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Supertest: British Tier X Freemium Battleship Incomparable

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Historical background

Welp. Looks like another one of these days where the brits felt the need to compensate for something. Of course, in good tea drinker’s manners, they even decided to flex with the name of the damn thing… Anyway, let’s be a bit more serious.

HMS Incomparable was a battlecruiser design from 1915, pushed by Admiral John Fisher. The Incomparable was basically taking the concept of a battlecruiser to its limits. A very large ship displacing 46 000 tons at standard displacement and fitted with powerful engines allowing it to reach a speed of no less than 35 knots. In exchange, her armor would have been quite thin with a belt of 279 mm.

When it comes to the firepower… well Incomparable was definitely a fitting name. The ship was meant to be armed with six 508 mm guns in three twin turrets, two superfiring at the front and one at the rear.

In the end, considering the questionable military value of such a ship and with the events of Jutland in mind, the design was completely abandoned.

In World of Warships, Incomparable is, to nobody’s surprise, a “Battlecruiser-like” battleship with thin armor, especially on the bow and stern as well as accurate guns.
Incomparable is also equipped with an Engine Boost similar to Repulse as well as a Short-range Hydroacoustic Search.

Ship’s commemorative flag

Ship’s preview

Camouflage

For the classic reminder, this is a ship in testing, anything can change so don’t look at her like she would already be released.

Modules

Hull
Engine
Gun Fire Control System
Main battery
Torpedoes

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Incomparable

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160 000 HP

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Mk X mod. 1

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508 mm/45 Mk I

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‎533 mm Mk IXM

General Characteristics

Tier X
Health 70 000 HP
Torpedo Damage Reduction 14 %
Displacement 49 936 tons
Dimensions
Overall length 301.86 m
Beam 31.85 m
Overall height (keel to the highest point on the ship) 25.0 m
Freeboard 6.0 m
Main Armament
Maximum Firing Range 17 570 km
508 mm/45 Mk I 3 x 2 508 mm
Secondary Armament
Maximum Firing Range 7.000 km
102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX 11 x 2 102 mm
Torpedo Armament
Maximum Firing Range 12.000 km
533 mm QR Mk II 2 x 4 533 mm
Maximum speed 33.0 knots
Turning Circle Radius 1 160 m
Rudder Shift Time 16.0 s
Surface Detectability 13.5 km
Air Detectability 12.27 km
Detectability After Firing Main Guns in Smoke 16.44 km

Main Battery

3 x 2 508 mm/45 Mk I
 Maximum Firing Range 17.570 km
 Reloading Time 28.0 s
180 Degree Turn Time 30 s
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Sigma 2.00 sigma
Maximum Dispersion 196 m
Shells
Type of Projectile  HE – 508 mm HE Mk I
Alpha Damage 7 400
Damage 7 800
Penetration capacity  85 mm
Explosion size 3.56
Fire chance 55 %
Projectile Speed 751 m/s
Air Drag 0.325
Projectile Mass 2 053 kg
Type of Projectile AP – 508 mm AP Mk I
Alpha Damage 19 500
Projectile Speed 751 m/s
Air Drag 0.325
Projectile Mass 2 053 kg
Projectile Krupp 2 300
Projectile Detonator 0.033 s
Detonator threshold 77 mm
Ricochet Angles 45° – 60°

Secondary battery

11 x 2 102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX
Maximum Firing Range 7.000 km
Reloading Time 3.0 s
Sigma 1.0 sigma
Shells
Type of Projectile HE – 102 mm HE 35 lb
Alpha Damage 1 500
Damage 310
HE penetration 17 mm
Explosion Size 0.3
Chance to Cause Fire 6 %
Projectile Speed 811 m/s
Air Drag 0.33
Projectile Mass 15.88 kg

Torpedo Armament

2 x 4 533 mm QR Mk II
533 mm Mk IXM
Reloading Time 96.0 s
Maximum Distance 12.000 km
Optimal firing angles at the front 30°
Optimal firing angles at the rear 30°
Damage 16 767
Flooding Chance 282 %
Speed 62 knots
Surface Detectability 1.3 km

