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  1. I can't draw worth a damn so I'll just badpost like an idiot because honestly, the damn dread piqued my interest due to the contest so plis gibe Roma _(:3」∠)_ loljk, but really, the battleship piqued interest since the design is sort of 'atypical' of 'standard' dread design like Queen Liz, New Mexico or Bayern (Fuso dont count because she took a different approach on how to dread) PAINT HER LIKE ONE OF THE FRENCH GIRLS Now in response to the French being mocked as having a 'piss poor navy' and 'lolships', it should be known they did had a boner for naval bits and they did had a formidable navy, and when HMS Dreadnought came in, the scramble to who can be gud@dreads started happening with them stroking said boners so furiously that we may only have a glimpse on what in flying hell they pulled out of the brainstorm in front of the design table that were practical and feasible and not just a wet dream of a designer striving to make the Marine Nationale OP. Well... to the French, they were more worried about the guys over at the Albion sipping tea like the magnificent bastards that they are secretly since GLORIOUS BATTLESHIPS can into their coast at any given time and that would simply not do... and add Italy deciding to stroke their navyboner furiously as well brought it a necessity to git gud in regards to battleships, one of which was this lumpy dread. I PRESENT TO YOU THE NORMANDIE. Because dreads will be dreads, even if you give them a "what-if" fit. EXCEPT GIULIO CESARE. Old gal got a facelift that compares her to a post-dread. Rollo would shed manly tears at this. For starters, the preceding Bretagne were considered really reasonable for French dreads in terms of built and in the day but as the dread race started to pick up, even France wanted to update its capital ship list and so decided to go to drawing plenty of "what-if's" in regards to battleship, and one must say, they had some of the most interesting yet strange designs. Here's one of the proposals... and here's another. Honestly, midships turret is just lol on a dread. Now sure its practically a solid idea to bring more guns to bear but the space for that should be best used for new boilers and engines. The Italians who had midship turrets due to their AB-P-XY dreads like the Conte di Cavour and Andrea Doria had it removed because it was, basically, a rather inconvenient thing and they could cram better hax with all that space. That aside, it was already in the works that they were to keel the things to augment their navy with better battleships and so had worked on the class, the first one being Normandie herself, followed by her sisters Flandre, Gascogne, Languedoc and Bearn. Well, Bearn wasnt exactly a battleship when she was finished and was reformatted to a carrier halfway without receiving her fit, and this is saying much that the Normandie didnt even serve and were scrapped afterwards because the French economy was still weak and fielding a crapton of battleships costs upkeep that burns the national treasury and nobody wants another ragequit that leads to revolution, now do they? Normandie had an impressive 12 inch belt, 13 inches of turret, a reasonable deck whose thickness I forgot and 13 inches for the conning tower. The offensive assets slated were a dozen 340mm guns in three quad turrets on the A-P-X layout, some 139mm secondaries, Hotchkiss 47mm guns for its AA suite and 18 inch submerged torpedo tubes because dreads back then had em. The lumpy dread could be able run at 21-22 knots so its by all means very reasonable. Oh and Bearn had improved shafts and number of screws which meant 4 of the things instead of the usual three. Hooray, I guess? About the guns... yeeeah... Since the damn things weren't exactly fitted out prior to scrapping, the guns were allocated to the Army and they found their bits there, the 340mm guns being used as rail guns (to those that rage at rail guns being impractical, its actually a very sound idea of artillery that can roll around in tracks since the only thing thats limiting the accuracy is the rails themselves. you cant traverse the cradle the gun is on like a warship turret but you cant deny the fact that being shelled by a big ass caliber battleship gun on traincar is outright scary), the 139mm guns were crammed to coastal turrets and some should be reportedly used by the army as their better field artillery. Seriously, for guns built within 1910-1915, they've got good reliability to still be firing even in WW2 when those that do have them, especially how the Germans 'borrowed' some, used em to degrees. The quad gun turret is basically a big ass turret with a thick divider that separated each pair since the reasoning for that was, apart from saving weight, the prospect of cramming more dakka on a battleship without compromising weight or structural integrity, if either starboard or port pair were to be incapacitated but the turret itself can still traverse, it wont lose all its firepower in a single direct hit... well... at least that was the prospect since this quad turret concept practically being 2+2 any way you look at it went on to post-dreads like Dunkerque and Richelieu. If you want quad turret that was there, the KGV's attempted that. Cue Victor Frankenstein shouting "live! LIIIIIVVE!". Sadly, they actually floated out but were too late to see any extensive action, let alone the glorious commissioning and fitting out that culminated in the shakedown cruise because if they did, THIS would probably be queuing up with them on how to git gud@battleships: The Austro-Hungarian Tegetthoff dread (I'm lazy to info raid about this ship tho) which would have proven to be a real troublesome thing had she faced sheer combat. Jokes aside, I wish the players who unleashed their inner artscum a good luck and to those that want to have a hand in painting French girls, why not give it a go? morinaga Richelieu for motivation (seriously, the artist makes shipgirls into goddamn models) Derp.exe -debug -modredact has now crashed.
