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Increase ship size?
I keep building ships that reach 100% size, made almost entirely out of the single 600mm lightweight armor blocks. And yet I seem to constantly meet enemies that outclass me in both size and firepower. So my question is, is the ship size based on tonnage, or on block count? Can I make a bigger ship by using the large 400mm hull blocks instead of the small 600mm hull blocks, and is this desirable?
Answer from: Bird of Prey
The percentage is based on block count with a few exceptions such as decorations and mines especially. Theoretically, utilizing the large 400mm armor will allow you to quadruple your ship size but it will not be as porportionally damage resistant. Mostly what I use the large 400 for is for gun decks whic are really large. Though you might as well try making a gigantic ship with the large armor.
Answer from: simonboyd481
I have the same problem. i tried to copy a ship i saw which was 75 blocks long x 4 deep. I built the hull hollow from 200mm lightweight, but got to 50 long and was at 99%. This was before i added any infrastructure or guns! I've experimented with making a ship with no bottom on the hull. It doesn't seem to affect speed but gives me a few more % points to add more on deck
Answer from: Holy Thunder
You have saved my fighting career and doomed my enemies. Many thanks. I had suspected, but was not sure and just confirmed this to be the case. By increasing the hull size that I use, I increase the overall size of the ship, which also increases the number of weapons and boilers I can use. While the toughness (hit point count) is proportionally only half that of the 600mm small armor, the armor-point remains at 1000 and the size will grant a greater overall toughness--that means instead of 6 600mm blocks granting 12,000 toughness, I can use 6 2x2x2 400mm blocks, resulting in 48,000 toughness or 4 times the damage I can absorb and 8 times the size.
Answer from: Someone
One thing the big block can decrease the speed of the ship for me because I gave over 4 600mm amour for the 2x2 400 amour block and I hav 4 boilers and it goes 76 knots before it was 138 knots maybe it has something to do with density
Answer from: Bird Of Prey
A word of warning though about the large 400 mm is that it lags a serious ton the more and more you use. It took me the better part of 3 days to redo a 36x42 and it lags so much you ban barly do anything.
Answer from: (SHADOW.WOLF)
I built a fortress out of large 400mm armor and had one gas turbine engine in it and it went 120 knots so the larger the peices you use the bigger your ship can be... Warning 400mm is pretty weak agains torpedoes
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