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Captain_Rownd #1 Posted 04 January 2019 - 06:02 AM

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  In Warplanes I might do something I never did in Tanks or Warships - start playing at Tier 8.  I'm only thinking of doing it to complete the token missions I can never finish because I don't fly Tier VIII-X yet.  I've been working lines up to Tier 6 until now, and not going to Tier 7 yet.  Paths to Tier 8 for the near future:

 

P-51A - I only did "OK" with my first Tier 6, so I researched the Tier 7 P-51D back in March and haven't bought it yet.

 

I-210 - I just researched I-220 today, but struggle to do anything very meaningful in the I-210 which is decent at many things and not great at anything.  I saw a jet up close for maybe the first time a couple days ago, and wet my pants just before I was deleted. 

 

Yak-9 - I researched Yak-9 in March, was clearly not ready for it so I haven't bought it.  Haven't played Yak-7/9 at all this season.

 

La-5 - I'm terrible with planes which have guns that overheat so fast...

 

Ki-61 - ...which is why I'm only this weekend buying the Ki-61 and am uncertain how far I'll get in it. 

 

Fw 190 A-5 - needs tons of XP to elite and research the Tier 7.  I don't forsee this line being my first Tier 8. 

 

Yak-1M - a couple days ago I just noticed that I had researched but forgotten about this plane back in March.  It's easy-peasy, so I suspect Yak-15 will be my first Tech Tree Tier 8.

 

Tempest - This is the only Tier 8 plane I currenty own, so I may give it a try soon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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SPAD S.510 :: P-40 :: MiG-3 :: A6M1 :: XP-44 :: Fw 190 A-5 :: Me 209 V4 :: Venom :: Caudron C.714 :: Ki-88 :: Wirraway :: Tomahawk IIb :: TsKB I-7 :: Ki-5


Reitousair #2 Posted 04 January 2019 - 08:36 AM

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Well, to give you an idea of what you'll have to deal with:

 

P-51's get more firepower but fundamentally remain the same, if you hated the performance and not just the firepower, stop at the P-51A for now and come back later. They're some of the best fighters in their tier in practiced hands, but seriously struggle from pitiful burst damage. A great line for people who know how to use energy fighters and can handle the lack of burst DPS, but for people who can't get the hang of the P-51A, stay out.

 

I-220 is arguably overpowered for tier 7, very fast, solid maneuverability, and effectively tier 8 firepower. Not to mention fairly durable and high-altitude. In short, this plane is strong in every single field, there are no real weaknesses to it, whatsoever, however it's not extraordinarily good in anything but firepower. I-250 though is... meh, an extremely painful stock grind only to end on a mediocre tier 8 plane. While the Pancake got overnerfed into oblivion, there's still a lot of insanely threatening aircraft at tier 8 that you just can't handle. I'd recommend against taking this to tier 8, tier 7 at most until you begin grinding past tier 8, because the MiG-9 and MiG-15bis are some of the strongest fighters in their respective tiers.

 

Yak-9/9U are tricky planes to use but can soft-carry with their ability to control large swaths of the map thanks to their insanely powerful cannons while being able to dogfight. The Su-9 however completely tosses that playstyle out and has superb armaments at the cost of well... everything. There are some nifty little tricks with it but most people stop playing the Soviet MRF line here and never go past it due to just how awkward it is to use. I strongly recommend against taking this to tier 8, stop at 7 since that's the sweetspot in terms of usability.

 

La-5, well, solid plane all-rounder, you'll need some trigger discipline though. La-7/9 are the same plane except the La-9 gets a rocket booster (which also counts as a second engine strangely enough) and an extra gun. But otherwise they're marginal improvements over each other, just enough to remain competitive in their respective tiers. If you can't use the La-5, you likely won't be able to use the other two either (but who knows, maybe the La-9 will be perfect for you.) While preferential, if you can get the hang of the La-5 you'll be able to handle the La-7 and La-9 with relative ease.

 

Ki-61 Hien, a very good aircraft, think of it like a Bf-109 F X A6M5. Solid all-around with superb maneuverability at the cost of terrible durability. The Ki-84 Hayate is considered overpowered by some, like the I-220, it's good in everything however it gets superb maneuverability and firepower with a cripplingly bad durability. The Ki-94-II is a solid tier 8 fighter, it plays a lot like the Ki-84 however you get a much stronger engine and a much stronger airframe, just be careful about your slightly lowered maneuverability, wing-mounted guns, and HUGE size. An excellent line for your entry to high-tiers.

