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  1. Awful looking permanent camo...

    I'll take historical camo over some game developers failed attempt at abstract painting. I mean honesty, some of the camouflage WG produces is just awful to look at (e.g., Halloween camo; Christmas camo).
  2. I imagine this ship is going to go through extensive testing given the new consumable. So, I doubt the numbers will remain the same when the ship is released.
  3. Gasgone ?

    I agree with what others have posted as you should read LWM's review. In my experience, the Gascogne is a fun ship but she takes a lot of patience to play and play well. Her armor scheme is forgiving but her guns can be irritating.
  4. Bois- Nueve de Julio...?

    True, but the RN gets the OP cruiser were as USN has to toil away with a bunch of meh boats.
  5. Agreed, especially in high tier matches. I've had a fun time with the Abruzzi but it is not for everyone.
  6. I purchased the Abruzzi on Friday and I have been playing it most of the weekend. I believe a few points about the ship need to be made- (1) LWM has it generally correct in that the Abruzzi requires a lot of patience to be successful. (2) It needs to be stressed that tier 7 cruisers are not in a great place with the exception of the Belfast and Fiji. I do believe comparing any ship to the Belfast is inappropriate b/c the Belfast is near, if not actually, OP. (3) I found most of my success with the Abruzzi on the flanks. (4) The Abruzzi is fast. So, in some maps, the Abruzzi can place herself in a good position to fire on enemy DDs trying to cap. Paired with a gunboat DD, the Abruzzi can do a lot despite the lack of a radar. (5) Abuse the concealment. Being a HE spammer is going to get you killed. These are just my thoughts. In Random, I believe the Abruzzi is a fine ship and it is closer to the "good boat" rating LWM uses when writing her reviews. In competitive, the best ships still remain Fiji and Belfast.
  7. The Yasan class may be good, but there is only one in active service. The remaining ships in the class have either been launched or still under construction. As for the CV refit, remember, the question was whether at this time (not in the future) can any European navy stand up to the Russian navy. As of now, the Russian CV has reliability issues. Whether a modernization/refit will solve those problems will remain to be seen.
  8. The age of a naval vessel is not the only factor to consider in this situation. The USN generally keeps their ships more up to date in relation to other navies. Further, US navy has more resources to conduct naval exercises than other nations. Russia's naval woes are well known. Sure, can Russia build and field a fairly modern naval ship? Yes. But can they do so at a large scale to wipe out a European navy? I have my doubts. Moreover, your example that Russia did not have a problem in Georgia misses the fact that that was generally a land war. The USN has yet to struggle in any conflict in obtaining dominance of the ocean or coastal areas.
  9. No European nation can match the Russian navy in size on paper. However, capability and readiness are entirely different question. Russia subs that are holdovers from the cold war are generally in poor repair. In addition, Russian's only CV notoriously breaks down to such a consistent degree that the ship rarely leaves port without a tug boat near by to assist in case of emergency. France and England, combined, do possess a generally well rounded Navy that could keep Russian naval forces at bay.
  10. I used the Kidd and NC and got to Rank 10 quickly. With regard to the Kidd, keep in mind she is a cap control/DD hunter. Unlike other DDs, her ability to deal with BBs is very weak. In addition, you have to be careful on how you handle a Lo Yang. Essentially, you have to bait it to (1) smoke up, and (2) engage it's hydro. A bad Lo Yang driver will get cocky and try to hunt you, which is what you want. The Kidd can trade hits with a Lo Yang and come out on top. If a Lo Yang beats you to the cap, then you have to be patient and wait fort it's Hydro to end.
  11. Asashio Incoming!

    What is the deal with this ship? It looks like a steaming turd. All it can do is torp BBs that sail in a straight line. It can't do crap against a cruiser and it cannot contest a cap without a lot of support. When this steaming turd is released, I'm going to run my best DD killing ships and make any player that buys this barge regret the $40 plus dollars they paid.
  12. Premium Ship Review: Asashio

    Thanks for the review. I’ll run my Kidd to hunt this turd down.
  13. I'm a BB main but I've only played the RN line up to KGV. I find spamming HE neither fun nor interesting.
  14. Premium Ship Preview: Asashio 0.7.2

    I never understood WG's issue with the BB population. First, BBs were always going to be destined to be a popular branch. Despite many BBs having "meh" wartime careers, BBs were capital ships and tend to be relatively famous compared to their cruiser and DD counterparts. Even carriers, which did the bulk of work in WWII, were not as well-known as many BBs (e.g., Arizona v. Enterprise). Second, the other classes are sometimes just downright punitive to play at certain points in the tier progression. Playing a cruiser in the tier 5 to 8 range can be a struggle given that many cruisers can be one shot by a BB. The only cruisers I can recall playing between tier 5 and 8 that I thoroughly enjoyed was the Fiji, Belfast, Prinz Eugen (I don't know why b/c I hated the Hipper), Cleveland, and the French premium. If WG wants to attract players from BBs, then giving cruisers some love might help. And let's not talk about CVs...