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===Crucio===
 
===Crucio===
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The Crucio was designed to correct the perceived deficiencies of the AAV-5 and entered [[Dominion]] service as the AAV-5's replacement following the [[Brood War]]. In addition to a larger reinforced hull, the Crucio also featured a new turret mounting a heavier "assault mode" armament in the form of twin 90mm cannon. "Siege mode" armament was a 120mm Shock Cannon.<ref name = "SC2_SiegeTank" />
   
 
==Game Unit==
 
==Game Unit==

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SC1 Siege Tank

The Siege Tank in StarCraft I

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The Siege Tank is a Terran vehicle that can be configured to fulfil both the armored support and the long-range artillery support roles.[1]

Overview

The dual-mode Siege Tank concept was a response to the Guild Wars and the Goliath. Prior to the war work had progressed on a static "final defense" cannon. However the war demonstrated the need for mobility and as a result an effort was made to make the cannon more mobile. The solution was creative. An existing tank design was modified such it could operate as a conventional tank in addition to being able to deploy the cannon and become a static artillery emplacement at will.[1]

Siege tanks function in two modes. First is the "tank or assault mode" whereas the vehicle maybe used in the familiar armored support role using relative light weapons. The second is the more radical "siege mode" whereas the vehicle becomes a static emplacement able to deploy a much more powerful and longer ranged weapon.[1]

Types

AAV-5 Arclite

The AAV-5 was in service by the late 2490's. It had a crew of three: gunner, driver, and commander/navigator. Armament consisted of twin 80mm PPG-7 plasma cannons while mobile, with the 120mm Arclite Mjolnir Artillery Cannon being deployed in "siege mode".[1]

It was found that the AAV-5's weapons and protection were inadequate in "assault mode". This not only inhibited its ability to move to a forward location to deploy into "siege mode", but also hampered its ability to disengage if the enemy took advantage of the Mjolnir's "deadzone" and assaulted the vehicle at close range.[2]

Crucio

The Crucio was designed to correct the perceived deficiencies of the AAV-5 and entered Dominion service as the AAV-5's replacement following the Brood War. In addition to a larger reinforced hull, the Crucio also featured a new turret mounting a heavier "assault mode" armament in the form of twin 90mm cannon. "Siege mode" armament was a 120mm Shock Cannon.[2]

Game Unit

StarCraft

In tank mode the Siege Tank is decent against "Large" ground units. Arguably, it's still not as efficient as a group of Marines, especially if a force is being moved by Dropship (which can carry 2 tanks or 8 marines).

With siege mode the Siege Tank comes into its own. Very long range and high damage make it eminently useful for defense (supporting bunkers) or offense (using two groups of tanks to leapfrog forward). The temporary loss of mobility is a small matter. The Shock Cannon has longer range than the tank's own sight range, so using another unit as a spotter gets the most out of siege mode.

The Shock Cannon causes splash damage to all units and has a minimum range. Therefore tanks in siege mode need other units to guard it (perhaps even other tanks in siege mode), although these guards might take damage from the shock cannon as well as the enemy. The guards can also screen for the tanks as they withdraw. Transforming between modes takes time, during which the tank is unable to move or attack.

Some players prefer to "wall-in" their Siege Tanks, by erecting buildings to surround the tank, thereby preventing the enemy from getting closer than the minimum range of the shock cannon.

Abilities

Upgrades

Quotations

See: StarCraft I Siege Tank Quotations

The Siege Tank has many stereotypical, military quotes. The driver of the tank is seen as a large man in body armor who speaks in army lingo. Several of his quotes are obviously taken from the classic Vietnam War films Full Metal Jacket and Apocalypse Now.

StarCraft: Ghost

In StarCraft: Ghost, Nova was able to call down artillery support from Siege Tanks by identifying targets.[3] The Shock Cannon fired blue plasma rounds in campaign, but green in multiplayer. Siege Tanks were player drivable in multiplayer, and were able to run over and crush other players and vehicles. [4]

StarCraft II

The Siege Tank in StarCraft II still deploys into artillery mode, the only difference being its physical appearance.

Siege tanks cannot fire when moving, leaving the tank vulnerable to attacks by melee units.[5]

Known Siege Tank Commanders

Trivia

The Mjolnir cannon is a reference to the hammer of the Norse god of thunder, Thor.

External Links/References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Underwood, Peter, Bill Roper, Chris Metzen and Jeffrey Vaughn. StarCraft (Manual). Irvine, Calif.: Blizzard Entertainment, 1998.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Crucio Siege Tank. Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2008-01-08.
  3. Goldstein, Hilary. 2003-03-31. Starcraft: Ghost Details. IGN. Accessed 2007-09-01.
  4. Source: BlizzCon 2005 StarCraft: Ghost information. Terran Vehicles. Artist: Blizzard Entertainment. Accessed 2007-09-08.
  5. Karune. 2007-10-10. Karune: Tanks, Shoot While Moving? Battle.net StarCraft II General Discussion forum. Accessed 2007-10-10.
  • Arclite Siege Tank Battle.net StarCraft Compendium's official strategy page about Siege Tanks.


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