 

Fw-190 A-5, don't. Both the tier 8's are pretty good though, but it's not worth grinding Fw-190's until you're more experienced.

 

Yak-1M, well, the Yak-3 doesn't change much except it gets extra cannons instead of machine guns. Yak-15 gets NR-23's -one of the best general-purpose guns in the game- and while solid, can get blown away by pretty much everything thanks to cripplingly bad a

 

Tempest, I'm waiting for UK MRF's to be added to the tech tree so I can't give a proper review myself.

 

One thing to remember though, playing tier 7 means you'll be fighting tier 8, a lot. Tier 8 has a huge jump in power compared to tier 7 so be prepared to die, a lot on your way to tier 8. It'll be rough, but high-tier gameplay can be exhilarating thanks to the high-speeds and quick time-to-kills.

 

Apologies for writing an essay, but there's quite a bit to cover.


Edited by Reitousair, 04 January 2019 - 08:37 AM.

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Or, of course, the Spitfire IX and XIV ; bit boring those Spits but nice planes to get into action at tiers VII and VIII.

As far as I remember my first tier 8 were the Yak-15 and Ki-94-II ..

 

The German and USA lines were/are the hardest for me ; I only very recently got the Me 209 A. And before that the XF5U.

 

Tempest is nice, but you need to equip it (according to what you want to do ; tough, speed or maneuverable) and put a good pilot in it. I'm still struggling ...


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View PostGonerNL, on 04 January 2019 - 10:03 AM, said:

Or, of course, the Spitfire IX and XIV ; bit boring those Spits but nice planes to get into action at tiers VII and VIII.

 

I dropped the line after the Bristol 146 and never had spare hangar slots to pick it back up. 

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SPAD S.510 :: P-40 :: MiG-3 :: A6M1 :: XP-44 :: Fw 190 A-5 :: Me 209 V4 :: Venom :: Caudron C.714 :: Ki-88 :: Wirraway :: Tomahawk IIb :: TsKB I-7 :: Ki-5


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View PostReitousair, on 04 January 2019 - 08:36 AM, said:

Well, to give you an idea of what you'll have to deal with:

 

P-51's get more firepower but fundamentally remain the same, if you hated the performance and not just the firepower, stop at the P-51A for now and come back later. They're some of the best fighters in their tier in practiced hands, but seriously struggle from pitiful burst damage. A great line for people who know how to use energy fighters and can handle the lack of burst DPS, but for people who can't get the hang of the P-51A, stay out.

 

I-220 is arguably overpowered for tier 7, very fast, solid maneuverability, and effectively tier 8 firepower. Not to mention fairly durable and high-altitude. In short, this plane is strong in every single field, there are no real weaknesses to it, whatsoever, however it's not extraordinarily good in anything but firepower. I-250 though is... meh, an extremely painful stock grind only to end on a mediocre tier 8 plane. While the Pancake got overnerfed into oblivion, there's still a lot of insanely threatening aircraft at tier 8 that you just can't handle. I'd recommend against taking this to tier 8, tier 7 at most until you begin grinding past tier 8, because the MiG-9 and MiG-15bis are some of the strongest fighters in their respective tiers.

 

Yak-9/9U are tricky planes to use but can soft-carry with their ability to control large swaths of the map thanks to their insanely powerful cannons while being able to dogfight. The Su-9 however completely tosses that playstyle out and has superb armaments at the cost of well... everything. There are some nifty little tricks with it but most people stop playing the Soviet MRF line here and never go past it due to just how awkward it is to use. I strongly recommend against taking this to tier 8, stop at 7 since that's the sweetspot in terms of usability.

 

La-5, well, solid plane all-rounder, you'll need some trigger discipline though. La-7/9 are the same plane except the La-9 gets a rocket booster (which also counts as a second engine strangely enough) and an extra gun. But otherwise they're marginal improvements over each other, just enough to remain competitive in their respective tiers. If you can't use the La-5, you likely won't be able to use the other two either (but who knows, maybe the La-9 will be perfect for you.) While preferential, if you can get the hang of the La-5 you'll be able to handle the La-7 and La-9 with relative ease.

