Originally Posted by MightyMatt
But there is this big problem, I just said this in another thread but; The exp/credit ratio is so crazy I will be banned from Blitz games (max lvl 60) before I get anywhere near a CA! =/
which is why you start another BO in the same nation and flesh out the rest of your eventual full crews
BB line BO ..>>.. BC line BO ..>>.. SS line BO ..>>.. CV line BO ..>>.. APA line BO .. .. ..
even if you do not plan going SS or CV .. use those BO's in blitz anyway .. help lvl BB crews
go up the line 12-61 repeatedly with another BO when the first maxes out of blitz
level batches of crew up .. supports, pilots, etc .... you will have at least 2 sets of gunners
one main pair (acc) and one secondary pair (rld) and even pr. AA gunners in some nations..
a FULL crew for all lines of ONE nation would generally consist of at least the following :
5 - BO's .. bb .. bc .. cv .. ss .. apa .. (many also have 'extras' for the line split branches)
1pr. Main gunners (acc) .. 1pr. secondary gunners (rld) .. 1pr. AA gunners .. 1 pr.TWs ..
1-2 sonarmen .. 1 planesman .. 1-2 seamen .. 5-6 engrs .. 3-4 reps .. 1 rest (?) ..
1-2 scouts .. 4-6 FTRs .. 2-4 TBs .. 2-4 DBs .. 1 medic (?) .. *1 radioman for acct
also keep in mind that you do not have to buy every ship that your BO levels up for ...
ex) : IJN BB line ... kagero > fubuki > simakaze > kuma >(kita remodel) ... skip the in-betweens
re-use the same set of stepping-stone leveling ships ... for 2-3 times with new BO's and batches of sailors ..
hang on to same ships ... save up creds each time you repeat the loop ... you'll get there ..
especially when you start leveling the cv bo up .. then he can blitz out last and start getting cv creds for you
as for the dido/sirius .. generally don't waste credits on low level remodels .. you don't recover them ..
for an alternate option to the CL level ships ... check out the ECL Emerald in your UK dockyard
it should appear on your BUY NEW SHIP list in that upper left ship set up section ..
here's the general description of the ECL's .. each nation has its own version ...
ECL's are special CL's that are not on any of the nation BO ship tree branches, but are usable by any and all BO's of that proper nation. When a BO of any nation reaches the level of their respective ECL ship (varies by nation) then that ship silently appears on the BUY NEW SHIP list in your dockyard and can be purchased for credits just like any other normal ship with the differance being that no line classing is needed for any BO to make use of it as long as they are of the proper level and nation. Please do note that NO NOTICE or ANNOUNCEMENT is given - it just suddenly is available on the BUY SHIP listing. So you have to know about it and actually go and look for it to get it if you want one of them. Way back in the days of the very first event, when everyone was still doing FF/DD rooms the ECL's were the heavy duty wow-wow prizes. Since the EBB1's were released, the ECL's have been 'declassified' and made available to all players in the BUY NEW SHIP listing of the respective nations harbor. Or, in engrish - it just shows up by magic one day - if you pay attention and wanna buy it like a regular ship for creds .. its like a 'bonus' nice CL ship for any regular nation shiplines BO to drive be they BB BC CV SS or even APA bo's.
ECL's are favored as a go-to ship for blitz leveling as well as beloved for AA duty and GB escorts. Aside for the armament option flexibility, the main utility is that any BO of that nation can drive it. It can be used to level APA bo's and SS bo's and CV bo's as well as the usual BB bo's. This means for blitz leveling you almost always have a under-61 BO on hand for it (even if its only the apa bo); and as an escort in GB the lightweight APA or skeletonized SS bo's can be used to captain it so as to save weight for fatter hi-lvl gun crews to romp AA escort duty. The ECL's are also highly versatile and are often used for ASW duty in addition to their AA roles. Some players split armament so that AA is in the R slots and HH in the T slots (or vice-versa) and do both jobs as AA/ASW multi-support ship. Any and every CL is able to utilize a sonarman for spotting subs, so even if it is doing AA duty, they can still assist in ASW by spotting as long as they carry a sonarman along. ECL's ... all generally worth getting