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NintendoKing #1 Posted Jun 11 2012 - 04:26

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I researched both of them and now the last thing for me to do is decide which path to go down. Can anyone recommend a line for me? I just don't know which one to go down.

UberTank01 #2 Posted Jun 11 2012 - 04:27

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If you like speed you'll go down the Turret TD tree but if you like Highly Armored TDs go down the T95 Tree it's personal preference.

And I am talking about the Top Tier TDs here aka the T95 Vs T30, they have the exact same gun but one has a very good turret while the other has very good front armor that kinda gets penetrated pretty easily with its weak points; but the T30 has a big weak point aka its hull armor.

T30 can haul down with it's turret though and it is a lot faster than the T95 @ 35km/h.

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Go for m18. Hella fun. That being said, go m8.

rinying #4 Posted Jun 11 2012 - 04:36

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well, the t30 path would be the best choice, as this lets you also go and get the t28/t95 without going through the middle of the line.

NintendoKing #5 Posted Jun 11 2012 - 05:08

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Thanks but I need a bit more info then this. I don't want to waste credits for no reason.

poordad1 #6 Posted Jun 11 2012 - 06:06

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M8A1 all the way. Its faster and more agile. I have gotten way more kills with it than with the T40

wilt57 #7 Posted Jun 11 2012 - 17:39

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I prefer the M8A1 over the T40, but they're both capable TDs for their tier.  The T40 does get a better gun, the M8A1 relies on speed and it's turret.  With a camo net and binocs, the turret gives you a wider field of fire while keeping them activated.  Every time you move your hull on the T40, they need another 3 seconds to activate.  It's more how you intend to play.

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NintendoKing #8 Posted Jun 12 2012 - 04:05

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So far the M8A1 is winning...

rags17 #9 Posted Jun 12 2012 - 05:53

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I played Marder and hetzer until I got tot he Stug, but stank at it.  :Smile_confused:

I then moved to the US line and went for the M8.  Compared to the German TD it's sex on a stick.  It has speed, small size, and best of all A TURRET !  My favourite tacic is to park sideways behind a rock, then fire and duck.  The game engine checks spotting every few seconds depending upon range, so sometimes if I shoot at a target at long range the check won't be made until I'm behind the hard cover.  Result = I'm still invisible.

I just got the M18 having skipped the T49 and am still learning the ropes (and learning how to avoid Tier IX's !).  But it does seem to play like the M8, only better.

Morale ?  Play the turreted US TD's, you really won't regret it.

NintendoKing #10 Posted Jun 14 2012 - 05:46

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I decided to do this: buy the T40 go to the M10 and skip the T49 and then continue down the M8's line.

Leoperd_2_ace #11 Posted Jun 15 2012 - 23:43

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not really the best idea, the M10 my have a turret but the M18 has peed and you really should use the M8 and T49 to get used to the speed an turret

NintendoKing #12 Posted Jun 16 2012 - 00:56

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View PostLeoperd_2_ace, on Jun 15 2012 - 23:43, said:

not really the best idea, the M10 my have a turret but the M18 has peed and you really should use the M8 and T49 to get used to the speed an turret
I'm not going down to the M10 because it has a turret...I'm going down that way because I felt like it. :mellow:

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It comes down to this. Do you want to be a sniper? Or do you want to be a scout sniper?

The turreted line has the tremendous advantage of, well, having a turret. They are also blisteringly fast up until the T28/Prot. The playstyle in the turreted TD line is drastically different than that of the standard, as they don't play like TDs. I mean, they CAN, but they don't have to be treated as such.

For example, right now, I am currently working through my T49, and I love that little thing. It can't really take much punishment, but it makes up for that with a relatively good gun, and ridiculous speed. I don't play it like a TD, but rather as a trade between a medium and a light tank. It makes an excellent scout when needed, except it also has the gun to defend itself and really harass the enemy.

NintendoKing #14 Posted Jun 18 2012 - 04:52

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I'm more of a sniper person because every time i scout, I'm always a flaming wreck or I'm rolling down a street(a barely used one)and a HE shell lands on me and blows me into nothing. To make a pointless story short...I have no skill in scouting :Smile_Default: So that's why I prefer to snipe and finish off careless players.

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Neither TD is really better then the other. What they are is different play styles. Which one you pick is a matter of personal preference.

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The T40 does have a very nice gun for its tier. Sadly moving up a tier and getting the wolverine just gives you a tank thats worse than your T40.  The wolverine has the same gun, is much bigger, open turret, slower, harder to manuver, and well, i think pretty much worse than your smaller T40 in every way. I play the T40, and all of a sudden move up a tier, and they take a bigger, slower, taller TD and stick my same T40 gun on.  I was like arrgggg!