  2. When I sorta said technically, I did mean the layout that was prospected on Amagi. the strange ass AB-PQ-XY and the general sleek design build that did reflect on Tosa and Kii's builds as the Kongos were still, back then, intended to what they were to do before getting their shit reformatted so Amagi is sort of there as the gap before Tosa and Kii but if we speak of by right of keel, Amagi has no place on the battleship line so to say (its rather interesting they used the Amagi rather than prospecting a what-if for Tosa as the tier 8) .. now I'm rather curious on what the name of a reformatted Kii would be like if they had went and proceeded to keel her and then turned her to a full on carrier
  3. That moment when she was damaged during Pearl Harbor and still kept fighting like mad~
  4. Well with the US cruiser split being announced and all, I was quite surprised that of the St. Louis twins, it had to be Helena who will represent her sister because NAMES, HURR (we actually have two names for Saint Louis here: the armored cruiser St. Louis, the light cruiser St. Louis which was basically the Brooklyn light cruiser on bullshit levels of hax, and the French Saint-Louis. sooo name redundance is somefin we dont need right now). TAYM 2 BADPOAST. I PRESENT TO YOU THE ST. LOUIS CRUISER HELENA (CL-50) I wish it were this Helena but alas, no... THIS Helena. GLORIOUS LIGHT CRUISER HAX B4 CHEATLAND This is the Brooklyn. Now take tech hax, engine improvements that dont let you be dead in the water after a lolpen into the engine rooms and more AA guns crammed aboard her into a new 'repeat' but improved hull and you have yourself a St. Lo light cruiser. Normally, her and her sister St. Louis as well as their Brooklyn predecessors are observing the WNT's amendment in the London Naval Treaty 1 because some signatories were bitching about the cruiser being as constricted as the capital ships and that would simply not do. Because politiscumbaggery, the US could technically get away with making decent ships like heavy cruisers (as much as you hate the Pensacola in-game and how lol she was in real life, she served, got hurt bad, but served to her capacity) and light cruisers, and this is where the needs were asked for their future light cruisers. They should have glorious cruising range, guns to fight their contemporaries and armor to stay in the fight longer... and the Omaha wasn't exactly fitted for that... "scouting" cruiser sure, but something the Board had asked for she was ill suited for. Its also not helping that Japan suddenly had chucked the Mogami with FIFTEEN 155mm guns and decided to base the raw, balls out offense of the light cruisers early on with the Myoko's ABC-XY and then behold, the Brooklyns got keeled in the 30's because dakka scare (honestly, I believe you skubs would do the same when you hear reports of a light cruiser having THAT MUCH GUNS although to be fair, the Japanese sort of skirted the damn rules on how to cruiser with the Mogami and the US didnt know 'bout that) and tried to improve stuff from there basing on the decently good Brooklyn that was suited for their needs: the result being the St. Louis cruisers. Call her a 'repeat' or 'pointless' but those two got tech that inspired quite a lot of US cruisers like the Cleveland and the Baltimore. How to screw over the aim of the enemy in a St. Louis Just like her predecessor, Helena has fifteen 6" guns improved from the guns of the Omaha, some 127mm guns, some M2HB's when she came out although this got changed when she got several sets of 40mm Bofors and 20mm Oerlikons and she was protected with a max of 152mm of belt, 2 inches of deck, nearly 6 inches of turret and 5 inches of conning tower and could run at nearly 33 kts which is damn impressive for a weighty light cruiser like her. About the ABC-XY layout tho... you can imagine the problems with aggressive combat with the C turret facing aft and this is saying Mogami's own ABC-XY with turret C superfiring was the most superb and weight distributed layout you could observe since B turret way up there means the barbette needs to be longer and more weight is getting in the forward section instead of the midships thanks to the superstructure. But no matter, she was built and she got a lot for her buck. Had her shakedown and commission then went over to where Graf Spee scuttled herself and had a little peacetime at Pearl Harbor when the Japanese paid a surprise visit with bombs and torpedoes and her crew had to scramble to battlestations when the alarm and klaxons were raring around... only to eat ordnance herself. you can thank navsource for this. She was struggling to join in the fight and her AA guns