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Aschenblume #1 Posted 05 April 2015 - 06:29 AM

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Aschen's Guide for the Centurion Mk. 7/1

Hello! It's Aschenblume again, Precision Gaming member, Super-pleb, and avid forum member. This time I'm looking at my favorite tier 9 medium tank. The British Tier 9 Medium Tank Centurion Mk.7/1 or FV 4012

 

First a little History : 

The Centurion, introduced in 1945, was the primary British main battle tank (MBT) of the post-World War II period. It is widely considered to be one of the most successful post-war tank designs, remaining in production into the 1960s, and serving, with upgrades, for many decades. The chassis was also adapted for several other roles, and these have remained in service to this day.

Source : Wikipedia

In-game statistics : 

Main Characteristics

Tier IX
 
Hit Points 1,620 HP
 
Weight/Load Limit 51.46 / 51.5 t
 
Price 3,515,000
 
Crew
  1. Commander
  2. Gunner
  3. Driver
  4. Loader (Radio Operator)
 
Mobility
 
Engine Power 650 h.p.
 
Speed Limit 40 km/h
 
Traverse Speed 30 deg/sec
 
Turret Traverse Speed 36 deg/sec
 
Armor
 
Hull Armor (mm)
  • front 120
  • sides 50
  • rear 31
 
Turret Armor (mm)
  • front 152
  • sides 88
  • rear 88
 
Armament
 
Gun OQF 20-pdr Gun Type A Barrel
 
Ammunition 72 pcs
 
Damage 173-288 HP
 
Armor Penetration 170-283 mm
 
Rate of Fire 10.0 rounds/min
 
View Range 400 m
 
Signal Range 550 m
 

Configuration

Turrets

Turrets

Tier Turret Armor 
(mm)
Traverse Speed 
(deg/sec)
View Range 
(m)
Price 
(credits)
 
VIII Centurion Mk. 7
  • front 152
  • sides 88
  • rear 88
36 400 50,500
 
IX Centurion Mk. 9
  • front 152
  • sides 88
  • rear 88
36 410 61,000
 
Guns

Guns

Tier Gun Damage 
(НР)
Penetration 
(mm)
Rate of Fire 
(rounds/min)
Price 
(credits)
 
VIII OQF 20-pdr Gun Type A Barrel 230/230/280 226/258/42 10.0 120,000
 
IX OQF 20-pdr Gun Type B Barrel 230/230/280 226/258/42 10.53 180,000
 
X 105 mm Royal Ordnance L7A1 390/480/480 268/210/105 5.0 290,000
 
Engines

Engines

Tier Engine Power 
(h.p.)
Chance of Fire 
(%)
Price 
(credits)
 
V Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk. IVB 650 20 16,000
 
IX Rolls-Royce Meteor Mk. IVC 750 20 84,000
 
X Rolls-Royce Griffon 950 20 100,000
 
Suspensions

Suspensions

Tier Suspension Load Limit 
(t)
Traverse Speed 
(deg/sec)
Price 
(credits)
 
VIII Centurion Mk. 7 51.5 30 31,500
 
IX Centurion Mk. 9 54.0 32 63,000
 
Radios

Radios

Tier Radio Signal Range 
(m)
Price 
(credits)
 
VIII WS No. 19 Mk. III 550 22,000
 
VIII WS No. 22 700 25,000
 
X SR C42 750 54,000
 

 

Source : World of Tanks - Tankopedia

(Underlined modules are equipped on final package)

 

The Centurion Mk.7/1 is a nice break from the normal Centurion Mk. I at tier 8 because you get the amazing 105mm Royal Ordinance L7A1. A bit of a break from the low damage-fast firing 20-pdr 17-pdr. and 77mm cannons you've come to familiarize yourself with. The British medium tanks after tier 8 with the Centurion Mk. I are among the slowest of the medium tanks in the game. They're engines max out at 40KpH BUT it's how fast they get up to that speed is what counts. Centurion Mk.7/1's suspension, the Mk. 9, has amazing traction which allows the tank to chew up the dirt and get the tank moving. The Rolls-Royce Griffon with its 950 horses really gets the tank up to speed in a short amount of time with a power/wt. ratio of 12.63hp/t (horsepower-per-ton)

