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  1. When crazy so good that the Brits stopped and looked in awe Ops and Cerberus camo for the Twins and Prinz Eugen when~?
  2. EvyL

    Operation Cerberus/the Channel Dash

    I'm referring to Tirpitz as she was called The Lonely Queen of the North, doubling down that since Norway is usually associated with fjords, ice and cold when it does snow, its fitting to call her the Frozen Queen
  3. As I'm a fan of the Scharnhorsts, I suddenly remember I didnt cover their great GTFO that still brings facepalms and impressions all the same so why not? I PRESENT TO YOU THE CHANNEL DASH Goddamn Cerberus is such an epic name for an op that involves running back to mommy after the Limeys threw rocks at their toys... RUN BOY RUN! THIS WORLD IS NOT MEANT FOR YOU! As per the bit I would really counter people who say that the Germans sub cheesing the Atlantic is the best method while the surface ships being pirates are inferior in the role of commerce raiding, piracy was scary BECAUSE merchantmen saw the jolly roger on a pirate ship that then proceeded to open fire if boarding was impossible. As it happened on the German raiders: the sub's threat is the fear on where it would ambush the convoy or in the worst case scenario, getting sighted by a wolfpack that but a surface raider's threat is evident enough when it appears over the horizon and starts blasting the crap out of merch ships. Also attempting to counter them is way different as the sub is dead meat if ASDIC hears them and the escorts start depth charge saturation to either kill it underwater OR force it to surface and THEN kill it whereas a surface raider only needs to get the hell out of dodge to a friendly port before the heavier ships respond to blast them. So it happened that Scharnhorst and Gneisenau were in French ports and used em as staging points for piracy shenanigans along with some of the raiders that werent with Tirpitz up north. Normally Bismarck would have joined them after getting repaired in the St Nazaire docks since Tirpitz at that time would either be just recently finishing fitting outs or about to start the strenuous shakedown but thanks to a battlecruiser and a really new post-dread dying and being moderately maimed respectively, the Brits went full ANGERY and ganked the battleship close to French coasts. And when the Brits saw them there, the plane spam began in earnest. how to scare the shit out of merch ships: see a warship type silhouette over the horizon that reveals itself as a Scharnhorst Daylight bombing to the gritty bomber pilots sometimes being dragged to the new ass B-17's because MURICA was utterly ridiculous and would likely ought to spray the instigator of that mad idea with fire retardant but dropped a crapload of bombs during several heavy sorties that damaged Prinz Eugen, the Twins, a bunch of destroyers and some of the E-boats stationed in the coastline and somehow, mustache boy wanted them to come back to Germany because it was only a matter of time for the ships to take a crippling hit when they're within bomber range, and adding the fact that the Luftwaffe were kinda running thin in fighters during this time because Russian YAKs and those rage inducing IL-2's are quite pesky, so the order was given to get the hell out of dodge and back to Germany where flak is heavier than in France, and if they survived the gauntlet, be ready to act in Norway because the Brits might have this silly idea of attempting a naval incursion there. This guy was running the battlegroup, Admiral Otto Ciliax. Unique commander when WG It would have been fine if not for several things: You're running through THAT in order to cry to mommy with beer in hand faster than circumnavigating the British Isles and pray no sub is skulking nearby The Brits and Germans aren't that dumb not to cram shore dakka near Dover and Calais and you can guess mine spamming is the norm near there, the Brits laying a buttload of it since there was a possibility that shore guns alone and plane spam cant kill any ship jumping through there. The Germans ran mine sweeps and seaborne meteorology by u-boats so that when they DO run there, they grind with least resistance and hopefully way away from the scrambling bombers and torpedo bombers thats going to inevitably strike the moment they're seen. Behold the Enigma bawks. This had an Army, Navy and Air Force model to write and read secret messages by scrambling the living hell out of them This thing, which was probably the lovechild of a watchmaker, a mathematician, and a precision instruments maker, was, for a time, incredibly complex and was really hard to break but thanks to the Poles who snagged a box and that time when brave sailors YOLO'd into a sinking sub that failed to be a pirate to snag a navy box AND the code books to go with it, got broken quite fast. That intact Enigma the Poles smuggled? Made THIS: Its da Bombe. No really, its called Bombe. Due to the fact that the Enigma has a code crunch possibility of several trillion combos, this thing would attempt to crunch the Enigma code by running EVERY POSSIBLE CRUNCH that hopefully struck gold on the then-used settings used by the Germans, and after securing the codebooks, the Bombe was pretty much unraveling every super sekrit code sent... and the Germans didnt know of it. Basically the relay was told and the Brits knew that they were planning a run but the question was when and exactly where. The order was to GTFO back home but it didnt specify when to do so and add the