started humming hours after the base was ringing for air raids and if anything, she was enduring the stress and damage dealt to her all the while her AA guns were humming flak bursts in the air, and she lost her DP guns due to the initial strikes that messed with her wiring as well as generators for power and she practically sailed slowly due to the counterflooding to keep her from keeling over and the damage control teams literally saying "problem solved, sir!" when containing the problems aboard. She got a turn in the dry dock and they assessed whatever the hell happened to her and found she was hurting bad and needed a shipyard that had the latest facilities to fix her despite being sort of seaworthy. Ran back to such and had a boring time sitting idly while she got repaired and refitted with hax like one of the first surface radar stuff that fed crunch data into the rangekeeper. And then off to Guadalcanal. Helena had some routine escort runs operated as screen, saw Wasp die and fire mission battery when she was nearby to assist when Guadalcanal was getting rather intense and she was peeled off to try and interdict the 'Tokyo Express' and, fortunately for her, she was right smack in the middle of a night run when they were skulking off Cape Esperence. As I've said in my badpost regarding that battle, because of the levels of miscommunication, Helena, who at the time was calling contact due to her radar hax (interestingly, Helena was one of the most advanced tech ships there and the CO of that squadron didnt use her as flagship), wanted to open fire at the unknown contacts because they were damn sure those dots weren't friends and the lookouts were also increasing the likelihood they weren't friends as well and as per SOP, asked "Interrogatory, roger" and the CO had replied "roger" which he meant the message was received and Helena took this as an order to unload and when she did, all the other ships followed suit, her role in the matter blasting the living hell out of Fubuki and Furutaka which earned her the moniker of "machine gun ship" due to the fact she unloaded really fast which, with fifteen of her guns, gave her the impression she fired really fast after that encounter. Helena OP plz nerf She was also present in that messed up brawl off Guadalcanal where she, with her glorious radar hax, could call contacts long before visual contact was reported and this means something in the night... although her radar basically is a whole "I know where you are, I know how far you are, but I don't know who you are" if we summarize it which means oldschool captains needed to know who the hell they were blasting at, and the messed up battle in the night off Guadalcanal was an anathema to them which made the confusion way worse. She also beaded Akatsuki when she opened her searchlights although Atlanta plastered her a lot more because she fired faster. Tailed San Francisco who ate a buckload of damage and suddenly encountered Amatsukaze which she promptly blasted and then maneuvered the hell away from other destroyers appearing to help the ship she was busy shooting at... and then she withdrew just like that despite being one of the still combat effective ships alongside one destroyer. She also saw one of her light cruiser colleagues die horribly as Juneau was torpedoed and, while the group she was in could not play pin the depth charge on the submarine because the ships at the group were too heavily damaged to drop depth charges or they had little to no anti-sub ordnance in hand which culminated in the ragequit removal of her seasoned captain, he had to save the ships at hand and come back for the survivors later (here's the thing: had the ships loitered around trying to fry that sub or collect survivors... assuming there were after that horrible mag det from Juneau in their standpoint, the sub that was stalking the area would have a lot more targets to sink and that would simply not do). Fire like hell. its also one of the last pics of her in the fateful night where she fighting Was issued with the new VT fuzes where the gunners themselves dont need to fuze the shells to explode at a specific height because the VT will fuze itself at the nearest target to pepper the aircraft with flak, was busy with fire missions and screening duties and one of her planes had a hand in sinking a sub when her last night of guns-a-blazin happened at Kula Gulf. After bombardment, she was assailed with destroyers and while she did respond by shooting back at the dots in her scope that resulted with several hits from her connecting to an Akizuki destroyer Niizuki, her muzzle flashes completely gave her away and adding to the fact she fired really