As you all probably noticed, you are getting a female tanker for every completed 15-mission set of the “personal” missions. When I played my first PC game called Golden Axe, I learned that the female game characters were pretty much useless. The original Prince of Persia didn’t really help as the female protagonist camped the base while you were getting cut to pieces by guillotines, spikes and other nasty stuff. Well, WG decided to change that and the tanker gals are actually MUCH better than the regular crew.
The reason why the girls are better is not just the fact that they come with 2 free skills and that they look pretty, but rather the fact that the Sisterhood of Steel (Fallout faction wearing sexy power armor) does not count towards the XP requirements for the following skills. There are many XP tables out there but IMHO the only important one is the following one, which should help you with the decision whether and which current crews to replace.
In short, if you want to improve any crew by 1 whole skill, the girls will get there faster no matter how experienced the male crew is. However, I would not suggest replacing a 4-skill crew at all, while a 3-skill crew should only be replaced if you believe you can get the girls to 5 skills. Check your average XP at your tier 10 tanks to see how many battles you’ll need. Replacing below-3-skill crew is a no-brainer.
In general, I would definitely recommend replacing 2 and 3-skill crews with the girls on tanks, which:
- you expect to use a lot in competitive play (Clan Wars (CW), ESL) or just love playing in public very much.
- can actually benefit from the extra skills. SPGs make a poor choice as the skills beyond 3rd are rarely used. Mediums and light benefit the most as they need both repair and camo and benefit pretty much from all the useful skills out there.
- preferably have few crew members so you can man (or rather woman?) more tanks with the 20 girls (there might be more in the future)
If you have limited tier 10 experience, I suggest you put the girls in the lines leading to
- B-C 25t – Only 3 girls needed, very useful in CW on mostly any map
- T62A + Obj140 – 4 girls needed. Very useful CW mediums
- T110E5, E3, T57 Heavy, Amx 50B – useful in CW, can still benefit from camo a bit
- IS7, E100 – poor choices for the girls but still better than the rests
IMPORTANT: Make sure you pick the right number of girls with the right qualifications for the FINAL tank they will end up with. The crew count and specializations tend to change tier by tier so complete the crew with inferior male tankers. Yes, you will not get the female BIA bonus but even male crews usually get BIA only after the have reached tier 9 so you’re not going to miss much.
To give you an example of what I suggest, imagine you have a 3-skill E5 that you use for CW a lot and are currently grinding the Patton line. You might think that a 3-skill E5 crew is decent enough so you put the girls in your Pershing to help your grind. – WRONG
The right thing to do is to move your E5 crew to the Pershing and recruit girls for the E5. Even if you reset the qualification and skills for silver and lose some XP there, in the long run you’ll end up with a much better E5 crew, which is much more important than the rarely used Patton. Of course, if you are planning on grinding other important CW lines, save the girls for those.
Well, that’s all I have to say about the girls. But mentioning Golden Axe, I decided to share my favorite nostalgic story with you. You see, I was the first one at my school to own a 268 personal computer. Back in those days, people would actually come to my house just to look at the thing before we actually got it to work. I also had a friend I enjoyed playing coop Golden Axe with. We would call me in advance and I would start the game. The reason was, it took the game 15 minutes to load. So every time somebody complains about his PC being “slow” or the connection too laggy, I just think of those Golden Axe days and can’t suppress a smile.