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About DeRuyter

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    Military history in general but in particular the Napoleonic era and age of sail. Wargaming and painting military miniatures. Sailor and bicycle racer. F1 fan. Fan of "proper" football: Gunners and Philadelphia Union!

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  1. IRL accuracy more than pen. In game we have more accuracy so is that balanced by less pen maybe? In 1850s testing showed penetration of oak by 24pdr with 8 pound change at 500 yards range of 33 inches so 83 cm. I know that is land based testing with ideal conditions ofc. Having said that as @Hethwill noted it is more about battering the crew into submission so even a partial pen causing splinters and rigging damage often mattered more than a full pen.
  2. Was Constitution nerfed at some point?

    The other point to consider is that she has been given the status as a 4th rate for gameplay purposes, just like Wasa, when IRL she was a 5th rate frigate just an unusually large one. @Fluffy Fishy Not sure if they consider sail area to displacement ratios in the ultimate calculations but that may well be a distinguishing feature from your average 74 at least as to speed and acceleration. I was not aware that President was used much after capture due to the damage she sustained hitting the bar off Sandy Hook. United States was also known to be a slow sailor due in part to the retention of the 42pdr carronades. What is clear is that there are a lot of variables within a ship class especially when they are built at different shipyards as were this class of ships. The issue of speed for me is somewhat muted by our static wind conditions - the logs show Constitution was capable of a good turn of speed in certain wind conditions. I suspect like a line ship she may suffer in light wind. Although I saw her hit 5knts in light winds under tops'ls during the bicentennial sail.
  3. Wind changes IRL you can see minor wind shifts fairly often, in particular near land. But those would be small back and forth shifts 10-20 degrees or so. The wind can also shift dramatically such as when a land breeze gradually turns into a sea breeze, but that change could take a number of hours. You also can have steady wind with no shifts over the course of an entire battle. Basically small wind shifts are fine but large change in direction should be rare in the scope of a battle instance. @admin Speaking of wind - variable wind speed and weather conditions would help with ship differences. Not sure if Wasa discussion is OT here but - Just make Wasa a 3rd rate as she was, in particular armed with 32pdrs, and adjust BR accordingly. IMO should be a good reason to change a ships stats not because someone is unhappy their favorite ship sails differently now. Similarly even ships in the same class had differences and shouldn't be balanced for balance sake. BR changes should factor in as well.
  4. Carronades vs Cannon (my take)

    @Malachi You may well be right I had thought that nickname came to be a general use term for carros beyond Victory's 68 pdrs.
  5. Carronades vs Cannon (my take)

    IMO a slight damage buff is all that is need for carronades. Off the top of my head a medium 6pdr does 38 dmg whereas a 18pdr carronade does 50 dmg, so about 25% more. Carronades should do significant damage at close range - 50 m or pistol shot. After all they were called "smashers" for a reason. They would often load quarterdeck carros with grape and ball, be nice to do that in NA
  6. TBF they are working new player experience atm - as admin noted above - UI, tutorial, etc.
  7. At least with your LGV permits you can choose your build - capping an AI LGV is up to RNG and may just get something like Oak/crew space.
  8. Just reduce the hold space on the BC to say 50 and job done.
  9. I thought this game may be of interest around here. More of a ship and crew management game although there is MP and co-op modes. You start as a LT on an RN frigate and try to work though promotions by completes tasks and missions. The developer previously released a game (Slitherine/Matrix games) called Carrier Deck with a similar theme but obviously set on an aircraft carrier. http://www.everysinglesoldier.com/hms.html
  10. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year Vrolijk Kerstfeest und een gelukkig nieuwjaar!
  11. Kalmar Nyckel Voyage Documentary

    There is a documentary about the 17th century Swedish expedition to the New World aboard a Dutch ship, the Kalmar Nyckel on tonight in the US at 9 pm EST. I used to be a crew member on the replica which sails out of Wilmington Delaware USA. Of course the replica is featured in the show! Unfortunately it is on a local Public TV station (WHYY) so I am not sure who will be able to see it - maybe it is available streaming. She is a beautiful ship even if a bit before our timeline (1625). The Ingermanland is the closest in resemblance. Here are some links: https://whyy.org/kalmar-nyckel-forgotten-journey/?utm_source=email&utm_medium=eblast&utm_campaign=video&utm_content=local&utm_term=kalmarnyckel http://kalmarnyckel.org/
  12. Connie be-all end-all

    @Fluffy FishyI expect better from you, I fear that your normal demeanor and excellent historical objectivity has been blinded by the overly jingoistic patriotism of some of the US forum members towards the Constitution. Your reaction was fairly severe, far beyond the normal counterpoints to the record of the US super frigates. For perspective the USN was miniscule counting less than 30 ships and could never hope to strategically counter the might of the RN as can be seen with the blockade that kept the US frigates bottled up for most of the war. So certainly it is easy to say the USN performed badly by losing x number of ships, but of course they did because they were grossly outnumbered! Now the lake battles may be another story and I would argue that the USN gave much better than it got from the RN on that account. You also should really include the sloop and brig combats not just the frigate actions. I would also argue that the US privateers despite having lost many ships did indeed cause significant material loss and panic among the British merchants and insurance market. You should read the account of the Chasseur under Thomas Boyle sometime (among others). Ultimately you can argue 24 lb v 18 lb frigates all day but in the end crew quality and training is what matters most. Do you think a 24 lb French frigate would have bested HMS Java given the same encounter? I think not. As @maturin noted the British routinely fought superior French ships and won. Why; crew quality and tactical doctrine. HMS Shannon had one of the best trained crews in the RN and came up against a rookie crew with predictable results. I think is hard to argue against the US crews in general being at least on par with the RN in gunnery and sailing ability, and often better. Anyway I think you have unduly given the USN short shrift (and I say that as an Army vet!).
  13. One of the problems in game is that it is done at full sails to get that high speed backwards when irl unless the wind was very light you wouldn't want to risk damage to the masts/rigging with the sails aback against the masts.
  14. NP We can just call the whole thing the "steering mechanism". History part: The wheel that the ship has on it now was taken from the HMS Java after the battle.