 

But what I think is the crown jewel of the Centurion Mk.7/1 is the 105mm Royal Ordinance L7A1. 268/210/105 millimeters or penetration with the L7A1. 2.3 sec aim time and .32 accuracy. Don't be fooled by the guns performance as it is one of the slowest firing medium tank guns with 5 rounds a minute.

 

One of the Centurion Mk.7/1's key armor strengths is it's Mk.9 turret. The gun mantlet is one of the strongest and with -10º degrees of gun depression you can make awesome use of the hull-down tactic.

 

A Quick Tutorial on the Hull-Down Tactic :

Going hull down is using a piece of hard cover to protect the tank's hull only exposing the turret to the enemy. Great for hard to pen turrets.

 

Technical Detail : Like the Conqueror the ammo rack is located to the left of the driver.

(Maybe invest in Wet-ammo rack)

 

Equipment load-out 

Gun Rammer

         -a must have to ease the reload time

Gun laying drive

        -will help the 2.3 aim time even more

Vertical stabilizers

        -will help when wolfpacking it

Advanced crew ventilation

        -if you aren't feeling for vertical stabilizers

 

Other Player's Opinions :

 

The key to playing this tank is taking all the lessons learned from the Comet and the Centurion Mk. I and applying them to an even further extent. Your gun is sure to be the quickest and might even be the most hard-hitting on your entire team, and you have the ability to take cover very well, so make use of this. Unlike the Cromwell and Comet, you should not even consider acting as a scout, since your cannon is much too valuable to be lost in an early skirmish. Instead, follow the main line and set up deadly long-range fire support, using cover at every opportunity. Your gun's brilliant aim time and high muzzle velocity also makes you a very effective scout-killer.

Source : wiki.wargaming.net

 

I agree with the statement the Centurion doesn't have enough speed or armor to run around and do what it likes. It's a support tank I suggest find good hull down spot, make use of hills, and back up the heavy tanks.

 

Well I hope this has been helpful for you guys. If you have any questions feel free to ask and don't forget to answer in the poll.

 


Edited by Aschenblume, 16 December 2015 - 11:39 PM.

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Parts86 #2 Posted 05 April 2015 - 07:21 AM

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Thank you for some more great information, in my opinion the centurion 7/1 is a great looking tank and my favourite in the game. I regularly use it to work a ridge line and hold up the advance of groups of tier 10's because they don't like the punch these 105 shells pack.

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Still a med, put optics on mine. I can see a case for GLD though.

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View PostX1thebeast29X, on 14 April 2015 - 04:30 PM, said:

Still a med, put optics on mine. I can see a case for GLD though.

 

i don't see the point in optics cause I'm always getting stuck in and if i need to spot then i go spot. most likely ill get spotted anyways with all the camping tds and heavies

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I run optics, Rammer and vents on mine. Crew skills I have recon,sit aware, 6th sense, relay (bit of a mistake), and currenlty have cammo under training. most of these aid the reload time and I now how it down to around 9.5 seconds. With its awsome view range couple with optics and crew skills spotting targets is great in this thing. Not playing it as a scout but the added view range helps out when supporting other tanks. It also plays as a good sniper too due to the awsome accuracy. by far my favourite tank, this one I will be keeping!

 



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Thank you for the information as this is my next step up and gives me a better understanding where I am headed in an informative and concise manner.  Thanks

 



 

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x Gadreel x #7 Posted 22 April 2015 - 02:14 AM

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Great guide, my only "constructive critism" is I would like to see a replay posted with this or a more detailed example of how to play the tank. Other than that it's a great guide! :medal:

 

All the credit goes to METALHELLIONx84 for this awesome Sig.


