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Harugumo armor?

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Had an unexpected opportunity during a game tonight in my Donskoi where I lit up an enemy Harugumo right at about 10km from me.  It wasn't lit long, but I am fairly certain the DD was within ~10 degrees of being fully broadside to me.  I happened to have AP loaded and fired it rather than miss the window for the snap shot.  Out of 12 rounds fired, 6 missed; the other 6 were ricochets.  What??

Nearly fully broadside DD bounces 180mm AP moving at 950m/s?  I know my aim wasn't perfect, but how does this even happen?  What the hell is the Harugumo made of??

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Judging by your description, which as I may add is not necessarily accurate, your shells would be fairly capable of bouncing from the deck of the Harugumo.

But to be 100% certain I‘d need more info, preferably screenshots or replays.

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Pretty sure Harugumo's made of typical DD armor - that is, 19mm pretty much everywhere.

As such, Donskoi's 180mm guns don't overmatch it, so if you hit a surface inclined at more than 60 degrees, you bounce off.  Note that the 60-degree angle doesn't have to be in the horizontal, that is left-to-right... it could easily be in the vertical, that is steep-versus-shallow, instead.

Since Donskoi's guns have fast and flat trajectories, and the listed range is mid-to-short range, I'd bet your half-a-dozen ricochets were off of horizontal surfaces like the main deck.  A bit unlucky that you didn't land hull or superstructure hits, but it can happen.

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8 hours ago, SireneRacker said:

Judging by your description, which as I may add is not necessarily accurate, your shells would be fairly capable of bouncing from the deck of the Harugumo.

But to be 100% certain I‘d need more info, preferably screenshots or replays.

Oh I realize the description wasn't necessarily accurate - it was a heat of the moment thing and the window for the shot was only seconds.  Had my guns not already been pointed that way I would have missed the chance altogether.   I was just shocked that the shots bounced - so shocked I didn't even think about deck hits or even checking the replay.  I should have gone back to look at the replay, but it was getting late.  I may look at it later. 

That Harugumo wound up costing us the victory, too. 

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