Anti-air Armament

11 x 2 102 mm/45 QF Mk XIX
Sector range 0.1 km – 5.8 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 33
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 116
Flak clouds number 6
Flak cloud damage 1 400
4 x 8 40 mm Vickers 2-pdr. Mk VIII
4 x 1 40 mm Bofors Mk VII
12 x 2 40 mm Bofors Mk IV
Sector range 0.1 km – 3.5 km
Hit chance 75 %
Sector’s damage 177
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 620
8 x 2 20 mm Oerlikon Mk V
26 x 1 20 mm Oerlikon Mk IV
Sector range 0.1 km – 2.0 km
Hit chance 70 %
Sector’s damage 78
Sector’s damage frequency 0.29 s
Sector’s damage per second 273

Consumables

Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
Slot 5
Damage Control Party
consumable_PCY009_CrashCrewPremiumWork time: 15 s
Cooldown: 80 s
Repair Party
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 28 s
Cooldown: 80 s
HP regeneration: 0.5%/s
Casemate damage regeneration: 50%
Citadel damage regeneration: 10%
Engine Boost
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Speed bonus: +10%
Short-Range Hydroacoustic Search
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 180 s
Cooldown: 120 s
Torpedo spotting range: 3.0 km
Ship spotting range: 3.0 km
Spotting Aircraft
Number of charges: 4
Work time: 100 s
Cooldown: 240 s
Maximum firing range: +20%
Fighter
Number of charges: 3
Work time: 60 s
Cooldown: 90 s
Number of planes in a squadron: 4

The Armor

External armor protection:

 

Front and rear armor protection of the middle section:

Citadel armor protection:

Turrets armor protection:

Hidden armor protection inside the bow and stern:

 

Personal Opinion

Well overall, the concept seems interesting. Let’s go point by point, shall we?

First, the biggest strong point is the amazing concealment and when I say amazing it’s straight-up scary because you even outspot stuff like Des Moines. Incomparable can reach a spotting range of 10.6 km by sea.
With the 33 knots base speed and 10% engine boost, the combination of amazing concealment and high speed busts wide open the door to some really nasty flanking maneuvers.

The problem is that firepower-wise, it is actually… kind of a wet firecracker for 508 mm guns. The HE doesn’t have the 1/4 penetration like the rest of the British battleships, the AP has a normal fuse time and when it comes to the penetration, it’s pretty much the same as Thunderer and in fact, it’s a tiny bit worse. In the end, overall, a Thunderer has much stronger firepower with one more turret, harder-hitting guns and faster reload.
Also, the Incomparable gets the shortest range of all battleships by a good margin. Which is another reminder of why I should be happy to not test it on the Asian server.

In terms of armor… eh. The 25 mm bow and stern are pretty large but at least the citadel’s athwartships are well covered. Also, there is the middle section with the 51 mm deck that will provide some nice protection against HE.

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2 thoughts on “Supertest: British Tier X Freemium Battleship Incomparable

  1. A glass canon, that relies on stealth to survive longer them 3 minutes. Looks a very situational ship to me, but i liked it.

  2. I like the design of the historical HMS Incomparable, and this just bothers me. Why does she have the QF 4″/45 Mark XVI? She was designed to use 5×3 BL 4″/45 Mark IX in the triple-mounts Repulse has in-game. Not to mention the fact that gave her two funnels for some reason. She just looks like a Super Hood essentially. Incomparable’s design PREDATED Hood and shouldn’t have design similarities to her, especially when you look at the fact all known designs for Incomparable features a large SINGLE funnel, not two funnels like Hood had.
    I know Wargaming will probably say she has the Mk XVI 4″ guns because “it’s a hypothetical modernization.” Yeah, but would they really rearm such a massive battlecruiser with massive guns with those guns? I don’t think so. The only ones that got those into WW2 were the Revenges (mainly because they were relegated to second-class battleships since they were seen as more of a liability than anything), Warspite (but she is a special case since she’s the only fully-modernized QE to keep even her casemate guns), and Hood (but her 1940s modernization was to replace them with either QE/Valiant/Renown’s 4.5″/45 DP guns or the KGVs’ 5.25″/50 Mark I DP guns). Considering Renown’s modernization saw her 4″ guns replaced with the 4.5″ DP guns much like QE got, and Hood was planned to have hers replaced with either those 4.5″ guns or with the newer 5.25″ guns, I would personally give her either 11×2 4.5″ guns or 10×2 5.25″ guns. The triple 4″ guns, or rearmed her with 4.5″ or 5.25″ guns would be far more interesting and unique than the overused 4″/45 Mk XVI guns that are on almost every British light cruiser and every non-5.25″ armed British BB other than QE.

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