fast, it was fairly easy to see her silhouette as she constantly let her guns sing while using non-flashless powder since the flashless powder she had was already spent from bombardment as you can see in the image... and that fact alone had her focused by torpedo attacks from the Japanese... ... and you can pretty much guess where it ended for her as her prow was the last to go under. Her survivors had ordeals of their own but this takes the cake. Assessment on how she was totaled so bad. And you think Boise back at Cape Esperance was nearly mag detted by Kinugasa when one of her AP shells lolpenned the ship under water which resulted in turret C's magazine flooded in order to prevent such a thing from happening. I'm sure you skubs will fexp your way to Helena either way. Derp.exe has now crashed
  5. If memory serves, Amagi would have been the technical first if she was laid down as a battleship but Tosa would have been Nagato's successor of sorts using the same AB-PQ-XY layout Amagi had, but yeah Amagi would have been first, then Tosa, and then Kii and you go from there. The Kongo isn't exactly... straight from their shipyards as the battleships, paper or not, here are although the other three should be local built using the same template as Kongo
  6. Even so, there are Tillmans that you can go "WTF" for and there are some which you could say is rather viable. I can say April Fools when a Tillman is sailing and causing rage and angst but never as an actual ship you can use
  7. Well been a long time since I did badpost but didnt have any botes that interested me greatly as of late but atm, I gotta vent out this frustration at being unable to perform most of me blue bawks duties so I just do this on the fly~ By the way, you guys already saw Akagi in the Rock, Paper Scissors trailer when she sent planes to deal with the Benson and got whacked by New Orleans and Baltimore blasting her. I PRESENT TO YOU THE AKAGI CARRIER This personification fusion is not the Akagi you are looking for. THIS carrier. HOW GLORIOUS. Originally, Akagi would look like this. Since the Washington Naval Treaty effectively cauterized the signatories on how to capital ship, and this included in the clause that the battlecruiser type, once not accepted as part of the "line ships" because its fast and trolls hard and cant manfight other dreads (to be fair, the Germans had a different way on thinking on how to battlecruiser as their ships of that type proved their shit by being tough-as-nails. See my Derfflinger badpost on how actually tough they are and how the Mackensen and Ersatz Yorck would have been absurd), had been folded to "capital ships" in an attempt to curb the arms race that was bound to happen because in shipbuilding, the motto of "stronger, faster, tougher" strokes the constructionboners for ship designers, existing ships that were in the slipway had to be dismantled as per the observations suggest, but Japan wouldn't have none of that and decided to convert the existing hulls of both Amagi and Akagi to carriers. If you're wondering where Atago and Ashitaka went, they never happened. Atago became the sister ship of the Takao heavy cruiser (which is rather coincidental since Ashitaka's second name is Takao) to boot. Sad to say, due to that devastating quake that rocked Japan, Amagi was one of the victims as she was totaled in the dry dock but Akagi got relatively off the event with damage that you can literally just take a bootload of time in the slipway to fix. BEHOLD, ITERATION 1 AKAGI. Well.. not quite the carrier that was hoped for in sorts of ways... The lumpy carrier had about 6 inches of belt and 3 inches of deck with defensive armaments of three pairs of the old 20cm guns, a bunch of large caliber AA guns and sets of 25mm's shoved onto her and she could nominally run at about 31 knots. Had a plane capacity of about 97-ish and a solid cadre of pilots. Now that was all well and good, but... err... she had flaws. Basically the Lexington's early counterpart before the carrier was refitted to high hell as both were battlecruisers, both stopped at hull float-outs and both were reformatted to carriers, Akagi had a rather weird initial design of having a bunch of short runway decks because MOAR PLANE LAUNCHING, HURR. And it wasn't exactly helping that her engine placement as well as the funnels is strange. Now the engines themselves were fine because it was pretty much the standard boilers n shit fitting a battlecruiser, but when she was reformatted, the whole compartments radically changed. She was hot, and not attractively hot, but hot enough that you'd stay in a sauna to the point that quarters near the funnel were uninhabitable, and