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Andreevson

Blank shots?

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There is a problem I noticed when I started playing with my Kongo and after that when I transferred to the Fuso.

 

Some of the shells that i fire seem to be blanks. Now, I only shoot AP with the battleships and I (supposedly) know about the armor mechanics and how angling affects it. But when I hit an enemy BB with my fuso at a great ranges ( 15-20 Km ) With 4 plunging fire AP shells and I see them going trough their wooden decks, then being absorbed like some sort water drops being absorbed by a sponge, I tend to get a bit angry. Shooting at close to 20km aint an easy task and a plunging hit should be rewarding, except it deals no damage. Again, I see no ricochets off the armor and my shells either fly into the superstructure or the wooden decks, yet they do no damage.

 

Is there a reason to this and can anybody explain what is going on under the hood?

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Happened way less in the US line, but most of the time i get many minimal damage rolls and no damage rolls. I guess it could be that the shells did not really hit anything valuable. I noticed though that shells tend to do no damage / minimal damage when hitting bow / stern. Best rolls happen on the center of the ship (ideally wrecking things on the ship itself).

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But when I hit an enemy BB with my fuso at a great ranges ( 15-20 Km ) With 4 plunging fire AP shells

Hardly plunging fire with only 12 degree falling angle at 15km.

http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNJAP_14-45_t41.htm

With that 510 m/s speed stronger deck armor might be able to bounce them.

 

Here are penetration figures for US 14" gun of New Mexico.

http://www.navweaps.com/Weapons/WNUS_14-50_mk11.htm

 

 

 

I noticed though that shells tend to do no damage / minimal damage when hitting bow / stern.

Bow and stern are mostly quite lightly armored so BB APs might easily overpen those.

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