Hello everyone, as the older readers probably know, Czechoslovak branch in World of Tanks is sort of my “pet project” for various reasons. It is also one of the upcoming branches in the European tech tree (late 2015) – altogether, I’ve been working on it from like January 2012 (Tuccy wrote a post about the Czechoslovak branch in March 2012 based on my first attempt and then I based my work on his old proposal), so there’s enough data to implement a lot from it. That however brought an issue with it – the old posts I made in early 2013 are now for all intents and purposes obsolete and they sometimes mislead people. Plus, as we all know, a lot has changed since 2013 – for example, in late 2012, there was still no tier 10 artillery. That’s why my original work needs some serious updating. Currently, I am working with the following statements, that have been at one point or another confirmed to be either very likely or completely true: - European tree will come at one point (confirmed) - it will consist of separate national branches (crews situation was not decided yet, but likely the player will choose the nationalities) - one (or alternatively more) of these branches will belong to Czechoslovakia - Italian branch of medium tanks should look like this - copies of existing tanks should be avoided Based on the statements above, I did split the branch into three “sections”: - regular tanks (Czechoslovak projects, vehicles produced in Czechoslovakia and modified by us) - premium tanks (mostly prototypes or projects or existing tanks with modifications) - captured/foreign tanks (unmodified tanks Czechoslovakia used at one point or another, this group is completely optional and quite frankly pointless, it’s there as some sort of “last resort” (and for the sake of tree completion), I do not expect ever to see any tanks from that group in the game) The branch is made in a form of the “old tree” – I really hate the horizontal tree design, but it’s just a collection of branches, that could work with one another. Here’s how it looks: Details follow: The Main Medium Branch The main branch (and only or first – if there are more – to be possibly implemented) is the branch, ending with TVP. I am sure that by now, if you are interested in the Czechoslovak branch, you are familiar with the concept of the T-50/51 (tier 10 TVP). Its tier 10 has following characteristics: Armor: Turret: front cca 112mm, sides and rear 84mm Mantlet: near the gun 306mm, otherwise 93mm Upper frontal plate: 93mm at 30 degrees from horizontal = 186mm EFF Lower frontal plate: 84mm at 45 degrees from horizontal = 119mm EFF Hull sides: 75mm Weight: 40 tons Engine: 1000hp V16 AHK/AXK diesel (25 hp/t) Top speed: 60 km/h Gun 100mm AK1 autoloaded There are multiple (well, shitloads) of gun choices, the guns could historically fire all sorts of ammo including the Soviet one… well, for easier comprehension, just think of it as an equivalent of the top Soviet medium tank, only autoloaded. This is how this vehicle looked like (render by Giganaut): As you can see by the stats, the project was quite a beast. Not as fast as the Batchat 25t, sure, but it had some armor. The program started very early after the war, with tier 8 and 9 being other variants of the Czechoslovak post-war medium tank development (one by Škoda, one by Praga). As I wrote above, many guns were considered, one of the more exotic ones being the German 88mm, the early variant with this gun is in the proposal as a (possible) tier 8 medium tank (here it’s worth noting that along with Sweden, Czechoslovakia is pretty much the only country capable of putting tier 8 premiums on the table). The rest of the line is pretty straightforward – early LT Vz.35 and Vz.38 (considering those two were the most important designs we had, they are in the main branch both, despite one being by Praga and one by Škoda). ST Vz.39 on tier 4 was chosen over Š-IIc (T-21) simply because the Hungarians already have one T-21 as “Turán” and I was trying to avoid clones as much as possible. T-24 is clear tier 5 candidate (lackluster, but solid) and historically buffed T-25 is on tier 6 (the most notable change being historical penetration buff (current T-25 penetration in the game is nerfed) and the 75mm A18 gun having an autoloader). Tier 7 is a Konštrukta upgrade project for the T-34/85, consisting of two new turrets, a 100mm gun (and possibly an autoloader variant, that was considered as well). WTF is the T-34/76 and T-34/85 line? Here, I was torn a bit. As you can see, on one hand, the T-34 clones are not needed and I don’t want them in the tree (the 76mm variant is a pure clone, the 85mm variant, there was an autoloader developed for that as well at ZTS Martin, but otherwise a clone). On the other hand, these two tanks are very historically important, because Czechoslovaks fought on them and you can’t have some historical battles – such as the Liberation of Kiev od Dukla – without them (if you want to keep it historical anyway). Maybe they would be better off as premiums (or even in the “clone” section). The Škoda Š-IIc (T-21) was put there as a “bridge” between Hungarians and us (leading to Turán) and the T-12 (a development of the LT Vz.35 with a larger gun) is there simply because it was made by Škoda and there is a logical continuation between LT Vz.35 and T-12. Overall, this entire branch could go away, but as I said, there’s a reason it’s there. Light line The light line is also pretty straightforward. Tier 2 and 3 were mass-produced (there is an entire series of Praga export tanks, I’m going to write about them in near future) and both were by Praga. Tier 4 is a bit more problematic (it’s a post-war development of T-15 with sloped armor, it was actually built), tier 5 and 6 are pretty attractive light tanks with 47mm to 75mm autoloaders. This is the TNH 57/900 (57mm autoloaded gun on TNH chassis with an upgraded engine) for example. I really, really like the way this tanks looks, it’s just… pretty :) There is a possible candidate for tier 7… but it’s very, very odd and I am not sure it would work. Basically, it was a proposal to put a huge engine into the Hetzer, some optics and to make it a scout Continue reading →

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