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View Posteolsunder, on Jun 20 2012 - 06:42, said:

The T40 does have a very nice gun for its tier. Sadly moving up a tier and getting the wolverine just gives you a tank thats worse than your T40.  The wolverine has the same gun, is much bigger, open turret, slower, harder to manuver, and well, i think pretty much worse than your smaller T40 in every way. I play the T40, and all of a sudden move up a tier, and they take a bigger, slower, taller TD and stick my same T40 gun on.  I was like arrgggg!

No, the M10 gets a better gun, the M1A2.  And yes, it is better than the M1A1, in re-fire rate and accuracy.  Even with the M1A1 or 105mm, the M10 has a better re-fire rate than the T40.  The M10 being open top means nothing because the T40 is open top as well.  The T40 does have a better hp/t ratio and better hull traverse, but the M10 has a better gun traverse speed when considering both the hull and turret moving.  The T40 does have a very large field of fire for a non-turret TD.  Everything considered, to me the M10 is the better TD and apparently WG agrees as well.

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sorry you have the M1A1 76mm on the T40, and the M1A2 76mm on the wolverine, they are basically the same gun like i said. A little faster, 16-18 speed compared to 18-19 speed, but not much of a difference.

Now look at the russians, their TD comparable to the T40 has a 85mm gun to our 76mm, then when i move up to a wolvernine with the same 76mm gun, suddenly their TD have a 107 mm gun and i still have my little 76mm. So yes, when i move from a tier 4 T40 up to a tier 5 wolverine, i expect to actually gain a better TD, not a TD thats much bigger, slower, turns slow, can barely accelerate, and has the same 76mm gun, while my Russian counterparts have a MUCH bigger gun, lower size and profile, closed top TD, and faster. So while i get to keep the same old american 76mm gun the russians move up to much bigger guns that are going to smush my easier to hit tank to bits.

At least ill get a 90mm real gun when i move up to tier 6 TD.. oh wait, its not a real gun, because the russian tier 6 is progressing up to a  !!! 122mm !!! real gun.  The germans have the same gun range as me at least, but oh they actually have armor on their TD (80 front compared to my 51ish) PLUS are low profile like the russians, not a big tall tank-like easy to shoot TD like the americans nicely have.

Sorry, moving up from a T40 to a tier 5 wolverine is suppose to be an IMPROVEMENT on your TD line, not "stick the same 76mm gun in a much easier to hit slower bigger target" while your russian counter parts have a vastly superior TD at every turn.

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View Posteolsunder, on Jun 20 2012 - 18:35, said:

sorry you have the M1A1 76mm on the T40, and the M1A2 76mm on the wolverine, they are basically the same gun like i said. A little faster, 16-18 speed compared to 18-19 speed, but not much of a difference.

Now look at the russians, their TD comparable to the T40 has a 85mm gun to our 76mm, then when i move up to a wolvernine with the same 76mm gun, suddenly their TD have a 107 mm gun and i still have my little 76mm. So yes, when i move from a tier 4 T40 up to a tier 5 wolverine, i expect to actually gain a better TD, not a TD thats much bigger, slower, turns slow, can barely accelerate, and has the same 76mm gun, while my Russian counterparts have a MUCH bigger gun, lower size and profile, closed top TD, and faster. So while i get to keep the same old american 76mm gun the russians move up to much bigger guns that are going to smush my easier to hit tank to bits.

At least ill get a 90mm real gun when i move up to tier 6 TD.. oh wait, its not a real gun, because the russian tier 6 is progressing up to a  !!! 122mm !!! real gun.  The germans have the same gun range as me at least, but oh they actually have armor on their TD (80 front compared to my 51ish) PLUS are low profile like the russians, not a big tall tank-like easy to shoot TD like the americans nicely have.

Sorry, moving up from a T40 to a tier 5 wolverine is suppose to be an IMPROVEMENT on your TD line, not "stick the same 76mm gun in a much easier to hit slower bigger target" while your russian counter parts have a vastly superior TD at every turn.
I really don't care about how bad the M10 is ...I can always adjust my playing style if it seems to be a bad tank for it's tier and I might end up liking it since I enjoy using TDs. So I'm sure I might be able to get rid of this so called "downgrade" because every tank has some sort of advantage ranging from something so weird that most don't notice to a obvious advantage compared to it's parent. For example: The M10 has a turret and is able to play peek-a-boom with enemies hiding behind a corner instead of me in my T40 just waiting for them to make the first move and end up with me getting ass raped by a heavy tank...(which happens a lot because I camp a lot with my T40 and once I get into position, I rarely move...my  Russian counter parts may have a vastly superior TDs at every turn but every tank has some sort of weak spot somewhere...

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View PostNintendoKing, on Jun 11 2012 - 04:26, said:

I researched both of them and now the last thing for me to do is decide which path to go down. Can anyone recommend a line for me? I just don't know which one to go down.
do you want an impenetrable turtle (go T40) or a TD/HT hybrid (go M8A1) at tier 9/10?