Warspite - Tier VI Premium Queen Elizabeth Class
Posted: Tue Jul 28, 2015 8:31 pm
Thanks to Tanz and his 1941 Mediterranean camo mod for Warspite. This is the picture he posted that may have inspired him to make his skin mod.
HMS Warspite was announced as a premium ship for closed beta testers on April 18, 2015. Back then it was said to be only for the CBT and would be removed from the game with the pre-Open Beta Test account wipe. All tokens spent for purchasing her would be refunded but she would not be available after the wipe. Fortunately for us the Developers at WoWs had a change of heart and included Warspite briefly into OBT. It has now been withdrawn from the Premium Shop but will return sometime in the future either before or with the British Tech Tree.
Alpha Tester MaliceA4Thought posted this picture of his Warspite in Tanz's camo skin which I also use. If you use the 3% spotting reduction camo it doesn't look that bad on top of this camo, unlike the zebra striped 4% hitting reduction camo. To preserve the skin mod you have to disable the in game camo if you want to play with the benefits of WG's camo without having the horrible result. Check on Tanz's mod page in the WoWs forums to find out how to disable WG's ship camos client side (your side). You will see your skin mods and other players will just see the WG camo server side.
HMS Warspite had a long and glorious history. Rather than recount it here I'm going to refer you to iChaseGaming's excellent YouTube channel where he complied a detailed history of the Queen Elizabeth-class battleships and HMS Warspite in particular.
Interestingly enough when Warspite joined CBT there was an outcry of protest by die hard Royal Navy fans who felt the Devs had slighted this great warship. Had it been a football match (soccer to us Yanks) there would've been a riot. The forum was filled with posts complaining about the "short" range guns (only 16.3 km), the slow speed (24 knots) and horrible turret rotation rate (similar to Yamato's which wasn't in game yet). One thing they gave her credit for was armor and the quick rudder shift speed allowing her to dodge enemy salvos whether long range fire or torpedoes.
Here is iChase again with his review of Warspite during CBT:
This was all before the US Navy's battleships came out. Once the USN BB's were out and there was something to compare Warspite to besides the longer-ranged Kongo, Fuso and Nagato the cries of "fowl" went away. In fact, the Warspite is a really good battleship when compared to the Tier III-VII US Navy battlewagons, even being the nerfed premium version of the Queen Elizabeth-class which is yet to be seen. I'm sure that the Royal Navy fans will be pleased when the British Tech Tree is released...unless Bismarck again sinks HMS Hood and we'll have the hooligans rioting on the forums.
Anyway, here is a review by The Mighty Jingles and in here he talks tactics back in CBT just after Warspite's release:
The next review is by CornySwiss or as he is known on his YouTube channel, CornyBros. I am including him since he reviewed Warspite 1 month after iChase and The Mighty Jingles.
So what has changed, if anything, since Warspite was released? Well, there is one important change to all ships that carry spotting planes, such as Warspite's Walrus, that came after Open Beta Test release. That is the 2km range bonus to firing you get when your spotting plane is up. So now the Warspite can fire at 18.3 km instead of 16.3 km. With premium consumables and the captain skill giving you a 4th plane in your hanger you can stand off and smash things while quite able to dodge return fire. When the Warspite returns to the Premium Shop I recommend her to anyone who has mastered the basics of battleship play.