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  1. thehelmsman

    Mouse's Little White Christmas Reviews #2: Dreadnought

    Would have been an instabuy on her own, regardless of actual capability.... but I can wait. Thanks again, LWM! --Helms
  2. thehelmsman

    Mouse's Little White Christmas Reviews #1: Vanguard

    Your efforts are appreciated as always, LWM!" I like this idea! --Helms
  3. thehelmsman

    Jean-Bart has Arrived in Arsenal/Premium Shop

    Okay, this thing is really frickin' good. I was on the fence about paying cash for it (since I'm trying to save up coal for Salem), but with the 30% off coupon bringing this ship down into tier 8 price range.... NO REGRETS. Laser accurate, fast as hell, and ridiculous AA. Absolutely worth it at that price. --Helms
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    Comfortable Pictures of BB doing BB things

    Seven citadels. 86786 damage. One dead Montana. Ah! Ah! Ah! Ah! --Helms
  5. thehelmsman

    Premium Ship Review #111: Jean Bart

    Only in this game. Warplanes had the XF-85 Goblin a while back. Though it is worth noting that both premiums could be earned for free in-game by completing a rather tedious grind, as well. I was expecting a free exp sink, like almost everybody else, but I suppose the price tag is okay given that the paywall can be bypassed with enough determination. Or rather, the cash store is a way to bypass the grindwall for those with more disposable income than time and patience. Either way, I don't mind it too much. --Helms
  6. It's not even the first one. The XF-85 Goblin was, over in World of Warplanes (you know, that red-headed stepchild game nobody plays), if I recall correctly. --Helms
  7. thehelmsman

    Assashio Anti-Battleship

    Because the torpedoes are absolutely worthless vs the two enemies you're most likely to have to deal with when trying to contest caps: cruisers and destroyers. If you get jumped by either of those, you're basically screwed. Asashio cannot reliably flip caps unless there aren't any enemy DD left to challenge it. --Helms
  8. thehelmsman

    Thanks WG - free Z-23 permacamo

    Oh, man, that's actually really cool looking. --Helms
  9. thehelmsman

    Buffalo — American Tier IX cruiser.

    No, it's there to punish broadsides, which you can get in the same way any other cruiser does: by going dark and moving into positions the enemy does not expect to receive incoming fire from. Mostly because it handles like a slug and doesn't have the firing arcs to compensate for it. Also it has slower reload than Baltimore does, which means you are actually WORSE than Balti when you have to bow in and can only bring your front guns to bear. Des Moines is epic, though. Worth hanging in there. --Helms
  10. thehelmsman

    Farragut — American Tier VI destroyer.

    Farragut is really squishy and in my humble opinion needs Survival Expert more than Superintendent. I find I rarely actually go through all of my smokes in an average game, to say nothing of speed boosts. Sometimes I miss having that extra smoke, but not often. The synergy between Survival Expert and Adrenaline Rush is really nice, and helps keep you in the game longer so you can actually make use of the DPM those guns put out when you're running low on health. Priority Target, Last Stand, and Concealment Expert are must-have skills for most destroyers, except for concealment in the case of the high-tier Russian gunboats. --Helms
  11. thehelmsman

    Tashkent - the new russian trollboat

    It's better than the Khab because it gets to beat up on tier 7s. --Helms
  12. thehelmsman

    Comfortable Pictures of BB doing BB things

    Not to poo-pooh your Double Strike (well done!) but at that range, dispersion doesn't tend to troll too much, and if you miss, it's your fault! --Helms
  13. thehelmsman

    Prinz Eitel Friedrich Preview

    Why do I need to shoot at stationary targets with it? I do just fine shooting at moving targets. I ran Aegis in it a few months back, I pulled 191k and 6 kills. And the only reason I dragged it out, after having not played it in probably 5-6 months prior, was to prove some guy wrong that was complaining that it was crap and couldn't hit anything and only did 17k. It's not that hard, you just have to mind your effective combat range, which is a bit shorter than some other tier 6 battleships. But you're plenty fast, stealthy, and tanky enough to get nice and close. Bayern shines from about 6-11km, where its armor holds up very nicely and the inconsistent dispersion of its main battery is less of an issue. --Helms
  14. thehelmsman

    My Great 8 - 24 Box Haul

    This is how I look at it, too. I've bought most of the premiums that have been released, and have only regretted one or two of them in all that time. Maybe I'm fortunate, but $100 isn't that much in the grand scheme of things, and I get way more return-on-dollar-spent playing this game than I do going out and spending that money on a bar tab or something like that. --Helms
  15. thehelmsman

    Prinz Eitel Friedrich Preview

    Oooooooh, that looks good. And scary, for mid-tier cruisers Eeeh. Only if you try to sit at range instead of closing to ~10-11km like you should. It's got great concealment, good armor, and solid maneuverability to allow you to do this. Bayern's guns are a bit finnicky, but they're not the worst BB guns in the game by any stretch. That dubious distinction easily belongs to Mikasa. --Helms