Where were we. Right. The Russkies are coming. Again
WE FIGHT THE COMMUNIST INFILTRATORS
Kk, the Russkies are disappointing us and they are completely failing to get this war starting. Well, I guess I can use the extra funding to develop some complete memery of a BB. But I'll need to wait some months for the end of our expansion.
Spiffy! Parasite aircraft.
Parasite aircraft are one of those ideas that kept floating around for decades,
and both the British and the Germans ran quite a lot of experiments on the subject before petering out in the late 30ies: the concept of parasite airplanes from airships
was completely functional, but several accidents and the lack of interest killed the project. Parasite fighters from bombers
were another thing, and even had limited military use on the Eastern Front (in 1941 from the side of the Soviets and in 1945 for the Hitlerites). The Japs went for the design with this
And that worked as well as you all know. The tech here gives parasite fighters to Airships, something I've never seen in action in-game.
Also, in another
universe, parasite fighters created one of the best games of all time.
Rebellion in Dreamland.
No war with the Russkies. I choose to waste money on the Gettysburg
class, named for the Great Confederate Victory (in this timeline, at least
). It's essentially another rehash of the previous Fast Battleship class, just with more guns, better tech, better AA and more armour.
Where the HELL is New Caledonia, by the way?
Ahh, in the middle of the Pacific. Still France nowadays.
ALWAYS MANAGES TO GET THROUGH
Well, they blame us but they don't have proof
. Our men did well! No prestige loss. And one less Russian BB.
They declare war nonetheless. Oh, the horror
. France, Britain and the CSA against Russia! HOW we are going to manage? HOW? The horror!
We'll need to equip our Light Carriers with some airplanes now and cover our colonies and holdings. The russians have no resources, it should be easy. To make things clear, our alliance has more BBs than Russia has DDs. Our costs immediately raise a lot just by equipping two CVLs with squadrons, Air is expensive as fuck
Dumb, dumb Tsar. If only we could have helped the Communists take power in Russ
...Ughgmgh. You didn't hear a thing, right.
And the Sorrel is in. A beautiful ship. I mean, it could probably take all the Russian fleet alone and win at this point. Dumb, dumb Tsar.
WEEEEEEEEEEEE. This is a nice set-up! We have two of our Fast Battleships, a British Battlecruiser (a somewhat up to date design, even!) and our first taste of Carrier-based operations! Holy shit this means I have to explain how carriers and air works
First, it ain't similar to land-based Air. Land based air is automated
. Carriers are under our direct control, even if I prefer to leave the direct maneuvers under the AI. Carriers should not
approach enemy ships in any case, after all.
First of all, we can manage scouting and CAP. In this case, even if our pilots are absolute dogshit (remember most of them were recruited like, two months ago). CAP is the protection for our fleet, and in the endgame the only flimsly hope that enemy bombers can be stopped. That and AA, but I prefer CAP.
I'd love to show you the Air tab but the climate isn't cooperating. Better for us, no russkie planes around.
Weather improved. Here we have our air tab. Honestly, it's very easy to use: ready the planes and then send them around in the hope they get something. Of course, arming and readying planes carries risks (just ask the Japs) BUT if you aren't a fuckup you should not have problems. The biggest thing is to get
the torpedo bombers near the targets at the correct time and the correct place, with enough planes to punch through AA and enemy CAP.
We then enjoy the torpedoing.
AAaand the battle ends when the lonely Russian BC escapes into port. Fuck. No fun.
Annnd another go. Our BBs, British BBs, our Carriers.... I'm happy to report that our battleline has still
the glorious Traveller in its ranks.
WHAT THE FUCK GUYS ITS A COMPLETE LIABILITY BY NOW I MEAN 11 INCHES ARMOUR YOU fucks
And here we get the Russian Fleet. It's a sorry sight, most of the ships are inferior to our Traveller class, even recent ones. Only a single BB is somewhat adequate.
TIME TO ORDER OUR TORPEDO BOMBERS INTO THE SKIES! GO AND STRIKE!
When one of the British BBs gets a torpedo I realize we got a bugged battle. Like, see, our ships and the British ships are so friendly with each other that they are literally on the top of each other. DOUBLE BBs. That makes them BBBBs, I guess. Fisher would be so proud
SCREAAAAAAAAAMING FLYIIIING RAAAATS
A Russian BBs eats a dozen of torpedoes from our planes (it was already rather slow) and the Russian line collapses and they flee everywhere. Let's see what we can catch.
We get hit by a smattering of torpedoes, no heavy damage I hope. Time to disengage, fuck land based aviation. FUCK land based aviation. I'm not risking my ships and we already did a lot of damage.
A TON of damage. The Russian fleet, what was left of it, is no more. Bye, you died as you lived. Outdated.
As you notice, aviation has become a scourge BOTH for us and our opponents. I fear the Getty class will be a tad useless, but it's the last swan song.
The last russian BB tries to ambush a convoy for Iceland.
Good. My successor will have a lot of work to do for refits.
My rage is endless. Really. REALLY. SIX MONTHS TO RETIREMENT. I start developing a substitute at once.
The only Russian BB under construction. I am....not impressed.
More bullying, this time with French
allies. Free for all on nubile Russian botesluts, it seems.
Nothing happens in the last months, and I retire. I leave a crippling debt, weirdo designs, and a war already war.
Be careful about the commie US, tho. They are....dangerous
I am sorry for being so late, but I am lazy and very tired lately. Plus overworking, studying for thingies, and a DnD campaign. Sorry guys. Still love you all.