you'd get sick in the times in there if you aren't that resilient to the point I remembered her rather dark moniker of "The Murderous Longhouse" due to the craploads of crew issues like getting sick and just outright going crazy, and its a damn miracle how the crew still got their integrity from living in there. Oh did I forget that Akagi has a problem with theoretical bomb strikes that penetrated the deck, practically immolating the lumpy carrier should she be attacked because they forgot where to securely stow plane fuel and that its hard to run damcon aboard her? The designers sort of removed their heads out of their asses and again refitted the living crap out of the carrier, this time to the ubiquitous form and silhouette we know. Its also helping the carrier that she had some of the seasoned cadre of pilots aboard that endured their second home. I gotta admit, the scale model makes the lumpy carrier very pretty. Akagi had a lot of runs to her life as a carrier, ranging from shakedown to ultimately getting decked so hard at Midway. She sent planes during the surprise attack at Pearl Harbor and a whole bunch of them scoring damaging hits on a good number of battleships moored at Battleship Row (its rather amusing some people credit one of her planes to be the one lugging that modified 410mm AP shell bomb that mag detted Arizona), aiding in plane spamming to cover the Japanese ground forces when they moved inland from their beachheads, and had a hand in sinking the Clemson class destroyer Edsall because the surface ships were really having problems with blasting her to high hell as well as being kill assistant when they found Hermes and Vampire. Was also one of the carriers trying to find where the Doolittle raiders launched from but thanks to Concealment Expert ninja vanishing, the US carriers Enterprise and Hornet ran back to Pearl and was also one of the raiders in the Indian Ocean Raid where afterwards she was finally setting in on training newbie pilots on how to carrier plane like a boss due to her cadre of seasoned pilots And then came Midway. Shokaku and Zuikaku were supposed to be there but due to Coral Sea shenanigans, they were incapacitated for several weeks so the Japanese decided to go with the Midway Four who were available for tasking because Admiral Yamamoto wanted to whack the US carriers good and in order to draw them out for the most decisive plane spamfest ever, they decided to steamroll Midway in order to do so. Well... the Americans found out by tapping to their super sekrit codes and decided to counter the carriers with their own carriers without playing to the initiative of the Japanese carrier force. Now the norm was that you hold off anti-ship wing and start with the dive bombers and fighters to comb the area and make an initial attack, but somehow (lol Arashi) the Americans found out where they were squatting and began their own waves of strike aircraft that included level bombers, one of which nearly missed the island of Akagi when it attempted to incapacitate the carrier to a degree by crashing into said island in a final moment of balls out manliness. It wasn't exactly helping that the flag officer aboard was scared out of his wits and decided to rearm the strike aircraft with bombs on the fly and continue spamming Midway Island with bombs instead of all out focus on finding where the US carriers were sending their strike wings from, and this proved to be a really bad choice since after several strike attempts made by the Americans, a group of Helldivers appeared out of nowhere and began their dives, incapacitated Kaga and dropping bombs on Akagi whose planes were still in the middle of prepping and shit like bombs being fitted and plane fuel being loaded to planes... and fires roar. She burned until Yamamoto himself had to order her scuttled, the captain and damcon teams aboard going down with her although the majority of the personnel were safe. Not long after the other three of the Midway Four went under as well. So ends her run, but her service life was far from boring. Glorious carrier. Basing on the old CBT/OBT trailer, Akagi is a good fit for tier 8 although as a surface ship player, I can't say much for her wings but the Midway load would fit nicely for her offensive assets as Kaga is reportedly the "Pearl Harbor" loadout. I get this feeling she'll service planes way faster than Shokaku assuming she doesnt become the Japanese equivalent of the Enterprise. I dunno what exactly can make Akagi unique since her premium carrier colleague has the unique torpedo spread and accurate bomb strikes but basing on her run, its likely the fighters will be her strong suit. Derp.exe is over.