 

Ki-61 Hien, a very good aircraft, think of it like a Bf-109 F X A6M5. Solid all-around with superb maneuverability at the cost of terrible durability. The Ki-84 Hayate is considered overpowered by some, like the I-220, it's good in everything however it gets superb maneuverability and firepower with a cripplingly bad durability. The Ki-94-II is a solid tier 8 fighter, it plays a lot like the Ki-84 however you get a much stronger engine and a much stronger airframe, just be careful about your slightly lowered maneuverability, wing-mounted guns, and HUGE size. An excellent line for your entry to high-tiers.

 

Fw-190 A-5, don't. Both the tier 8's are pretty good though, but it's not worth grinding Fw-190's until you're more experienced.

 

Yak-1M, well, the Yak-3 doesn't change much except it gets extra cannons instead of machine guns. Yak-15 gets NR-23's -one of the best general-purpose guns in the game- and while solid, can get blown away by pretty much everything thanks to cripplingly bad a

 

Tempest, I'm waiting for UK MRF's to be added to the tech tree so I can't give a proper review myself.

 

One thing to remember though, playing tier 7 means you'll be fighting tier 8, a lot. Tier 8 has a huge jump in power compared to tier 7 so be prepared to die, a lot on your way to tier 8. It'll be rough, but high-tier gameplay can be exhilarating thanks to the high-speeds and quick time-to-kills.

 

Apologies for writing an essay, but there's quite a bit to cover.

 

Great depth here Reitousair!

 

The P-51, La-7 and Yak-1M line are each consistent, meaning they play the same from tier IV to tier VIII. If you're good now, you'll be good later on those lines. Also as an added perk, the Tier X F-86A and Yak-30 are the two best light Fighters in the game.

The Tempest seems consistent too (if you're good in a Hurricane or Tornado the Tempest should be good for you).

The I-210 line is so 'up-and-down' that its not a line to grind as your first Tier VIII. Save it for a later time.

The Yak-9 line... see the I-210 line info but moreso.

Personally I wasn't overly impressed with the Ki line but maybe that's just me. The wing mounted guns hit hard tho, when they hit. But I liked the Spit line as far as the grind was concerned.

The Fw-190 line has been a revelation and I am thoroughly enjoying it. You can soft carry most matches on this line. That being said, if I had tried this line earlier in my WoWp career I probably would have hated it.



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OP, You have opened a rather large Can of Worms with this question...

 

Like you I needed an Entry at Teir VIII for Dailies mostly, plus I wanted a Credit Maker.

So I bought the Russian MR I-260 on sale.

It IS a Bloody Beast to Master, but once you get a handle on the Big Gun, is a Brutal Killing Machine.

The I-260 was also a good teacher in leadup to Yak-7, Yak-9 and Yak-9u.

Then I crossed over to the Yak-15 on my way to the Yak-30...

My first Tech Tree Tier VIII was the Me-262.

 

My eldest Son (9yo) got serious about flying a couple months back.

I guided him up the BF-109b Line into the BF-109z and then into the Me-262.

For the most part he's done the Hard Core Work, very little Premium Time, as I wanted to see if he'd actually Stick It Out.

He has shown himself to be quite the Steely Eyed Sky Killa. When we meet on Opposite Teams and I loose track of him he'll shoot my butt down in short order... My youngest (7yo) is now following a similar path.

 

I like Speed (Energy) Fighters AND I also like Turn Fighters.

In most respects Canons Are King... at least in my mind.

Tactics differ from Line to Line, and sometimes from Plane to Plane within a Line.

 

More to the Point I would recommend choosing a Plane that you want and Pursue the Line leading to it.

 

My first Tier X was the XF-90, followed by the Yak-30 and then the F-86A.

Tier VIII's I really like are the XF5U, Vampire, Spitfire XIV, Do-335 among others...

