World of Tanks || AMX Canon d’assaut (Cda) de 105

History

The Canon d’assaut de 105 tank destroyer is a combat vehicle design developed by the AMX Company in 1958. According to archive records, this tank destroyer was supposed to combine high manoeuvrability and mobility, reliable armour (up to 100mm in the frontal hull), and a powerful 105mm gun. Later, the development was discontinued and no prototypes were ever built.

Top 3 Quirks

  • The standard shell velocity is absolutely insane at 1,525 meters per second!
  • Incredibly speedy and able to reach its top-speed with ease
  • Laser like accuracy and aiming time with its main cannon

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • The traverse speed of this tank is not great and prone to being outflanked
  • The side and rear armour is very poor, with the side armour able to be over-matched by anything above 120 caliber
  • Limited gun arc

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,034.78 giving it a 6/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 260mm giving it a 7/10

Gun-Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.30 giving it a 3/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.18 giving it a 4/5

Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 2.0 seconds giving this tank an 8/10

Gun Vertical Movement – This tank has 8 degrees of Gun Depression giving it a 3/5, and has 20 degrees of Gun Elevation giving it another 3/5

Survivability – This tank has good frontal hull armour almost entirely over the front of the tank, and when hiding the weaker lower frontal plate and combined with using it’s 8 degrees of gun depression, this things armour from the front can become monstrous. However, it’s side and rear armour are quite atrocious, being able to be over-matched by anything above a 120mm caliber gun and 90mm caliber gun respectively. Also as you may find driving this thing, the hull armour is not very reliable against tier 9 and tier 10 opponents (and many tier 8’s). As such, this tank gets a 6/10 for survivability

Mobility – The Power-To-Weight Ratio of this tank is 26.79 giving it a 4/5, while the Average Traverse Speed is just 27 giving this tank a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 360 meters giving it an 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage value whilst not moving or firing the gun is 21.66% giving this tank a 9/10

Value – I’m just going to straight up say that this tank is awesome, and that comes down to it’s great and very arguably overpowered stats. It’s a fun tank to play, and although it’s shell cost is rather high, it is also a relatively profitable one as well. Value wise, if you are looking for a capable Tier 8 Premium Tank Destroyer, than you really cannot look past this one. For new players as well, this thing is very forgiving, with amazing accuracy and shell velocity meaning it is literally a point and click tank. This get’s a 10/10

Thus, the final BrandScore is 73/100

Final Verdict

This tank is rather OP. There is no way around it. If you want a tank that can pull its weight even in a Tier 10 (X) match-up, than this is the tank for you!

Link to Video Review

 

World of Tanks || FV4005 Stage II Review

Video Review

History

The story of Britain’s most powerful tank destroyer began in late January of 1951, when it was decided to develop a tank destroyer even more powerful than the FV4004 Conway, armed with a 120 mm L1A1 gun. It was destined to become the most powerful tank destroyer ever built. According to the requirements, it had to confidently penetrate a target with 150 mm of armour at 60 degrees from almost two kilometres away. This target was based on the IS-3. After appearing at the Victory Parade in 1945, the tank was considered the most dangerous opponent of Western tanks for decades. In 1950, work started on the QF L4 gun, the most powerful tank gun in the world. The gun weighed a little under 4 tons and had nearly 87 tons of recoil force. In order to clear the fighting compartment of propellant fumes, the gun had a fume extractor fitted. Only one type of shell was planned for this gun: HESH (High Explosive Squashed Head). Not only is the calibre of the L4 stunning, but also the weight of the rounds. The propellant was separate from the shell, but this didn’t make the loader’s job much easier: the mass of the shell was 72 kg, and the mass of the propellant was 32.8 kg. In August of 1957, the FV4005 program was closed, as the British army received Malkara ATGMs on light Humber Hornet cars. The system was much more compact and mobile, rendering the huge and heavy FV4005 Project obsolete. As a fun little side-note, the FV4005 Stage II’s turret could actually rotate 360 degrees.

Top 3 Quirks

  • It has 10 degrees of gun depression, meaning it is very versatile at being able to peek-a-boom especially over ridgelines
  • More than adequate mobility, considering its gun size
  • Its HESH premium shells deal an insane whopping 1750 average damage with each penetrating hit!

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • If you are not firing premium shells, than this tank becomes a lot less enjoyable. Think driving a KV-2, with a 122mm gun. Yeah it’s fun… but not as fun as the 155mm!
  • 14mm of Turret armour leaves this thing practically defenceless and can be overmatched by everything it will meet
  • Very poor gun handling (but you know, it’s a 183mm cannon so no surprises there!)

