Since the Paolo Emilio didn’t appear in testing for a very long time, I thought that it might be a good idea to rediscover the ship a bit. I will do the same thing for Slava and generally speaking, will now update the different supertest articles when a test ship receives changes. It will allow these articles to stay relevant even after changes are announced.
When it comes to the Paolo Emilio, there is actually little information available on the design. She is based on a project of destroyer leader designed by the Italian company Ansaldo and sold to the USSR. The initial design was modified extensively by Wargaming so in the end, Paolo Emilio isn’t really representative of it.
With the new rebalancing of the ship, Paolo Emilio now can either use HE or SAP and the new ballistic on her shells is close to the one of the shells of the Daring.
Just as a reminder, everything here is work in progress, everything is subject to changes.
As a destroyer leader, the Paolo Emilio presents a… fairly substantial armor protecting for a ship of her size. With the main belt and internal plating, this ship has the armor protection of a small cruiser while being protected against AP penetrations from big guns. (Khabarovsk crying in the corner)
The bow section
The bow is 19 mm thick except for the deck that is 20 mm thick.
Inside the bow, there are internal platings with the armored deck being 30 mm thick.
As for the rest, it’s 25 mm thick. The sides have a little slope at the bottom for some reason.
There are finally 2 casemates surrounding that 25 mm area with the upper one being 20 mm thick and the lower one 16 mm thick.
The middle section
The deck of the middle section is 20 mm thick while the sides are 19 mm thick. The only exception is the main belt that is 60 mm thick. Yes. If this surprises you, wait for the rest because this ship also has a turtleback!
This turtleback is 20 mm thick and sloped at 56°. Considering the fact that it’s a destroyer, it won’t really offer anything but at least, it’s here.
Finally, her “citadel” side plating is 10 mm thick.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we have here the most heavily armored destroyer of the game.
The stern section
Just like for the bow, the deck on the stern is 20 mm thick while the sides are 19 mm thick.
It also has that internal plating with the armored deck being 30 mm thick. The rest of that inner plating is 25 mm thick as well as the casemate just behind.
Finally, the lower and upper casemates are respectively 16 mm thick and 20 mm thick.
The turrets, including the barbette, are protected by 30 mm of armor except for the face that is 60 mm thick.
Right now, I can’t wait to be able to test the Paolo Emilio again. I wasn’t a big fan of the ship back in the days because of the trebuchet-like ballistic but with that air drag buff, she will be way more interesting for sure.
I also like the idea of having the choice between HE and SAP. It will make it much better to deal with heavily armored targets thanks to fires that SAP wouldn’t be able to penetrate. There is just one issue with this ship. It buries Khabarovsk even deeper than where the ship already is.