Hello everyone! For past 2-3 days, Wot-news.com was running a review thread of the new artillery. I decided to translate some of it (well, not literally, I will add some comments) in hope it will bring the prospective arty players (who should should be summarily sacrificed to Khorne would like to try the British arties) some info to decide, what’s what. Author (tester): Madspider British arty review As everyone knows by know, patch 8.7 will bring the British artillery. It’s a whole new branch, that looks basically like this: Tier 2 – Loyd GC (150XP and 3900 creds) Tier 3 – Sexton II (1350XP and 49000 creds) Tier 4 – Birch Gun (5250XP and 152000 creds) Tier 5 – Bishop (14750XP and 405000 creds, 19600XP when researched from Valentine) Tier 6 – FV304 (31000XP and 930000 creds) Tier 7 – Crusader SP (64750XP and 1440000 creds) Tier 8 – FV207 (118200XP and 2730000 creds) Tier 9 – FV3805 (202000XP and 3560000 creds) Tier 10 – Conqueror GC (267000XP and 6100000 creds) Loyd GC A proposal to mount a 76.2-mm gun on the chassis of the Loyd Carrier artillery truck. Developed from 1940 through 1941. No prototypes were manufactured. This vehicle is characterized by very thin armor, good speed (which it can however reach only when going downhill) and good traverse angles. The rest of the properties however are pretty sad and the gun is mediocre at best, not being really good in any respect. Hull armor: 7/7/7 Hitpoints: 80 Hull turnrate: 22-24 deg/sec Traverse: +30, -15 degrees Viewrange: 320m Radiorange: 250-375m Maximum speed: 48 km/h Gun: QF 13Pr Mk.III (42 pen, 165 dam, 6,67 ROF, 0,8ACC, 5s aimtime) Shell range: 508m Crew: 3 Armor model: Sexton II Modification of the Grizzly tank, mounting the British 25-pounder field howitzer. Mass production was launched at the Montreal Locomotive Works in Canada, with 2150 vehicles manufactured from 1943 through 1945. A decent, but unremarkable arty piece. Her “brother”, Sexton I, is going to be a premium vehicle and is very similiar to this arty (the only difference is the engine, Sexton II has a 460hp one, while the premium Sexton I only has a 390hp one). This vehicle kinda resembles the US M7 and M37. It has a good gun and relatively good mobility, plus a really good armor as a bonus (during its testing, one player was able to acquire steel wall with it, when facing the Panzer IC) Hull armor: 50/38/38 Hitpoints: 140 Hull turnrate: 18-20 deg/sec Traverse: +25, -15 degrees Viewrange: 330m Radiorange: 400-550m Maximum speed: 40,2 km/h Gun: QF 18pdr (42/65 pen, 260/170 dam, 5,45 ROF, 0,78ACC, 5,5s aimtime) QF 25pdr (44/92/71 pen, 280/180/180 dam, 5 ROF, 0,76ACC, 5,5s aimtime) Shell range: 1051m Crew: 6 Armor model: Birch Gun The first SPG originally designed in Great Britain. Development started in 1923. The prototype was built on the basis of the Vickers Medium Mark II in 1925. A few prototypes were manufactured, and underwent trials starting in 1925. The project was canceled in 1928 due to lack of interest by the British government. First and only British SPG with a turret – if that thing can be called a turret at all. It’s basically a cool cabriolet, that made its way to tier 4 od the British SPG branch. It uses the same guns as the previous Sexton, they just fire a bit faster and are a bit more accurate. The HE shells of the top gun are a problem however – while they are sufficient to destroy enemies of tier 2 to 4, they lack penetration to destroy tier 5-6 enemies (the tester fired 6 premium shells at KV-2 and has done 0 damage). The only way to play it is with the AP rounds, with all their joys, such as “that one bounced”, detracks and 0 damage crits. Even that is however better than constant useless dings of the HE shells. Hull armor: 6/6/6 (yes, practically no armor, how terrible…) Hitpoints: 190 Hull turnrate: 16-18 deg/sec Traverse: 360 degrees Viewrange: 340m Radiorange: 400-550m Maximum speed: 45 km/h Gun: QF 18pdr (42/65 pen, 260/170 dam, 6,82 ROF, 0,74ACC, 5s aimtime) QF 25pdr (44/92/71 pen, 280/180/180 dam, 6,25 ROF, 0,72ACC, 5s aimtime) Shell range: 1051m Crew: 6 Armor model: Bishop Developed by Birmigham Carriage and Wagon in June 1941 on the basis of the Valentine II infantry support vehicle. From 1942 through 1943, a total of 149 SPGs were produced. In general the vehicle was unsuccessful. The vehicle was used for training purposes since 1943. This arty is based on Valentine. It looks like a KV-2 and Valentine crossbreed in fact. The chassis belongs obviously to the Valentine tank – with a boxy construction on top of it. If you expect a turret however, you will be disappointed – the casemate construction is rigid and the gun itself has a horrible, horrible traverse arc, only 4 degrees! Furthermore, this vehicle has a horrible range of only 499m, which is worse than the tier 2 arty has. When you fight on this vehicle for the first time, you are in for a shock: it’s somewhat slow and huge (this arty sticks out, literally) and with no traverse, it an simply fire only forward. Frontal armor is not bad for a tier 5 arty (60mm), but it doesn’t save this vehicle. The top gun has only one type of ammunition (which kinda sucks in both penetration and damage). Really, not a good vehicle overall. Hull armor: 60/50/60 Hitpoints: 350 Hull turnrate: 20-22 deg/sec Traverse: +4/-4 degrees (!) Viewrange: 300m Radiorange: 400-550m Maximum speed: 24 km/h Gun: QF 25pdr (44/92/71 pen, 280/180/180 dam, 6,82 ROF, 0,68ACC, 4,5s aimtime) QF 4.5in How (57 pen, 450 dam, 4,65 ROF, 0,72ACC, 4,5s aimtime) Shell range: 499m Crew: 4 Armor model: FV304 Prototype light SPG developed by Vickers. Development started in 1947. However, the prototype was not manufactured until 1953. The design of the SPG was already obsolete by this time, and the project was canceled. This is basically not even an arty vehicle, it’s a scout in disguise, equipped with a howitzer and the guy who tested this vehicle had the feeling that it will get a lot of XP for scouting, instead of dealing damage. The vehicle indeed is “original”, but it’s practically impossible to play it as classic arty. It’s possible that the developers ran out of ideas and basically inserted a TD and a LT on tiers 5 and 6 and did set them up as arties, because neither of these vehicles plays as a regular arty. Hull armor: 25/25/25 Hitpoints: 280 (! that’s less than the tier below) Hull turnrate: 22-24 deg/sec Traverse: Continue reading →

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