 

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if you are looking for tier 8 s to do missions with i have two that i can tell you about my experience with.
(YMMV)

For ground work:
I have an interesting time with the Do 335. 
Its a weird bird.
Tier 7 fighter firepower, :ohmy: 
but with almost a kilometer of range and ...
Tier 10(!)GA bomb load out.:playing:
MultiRole maneuverability on a fast (for a prop) tier 8 heavy fighter. :trollface:
Which works for me because i like heavies. :great:
I even got it cheap because i ground it out during an event.:coin:

Speaking of heavies ... For killing aerial targets and getting turret kills the XP-58 is great.
Once you have a decent sight and the 2 marksman perks the accuracy of 4x37mm cannons goes from
probably hit a bomber sized target once if its right in front of you :angry:
to hitting an actively maneuvering light fighter with all 4 shells almost 600 m away; :trollface:

Between these two im doing well enough to get tier 8 tokens on a semi-regular basis when i put my mind to it.
the money isnt bad, either
And for those concerned about the cost of premium tier 8's ...
You can get away with shelling out cash for just one that works well for you.
I did this for the Chain Lightning because im a P-38 Fan-boy.
But maybe you like Bomber playstyles and would prefer an RB-17, for example.

Later on you can add to the collection without having to kick out a large sum of money during special events.
  So pay attention to when you can grind out other tier 8 planes at your leisure
Currently the vampire is one example.
It's not a terrible fighter for what it does. and you have something to train your various spitfire pilots.


 


Edited by wylleEcoyote, 05 January 2019 - 02:08 AM.

Fair warning. My success rate at speculative guesswork is very hit or miss. Usually I start on the right track and then a make a weird left turn and get lost in the weeds ... 
And yet it doesn't stop me from speculation.
Specialist Planes i have:
USA: XP-31, F1C-2, Model 81A-1, P-40, F4F, P-38F, P-39N-1, P-47B, P-38J, XF15C, XP-58  USSR: Tu-1  UK: DH.100 F1. Japan: not even once.
Germany: Fw 56, Hs 123, Ha 137, He 112, Bf 109 B, Bf 110 C-6, Do 17 Z, Bf 109 E, Bf 109 E-3, Ju 87 G, Fw 190 A-5, Me 410, Do 217 M, Me 265, Me209 A, Do 335 A-1, Me 1099 B-2


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I tried my first Tier 7 plane today, but it was the VB 10 so not part of the progression to Tier 8.  Fortunately for me the only human on the enemy team was in a GAA. 

Edited by Captain_Rownd, 04 January 2019 - 09:15 PM.

Specialist planes:

SPAD S.510 :: P-40 :: MiG-3 :: A6M1 :: XP-44 :: Fw 190 A-5 :: Me 209 V4 :: Venom :: Caudron C.714 :: Ki-88 :: Wirraway :: Tomahawk IIb :: TsKB I-7 :: Ki-5


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View PostCaptain_Rownd, on 04 January 2019 - 06:02 AM, said:

 

  In Warplanes I might do something I never did in Tanks or Warships - start playing at Tier 8.  I'm only thinking of doing it to complete the token missions I can never finish because I don't fly Tier VIII-X yet.  I've been working lines up to Tier 6 until now, and not going to Tier 7 yet.  Paths to Tier 8 for the near future:

 

P-51A - I only did "OK" with my first Tier 6, so I researched the Tier 7 P-51D back in March and haven't bought it yet.

 

I-210 - I just researched I-220 today, but struggle to do anything very meaningful in the I-210 which is decent at many things and not great at anything.  I saw a jet up close for maybe the first time a couple days ago, and wet my pants just before I was deleted. 

 

Yak-9 - I researched Yak-9 in March, was clearly not ready for it so I haven't bought it.  Haven't played Yak-7/9 at all this season.

 

La-5 - I'm terrible with planes which have guns that overheat so fast...

 

Ki-61 - ...which is why I'm only this weekend buying the Ki-61 and am uncertain how far I'll get in it. 

 

Fw 190 A-5 - needs tons of XP to elite and research the Tier 7.  I don't forsee this line being my first Tier 8. 

 

Yak-1M - a couple days ago I just noticed that I had researched but forgotten about this plane back in March.  It's easy-peasy, so I suspect Yak-15 will be my first Tech Tree Tier 8.

 

Tempest - This is the only Tier 8 plane I currenty own, so I may give it a try soon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can only speak to your Yak fighter line and the British MR line.

