View Full Version : My first Cruiser in single player! (Pictures)

09-23-2006, 12:53 AM
Just to note, if yor looking for close up action screenshots I have none to give you. If your still interested...read on fellow Kaleun!

My career in my Type IIA, U-13, was retired tonight (BdU thought I would serve best as FdU of Nordsmeer).


After some thinking as to what career to do next, I decided to take a VII out of a newly captured and prepered base in France at full realism. After getting some of the critical upgrades, the Kaptian and crew of U-52 put out to sea in the evening of September 10th, 1940. After two uneventful days, look what popped up on my navigation map:


Being http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif as I was, I immediately sent an intercept course, ordered ahead flank and made sure the watch crew kenw what to keep their eyes open for. After a very tense 40 minutes, I finally made contact. The sea was not kind, giving me 10m waves (which made range calculations very difficult) but it also consealed my approach and my bow spray, giving me the advantage. I also noticed I was perpendicular to the convoy on the starboard side and just ahead of the lead merchant, sound like a familar Das Boot moment ? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif (In the picture, you can make out four ships).


After I was satisfied with my positon and noticing no immediate escorts on my side of the convoy, I turned towards the convoy and ordered ahead flank getting within 2km of the nearest merchant. I ordered a dive to periscope depth and ahead slow. I raised the periscope and scanned the portion of the convoy I could see, looking for valuable targets. Well, look what I found in the middle, a light cruiser, later identified as a Fiji light cruiser. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif


Knowing the absolute value of this ship I could not simply let her go. There were a mass of large tankers in the convoy but they became second to the cruiser (also because I had never seen a warship of this class in my detailed time playing SH3). I preped a Type II torpedo and go within roughly 2800m. The waves were still not being kind to my calculations as they kept going over my periscope, making it a very difficult if not challenging task to get a good estimate for a solution. After verifing the solution twice, I fired off a Type II torpedo and waited annoxously for the minutes to tick by.


Unfourently, this first torpedo missed the cruiser and hit a large tanker just beside it. This of course gave away the element of surprise so I acted quickly and calculated solutions on nearby merchants knowing I would not get another chance. I fired a Type I at a nearby medium cargo, scoring a direct hit just forward of the bridge, she limped away with a list to starboard. My second target was a large cargo. Firing a my last loaded Type II torpedo I managed to score a hit on the large cargo but she also limped away with a heavy fire on her bow deck cargo. All I had left was one Type I which I had saved to get to the cruiser which now was changing speed and performing evasive manouvers but still within a reasonable 2.5km distance. After preping the last loaded torpedo I calculated the solution and waited for the Fiji to make its evasive turn away from me. When she did, I fired. Two minutes later I was awarded with this:


After my successful hit on the Cruiser I began to look around for the two escorts I had spotted while I was targeting the merchants, there was a Black swan frigate and a flower corvette, both on the other side of the convoy...just my luck. My crew by now had managed to reload Tube I, so I targeted the crusier again to try to get a kill shot. I once again calculated the solution twice and waited for the evasive turn. When she did it, I fired. Unfourently this torpedo missed its target, making me a very frustrated kaleun. With this being the only non destroyer warship I had ever found and seen in single player and now I had no torpedos left...the angle on bow was slowly increasing to the point that I could not get a conventional perpendicular shot. By the time my sixth torpedo had been reloaded, the crusier and the majority of the convoy was over 3-4km away and about an AOB of prehaps 130-140 STB, not the best time to target anything but I made the choice to target the closest ship, a large tanker, with a Type I. After calculating the solution twice, I waited for its evasive turn away from me and then fired. This torpedo, like the other two, missed its target. By now I was frustrated...U-52 and its greenhorn crew (including a fresh Kaleun) had successfully engaged a convoy, hitting three ships (including an 11k ton Cruiser) but now I had no actual kills, just limping ships. Disappointed about a semi successful attack, I looked for the nearest escort to gauge if I was to close to them. I found a flower that was about 2km away but it not heading towards me. I turned in the opposite direction, maintaining ahead slow and dived to 80m to avoid detection. After I had ordered the dive, I was astounded to hear the familiar cry of my crew for sinking a ship (and noticing a gesture on one of my crew mates faces in the command room). I then checked the Kaptians log and found this golden entry:


I literally screamed just like my crew at the major success we had just pulled up. Right at that moment, I felt like the "old kaleun" in Das Boot and actually quoted some phrases to my helmsman but he gave me the usual poker face http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif I patiently waited one hour, asking my sonar operator every two minutes, the progress of the nearest escort. After realizing U-52 had escaped the lions den, I ordered periscope depth to make sure I was indeed alone. After scanning the horizon, I came to the to conclusion that the escorts had broken off their engagement for me and returned to the convoy. I surfaced and sent a contact report to BdU to make sure they knew what condition the convoy was in, direction, speed and what I had done to it.


And this is where I saved. Well...It ain't your Illustrious fleet carrier, or Revenge battleship but for me it is the highest achievement I have accomplished with playing 100% realism and must say it that kill was worth every minute I spent a year ago forcing myself to adjust to this realism.

09-23-2006, 03:18 AM
Pics are too dark

09-23-2006, 04:16 AM
Ye very dark, but still..congrats i got my first cruiser the other day...and then yesterday got my first aircraft carrier and troop transport, yay

09-23-2006, 09:50 AM
I got my first cruiser, 1 destroyer, and lost all my torpedoes on a troop transport that never sank. It was a statinary convoy near Trondheim, during the Invasion of Norway. I was in GW and I was so excited that everyone was stationary http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif and it only took 1 torpedo to sink the Fiji Light cruiser, the destroyer took 1, but the troop transport took 7-8 and I waited a while, I did not wanna surface, but I was running so low on oxygen and it still never sank. I had to turn around.

09-23-2006, 10:02 AM
Nice job Jager! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-23-2006, 10:10 AM
Well done, you earned your tonnage.

If some of you guys think the pics are too dark, then try to imagine the scenario with you in, manually calculating the shots.

That, my friends, is an achievement! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

09-23-2006, 01:41 PM
I didn't want to lighten the pictures, mainly because I wanted to give you all a first hand account of exactly what I saw. I understand that some monitors might not be the best in displaying dark images like these but you can try increasing the brightness or contrast and see if there is an improvement.

09-23-2006, 08:55 PM
Nice! I can't hit anything in manual targeting unless its standing still. Good Job!