So, now that all the Russian battleships from the tech tree are covered, let’s have a look at the premium ship that will be released at the same time (and that will certainly have some fancy camouflage/skin coming with her). Let’s talk about the Lenin!
The Lenin… the ship is based on the Project 21 of battleships from the Soviet Navy and could be summarized the following way:
“Hey Royal Navy! It’s a nice Nelson-class that you have here but let us show you how with the same displacement and same design we can build a ship that will be both faster and much more armored!”
That is pretty much it. The ship while keeping the 35 000 tons standard displacement of the Washington Naval Treaty was supposed to be superior to the Nelson at everything while somehow keeping the same displacement. Of course, such thing was basically impossible so the naval engineers would either have to lie about the displacement of the ship (a bit similar to what happened with the Bismarck class) or they would have to discover a secret technique to reduce drastically the weight of the steel they were using.
As you might imagine, the design never left the drawing table and was abandoned.
The armor analysis
If you ever played the Nelson, do not worry, this ship is pretty much identical in terms of armor scheme but of course with thicker armor.
The bow section
As usual for a tier VIII battleship, the bow is protected by 32 mm of armor. The only exception is the icebreaker with 100 mm of armor.
Inside the bow, there is a strange succession of bulkheads with an armored deck just above. This whole structure is 60 mm thick. An important thing to note, the armored deck is not reaching the citadel deck and is actually slightly below the waterline. This means that if an enemy battleship penetrates the bow, the AP shell can still reach the citadel’s athwartship.
At the end of the armored deck, there is a final bulkhead of 100 mm. It is deep below the water so not sure if it will ever be useful.
For the citadel’s athwartship, boy, it is big! The lower part and the casemates on the side are 180 mm thick.
For the upper part, it is 330 mm thick and is a bit less than 1/4 above the waterline so at least, it compensates from the size.
As for the casemate above the citadel’s athwartship, the lower one is 150 mm thick and the upper one is 50 mm thick.
The middle section
For the middle section, the main belt (AKA the citadel) is 350 mm thick. Just above, there is a 150 mm thick belt and the upper casemate is 50 mm thick. The deck is 45 mm thick and also, get ready for it, the base of the funnel is 60 mm thick! This ship gets the record of the most heavily armored funnel after Musashi. That’s something.
The lower part of the citadel’s sides is 40 mm thick and is very deep below water.
The citadel’s deck is 140 mm thick and considering the weak anti-air of the ship, IJN carriers and their AP bombs will have a field day striking you.
The stern section
For the stern, the major part of the armor is 32 mm thick. You have an extended belt of 100 mm first and then at the end of the stern, it is 200 mm thick.
Inside the stern, you have one armored deck of 50 mm. This armored deck has the same issue as the one inside the bow. It is below the waterline and by such, leaves the upper part of the citadel’s athwartship exposed.
Talking about the citadel’s athwartship, the upper part is 305 mm thick and the lower part (on the right), as well as the casemates around it, are 180 mm thick.
For the casemate above the citadel’s athwartship, the lower part is 150 mm thick and the upper part is 50 mm thick.
The superstructure (protected by 19 mm of armor) on the ship is actually really small so destroyers will not have many things to shoot at with HE.
Remember the Vladivostok? Well, this ship has the exact same problem except that here, it is even worse in my opinion.
The turrets have a very flat face which means that any big caliber AP will have no issue at penetrating them and at possibly knocking them down. If I have to give one advice, DO NOT bow tank with this ship if you don’t want to become a giant torpedo due to all of your turrets being destroyed. Also, turret survivability on this ship will be a must-have.
For the armor, the face is 425 mm thick, the back is 360 mm thick, the sides are 280 mm thick and the roof is 270 mm thick.
As for the barbette, the upper part is 425 mm thick and the lower part is 325 mm thick.
Personal opinion on the ship
Well… it’s a bit of a mixed bag for me. The HP pool is the second lowest at tier VIII and in fact, counting the repair party should be the lowest since you have one less charge compared to the other battleships. At the same time, while you have a relatively great armor to resist against AP and HE, the limited number of damage control party might be a problem as well if you manage them poorly. Add to this the below average concealment and below average speed and you get a ship that will require some good level of positioning to do well in battle.
The anti-air seems relatively weak, a bit like on the Nelson funnily enough, so planes will not have much trouble to strike you.
As for the gun handling, even though you have a slow reload, the guns pack a solid punch and you have these amazing firing angles but get ready to have the turrets knocked down quite often if you do not invest captain skills in it and don’t equip the main armament mod 1.
Right now, I really can’t decide on how good the ship will be.