As you probably know by now, there s a Sherman Fury in the game (a tier 6 premium medium tank). It s being sold on ASIA server (not sure about the US, it s not on EU yet however). It is no secret that the Fury E8 has quite different armor layout than the regular Sherman E8 (we are talking about the elite turret now). Let s make a quick comparison. This is the regular E8 (in Fury-corresponding configuration): The biggest change however happened to the turret. On the pictures above, you can see how the mantlet covers the entire frontal of the turret in both cases. But there s a catch.
Check this out this is the regular E8 Sherman turret, with the mantlet (in both cases 89mm thick) removed: In words the old E8 basically has an 89mm mantlet over 76, 7mm frontal turret armor, giving the deep violet zone a protection level of 665, 7mm mostly. The Fury on the other hand has a giant hole behind the 89mm mantlet, which means that most of the frontal turret has only 89mm protection. Additionally, compared to the new model, the upper part of the turret (above the mantlet) was nerfed from 76, 7mm to 99, 5mm. Together, this all means that the Fury turret is MUCH easier to penetrate than the old E8 turret.
Additionally, the Fury is 9 tons heavier (this is unhistorical according to Hunnicutt by cca 6 ton), gun depression nerfed from -67 to -65 (historical) and has lower maximum speed (nerfed to 96, 8 km/h, this is historical). But is the armor nerf historical? Is there a really such a hole in real life? Yup. There is.
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So, why was it modelled differently until now? Well, two reasons really. Things have changed since then, the boundaries between lines have blurred. French are no longer the only ones with autoloaders, Germans don t have long range fighting exlusivity in the game anymore and not all Americans have tough turrets. What this however means for us is the fact that when the original E8 gets reworked to the HD standard, its armor will probably change to resemble the current Fury layout.
According to Storm, it will not happen anytime very soon, but it will happen at some point. So be ready. So in other words. The E8 will probably nerfed to Fury standards when it gets reworked to HD. Well thats bad news for E8 fans like me.
67pdr is a nice gun but the Firefly only had like 5 degrees depression historically. I think I d rather have the Achilles myself, M65 with 67pdr. I don t wanna give up the Sherman s depression: (yeah, nerf easy eight so no one will be playing it, only stronk russian tenks. Are battles filled with easy eights?
Nope, if I would have to point out any tier VI medium that requires nerf hammer it would be the Cromwell the new favourite tou of statpadders (after Hellcat/T68/KV6S nerf (well, the KV-85 655 mm replaced the last one).