 

The Tempest, fully kitted out, rocks. [caveat:  when used in the manner for which it was designed - it is NOT a turnfighter, so don't play with Yaks and Ki-84s.]  It eats HFs for breakfast, and owns all the other T8 MRFs.  It is tough enough to go after GAA, and is versatile enough to do it's own GAA work.  A flight of Tempests would own a map, IMO.

 

The Yak-15 with turn on anything.  Anything.

 

But it is also built of tissue paper and gasoline.  You have to have your head on a swivel, and you have to not linger in a straight line for any amount of time.  The guns will kill almost anything in a short amount of time, but that implies that you can get your guns ON the target.  HFs who know how to fly their aircraft will tear you up unless you can figure out how to turn to make them miss.  And good HF pilots know when to attack you - like when you're already engaged.  :)  Head, swivel.

 

The German MRF up to T8 can make you crazy.  The Dora is a joy.  The BV 210 is OK.  The Ta-152 is sublime.



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View PostCorvusCorvax, on 04 January 2019 - 06:44 PM, said:

 

The German MRF up to T8 can make you crazy.  The Dora is a joy.  The BV 210 is OK.  The Ta-152 is sublime.

 

This is all true. the tier 5 A-1 is under gunned. the Tier 6 A-5 is in a sweet spot all things being equal but its a difficult playstyle to excel at.
Look up posts on the subject of how to be good at Fw 190 by SpiritFox. 
Why would you want to go through the trouble of #GettingGud in this line?
Because the tier 7 is called Dora the Explode-er for a good reason. And it leads to the tier 8 Ta-152.
Going further along the line is only cool if you like flying around in a Batplane. Because I'm BATMAN!!!

Fair warning. My success rate at speculative guesswork is very hit or miss. Usually I start on the right track and then a make a weird left turn and get lost in the weeds ... 
And yet it doesn't stop me from speculation.
Specialist Planes i have:
USA: XP-31, F1C-2, Model 81A-1, P-40, F4F, P-38F, P-39N-1, P-47B, P-38J, XF15C, XP-58  USSR: Tu-1  UK: DH.100 F1. Japan: not even once.
Germany: Fw 56, Hs 123, Ha 137, He 112, Bf 109 B, Bf 110 C-6, Do 17 Z, Bf 109 E, Bf 109 E-3, Ju 87 G, Fw 190 A-5, Me 410, Do 217 M, Me 265, Me209 A, Do 335 A-1, Me 1099 B-2


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I "specialized" my second plane today, the P-40.  (the first was the glorous SPAD S.510) I have Engine Guru 2 and Advanced Uprated Engine. 

 

In high school I built a wood P-40 airframe for a history class project.  (the model was intended for a gas-powered model plane)  ...because for some odd reason they allowed that as a history class project. 

 

Dammit, I love flying. Why do so many people play Gimmickships and ChildishRageTanks instead?


Edited by Captain_Rownd, 05 January 2019 - 03:16 AM.

Specialist planes:

SPAD S.510 :: P-40 :: MiG-3 :: A6M1 :: XP-44 :: Fw 190 A-5 :: Me 209 V4 :: Venom :: Caudron C.714 :: Ki-88 :: Wirraway :: Tomahawk IIb :: TsKB I-7 :: Ki-5


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View PostCaptain_Rownd, on 04 January 2019 - 01:02 AM, said:

 

  In Warplanes I might do something I never did in Tanks or Warships - start playing at Tier 8.  I'm only thinking of doing it to complete the token missions I can never finish because I don't fly Tier VIII-X yet.  I've been working lines up to Tier 6 until now, and not going to Tier 7 yet.  Paths to Tier 8 for the near future:

 

P-51A - I only did "OK" with my first Tier 6, so I researched the Tier 7 P-51D back in March and haven't bought it yet.

 

I-210 - I just researched I-220 today, but struggle to do anything very meaningful in the I-210 which is decent at many things and not great at anything.  I saw a jet up close for maybe the first time a couple days ago, and wet my pants just before I was deleted. 

 

Yak-9 - I researched Yak-9 in March, was clearly not ready for it so I haven't bought it.  Haven't played Yak-7/9 at all this season.

 

La-5 - I'm terrible with planes which have guns that overheat so fast...

