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Taichunger posted a topic in Off-TopicApril 17 Found that firing out past 20 kms, you can sometimes get as many as one richochet. April 23 Got crew up at 0400 for additional gunnery training. By evening we had managed to fire one additional salvo for a total of three for the day, an increase of 50% over the previous daily average for the last three months. CINCPAC was quite pleased. ADDED: Secondary crews were greatly cheered upon learning that they got three hits on the target at 5.0 kms. I didn't have the heart to tell them they'd actually hit the towing ship instead of the target. Crew morale is important! May 3 New Mission orders received at last! Excited! May 7 Left Pearl early in the AM with TF 58. By noon they had reached Guam, while we were still rounding Holokahiki Point. Much criticism from the TF commander. May 9 Engaged enemy at last! At 13:21 fired a salvo at a Mogami-class cruiser off our starboard bow at 19 kms, but was told to stop firing after first salvo since our shells were hitting friendlies to port. Two hours later received permission to resume firing but were unable to engage as next salvo not yet loaded. At 16:01 attacked by flight of dive bombers, shot down six but they planted three bombs in the ship despite our violent evasive maneuvers and AA. Mysteriously, training appears to have no effect on anti-aircraft accuracy. Engine power fully restored by 2030. Directed to retire to Guam for repairs, exec says at top speed we will be there by August. Feb 2 On Bering Strait Patrol since V-J day. Man this cold war is cooooolllld. March 6 Encountered Russian battleship with strange name, like a vampire or something. Exchange of insults with impertinent Russky. Fired one salvo at his bow at 3 kms, 2 shells shattered, 2 richocheted, others all missed. Russian fired once. Do not know how long I can survive on this ice floe.
So I did a bunch of Co-Op this morning and got the Kansas. Played 10 random games after I put on the perma camo and won 60% of them. It is awful. The reload is so slow you get one shot at a ship before they go behind islands or turn bow on, where you can do nothing to them. You reload is so slow you will not get a lot of seconds shot and you will miss a bunch of snap shot opportunities. The number of kills you will get will go down because you will almost always be in the middle of loading shells when a ship with low HP appears. The awful reload means you will rarely get to finish a ship off. The guns are inaccurate and do mediocre damage which having 12 of them does not make up for unless they are broad to you at short/med range. If you have HE loaded and the enemy ships start to turn around, you will never be able to change ammo type and fire before they are angled again, unless you have Halsey. If you are forced to angle or bow tank you have 6 guns with a 40 second reload- worst in tier 8 - and if you try to get your rear guns into action you will get penned like crazy. Smart players will just kite you and burn you down and if you try to break it off they can turn around and chase you down easily. You are so slow, are such a big target and have such poor reload you cannot kite at all. If a DD gets close enough to torp rush you, you will get 1 shot, most likely with only 6 guns and you will almost always die. Every fire spammer who can will shoot at you. You are the easiest ship in the tier to hit. You only have 1000 more HP than an upgraded NC which is faster, has better guns, better rate of fire and can angle tank far better than the Kansas. You are the slowest tier 8 ship and what you will find is your own team will use you as the meat shield and there is little you can do about. The guns are so bad I have missed easy shots at 8K on broadside cruisers/BB's. It's not just me, strong players on Youtube have had same issue. To sum it up. Awful. I would never get this ship if it was not free and I very unhappy I got the perma camo for it. It would have been better to spend the Tokens on other things. I can think of no reason to play this ship over any other tier 8 BB. It really is that bad. It is worth it to do the directives to get the ship so you don't have to grind the points for it but I would skip the perma camo, I doubt you will want to play the ship enough for it to be worthwhile unless you like the look of it.
Like many, I just got my Kansas with the Golden Eagle camo today and tried it out...and of course, got quite disappointed as many of you as well. Besides the long reload and terrible max speed, here's something else I found unbearable: 1. Dispersion. As a USN BB, she doesn't have the regular dispersion mod on slot 3. With her1.5 sigma, the accuracy is far from being okay. 2. AP profile. The shell weight is around 900kg (10% less than that of her peers like Amagi, NC, or Vlad). This thing, coupled with the mediocre air drag, gives you the lowest penetration profile: 40-60mm less penetration at 15 km. 3. Worse-than average hull armor. 32 mm almost everywhere yields poor HE resistance, despite the fact that the torpedo belt absorbs some HE damage. She also gets a massive massive superstructure with almost 4000 modular HP. In comparison, Vlad has 1900 superstructure hp which quickly saturates. 4. Probably worst Engine power of her tier. Although her accelerating ability has been specially buffed, the overall propulsion is still terrible. There are more specs on this ship that are just average, like the DPM or concealment. The AA is nice though. So basically IMO the only good things in her are the alpha and the citadel protection, which is overwhelmed by these shortcomings...I really hope WG can give an instant buff before people lose interest as they did for British CAs.