Dummies' Guide to Steel Beasts
Seeing the other guy before he sees you requires that you’re not where he thinks you might be. Knowing how to move stealthily and quickly will help you surprise him. How stealthy you are depends on how well you are able to use covered and concealed routes. How quickly you can move depends on the terrain that you cross. Maximum vehicle speed is determined by the slope of the terrain and by what type of surface it has. The different surfaces in Steel Beasts are: grass, sand, dirt, marsh, water, and dirt roads. The terrain surface may be covered by thick forest, sparse trees, or bushes. Vehicles travel most quickly over roads. Marshes and water will slow them down. If the water is deep enough, in other words wider than a small stream, it will stall the vehicle by flooding its engine.(4) There are, however, a few vehicles modeled in the game that are amphibious. These vehicles only need to worry about reduced speed when crossing water obstacles. Vehicles traveling over sand, dirt, or roads will throw up a dust cloud. Be careful about this because the dust cloud is visible even if the vehicle is traveling along a covered route. Vehicles may travel through forests, but they will be considerably slowed down and may become immobilized by throwing track. A vehicle crew can recover from a thrown track, but it takes them about twenty minutes to do so and they must not come under fire during that time. While vehicles can be ordered to move at three different speeds, top speed, fast, and slow; dismounted infantry move at only two speeds, quick time and catching their breath. They move at the same speed whether they are in the forest or in the open. They will, however, slow down a bit if they are moving along a stream bed or “swimming” across a water obstacle.