fact that Tirpitz just arrived in her cozy lil fjord, they had to monitor both the units in the French coast and Tirpitz moving one day. The last was the Brits anticipating such a move. They crammed a radar station near the strait so that if a large ship did try to ninja through they would know of it and scramble very quickly. They even stationed some available destroyers that were picketing for subs in the event if it did happen as their surface QRF. pssst Artur, is it a coincidence that this is named Rendezvous and the theme is urgency~? Because this is perfect for this event The battlegroup, consisting of the Twins, Prinz Eugen, and several destroyers and torpedo boats, had a good screen of Luftwaffe aircraft with Bf 109's and the fatter Fw 190's as their fighters, Stukas, and I dunno if there was some present, level bombers, moving up with them from above when they left Brets in the dead of night and somehow did not encounter pickets and patrols as they started the dash. A thing that probably did help the Germans is the fact that they were as silent as the grave. I can't be sure if that bit about how German radar also gives off an acoustic signature via distorted static on the instruments was true (normally a ship should have only two acoustic signatures and that's their propellers and breaking water the bow's making) but as it stood, they were silent in ninja vanishing from France to the point they were signal jamming stuff that when the morning came in, the Brits weren't really that prepared for contact report from radar stations and the RAF Bomber Command was, as a friend put it, had their heads up their asses as they struggled to form an intercepting wing right after Spitfires that returned too reported that they got interdicted by Bf 109's and they saw the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau as well as the escorting ships starting to crank their AA suites which gave the collective cry of "OH SHIT" everywhere at the fact that the German battlegroup was already well underway. Do you hear the tracers whizz in the air? The AA guns go "dakka dakka dakka"? Any nearby British shore guns started firing into the mist at last radar contact pinged only to miss the group which was way beyond the assured radar range for the guns to crunch data on and it was then the RAF Bomber Command scrambled the available Swordfishes along with the Spitfires to attack, wading in the heavy flak just to score a torpedo strike on something just as the German fighter escort had to get back home to refuel. Then ran the British PT boats that were operational and tried their torpedo run which failed with them running back because there are big scary destroyers blasting them. During this time there was a gigantic lolwut on the strike aircraft in Britain since they were expecting the notion that they would have seen this run to the north and THEN arm their shit so it happened that there was no heavy dedicated strike aircraft attacks for a few while until the level bombers were already finalized and were in the air. Then Scharnhorst struck a mine which resulted in her lagging behind before damage control fixed her long enough to finish the gauntlet and the British destroyers nearby attempted a torpedo run but was met with heavy fire from Gneisenau and Prinz Eugen, adding insult to injury being their torpedoes didnt do squat. A second time Scharnhorst got struck by a mine that completely stopped her and Gneisenau got a taste of her first mine strike afterwards but in the end, the group escaped the gauntlet none the worse for wear. Messed up, sure, but they made it back home to Germany for repairs, Scharnhorst taking half a year on hers. If its crazy and stupid but works, it aint both. This daring move was, in my opinion, crazy and risky. There's a good reason why Tirpitz was called The Lonely Queen of the North due to untold brick shitting that will happen would she go full pirate but it also was lul. I mean the only thing the convoys now had to worry about was playing Pin the depth charge on the u-boat which resulted in silly things like improving ASDIC or MAC ships carrying depth charge lugging seaplanes and not on the fear that a surface ship won't just appear out of nowhere and proceed to blast the hell out of merch ships and, on one rare occasion, pulled a fast one on a British battleship because lol for that matter. Sure the Germans kept their ships sort of intact, but this means that they're also trapped there since they couldn't ninja past Greenland anymore now that there are battleships stationed there because of The Frozen Queen is scary. It also didnt really help that Gneisenau wasnearly totaled by a bomb strike afterwards that the order was given to rebuild her to the Gneisenau you see in-game as was originally planned on the Scharnhorsts, also as additional reprisals the Brits made was the Raid at St. Nazaire which the Campbelltown totaled the slipway which was THE only one really large enough to hold the available German battleships. In-game wise, I'm expecting this to be a new German centered event under the scenario name "Cerberus" where you'll need to escort the Scharnhorst and Gneisenau through open water thats also mined as per Dunkirk and like in Empress Augusta Bay/Cherry Blossom, initially limited to German destroyers and cruisers from tier 6 to 8 since heavy waves of aircraft plus the occasional PT boat attack will harass the gauntlet as well as the sporadic destroyer interdiction. PLEASE GIBE ICICLE SCHARNHORST CAMO. Derp.exe has now crashed
  4. EvyL

