Hello everyone In this thread we will post pictures and info about Imperia's ground troops. First, let's talk a bit about how ground troops are created in the game. It is the planetary governor that raises the troops according to his/ her needs. You might force him to raise more troops, as an emperor may, but most of the time it will not be necessary. Troops are of two kinds: infantry division and mecha division. (roughly equivalent to motorized/ mechanized/ airborne and armored divisions, if you'd like to have a modern equivalent). Each troop's equipment is determined by the level of funding: an infantry division with poor funding will be only motorized (even partially): it will be able to fight in defensive battles, say, but its lack of transport and further equipment will severely hamper its offensive capabilities. A lavishly funded infantry division will have the best power-suits, and the best transports: it will be able to successfully lead planetary invasions. Accordingly, the equipment of a mecha division will also be directly related to the funding: it will range from basic mecha to fearsome amphibious armed-to-the-teeth human-machine-fusionned models. Each division icon will reflect both the type of the division and the level of equipment. Let's have a quick glance at the imperial troops (work in progress). Here is the average imperial trooper with its powerful combat-suit. He is armed with a top-mounted kinetic gun and a small blue laser. On each shoulder are some fragmentation grenades while there is also provision for a back-mounted mortar/ missile launcher. On the back are the large radiator louvres (needed in case of fighting in vacuum, when the cooling becomes problematic). Above is the same imperial trooper close to the low-level mecha. Although compact, well profiled and many times updated, this mecha has been the mainstay of the imperial armored forces for more than a century. Only second-rate or reserve troops still use this unmanned mecha. It features a large coil gun that fires guided rounds, and a turret-mounted green laser. Some more guided missiles might be carried in two small bays in the upper front part of the hull. Not how the mech has been further equipped with manipulator arms in its later versions. Upgrading to a latest model should be the first priority of any serious army. take care all, P.