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paulhager
08-29-2005, 10:51 AM
Current career - April 1941. Last couple of missions I've encountered and engaged more than one convoy in good weather. In most of these instances I've targeted tankers with my usual spread-of-two and only slowed them down. My principle concern has been to avoid the escorts so I tend to engage at long range and spreads tend to be pretty effective.

The convoys always leave injured stragglers behind without escort so all I have to do is shadow and wait to pick them off. What I've discovered is that if I stay beyond around 3000 meters, the ships don't fire back (this is at night -- I have no idea what happens during the day). I use the star shell to light up the target and then pummel it until it sinks. Saves torpedoes.

Why do I use star shells? I haven't adjusted my monitor so the "night" is very dark - and I fire the gun manually. Makes it more challenging. I find the star shells work pretty well at illumiating the target. Once I get it burning, then targeting becomes very simple.

Michiel_88
08-29-2005, 11:17 AM
From 1941, it gets more difficult to sink with deck gun. I too, use it only at night from then on. In broad daylight they fire back more accurately than during night

julien673
08-29-2005, 11:23 AM
well.. its easy to sink this ship at long range... like 4000m http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/784.gif

And star shell... its make a star at 2000m -2500m .. you can see your target whit that... fire at the max angle http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Mik1984
08-29-2005, 11:54 AM
Too bad you can't adjust the range of the starshell. Those missles had a three or four possible ranges. I guess they were pre-determined and you had to choose the right starshell.

Pratchbeer
08-29-2005, 02:16 PM
Don't you all think firing manually the deck gun is too easy ? I shoot more accurate then my experienced deckcrew. The setting of the gun's elevation is very tollerant and I hit 9 out of 10.

This can't be realistic.

Gunnersman
08-29-2005, 06:53 PM
If you get the Real U-boat mod. It will slow down your rate of fire AND the damage is not as much per shell. It makes a big difference.

paulhager
08-30-2005, 07:35 AM
Originally posted by Pratchbeer:
Don't you all think firing manually the deck gun is too easy ? I shoot more accurate then my experienced deckcrew. The setting of the gun's elevation is very tollerant and I hit 9 out of 10.

This can't be realistic.

One makes compromises. Certain other features of the game make it unrealistically hard (the whole radar-snorkel problem, crew maintenance, time-compression-and-instant-death, etc, etc,).

Apparently the developers didn't make a proper adjustment for night visuals so I think it's very sporting to try to use the starshells to illuminate.

For the most part, I consider the deck gun a pain. It can seldom be used - maybe 5% of the time - and it just slows the sub down underwater. I'm looking forward to the VII-C/42, if I survive that long.

Pratchbeer
08-31-2005, 04:52 PM
Originally posted by Gunnersman:
If you get the Real U-boat mod. It will slow down your rate of fire AND the damage is not as much per shell. It makes a big difference.

yes, my realism setting isn't 100% (in fact it is 66 %) but the accuracy off the deckgun should not be something realism setting influences. At least that isn't anywere described. But I will try it soon.

I also noticed that it is very easy to win a gun-duel with a PT-boat or an armored trawler. Until now none have succeeded in damaging the ship or injuring one of my crewman http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Could this be a realism issue ?

Kaleun1961
09-01-2005, 04:15 AM
I've only been in a surface duel with a PT boat once. Instead of using the deck gun, I took him out with a few shots from the flak gun, which I had to man myself, as the crew will not use it to fire on surface targets.

I've never bothered trying to deck gun a trawler. I either avoid them or if the sea is pretty calm I will use a magnetic pistol and fire a torpedo set to run about half a metre under his keel. Usually does the job.

Chrystine
09-01-2005, 05:07 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif @ Kaleun_,

€œ..I took him out with a few shots from the flak gun€¦€

..That still just strikes me as €˜wicked.€ I€ve got to try that sometime €" it€ll have to be next career, as I€m on my last patrol of the war at present, and far from any area where I Might encounter PT€s or Armed Trawlers, etc€¦

I, on the other hand, have had occasion to put the .88 on a few PT Boats and Trawlers.
I€ve sunk two PT Boats with the deck gun, and driven two off in flames.
All were prior to €43, and in the Channel area €" excepting one, that was not too far outside of Brest.
The .88 makes short work of a Trawler as well€¦

I€ll like to see how the 20mm guns chew €˜em up €¦
Did you specifically load Armor-piercing rounds for those actions, Kaleun?

Cheers, & good hunting!
~ C.