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View PostDRG Kurokuma, on 22 April 2015 - 02:14 AM, said:

Great guide, my only "constructive critism" is I would like to see a replay posted with this or a more detailed example of how to play the tank. Other than that it's a great guide! :medal:

 

In short, play peek-a-boom on hills, capitalising on your strong turret armour and good gun depression

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View PostLI3044, on 18 May 2015 - 03:57 AM, said:

 

In short, play peek-a-boom on hills, capitalising on your strong turret armour and good gun depression

 

Not anymore...

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View PostDavros74, on 20 May 2015 - 02:51 AM, said:

 

Not anymore...

 

What do you mean? Don't tell me they have nerfed the centurion?

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View PostLI3044, on 20 May 2015 - 05:29 AM, said:

 

What do you mean? Don't tell me they have nerfed the centurion?

 

It's nerfed. Goodnight sweet prince :honoring:

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View PostLetMeKeepMyGT, on 20 May 2015 - 11:31 PM, said:

 

It's nerfed. Goodnight sweet prince :honoring:

 

It only lost some armour off the side of the turret, that I can deal with! I didn't plan on taking any hits anyway. As long as she still handles the same I shall still be able to wreak havoc and destruction!

 



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View PostLI3044, on 21 May 2015 - 07:38 AM, said:

 

It only lost some armour off the side of the turret, that I can deal with! I didn't plan on taking any hits anyway. As long as she still handles the same I shall still be able to wreak havoc and destruction!

 

 

It lost armor all around the turret. I have no idea why though.:sceptic:

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View Postl PanzerFaust l, on 05 April 2015 - 06:29 AM, said:

But what I think is the crown jewel of the Centurion Mk.7/1 is the 105mm Royal Ordinance L7A1. 268/210/105 millimeters or penetration with the L7A1. 2.3 sec aim time and .32 accuracy. Don't be fooled by the guns performance as it is one of the slowest firing medium tank guns with 5 rounds a minute.

 

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If you have any questions feel free to ask...

 

 

I was wondering about the merits of sticking with the Type B Barrel instead of going on to the L7A1. For most tanks it's pretty obvious that you should get the last gun that is unlocked, but I don't know about this one.

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The speed and price of ammo and repairs kills this tank's fun for me.  I  have recently switched back to the 20 pounder, having better games with it.  Last twenty games averaging 6% more damage with the 20 over the previous 20 with the 105 (1550 vs 1650).  And making more credits approx 8% more.

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View PostReinbach 3rd, on 20 July 2015 - 02:23 AM, said:

 

I was wondering about the merits of sticking with the Type B Barrel instead of going on to the L7A1. For most tanks it's pretty obvious that you should get the last gun that is unlocked, but I don't know about this one.

 

I've heard the Type B is good for teamplay situations. Its your preference which one you want.

View PostDefendaodaFaith, on 05 August 2015 - 05:16 PM, said:

The speed and price of ammo and repairs kills this tank's fun for me.  I  have recently switched back to the 20 pounder, having better games with it.  Last twenty games averaging 6% more damage with the 20 over the previous 20 with the 105 (1550 vs 1650).  And making more credits approx 8% more.

 

Might want to check out the Soviet mediums if those are the issues you're facing.

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I've just unlocked the 7/1. Is it still worth getting post nerf? Opinion seems to be split that it can't play to it's hull down strength, but the gun is still great??

 

Should I devote the time to the e50m and obj140 lines I am doing?

 



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Thanks Panzer, thx everyone great help

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I'll tell ya that 7/1 is some good tank!

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Had a pretty good match in the 7/1 last night doing 2600 damage and getting 4 kills and some hatemail accusing me of "playing with no guts" because I was working the ridges on the west side of Murovanka, funnily enough the mail came from a guy also driving the 7/1 too.

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