Imperator Nikolai I, Premium Tier IV Battleship

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Imperator Nikolai I, Premium Tier IV Battleship

Postby Istvan56 » Sat Sep 26, 2015 3:09 pm

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The Imperator Nikolai I of 1916 was the second Russian battleship by that name. It was a wartime project in answer to the Turks seeking to increase their Black Sea fleet by three dreadnoughts in response to the Imperial Russian Navy building the three Imperatritsa Mariya class dreadnoughts. Already the Imperial German Fleet had transferred the SMS Goeben which was the main threat to the Black Sea Fleet but that's another story. The Nikolai I was never completed due to the collapse of Russia and Civil War. After changing hands a couple of times it was scrapped in 1927 by the Soviet Union.

Type: Battleship
Displacement: 27,830 tonnes (27,390 long tons) (standard)
31,877 tonnes (31,374 long tons) (deep load)
Length: 182 m (597 ft 1 in)
Beam: 29 m (95 ft 2 in)
Draught: 9 m (29 ft 6 in)
Installed power: 29,700 shp (22,100 kW)
Propulsion: 4 shafts, Parsons steam turbine sets
20 Yarrow water-tube boilers
Speed: 21 knots (39 km/h; 24 mph)
Complement: 1,174
Armament: 4 × 3 – 12-inch (305 mm)/52 guns
20 × 1 – 130 mm/55 B7 Pattern 1913
4 × 1 – 2.5-inch/38 AA guns
4 × 1 – 17.7-inch (450 mm) torpedo tubes
Armor: Waterline belt: 100–270 mm (3.9–10.6 in)
Barbettes: 225–300 mm (8.9–11.8 in)
Conning tower: 250–400 mm (9.8–15.7 in)
Turrets: 200–300 mm (7.9–11.8 in)
Decks: 35–63 mm (1.4–2.5 in)
Bulkheads: 25–300 mm (1.0–11.8 in)

In World of Warships the Nikolai I battleship will be a premium Tier IV ship in the Russian Tech Tree. It will be the first Russian BB in the game but will join four other Russian premiums already in game, Tier II Diana, Tier III Aurora, Tier V Gremyashchy and Tier V Murmansk. The Nikolai I will be directly opposite other nations premium Tier IV BB's, the USN's Arkansas Beta and the IJN's Ishizuchi. When compared to these two ships the Nikolai I may be found wanting, it has no super-firing turrets so even when angling it may be restricted to firing either the No. 1 "A" Turret or the No. 4 "Z" Turret. Furthermore, he was given the same guns as his preceding Imperatritsa Mariya class, twelve 12" (305 mm) rifles of 52 calibers. For secondaries there are an impressive twenty guns but they are 5.1" (130 mm)/55 caliber guns of the older B7 pattern rather than what we are used to on the Gremyashchy, not as flat shooting and accurate as the B13 pattern guns. For speed he will rival the Arkansas Beta, advancing into battle at a stately 21 knots. For AA it will match the Ishizuchi with a measly 4 guns of 2.5" (64 mm)/38 caliber which were mounted on the tops of A & Z turrets in the picture above.

The Nikolai I will be an interesting ship to sail in and a welcome addition to the game since we want more nations represented.
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Re: Imperator Nikolai I, Premium Tier IV Battleship

Postby Istvan56 » Thu Oct 01, 2015 12:47 am

The game stats for the Imperator Nikolai I are out now and there are a few things different from the stats I provided. Notably the speed is 23.3 knots, the main gun range is 14.1 km. This places the Nikolai I ahead of the Arkansas Beta in speed and both it and the Ishzuchi in gun range. In Turret turning speed the Nikolai I is in the middle, all three battleships have slow turrets. In dispersion (accuracy) the Nikolai I is dead last, with a fair 201 m. while Arkansas Beta is a respectable 180 m. and Ishizuchi is a nice 176 m. Remember, that's when at maximum range. Ships with guns that shoot further have a larger dispersion, Bismarck with his vaunted gunnery has a 273 meter dispersion at maximum range. Now if it was all at 10 km, they would translate into roughly the same for all three about, it really depends upon RNG. Where there is more of a difference is HE setting fires. Nikolai I has a 33% chance of setting fires with HE, Ishizuchi has a 32% chance and Arkansas Beta has a weak 22% chance on a fire from a HE hit. AA wise well, Ishizuchi has a measly 4 guns, Nikolai I got two of his four 65 mm guns plus 6 Maxim MG's while poor Arkansas Beta still has to contend with dodging torp planes since it has no AA. (Actually, that's a joke, these BB's might was well not have AA at this tier and merely pray for an AA cruiser escort.)

So depending on what flavor of premium Tier IV battleship you want they are all decent without being OP.
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Re: Imperator Nikolai I, Premium Tier IV Battleship

Postby Istvan56 » Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:40 pm

On October 20, 2015 the Nikolai I went on sale in the RU premium shop and I swooped it up as I play on RU server as well as NA and a little on EU. So far I'm very happy with it. It fits right in as a Tier IV BB and I've been in Tier VI matches with it with only the lack of AA being my biggest concern. If you can get a cruiser with decent AA to cover you, e.g. Murmansk, you're good. So right now the Russian Tree has 1 BB, 3 Cruisers and 10 DD's counting premiums in the numbers, of course.
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