    KM Tirpitz

    I do try to make the writeups freehand in the hopes of making anyone who does read this be interested in ships, after all~ What I actually went "bruuuh...." over this battleship is the fact that she had an incredible luxury for a battleship, and this is just anchorage to boot. Also the fact that Campbelltown YOLO'd into St. Nazaire's drydock meant she couldnt be a pirate in the Atlantic since that drydock should have been large enough to accommodate her~
  5. EvyL

    KM Tirpitz

    I'm not one to start the New Year with weird shit... but thanks to some wehraboos ruining my day, I'd rather throw it in. Also to rid myself of the salt of not having one. I PRESENT TO YOU THE TIRPITZ Not THIS Tirpitz although this magnificent bastard was the namesake ... I can accept this Tirpitz (commander where) THIS Tirpitz. ALL HAIL THE LONELY QUEEN OF THE NORTH Now in the 30's, the WNT was getting to be constraining in terms of how to battleship and even moreso for Germany who had been severely shafted by the Treaty of Versailles which was basically "you can have x amount of ships and if ship y is too old, you can rebuild to replace them" AND had to abide with the observations which kinda resulted in the Scharnhorsts that sort of passed but was a wee bit undergunned for their liking (honestly would you even try to face a dread with 11 inch guns? as much as the twins were tough as nails, it didnt help the fact that a dread's belt proves too tough a nut to crack and would have to resort to plunging fire or getting close enough for the torpedoes to connect) and so it happened that one of their aging pre-dreads, the Schlesswig-Holstein, had to be replaced so they were building a replacement for it... well two of them that were bigger and pretty much violated treaty observations... but at this point it was bullshit, as the Germans also deemed Versailles bullshit, because the Japanese ragequitted after London II and the "escalation" clause kicked in which sort of got accepted in the norm. The result were the Bismarcks out in the water... not quite. Tirpitz was still in the process of float-out and fitting out when her big sister was up and ready, after all. You can't deny Tirpitz was one sexy ass battleship tbh As with her sister, Tirpitz had 15 inch guns in dual mount turrets in the AB-XY layout, a good load of 150mm guns for her decent secondaries, some 105 DP's, 37mm's and 20mm AA guns for her AA suite and a pair of quad torpedo tubes lugging that lumpy G7a T1 torpedo. She had her protection with nearly 350mm of belt, 80mm of top deck with an additional 120mm of armored deck, 350mm of conning tower and turret and 45mm of bulkhead and could run at 30 kts, 30.8 was her max achieved speed during shakedown. She was still fitting out when she heard that Bismarck was ganked after several Swordfish torpedo runs crippled the battleship and was pretty much combat ready when the steamroll to Norway was planned and so she went there as a poising threat which also meant that British heavy capital ships needed to be nearby since the unnatural fear that Tirpitz may be a tougher nut to crack than Bismarck was there, they had to station some battleships like King George V, Duke of York and the reformatted battlecruiser Renown nearby. Why a battlecruiser was there you might ask? Remember that like Bismarck, Tirpitz was also fast, and with the loss of both Hood and Repulse, Renown became the only fast capital ship the Brits had. Unless you can prove that a 24 kt Queen Liz can catch up to her because she isn't Normandie. Oh and because the Germans started to resort to piracy in an attempt to starve the UK by playing Pin the depth charge on the U-boat and a rousing game of Catch the Convoy by surface ships. BEHOLD THE TRUTH WHY TIRPITZ HAS 12.3KM MAX CONCEALMENT You could say that during her status as a fleet in being up with the Nords, she was damn pampered. She had a heavy AA battery protecting her ass in the fjord, an artificial fog generator to cloudy up the fjord she's in so that the British won't be accurate during bombings. Due to silly things like Bismarck dying, Graf Spee committing suicide and fuel shortages because the long run home that was Cerberus was allocated to the Scharnhorst twins and their surface screen, she was pretty much holed up in her cozy lil fjord in Norway while at the same time making the Brits wary and scared on the potential shit she'll wreck if she goes pirate. And oh how they tried to wreck her, how they so tried~ Now here's the bit I'm actually having a little angst of: When you think of commerce raiding, the sub is pretty much the king of scary and brick defecation but a battleship going pirate has its merits. Sure it eats a lot of fuel in doing so but unlike a sub that needs ambush to sink, a battleship just appears and starts blasting targets then gets the hell out of dodge. its kinda unfair that battleship piracy, especially done by the twins, had 'little effect' when they were priority 1 to kill to the point they'd even send dreads to screen instead of just sending cruisers packing depth charges and turning on ASDIC to cover their asses in the event of a sub attack. Sadly, Tirpitz didnt do notable stuff apart from moving about in the fjords at Norway and attempting to play Chase the convoy which typically resulted in convoy dispersal due to compromised cryptography and had a roll in blasting the crap out of installations, shooting down aircraft whose pilots tried to strike her and her threat level was so great that when word got out that she was trying to intercept PQ-17 which they aborted, the Allies literally sent the toughest escorts on that convoy to intercept the battleship that also had the luck of a Russian sub that attempted to torpedo her. Oh and the carrier Victorious was all over her ass. Then the final strike came in during Catechism where Avro Lancasters (no offense to the Brits, but the Lancaster's nose is UGLY. Why dafuq did you cram the dakka ON TOP OF THE NOSE CONE while you can use THE nose cone as dakka?!) packing Tallboys this time to ensure death and total loss. Behold, a tallboy. This bomb which a Lancaster could carry only one in their bay, was basically a bunker buster bomb that pretty much laughed at underground complexes and these things were used on suspected submarine pens which were pretty immune to GP bombs due to the ground and the depth of earth the bunker is in. AND THEY DROPPED IT ON TIRPITZ. Yes, thats how the Brits were sorely butthurt and eager to see the battleship sink that they'd drop tallboys. I mean would you risk your capital ships just to blast Tirpitz in the fjord that's teeming with mines and shore guns? Oh and the Luftwaffe apparently didnt get info that the battleship moved to another cozy fjord~ Welp. The bombs broke a lot of stuff on Tirpitz including her keel and she capsized right after a large mag det. Rescue teams had to cut through the ship bottom to free the trapped crewmen to boot. In-game wise, this battleship is pretty much Germany's first representative and still continues to hold true to her moniker of The Lonely Queen of the North. Her durability speaks for herself and with the secondary buff, she can have her secondaries fire withering hails much like her big sister without the hydro since she has torpedo tubes for them uppercuts. Cue any kind soul for one plz loljk Derp.exe -nw has crashed.
  6. Well the monitors aren't exactly kitted for blasting the crap out of ships despite carrying big guns themselves since they were simply used to shell targets and a low freeboard ship can potentially put the deck awash constantly if the ocean decides to screw that ship over with big swells
  7. EvyL