  8. aint it this? https://worldofwarships.asia/en/news/announcements/clan-battle-s1/
  9. Funny thing, I made a badpost about the lumpy ship 2 years ago which is rather funny she's slated to arrive
  10. Cruiser? that thing's a bloody battleship rated lmao
  11. In terms of some surprising models, the German company Navis made some stuff I didnt expect some model makers to dare cast such as the Lexington battlecruiser had she not been reformatted or Tillmans
  12. Thing is, the Nurnberg in both iterations can run away while shooting at you and disappear as fast, THIS WONT AS EASILY. The armor thickness makes me cringe and there's no turtleback in its internal armor layout afaik
  13. Been a long while since I've badposted so let me lump some bits for battlecruisers. You already know that whole bit on the Naval Treaty that severely gimped on how to battleship and also technically counts battlecruisers as such ships (the reason why is that you could get around that treaty with "oh this? 'tis a battlecruiser so its fairly legit yo" and that would simply not do. London 1 and London 2 kinda solved the problem by setting in the tonnage requirements but it kinda didnt work since Italy ragequitted, Germany deemed the entire treaty + Versailles bullshit and already way past and Japan also ragequitted, leaving the UK and the US the only signatories that did try to observe the treaty itself. dont blame them for shitty ships like KGV because they exactly didnt have time to stretch their wings for hax designs like Lion) but that didnt mean the concept died. Germany wanted to replace the panzerschiffe they had because it didnt exactly meet what they wanted although Graf Spee was a gigantic sea scum so hard for that matter and decided for plans to supplant the navy in the Z plan. I PRESENT TO YOU THE O-CLASS BATTLECRUISER GLORIOUS BATTLECRUISER note: as much as people say the Scharnhorst twins were battlecruisers because right of gun, NO. the twins are, by right of keel, BATTLESHIPS so yeah. Plan Z was envisioned to rearm the living shit out of the German Navy without giving a damn to the Treaty of Versailles anymore because it has been deemed null and void and so they planned for such prospects for rearming, part of the plans were the battlecruisers. Now in this time, the only battlecruisers that were still in the water were Hood and the Renown twins and naval planners already know that the battlecruiser is going to be the evolutionary lynchpin of the battleship, even if it aint exactly built as such, and while looking at the combat triangle in terms of battlecruisers in regards to offense, protection and speed, normally the Brits favored their battlecruisers to hit hard and move fast whereas the Germans opted to keep their ships afloat longer and respond in kind, this wasn't the case for these battlecruisers as they followed the offense + speed concept that made the British quite fast in creating a rapid action force without committing actual battleships, only this time these lumpy ships could help the subs in surface trolling and general sea scumbaggery by hitting convoys and getting away with it. Now lessee their technical stuff: Stuff to be crammed into these lumpy battlecruisers were six 381/15 inch guns that should be the same guns Bismarck and Tirpitz used derived from the Bayern barrel in dual mounts in AB-X configuration, some 6 inch guns, some 10.5's, a set of 37mm's and a bunch of 20mm's coupled with torpedo tubes likely packing the G7a T1 and the ship was protected with about 8 inches of belt, 3 inches of belt, 8.5 inches of turret and 2 inches of torpedo protection with the ship being projected to run at 33-35 kts with a new engine layout for long range scumbaggery... wait dafuq? THATS TOO LIGHTLY ARMORED. Derfflinger would cry at this and that thing, given enough love and had it survive Scapa Flow, could probably run at 30 kts AND be crammed with best hax. AND THIS IS SAYING THAT RENOWN WITH HER REFIT HAD NEARLY 10 INCHES OF ARMOR GODDAMN IT PLANNERS. BEHOALD, SCALE MODEL (although unpainted) GLORY! The company is Navis if you wish to acquire it With armor that thin you might as well flippin kite the enemy and pray you dont get hit because this freaky thing can NOT take damage at any cost and given that its prospected to be absurdly fast, its going to run away quite often while presenting a good offensive option... although this thing skulking around will probably scare the living shit out of merchant marines when it appears out of