 

Ki-61 - ...which is why I'm only this weekend buying the Ki-61 and am uncertain how far I'll get in it. 

 

Fw 190 A-5 - needs tons of XP to elite and research the Tier 7.  I don't forsee this line being my first Tier 8. 

 

Yak-1M - a couple days ago I just noticed that I had researched but forgotten about this plane back in March.  It's easy-peasy, so I suspect Yak-15 will be my first Tech Tree Tier 8.

 

Tempest - This is the only Tier 8 plane I currenty own, so I may give it a try soon. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

there is the option of the vampire as well.  It’s a very good T8 fighter.  

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View Postcomtedumas, on 05 January 2019 - 07:26 PM, said:

 

there is the option of the vampire as well.  It’s a very good T8 fighter.  

 

I'd have to buy the tokens to complete most of the missions for it, and since my purpose for using a Tier 8 was to earn tokens from the daily missions that would be counter-productive.  ;)  I'm only 1/3 of the way into the XP-55 missions. 

Edited by Captain_Rownd, 05 January 2019 - 08:09 PM.

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SPAD S.510 :: P-40 :: MiG-3 :: A6M1 :: XP-44 :: Fw 190 A-5 :: Me 209 V4 :: Venom :: Caudron C.714 :: Ki-88 :: Wirraway :: Tomahawk IIb :: TsKB I-7 :: Ki-5


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I do Love my Vampire!

So much so, I'm Re-Grinding the Vamp for any Additional Camo...

 

But I know there are some that don't like it, and that's okay too.

 

Edit:

Oh Yeah!

I love my XP-55 as well!

Not too dissimilar in play style with the Vampire...

Though it has better Maneuverability and poorer Firepower...

I Dig It!

And the Grind ain't so bad.

 

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Edited by ShoeButton, 05 January 2019 - 08:17 PM.


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View PostShoeButton, on 05 January 2019 - 09:10 PM, said:

So much so, I'm Re-Grinding the Vamp for any Additional Camo...

 

The missions you mean ? Don't bother, you'll only get gold, no camo ...

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I finally took out the Tempest tonight, for my first attempt at Tier 8.  I spent some Free XP to get the rockets, and a pile more to get the top engine after about 8 battles.  It was a rough start.  In most games I was struggling to get around 4000 points and just breaking even on credits.  I exploded immediately when decent players saw me, and the bots weren't kind either.  ;)  If there was a mining plant I could at least do some ground target damage and kill GAs or protect my own GAs.  Being unable to look around (joystick user) is much more of a handicap in Tier 8 where things are moving around at wildly different speeds.  Anyhow, flying and making things go BOOM is always fun even when the going is tough.  :playing:

Edited by Captain_Rownd, 16 January 2019 - 01:52 PM.

Specialist planes:

SPAD S.510 :: P-40 :: MiG-3 :: A6M1 :: XP-44 :: Fw 190 A-5 :: Me 209 V4 :: Venom :: Caudron C.714 :: Ki-88 :: Wirraway :: Tomahawk IIb :: TsKB I-7 :: Ki-5


Postal_Monkey #17 Posted 19 January 2019 - 05:11 PM

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View PostCaptain_Rownd, on 16 January 2019 - 01:52 PM, said:

I finally took out the Tempest tonight, for my first attempt at Tier 8.  I spent some Free XP to get the rockets, and a pile more to get the top engine after about 8 battles.  It was a rough start.  In most games I was struggling to get around 4000 points and just breaking even on credits.  I exploded immediately when decent players saw me, and the bots weren't kind either.  ;)  If there was a mining plant I could at least do some ground target damage and kill GAs or protect my own GAs.  Being unable to look around (joystick user) is much more of a handicap in Tier 8 where things are moving around at wildly different speeds.  Anyhow, flying and making things go BOOM is always fun even when the going is tough.  :playing:

 

I hope you're still grinding away! Keep in mind the bots in tier VIII and above are Veteran ranked and slightly more difficult to battle. That, and the jets definitely means a speed boost as far as the pace of action

White_Widow18 #18 Posted 20 January 2019 - 09:17 AM

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My first T8 was the IL-20.

I do not recommend grinding ground attack for your first T8 to be honest... the point when they don't have a turret will make you regret your birth.
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