“twin gun mechanism is still planned, SerB wants a twin gun tank like the ST-II (SS: ST-II is ST-I with two 122mm D-25T guns)”
As SerB wants to see a twin-barrel tank and a lot of players request multi-turret-support, I think it is completely possible that we are going to see such tanks in the future. Furthermore it is Soviet, and I guess that more soviet content is going to be requested in the future. This quote thus served as the basis of the following idea.
There are a lot of popular soviet heavy tank designs left to implement (T-35, SMK, T-100, ST-II), which all have the same feature - multiple guns and great firepower. These guns are either mounted in multiple turrets (earlier designs), or next to each other in a single turret (later designs). The idea is to use all these popular vehicles to build a complete 3rd heavy branch, while consistently using the concept of multiple guns.
Warthunder made the first step with introducing multi-turret support. However - Warthunder brought most of the vehicles with multi-turret support as premium vehicles, selling it as some sort of exclusive content. So why not implement the mechanism(s) in WoT alongside a whole line which is researchable for everybody? This article introduces these interesting vehicles which could work in a branch from T2 up to T10 and explains how it could be connected with the existing tree.
A preparation of a branch takes a lot of work and it does also need some rules to be consistent. These are the rules I followed during creating the branch:
- If possible, the tanks should be (not only in the tree) also have historically connected development.
- Tanks should use only historical configurations such as engines, armor and armament. Engines and armament is in all cases historical. Armament is in few cases unhistorical – unhistorical content is marked as such “(unhistorical)” or “(unhistorical stockgun, from x)”.
- Consideration of the vehicles balance-ability tier-to-tier. Why/how these tanks fit certain tiers (if necessary) is explained in the description.
- The guns on the mini-turrets often have very low AP penetration and HE damage. Shooting APCR as default ammo (as on high tier mediums) was considered as balance option (and to make these turrets more useful). Guns which shoot APCR as default ammo are marked as such “(APCR)”.
Okay, let’s get it started! We start conventionally from the soviet tier I - the mighty MS-1. As the tanks in this branch tend to have great firepower, its first tank is available for research after unlocking the 47 mm mod. 1932 gun.