nowhere and starts blasting the living crap out of your shipbros and then getting the hell out of dodge after wreaking havoc on a number on your convoy before a reaction force responds to your cries of "R R R R R R R" signal telegraphs (as The Chieftain had noted in Graf Spee's vid, rapidly tapping "R" means a raider has appeared). Well the three shipyards in Germany didnt keel em because of res allocation sent to moar u-boats because Doenitz, who was a u-boat commander before, convinced high command that playing pin the depth charge with the u-boat is viable since sub cheesing is a legit tactic albeit frowned upon in WW1 and groups of them can wolfpack the living hell out of a convoy undetected (well as ASDIC was being developed, you can imagine the levels of pants soiling when they heard a bunch of em spam torps just to whack the convoy when destroyers weren't sent as escorts with them) and strike another day whereas surface ships have a chance to be singled out and destroyed, the ships didnt happen even though their plans were complete. lolspecs it may be, but you can't deny the ship is one lovely battlecruiser on the levels of Mackensen and Ersatz Yorck as well as the tried and true Derfflingers In-game wise, she's going to be a really strange capital ship: while her guns effectively slate her as a battleship, she can't perform heavy battleship duties such as line fighting and getting close despite packing torpedoes unlike the Twins and Tirpitz, but to offset that, she'll likely be more accurate than any German due to the fact that she's basically a ranged fighter, only getting close enough when the situation demands for it. expected to be citadeled... A LOT. No seriously, 8 inches of belt means you have enough armor to protect yourself from cruisers and this isn't taking into account that Graf Spee has 283mm guns. You have the offensive power of a Gneisenau and given that she's a battlecruiser, expect to wait a lot for the right "SURPRISE MOTHERF-" salvos that either kill cruisers outright or severely damage battleships before you run away like a coward. I can put her as tier 6 but with her AA suite, its gonna be a problem when carriers find you as food. She'll likely have piss poor turn radius and a decent rudder shift although her guns need to be fast as they're quite light... despite packing big guns in a thinly armored turret. Expect 18km+ range for a tier 6 'battleship' and decent concealment in order for surprise uppercuts and getting away with it lest you risk lolcitadels. A fitting name would be 'Oldendorff' but nobody in German military history afaik had a surname like that and legendary people were hard to get as namesakes for battlecruisers so the closest would be Erich Ludendorff who was a notable armed forces commander and regards to stuff that should not be expanded here. Derp.exe must be rebooted
  14. Is there any chance for a 'gun lock' wherein the turrets are properly stowed in the centerline just like at port during a game? Apart from the question of "why though?" that may incur, I think its a sound thing to have as you won't 'technically' be caught off guard after killing an enemy if you stow your turrets properly after the skirmish or even starting the opening phase of the match by unlocking your turrets beforehand and watch them turn together to a direction from that 'stowed' position in the centerline and it also makes ship showcasing look nice as the rear X and Y turrets wont be struggling to face forward during such times (key in point: a segment in Hood's armada video) as well as making the ship look 'clean'.
  15. Thing is, the WW1 dreads had expected inevitable refits as part of their design inquiry. one reason why the US superdreads didnt have that much problems in massive retrofittings is due to the nature of the hull build: the Revenges aren't exactly that as they were an offshoot of the Queen Elizabeths and for the most part, it costs a crapton of money if they decide to put all the effort on that measly dread that may or may not have faster speeds that does NOT have the side effect of making the battleship's seakeeping bad. Note that this is already accepting the fact the battleship having more guns will cramp up the deck some more Its really more on "give the ships a massive refit if they can take it" since Britain simply couldn't shell out the cash to intricately refit the Revenges. At least the Queen Elizabeths were big and they could be retrofitted without so much as very pressing problems.