I thought it might be good for variety to give vehicles (some anyway, not going to list all the possible candidates for this) an extra ammunition type.
For example, right now the 88 mm KwK 36 L/56 on the Tiger and the multiple other vehicles that use this weapon can fire three different rounds:
Cost per shell: 252
Penetration range: 99 - 165
PzGr 40 APCR:
Cost per shell: 4,000
Penetration range: 128-214
SprGr 18 HE:
Cost per shell: 252 (same price as the standard AP round, interesting, but that's not the point)
Performance of this round doesn't really matter for this topic
APCR at 4,000 credits per shot is quite expensive in this case.
I propose to introduce a kind of "mid range" round that can be bought for credits or gold, similar to APCR.
The mid range round, a HEAT shell, could perhaps cost 2,000 credits, or whatever, based on its characteristics, and have (obviously) reduced penetration performance.
I feel that more ammunition types available for certain vehicles would make for more variety. Another bonus is that you can use the HEAT shells for long range work instead of the PzGr 39 since distance is not a factor for HEAT performance, even though they get no normalization, since the penetration increase would likely not be much from the standard PzGr 39 round, but it would retain its full performance over any distance. It may allow more interesting choices.
I'm sure that if this was implemented they could find a proper balance on each type of HEAT shell's performance characteristics to make it worth the cost. The HEAT round for the historical KwK 36 L/56 was not impressive by any means, accuracy issues aside, since in WoT the accuracy is tied to the gun, not the shell (unfortunately).
Also, it's mentioned numerous times in the loading screen before a battle (I think? Unless I remember it from somewhere else) that APCR rounds lose performance over distance more quickly than standard AP rounds do (the exception being the APCR/APDS rounds for the tier 10 medium tanks).
So there, suggestion for more variety in ammunition. Thanks for reading
EDIT: Oh, and remove_arty_from_the_game.
Edited by Twan, Feb 20 2013 - 00:01.