I started up the German arty line to finally compare it to the Russian arty I'm familiar with, and dusted off my SU-8 (Russian Tier V arty) at the same time. I liked the SU-8 and enjoyed a good win percentage and kill ratio with it. It also made loads of credits (20-30k per victorious battle) which was important before I bought my premium credit-maker (T-59 which averages around 20-50k consistently). It took some time to adjust to the German line because although it is more accurate and does more damage it has a slower reload and a significantly different firing arc. This not only meant the enemy was harder to hit whilst hiding behind buildings and rocks (pesky enemy) but that many of my favorite hiding spots (behind buildings and rocks as it turns out) were unusable as my German guns couldn't clear them.
Arty is just plain fun for a number of reasons. First of all, other players hate it, and you for playing it, which makes it almost worthwhile in itself (I'm just a griefer at heart I guess). Among my favorite jibes are: OP (of course), NO SKILL, and PUSSY ARTY PLAY A REAL TANK.
It's actually quite relaxing as you don't have to rush about and if your team sucks (and loses) there's not much you can do about it (so long as you're hitting targets) as you can't stop a rush, guard a flank, or converge on the enemy very easily. I manage a few kills per game (most times) and I can say that dropping a massive shell on top of a tank and watching him blow up never gets old. Ever. The curses that follow are just icing on the cake.....and the delicious sprinkles are the screenshots I send to customer care when I report them for verbally abusing me...enjoy your ban ;)
I decided then I would embrace the SU-14 bus' and jump into tier 6 arty with a splash. The result:
|Needless to say, a custom skin (not by me).|
Death by bus. Get in! So far it's been funny to look at, but play-wise a really tough transition. It can't move very fast, takes a long time to reload, and is really inaccurate. I've often been killed before I can get the heck out of the spawn, and god help me if a T-50-2 makes a quick dash over. The bonus is the 1.8k in damage you get from a direct hit, and when you miss the splash often hits multiple tanks at the same time for multiple laughs on my part. I'm going to keep at it because it is a lot of fun on arty-friendly (large, non-city) maps and the new skin makes me giggle.
The main problems I foresee is that the gun I am currently using carries over to the next arty in line (Tier VII) which means I would have to 'grind' well over 300k in XP before getting an upgrade to my cannon. That's a lot of battles with the same hardware but I do note the top tier Russian arty has a higher rate of fire than its counterparts so it may be worth it but we'll see.