    USS Nevada (BB-36)

    Couple of days from now, Pearl Harbor shens (and both spicy and dank memes to go with it) are gonna happen, and I gotta admit, I kinda feel guilty about not making a bad post about the USN's first dread full of grit. I PRESENT TO YOU USS NEVADA (BB-36) ... well, Azur Lane's Nevada could sorta work... THIS Nevada. Well... her refit anyway. When Dreadnought came out, she pretty much changed the entire scene on how to battleship, and even the Americans took notes on how to battleship... well... said how to battleship being how to dreadnought when the Brits rolled out the Queen Elizabeths and for the time, having a dread run absurdly fast apart from new tech was pretty much a solid prospect up there in the drawing board yet here was Queen Liz who did it like a Lady which also added the fervor on how to battleship better, and the Americans were no exception. Sure the New Yorks were good dreads that would theoretically obliterate the living crap out of any surface target they ever so much as plot firing solutions for but they were nowhere near fast nor modern like the newer Queen Liz's were... and add the fact that those dreads were naval battle veterans at this point, Warspite and Malaya getting the hurt... and they were tougher than any battleship the Allies had then due to their 13 inch armor belts which made them pretty much tough-as-nails whereas the other dreads during this period, excluding the battlecruisers because they werent battleships "yet" hurr only had 11-12.5 inches max to make room for EVEN MORE GUNS because broadside obliteration made seamen shed manly tears then. And so came the Nevada. Well... its something to show for. Nevada was protected with 13.5 inches of belt and started running the "all or nothing" scheme, 13 inches of barbette and conning tower with 18 inches of turret as per her modest protection and she had ten 14 inch guns in the AB-XY configuration which was a rather unusual layout for USN dread that removed the P-Q turrets that once occupied the centermost of the ship, some 76mm guns to serve as AA defense which were later changed for DP 5 inch guns as well as the whole AA suite reinforced with 20mm Oerlikons and 40mm Bofors because there can never be enough AA dakka in WW2... NEVER ENOUGH AA DAKKA as fellow battleships North Carolina and South Dakota testify hard. I totally did not leave out the fact that dreads then, Nevada included, had torpedo tubes because reason. The dread could run at about 21 kts which was pretty standard and she had better burners on her boilers which added more efficiency. About the battleship... Remember when I said she was unusual for her AB-XY layout? ... yeeeah. Out of the battleships out there, Nevada at her day was likely the first one running a triple mount turret that wasnt a paper what-if and while the traditional dual mount turrets of turrets B and X respectively were there, turrets A and B were these things. Other thing to note about it was that the Americans didnt really cast a big ass gun more than the 14 inch guns they had and so could liberally cram a gun in the centerline without really much problems like making the turret crew more uncomfortable with stuff like feed trays, rammers, the breech on each freakin' gun and the shell cradles. their counterparts the British and Germans on the other hand crammed out 15 inch guns and you'd need a designer to have a wet dream in that time period to make a triple mount turret capable of lugging those puppies while maintaining the dread's hull specs. Also to note is that, apart from the eyebrow twitching hyperboloid masts, Nevada had pretty much a unified space for the better powerful boilers so she's running a single funnel instead of the two to four found on most ships at that era. A thing to be amused with Nevada is that right after her and Oklahoma were done, she was the first of the "standard type" dreads which was basically "the newer dreads' X Y Z's must be roughly similar to progenitor's X Y Z's but feel free to furiously masturbate on the copious amount of crap you wish to put on future dreads" and her, along with fellow battleships Pennsylvania, New Mexico, Tennessee and Colorado were pretty much all called "standard type battleships" as they weren't that too different to each other, or if you want