—An excited Syckle driver
The Syckle is not so much an example of stolen or reverse-engineered technology, as it is a study of the Epsilon's design philosophies and tactics. The Syckle is a marriage of the speed and versatility of the Epsilon's tanks, with the Soviet firepower, resulting in a vehicle that excels in harassment and chasing down enemy units. Two powerful rad cannons and one-of-a-kind mobile Iron Curtain device make the Syckle an almost perennial threat to the Epsilon tank divisions and infantry squads, and is quite possibly one of the fastest hit'n'run units out there, especially when it can't be damaged during the "run" part of it.
But the truth probably is, the Soviets wanted to have a cool bike of their own.
The Syckle is as fast as a Foxtrot in the air, making it the fastest land vehicle in the mod and thus extremely annoying to deal with. It has twice the firepower of the Desolator with its dual rad cannons, so it melts through infantry with greater ease than Eradicators. Being so small, it is very easy to ferry large numbers of them at once using Zubrs and, interestingly enough, infantry transports such as Borillos or Armadillos. Because the rad cannons fire much faster than normal, they can quite easily destroy light vehicles, too. Even vehicles inside Tank Bunkers are not safe from the Syckle, making it possible for the Syckle to clear and enter them for better protection.
Devious Soviet commanders would sometimes use an Iron Curtained Syckle in order to draw fire from enemy base defenses. They would then follow this with a full frontal assault with whatever they can throw at them. As the Syckle stands still, it can permanently remain under the Iron Curtain effect, complimenting this strategy even more.
Its insane speed didn‘t come without a cost, however, and that was most of its armor. It is barely sturdy enough to survive a few shots from anti-vehicle weapons, let alone anything heavier than a tank shell. Considering its hefty price tag, you would expect the armor to be just a little better, but sadly that is not the case.
Behind the scenes
- The Syckle replaced the scrapped Iron Fist that was supposed to appear in version 3.0. In fact, the Syckle utilizes the mobile Iron Curtain mechanic from the Iron Fist. However, the Syckle's engine doesn't overheat when activating the mobile Iron Curtain that would supposedly damage it, unlike the Iron Fist's intended weakness.
- The Syckle has another recorded voiceset with the same quotes but it remains unused in the game files, possibly a placeholder during development.
Other Soviet stolen tech units: