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8112204 posted a topic in Metagame Discussion☭ Comrade tankers, Today, we are not testing the merits of Soviet HEAT shells, but that of Soviet APCR shells. Our T-127/45 has entered the last stretch of its heroic journey to eternal glory in the Tanks' Hall of Fame. The T-127 is a relatively unknown tank made as a prototype for the T-50 light tank under the Soviet infantry tank experimental project. The concept of infantry tanks did not display much success and the project was superseded by the universal T-34 series, the legend of the Red Army's tank corps. With the T-50 project cancelled, all completed T-50 models were simply strapped with rocket boosters and made into reconnaissance vehicles. However, remaining T-127 prototypes were incompatible with such a conversion. Nevertheless, it was found that their sloped armour, similar to that of the famous T-34s, allowed the T-127 to remain a worthy combatant, at least in small scale battles at secondary frontlines. To encourage the efficient use of all available military resources, the great and everlasting Party bestowed the Premium Tank status upon all remaining T-127s, adding incentives for its operation through the generation of additional silver ration tickets and favoured combat deployment. T-127/45 No. 811 was sent to our regiment, and thus our path to victory began. To enhance victory ratios further, we have supplied APCR shells for the T-127's 45mm 20K cannon, the most reliable and widespread small-calibre cannon of the USSR. Like HEAT, APCR has strong armour penetrating abilities but shares damage mechanics with standard AP in that it requires full penetration to inflict damage, or none at all. Unlike HEAT, APCR also boasts a large normalization bonus against cheap imitations of authentic Soviet sloped armour technology. Though previously rare and impractical, the Gold Shell Revolution, in addition to full support from the people's Party, has made APCR shells much more commonplace to maintain equality for all comrades. For our T-127's last 24 missions to 301 total battles, we have evaluated the achievements of the tank in combat and the flow of ration tickets when using APCR shells. The analysis has been complete and the results now released for the benefit of the working public. As always, we provide full evidence to prove the dependability of this study and any patterns we may see. The evidence comes in the tested-and-true format of live combat videos and post-battle records from the Party's historical archives. Full Replays of glorious T-127/45 in action: http://www.mediafire...6zy964l4cq5bflh End-of-battle screenshots: http://www.mediafire...3u8j66opy8yukt8 We shall now proceed to the study. The conditions of the experiment are thus: >24 battles of Solo Pub - a breathtaking race to the finish as the T-127/45 pub-stomps and team-drags on its quest for glory and immortality. >T-127/45 is armed with 60 AP, 30 APCR, and 12 HE. Halfway through the study, we changed loadout to 62 AP, 32 APCR, and 8 HE because we never really use HE. >APCR shells were all acquired beforehand at half price: 400 silver ration tickets each; thus, no records of ordering additional shipments are shown during this experiment. >Any HE shells fired were considered to be AP shells for efficiency in recording as they are both valued at 14 silver ration tickets. However, we do not believe we have fired even a single HE shell during this study. The results of the experiment are detailed in the following chart: These numbers may be compared to previous records of the T-127/45 in which APCR was not used. Previous averages: >71% victory. >2.58 targets destroyed per battle. >499.23 damage points inflicted. >496 average EXP points awarded. New averages with gold shells: >83.33% victory. >3.42 targets destroyed per battle. >619.92 damage points inflicted. >565.21 average EXP points awarded. It is such a pity that we were once again unable to grasp that alluring 100% winrate, though we would have come astoundingly close had it not been for that despicable 3-loss streak; a most shameful display. However, our great patriotic efforts have still brought us a very strong victory ratio, and with APCR shells we see that kill rates have been higher than ever before. Damage production, and thus EXP generation, have never been so great as it is now. The Soviet Union's well-crafted APCR ammunition allows us to frontally penetrate potato tanks such as the capitalist M3 Lame or more effectively slay the fascist Hetzers. Now, our enemies shall learn to fear the worker's mighty hand! As for the economic sustainability of APCR, we find that it is wholly feasible under any condition. The T-127/45's signature 45mm 20K cannon already has powerful AP shells capable of destroying most targets on its own, so APCR is not required all the time. Efficient Soviet manufacturing techniques also allow for inexpensive APCR shells that are easily accessible to all, and the Party's Premium Tank Policies allow for more than enough silver ration tickets to cover the expenditures of APCR. A Premium Economics Policy would almost double the net income of rations, but is not required for the everlasting destruction of our enemies. Praise be to the T-127 and the generosity of the people's great and everlasting Party! Notes: Here are the overall T-127 records upon the conclusion of the experiment: Maximum kills and EXP levels are greater than ever: Comrades, be sure to also learn about the original Workers' Revolutionary Soviet SU-26 Gold Economics Study: As well as the Glorious Expeditionary Soviet SU-152 Gold Economics Study: And Comrade Voroshilov's Supremely Soviet KV-1 Gold Economics Study: In addition to the Great Industrial Soviet T-54 Gold Economics Study: Plus the Marching Volunteers' Chinese Type T-34 Gold Economics Study: Including the Spacefaring Cosmonauts' Soviet S-51 Gold Economics Study: Furthermore, the Proletarian Public's Soviet IS-6 Gold Economics Study: Be sure to comment and spread the Soviet glory!