to be a dramaskub, the "Big Five" American battleships. Cue mad cackling all around. Float! FLOAT YOU MAGNIFICENT LASS! After her trials and fitting out that had a tiny rain check because strong winds and a possibility of a strong storm literally stopped her from going all out in straining herself on her shakedown cruise (which I think is bullshit because Mikhail Kutuzov YOLO'd a storm WILLINGLY during her shakedown and even a tiny ass destroyer like the Benson class Kalk was riding the damn storm she slammed into so why not something heavy as a battleship?), she got her commission and started with her first skipper by the name of Captain William Sims, and yes, this notable gritty individual is also the namesake of the Sims destroyer you know, love and/or hate and spent her WW1 days operating off port since she can't sail into European waters due to the fact she ran oil and the Brits can't into oil at this time so the older dreads ran out to the British Isles as attached units as well as escorting then-president Woodrow Wilson in a luxury liner and spent her days alternating between the Atlantic Fleet and Pacific Fleet which, in the eventuality after some refits and maintenance shens, she stayed there based from Pearl Harbor. All honesty, Nevada's silhouette is fairly easier on the eyes even after she got those lolmasts replaced with tripods. And then WW2 sparked... and this battleship got a good taste of plane spam... right where she slept. Cue Gothic Storm's Rapid Alarm playing full blast as Nevada tries to run. The battleship wasn't fully tethered nor she had a berthmate so she was able to run while her crew started, thankfully one of her boilers was currently roaring likely as a maintenance run that enabled her to run in the process, cranking up the AA guns while being subjected to brutal air attacks before getting so messed up that she had to beach herself to save the ship after eating a torpedo that resulted in a minor list and flooding as well as bombs finding their marks. Apparently the magazines were empty because she was supposed to have new powder and shells so that sort of saved her ass from the bomb strikes in a way... her sister Oklahoma... not so much. If anything, she'd be given a Dreadnought badge after that thrashing. Cue hardcore repair. And GOOD GOD SHE BETTER NOW. She was attached to convoys since the threat of German ships going full pirate was still out there, participated in D-Day as a bombardier that was allegedly the most damaging out of the US dreads participating in Overlord and was with Texas when both dreads were pummeling the living crap out of Cherbourg harbor as the Allies needed it badly because Mulberry ports had their limits on logistics work. Returned to the Pacific afterwards and was pretty much a bombardier and had a second stint with Japanese aircraft with her new AA suite and ended her days as a test target for Operation Crossroads to see if battleships getting nuked wouldn't totally microwave the hell out of the crew which failed miserably: the battleship was still combat worthy after damage control could fix her but IF there's a damage control aboard that floating tomb. In-game wise, I'm expecting the Nevada to be a tier 6 battleship because a standard at tier 5 would be Giulio Cesare 2.0 all over again: she's tough-as-nails, has good guns, can reliably turn on a dime and with her final refit AA suite means she'll make carriers cry. However, to differ from New Mexico and fellow standard Arizona, I'm assuming she'll load marginally faster at 29s, have good dispersion of 2.0 and an AA suite that's similar to New Mexico's as well as improved acceleration for a dread. Derp.exe has crashed
  8. Encountered a strange error where the port is quite okay but when you try to play it closes the client due to an error. a battle within 1815 could not load as of this posting and I am pretty much dead in the water. it appears rechecking the integrity once isn't working and as of this edit, I'm inspecting its integrity for a second time EDIT: the client keeps crashing even when trying to start. its getting unfair that I get slated to be pink when the client forces itself to die at 1921 Uploaded are the reports on this machine as it is using a WGC client 18-10-29-18_20_03_053.zip 18-10-29-18_23_50_788.zip
  9. EvyL

