Hood was not intended to be an AA ship in her 'as sunk' incarnation.
However, there were proposals to rebuild her along the lines of HMS Renown with 10x 4.5in twin mounts and several 8x 40mm PomPom pods. Another proposal gave her 6x 5.25 twin mounts for the same purpose.
This never happened as war broke out before the rebuild could be initiated.
Please note: "along the lines of HMS Renown".
Renown WAS rebuilt as an anti-aircraft battlecruiser.
Now, Wargaming in its wisdom has made HMS Hood an AA battlecruiser.
Even though her in-game hull has not been rebuilt "along the lines of HMS Renown".
So what does this make Renown?
Given HMS Renown was the real-life anti-aircraft carrier escort battlecruiser in her 1939 rebuild configuration, perhaps Wargaming can now distort her to become ...
- Give her super-buffed AP shells (15 in equivalents to the RN cruiser line's fantasy 6in shells?) to make her a Yamato killer?
- How about padding out her seaplane capacity/cooldown, to give her a supporting reconnaissance role? (Taking Ise's 'flavour)
- What about giving her radar and hydroacoustics to make her the ultimate smoked destroyer/cruiser killer (Taking Warspite's unrequited Narvik flavour)
Edited by HMS_Formidable, 19 May 2017 - 12:21 AM.