Cruisers; Steel, Paper, or Fiction?
In the wake of German battleships finally hitting the servers today, the unveiling of the British (Light)Cruiser Line, I thought I'd make this little chart. When talking about ships, particularly high-tier ones, the 'paper ship' slur gets thrown around a lot(especially around the Russians), as if these ships were purely fictional. that isn't quite that case, though some of the ships in WoWs seem to be...
In any event, i decided to create this handy-dandy chart. Basically, what it's for is to keep track of the ships(just cruisers for the moment, more later) we have in WoWs, and just how 'real' they are. I'm only doing line ships, as premiums kinda exist for the 'wow-that's-cool-but-probably-not-gonna-fit-in-a-line' ships(mostly).
I have four categories at the moment;
Green = Ships that were built and saw service
Violet = Ships that were partially constructed, but were destroyed/scrapped before completion
Blue = Paper ships in the purest sense, existing only as blueprints, but never constructed.
Orange = I dunno. No, really, i don't know. These are the ships I can find nothing on, and as far as I know are pure fiction constructed by WG to fill tree gaps, which, I guess, if it's necessary, it's necessary. I'm not going to blame them for it if they couldn't find anything, so long as the fictional ship doesn't take the place of a real one.
USN, RN, IJN, VMF, & KM are all the ships were currently that are confirmed and in. The RM & MN lines(Indicated by the reddish color) we don't know, and are just based off of community speculation. The French one has holes in it, because I frankly don't know a lot about French WWI and pre-WWI cruisers, and for the tier X, I dunno what would go there. So for now, you can kinda ignore them if you want.
This chart is open to edits! If you guys have anything to add or to fix, then do comment, and I'll edit it! For example, I think I've seen someone mention the Orlan as actually being a design, but I can't find anything on it so for now I've put it as fiction, not a blueprint. Additionally, I know there were loads of Soviet ships that got laid down, but were never completed, so if that's any of the classes I have listed as purely blueprints, fire away!
My other "Steel, Paper, or Fiction?" Threads:
Edit 1: Yorck changed from Orange to Blue. She is a version of the Entwurf I/10 cruiser design, and appears to be slightly modified by WG, although still retaining the same shape/layout. Pointed out by crzyhawk.
Edit 2: French cruisers have been updated, keep in mind, these are just specualtives. Beautemps-Beaupré, a variation of the Bougainville-class aviso, has been added as the tier I. She's purple, as she was laid down but not completed. Jurien de la Gravière is added as the tier II cruiser as well, the last French protect cruiser, free because she was built and operated during WWI. Both brought up by Lord_Magnus. Also, at tier X, I've put in the C5 SA1 design, which is to St. Louis what Des Monies is to Baltimore. Similar ship, but auto-loaders! Well, semi at least. Same 10 rpm at Des Monies, supposedly.
Edit 3: Wargaming announcement! French cruisers have been announced, much of the placement I had previously was correct, although Suffren isn't present, instead Algérie was dropped to tier VII. There are a couple of blueprint vessels, and an unknown, but I'll go into more detail in the update post.
Edited by Phoenix_jz, 07 March 2017 - 08:41 PM.