    O-class battlecruiser

    Behavior wise, ain't she practically that? The Americans are even going to great lengths in telling everybody then that the thing was just a big ass cruiser but there will be people who refer to them as such. Its probably gun size they first notice that equates as a battlecruiser for the capital ships. Plenty of skids I noted call the Twins, Dunkerque and Alaska as a battlecruiser and not the overall hull integrity, the same sort of thinking that got through the Pensacolas and Northamptons. In regards to the O's, perhaps it may have behaved as that since the first surefire way the Brits would have reacted was to send either of the Renowns since I get this feeling that they'll hold back Hood for a bit to assess the ship's combat capabilities despite the imperative of this battlecruiser to just simply run while shooting
  10. EvyL

    O-class battlecruiser

    While the Scharnhorst guns were improved from the panzerschiffes, to be fair, the Deutschlands werent the first to pack 28cm guns as those things were present in WW1 on some actual battlecruisers like the Seydlitz or dreads like Nassau, never mind the pre-dreads. Different calibers, but roughly the same barrel diameter. It also gets thrown around that a fast capital ship with guns smaller than 356 gets slapped with "ermagherd is a battlecruiser" despite how beefy the hull is to some apart from the set notion that the Renowns and Hood threw out there as archetype battlecruisers, much like how some refer to the Dunkerque (some docos I saw before refered to the twins as "battlecruisers" likely because small guns) or the Twins in question.
  11. Well, I'm kinda guilty about not badposting the predecessor for the Yorks but why not~? I was kinda holding back because LOTS OF STUFF needed to be sorted on these lumpy things and I wish I had the book by Friedman I PRESENT TO YOU THE COUNTY CLASS CRUISERS Well... one of them here. This is HMS London (69) Well~ Here's the Kent. I SERIOUSLY RAGE AT TRIPLE FUNNELS. Emerald be damned. So there's WNT and there's the cruiser clause that the things need to be within 10, 000 long tonnes and a maximum armament of 8 inches/203mm within the damn clause. And what better way to face the drawing boards than to start crunching how-to's so the damn things will be fine enough so it'll sort of 'work' for the meantime? The result? The County cruisers. Well... almost as a single unified class since this line was slated to have four subclasses... .. the Norfolk being one of them. There were four subclasses: the Kents, the Londons, the Norfolks, and the cancelled Surreys because coffers ran dry hurr need moar better heavy cruisers than the Counties were needed. The Kents made up of the Kent, Berwick, Cumberland, Suffolk, Cornwall and the heavy cruisers for Australia being the Australia and the Canberra. The Londons made up of London, Devonshire, Sussex and Shropshire, whilst the Norfolks included Norfolk and Dorshetshire as well as the Surreys Surrey and Northumberland. While they all belong to the County class because the names are of the UK's counties, and somehow Australia (and NZ) were part of it. No seriously, they called these cruisers "Design A" which meant they probably had more design circlejerking which probably had a lot of crazy lolwats. User HMS_Formidable at NA threw some info raids on these what-if's so feel free to visit there The County cruisers had eight 203mm guns in AB-XY, some 4 inch guns that differed on each ship, a bunch of 12.7mm HMG's and 533mm torpedo tubes whilst their protection had them 4.5 inches of belt which was sort of acceptable at the time with the London and Norfolks having 3.5 inches of belt, about an inch or more of turrets and some decent bulkheads on some of the cruisers and all of em could run at 31.5 kts with the exception of London running 32 because she was sort of lighter. About the heavy cruisers... Apparently there's this weird hullabaloo about how'd they needed the things to conform to their wants and needs that they need a heavy cruiser that was practically their heavy arm when battleships couldnt be afforded to sail in and they needed rapid action as they had offshore colonies... so why not try to tweak the ships in each subclass? That sort of resulted in differing things on each County, the Kents, being numerous, weren't that heavily refitted as they still were fairly "new" in ship standards. London and Norfolk are the 'weird' ones out in the mix as they were different in regards to silhouettes... I mean London had two funnels and a refit that made her look like a flippin Crown Colony light cruiser because their superstructures are decent enough yet... didnt have their planned refitting that made them a bit more tougher compared to the Kents. I now regret as to why I threw the whole class now... Here's London And Shropshire. DIFFERENCES SON! Cornwall sank during the Easter Raid along with Dorsetshire, Canberra had to be scuttled due to heavy damage during the Savo Island brawls and the rest served pretty much well with grit and distinction. In-game wise, I'm actually expecting Kent having three hulls, the 30's hull as hull A, the slightly better hull in '41 or '42 as a Hull B and Hull C will probably combine a mix of both Norfolk and a London which is likely Shropshire since London herself will likely be a premium with the tier being tier 6. the chances are for the County being really OP is divisive at best since 4.5 inches of belt mean that battleships scoff at you and light cruisers close enough like the Nurnberg can hurt you bad and the first heavy cruisers Furutaka and Pensacola can thwack you easy. Badpost.exe has now stopped.
  12. EvyL

    HMS Unicorn (I72)

