisoning Battle Bunkers and garrisonable structures, accompanied by 3 Flak Troopers
  • 4x guarding Battle Bunkers, Tesla Coils and Sentry Guns, accompanied by 1 Attack Dog and 4 Flak Troopers
    • This task force will only be constructed if a Nuclear Reactor is not built
  • 5x guarding Soviet Barracks or Soviet War Factory, accompanied by 2 Attack Dogs and 3 Flak Troopers
    • This task force will only be constructed if a Nuclear Reactor is not built
  • 6x targeting infantry, accompanied by 4 Attack Dogs
    • This task force will only be constructed if a Radar Dish is not built
  • 6x garrisoning Battle Bunkers and garrisonable structures
  • 10x targeting infantry, accompanied by 2 Attack Dogs
    • This task force will only be constructed if a Field Bureau is not built

Appearances

Act One

  • In Human Shield, the player need to pick 3 Spies in disguise from 9 Conscript-like infantry in the Allied base at upper left corner of the map. The remaining 6 are Allied soldiers equipped with Conscript weaponry, whom use GI's voice.

Origins

Assessment

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  • Cheapest infantry unit in the game ($60).
  • Decent against infantry and light units.
  • Gains promotion easily.
  • In large groups, it can serve as meat shields and easily overwhelm single-target units.
  • Can garrison buildings to vastly improve fighting power and survivability.
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  • Weakest among basic infantry.
  • Easily countered by anti-infantry weapons, even when in sheer numbers.
  • Can be easily crushed by most tanks.
  • Vulnerable to poison clouds, fires and radiation.

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