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 2,300 giving this tank a 6/10

Penetration – The Penetration of this tank is 310 giving it a 8/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value of this tank is 0.38 giving it a 2/5, and the Hidden Dispersion Value Average of this tank is 0.314 giving it a 2/5

Aiming Time – The Aiming Time of this tank is 3.0 seconds giving it a 6/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The Gun Depression of this tank is 10 degrees giving it a 3/5, while the Gun Elevation of this tank is 8 degrees giving it a 1/5

Survivability – While the hull armour on this thing is not horrifically bad at around 100mm of effective all-round frontal protection, the hull is without a doubt horrific. If hit by artillery, it is a goner, and if hit by an HE round, it is game over for your crew + modules. At 14mm of protection, not even tier 1 tanks will struggle against your HUGE turret. As such, survivability of this tank is a 2/10

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 18.62 giving it a 3/5, while the average traverse speed is 23 giving it a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 390 meters giving it a 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage Value of this tank whilst not moving or firing the gun is 1.37% giving it a 1/10

Value – This tank is a very niche tank. To play it to its potential, you have to fire premium rounds to get the HESH damage. This makes it expensive to play. Further, it has effectively no armour, making it hard to play. Yet there is a real niche about this tank having the biggest gun fitted to any tank in-game. With the near-future removal of the FV215b 183, this will make it the only tank with such a huge gun. This tank is like playing a KV-2 on steroids. You’re not playing this tank for the tank itself, it’s for that monstrous gun that can do over 2000 damage if it penetrates its HESH shell, making you laugh and have a great time at the expense of your enemies mental health. For this reason, I’m giving this tank a 10/10. Hell yeah it’s worth it!

Thus, the final BrandScore of this tank is 54/100

Final Thoughts

Although the BrandScore of this tank is quite average, that is because it really is. The BrandScore shows that this tank for its tier just really isn’t overpowered. In-fact the only really great thing about this tank is its gun. But oh boy that gun, it really can make your day feel 100x better. There is nothing better than knowing if an enemy tier 10 medium tank rolls in-front of your gun, you can very comfortably one shot it back to the garage with that HESH round. I love this tank, but I know that it is not everyone’s cup of tea.

 

World of Tanks || Churchill III Review

Video Review

History

A British tank supplied to the U.S.S.R. under Lend-Lease. The U.S.S.R. received a total of 301 vehicles, with some lost at sea during transport to Murmansk.

Top 3 Quirks

  • Very strong hull armour for its tier
  • An incredibly fast loading cannon
  • Preferential Matchmaking

Bottom 3 Quirks

  • Turret armour is incredibly weak
  • Mobility and speed is very lacklustre
  • Poor aiming time compared to reload

BrandScore

DPM – The DPM of this tank is 1,968.75  giving it a 5/10

Penetration – The Penetration is 110 giving it a 3/10

Gun Handling – The Shown Dispersion Value is 0.43 giving it a 2/5, while the Hidden Dispersion Value average is 0.1534 giving it a 4/5

Aiming Time – The aiming time of this tank is 2.29 seconds giving it a 7/10

Gun Vertical Movement – The gun Depression on this tank is 6 degrees giving it a 2/5, while the gun elevation of the tank is 12 degrees giving it another 2/5

Survivability – The Hull armour of this tank is very troll but not immune to penetration, it is really a hit or miss (no pun intended). Having said that, for its tier, it is one of the most heavily armoured hulled tanks. The Turret armour on the other hand is quite weak, and indeed can be penetrated by many if not most of the tanks it will come accross in-game. As such, I’m giving this tank a 7/10.

Mobility – The power-to-weight ratio of this tank is 9.42 giving it a 2/5, while the average traverse speed of the tank is 27.065 giving it a 2/5

View Range – The View Range of this tank is 350 meters giving it a 8/10

Concealment Whilst Stationary (Camouflage) – The Camouflage rating of this tank is 8.04% giving it a 4/10

Value – This tank in my opinion is a very valuable tank. For its tier, it has decent penetration, and combined with its easy to play mechanics, forgiving armour, and great credit making ability, I’m giving this tank a solid 8/10.

Thus, the final BrandScore is 56/100

Final Thoughts

Would I buy this tank again? For sure! I think it is a fun, cheap, and easy to use tank that is very forgiving for inexperienced players while also being fun for those who are very experienced. Also, a very good looking tank model!