    I'm not really that fond of carriers but there are those that oftentimes catches one's eye. Gonna revert back to the badpost mode. This carrier actually caught my eye as its one of the unique ships out there and why not badpost the thing? I PRESENT TO YOU HMS UNICORN (I72) oops wrong Unicorn ... close enough... THIS carrier. HUEG ISLAND Why the Brits would use a mythical horse-like animal for a name when they have Greek heroes and words like "Illustrious" is beyond me lmao In the 30's, nobody ever really expected that the carrier would be a very absurd yet effective thing in naval slugfests, but when aircraft tech started evolving and the WNT prevented any battleships that were worth the risk of skirting the damn rules, it was clear that the carrier would be very necessary. It came to two thoughts that prevailed at most in regards to force projection: the battleship IS the force and the carrier can project battleship force ANYWHERE, and the Brits were kinda moderate in both camps, partly because they had gun ships and also they were slowly churning out carriers. It ain't really helping that British carriers weren't exactly fast and you know as well as they did that a carrier's force projection need her to put planes in the air and you can't just simply order that carrier that locked down a good chunk of sector back to port for more planes if they were lost and someone had a very brilliant idea: if the carrier cant reach the stuff she needs, then the stuff should reach the carrier. And repair the messed up planes in situ after delivery of replacement or spare aircraft. And with a flight deck so damaged planes that cant land in their mother carrier can land there. Basically a floating aircraft depot and repair ship for such stuff. I mean it looks like a light carrier, not something that has a workshop on deck to be lugging around planes all day long and eventually repairing them on-site Cue the sound of tea being poured into a cup. The Unicorn could pack about 33 planes in her wing and 80 in her bays and could run at 24 kts, had a very modest AA suite of a pair of 4.5 inch DP guns, some Oerlikons and 2 pdr guns to poke her with something to fight back with early warning radar and HACS (High Angle Control System) in the (unlikely) event of planes getting past the CAP and the escorts' AA suites. Aircraft she on in her WW2 life were Seafires, Fireflies, Swordfishes, Sea Hurricanes and Barracudas. She also had repair facilities aboard so if any aircraft isn't that messed up that she really needs to lug it back to base, she can make it work so meaning that having her around is a total godsend to a carrier task force. NOTE: just because the Unicorn could overall carry nearly 120 planes, most of those aint hers since she's just there to drop it off in a supplying port or link up with the carriers to replace the ones they lost from enemy gunfire or some derp like ditching or deck accidents (if you think deck work was easy on carriers regardless of nation, think again). The only planes she has is those 33 planes in her wing. About the carrier.... While she was still in the slipway, it was somewhat decided that she wouldn't have her full repair suite aboard because reasons and as she was intended to be, this carrier isn't supposed to be doing carrier duties despite her looks being practically a light carrier as proven on the lolwatwai's that happened during Salerno. Do note that her deck can enable planes to land rather than ditch if they were damaged and the carrier was nearby, but its another story altogether if you ask the lumpy thing to keep spamming planes like her colleagues. And here's the bit about them Seafires: while the Spitfire it was derived from was an excellent fighter whose only drawback was the range it had, the Seafire was sort of that... and it wasn't really made for carrier ops. REALLY. While having not that much trouble aboard big carriers like the Illustrious, putting the damn things on Unicorn was pretty much screams of "OH NO!" all around. Because line drawings are nice The Unicorn was planned in 1939 but got pushed back in favor of more pressing ships to finish which had her with a late start as she was sort of done in 1941 and was fully ready at 1943, with delivery runs her forte as well as being the standby and support carrier for the few fleet carriers the UK had. Then came Salerno where she had to be one of the supporting air power in the area since the Regia Aeronautica still had really good fighters being aggressive... and derp started to happen as her limits of being a support and repair carrier came out. Launching repaired planes is one thing, behaving as a light carrier is another... and she had a lot of Seafire accidents and ditches that had contributed to the depletion of fighters in the area that two carriers had to be moved in to Unicorn's location just to provide fighter support. Then finally she was refitted and repaired as per her original duty: repair and service, and headed out to the East along with others led by the battlecruiser Renown. Interestingly, Illustrious was always there for this carrier. She was the respondents when Unicorn was having Seafire trouble at Salerno and she accompanied the carrier to the East. this is why she is her big sister In the East, she pretty much excelled at what she was intended to do, prepping and repairing a crapload of aircraft during the stint of the group moving around in there while delivering planes as well as materiel, was nearby when Japan decided to surrender and eventually saw her days in reserve and eventually scrapping after the Korean War after a hectic day of saving planes, getting adopted by an army unit that she saved, and also running to save a light carrier colleague. I herd some liek lil sister types~ In-game wise, Unicorn will likely be as-is in 1943 but with a really small wing of 33 planes which the planes would likely be: a wing with 4 Seafires or Fireflies, a wing with 5 Barracudas that can be either torpedo or dive bomber or perhaps even both. The chances for Unicorn to work will likely bank on her being the British equivalent of the Saipan at her tier or enable her to repair her squadrons which means if the planes are severely damaged but are not shot down, they will still fly out at full health but this is just conjecture as carriers are still in the process of rework. Derp.exe is now over
  13. I have the heavy cruiser and if you look at it, she's not that much different than her big sister apart from being more tougher with more HP, a bit more AA guns in the suite the repair party which enables her to survive longer. If you're already very accustomed to German cruiser gunnery as well as having experience aboard Admiral Hipper, then Prinz Eugen isn't that much different apart from having this feel of being 'heavier' than her sister, despite the marginal difference of range.
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    USS Wichita (CA-45)

