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Vive Le Char ARL 44! March 12, 2013

Posted by Wilhelm Arcturus in entertainment, World of Tanks.
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It is tank of the week time, and this time around I managed to buy one while it was on sale.  World of Tanks this week is focusing on the French tree and have put several of the French tanks on sale for half price.  Unlike the Jagpanther, which I bought the day before it went on sale, or the KV-3, which I grabbed the day after a sale on it ended, I was ready and waiting for this tank.

I had already trained up the BDG G1B up to elite status and was just waiting for such an occasion.  So when the news item went up that some tanks in the French line were half price, I was ready to strike.  I soon had a tank with a barn on top in my garage, the ARL 44.

That is a big turret

That is a big turret

I was able to upgrade to the 90mm gun from the BDR right away, which gave this guy some hitting power.  But any upgrades after that would need some combat time.  I did not have much in the way of free experience sitting around, having dumped most of it into Jagpanther upgrades last week.

I was in luck, as the first few battles I was in, the ARL 44 was at the top of the list.  The big gun let me score a kill and some solid hits on the first battle.  I had already read up a bit on the ARL 44, which has very strong frontal armor, but is quite vulnerable on the flanks.  With this in mind, I used the built up areas of the map… I drew Ensk for my first run… to protect my flanks while punishing my foes.

The new ARL 44 in its first battle

The new ARL 44 in its first battle

Every time I brought the tank out in its stock form, somebody commented about the turret.

The barn again

The barn again

I claimed to have a family of gypsies living in the back of the turret.  I didn’t bother to buy the camo paint at this point.  I wasn’t sure that you could hide something so big.  And since the suspension and tracks couldn’t even support a camo net once I upgraded the gun, I figured I would leave it in the stock blue-ish color.

In a later battle, on Lakeville, I was again in the built-up town section of the map, where I discovered that the ARL 44 was tall enough that, on a gentle slope, I was able to fire over the Tiger that was in front of me.

After an evening of battles, I was able to upgrade the tracks and turret, and decided that, with its gun and frontal armor, the ARL 44 was a keeper.  So on went the camo paint and the official slogan of Les Chars de Combustion.

La Lutte Continue!

La Lutte Continue!

Now to get to the top 90mm gun, which will put holes in just about anything I will end up facing in this tank.

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1. HarbingerZero - March 12, 2013

I had a battle a few weeks ago with a fully upgraded 44 and my fully upgraded Pershing against two IS-3′s and a KV-5. We won. Just barely. But we won. Not a tank to be underestimated!

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2. mrrx - March 12, 2013

So are you getting closer to a 40 tank garage like mine, or are you selling the old ones ?

I’m considering buying back some of the tanks I’ve sold, because the variety is fun. Calculating how much money would be involved in buying every tank in the game, except premiums, has kept me from getting started ;) .You could probably blow $1,000 buying all the Tier VIII premiums out there too.

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3. Wilhelm Arcturus - March 12, 2013

@Mrrx – I have sold a bunch, and should probably unload some more. I keep the ones that are fun, along with a couple of the tier I starter tanks, but you can only play so many tanks in a day. That still leaves me with a long line. I have the whole German TD line, a lot of Soviet heavies, and then there is the French experiment. I keep that Char B1 in case we want to make a junior league tank company some day.

I unloaded the Chinese tier I to make space for the ARL 44. Waiting for another sale on garage slots.

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4. Vatec - March 12, 2013

Heh. One of the highlights of my career was getting the final gun on the ARL 44 at almost exactly the same time the IS-8 tank launched. I ended up on El Halluf and had the immense joy of seeing three IS-8 tanks roll in front of my gun, one by one, only to lose huge chunks of health (yes, this was back tier VI’s could still face tier IX’s). I don’t think any of them ever figured out who was doing all that damage, as they kept shooting at everyone but me.

Nothing racks up XP quite as well as doing hundreds of points of damage to enemies three tiers above you ;^)

That being said, the tank is quite fragile, due to weak turret armor and weak side armor. Drive carefully….

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