    Thought I might try to make a 'proper' writeup this time since honestly, I'm rather uncomfortable with it as I'm more at home with the "badass of the week" type badposting since I hoped that it might pique the interest of potential shipskubs into digging their own bits~ Cue tl;dr I PRESENT TO YOU USS WICHITA (CA-45) In regards to cruiser designs and concepts, there had been many what-if's that were placed within the design board, never-were's that hid within the nation's archives to be found by information raiders, and compromises on ship designs about to appear, whether they are still in the slipway or paper. Two of such known design compromises within the heavy cruiser branches are of the Italian cruiser Bolzano that had began her keel as a full Trento class cruiser but eventually incorporated some of her successor the Zara's design prospect into herself, and the Wichita. Wichita as she looked like per line drawing The Brooklyn which most of her appearance and silhouette was heavily based New Orleans which she was supposed to become as presented by Astoria As per the Cruiser Act passed by the US Congress, the need was made for both light and heavy cruisers to be four things: stronger, faster, better, tougher. And while the first heavy cruiser they made, Pensacola, didn't match up to what they wanted due to the treaty constraints on cruiser building that was only alleviated during the London 1 amendment to the Washington Naval Treaty, it didnt stop designers to push through which resulted in the Northamptons, Portlands, and the most modern iteration of the US heavy cruiser, the New Orleans. Wichita was supposed to be part of the New Orleans but as internal arguments intensified, the Navy chose the Brooklyn's template, and if bits are to be believed, the St. Louis variant of the light cruiser specifically as the latter is pretty much the refined 'repeat' of the former. However, the elephant in the room is very evident: the Brooklyn is a light cruiser and you'd need to address several aspects of the design to make it into a heavy cruiser. They needed to change that since they weren't fully satisfied with the New Orleans as well although to be fair, as far as treaty cruisers went, the New Orleans was their serving heavy cruiser that was the modern iteration under the treaty rules. After several design tweaks and modifications, they came out with a heavy cruiser under hull CA-45 that was supposed to be a New Orleans yet silhouette and appearance wise, had the air of a Brooklyn aboard her, thus making her a half-sister to both cruisers and pretty much the only "hybrid" cruiser the Americans had. As per 1943 The Wichita was armed with nine newer 203mm barrels which she shared with the upcoming Baltimores in new turrets that allowed individual elevation on each gun, a bunch of DP and SP 127mm guns which is complemented by an AA suite of the DP 127mm guns and M2HB's for close-in fire which was enhance later on with the addition of 40mm Bofors and replacing most of their M2HB's with 20mm Oerlikons. She was protected with about 160mm of belt, arguably the thickest belt on a heavy cruiser that superseded the Zara and the later Baltimores and could run at roughly 33 kts After her shakedown, she was caught in the winds of the opening hostilities of war when Germany attacked Poland and was sent as part of the neutrality patrol, also one of her then-neutral voyages was sailing into neutral ports for a goodwill visit, eventually locating her area of operations to the Atlantic and Europe when she was one of the ships to see Iceland occupied as well as more patrols and convoy runs that intensified when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, one of the convoy runs she was sent to protect was the ill-fated PQ-17 that dispersed in the middle of the journey as there were intelligence reports that the Germans were forming a task force centered on the battleship Tirpitz operating in Nordic waters which failed to materialized and instead sent U-boat wolfpacks and Luftwaffe aircraft to prey on the near-defenseless cargo ships. She also was present during Torch where she also opened fire at the incomplete battleship Jean Bart as well as the Casablanca shore defenses that responded back, combined with a skirmish against French cruisers that were struggling to exit the harbor, had scored a hit aboard her causing light damage. Wichita firing and taking fire during Casablanca After her stint in the Atlantic, she was reassigned to the Pacific operations where she took a torpedo hit that failed to explode and saw heavy cruiser colleague Chicago sink during Rennell Island, was a shore bombardier in Kiska during the Alutiens Islands campaign where she had a momentary embarrassment of 'phantom targets' pinging in her sensors in the night wich resulted in her and her colleagues promptly blasting empty waters in the night when they found out via recon plane near Kiska. Afterwards she was reassigned to several task forces as heavy AA screen and/or shore bombardier that also saw her join the raid at Truk during Hailstone, shell targets off the Caroline Islands and Saipan, also took her aircraft kills during the Battle of the Philippine Sea as a heavy AA screen and plastered Guam and also had her duties within the Philippines as an AA screen as well as screening badly damaged cruisers Canberra and Houston, the latter taking a second torpedo strike. Wichita also holds the moment of a heavy cruiser in WW2 that shelled an aircraft carrier along with her colleagues during the Leyte Campaign, most notably at Cape Engaño where she shelled the light carrier Chiyoda and plastered destroyer Hatsuzuki and took damage that caused a fire that needed intensive repair soon after, and afterwards participated as a heavy AA screen and bombardier during the Okinawa campaign, had a short duration in Japan and some escort runs and finally ended her career with 13 stars and serving as one of the hybrid cruisers in the war. Wichita bombarding Okinawa in-game wise, Wichita is going to stand in tier 8 as mentioned by the devblog and even back then, fanta-stat guys were crawling all over her as a tier 8... and honestly, she's one heavy cruiser I would really REALLY love to get due to her records as well as the fact she's a hybrid cruiser... assuming if WG paints her gold Derp.exe is over Man this feels awkward.... AL Wichita because reason Wichita and Wasp at Scapa Flow Wichita as per 1945