So this is probably a topic 98% of players won't care about at all, but I hope either the ones interested in actual naval history and/or esoteric game trivia will be able/interested to help me out here.
Anecdote first: Back when Bastion was a game mode I never actually encountered it, due to it being restricted to Tier-X-range battles only. As such I was under the vague impression that there only existed a single "unit variant" for the AI Forts used there. While Bastion is (currently) no more, the AI units are still used in a handful of Operations (Narai, Frontier, Newport, Killer Whale) and there I just recently actually noticed that it appears to be several different variants of them, especially with different gun calibers.
So I went around the (currently available) Operations and older patch notes and compiled a list of the different variants actually used.
First things first, the ones which I was able to 99.5% identify:
German Battery A: 1x 16-in/52 SK C/34 gun turret. Used as inner-ring-defense in Operation: Killer Whale. Presumably based on the "Adolfkanone" batteries in Norway which in real-life repurposed the already-built cannons for the planned-then-cancelled H39 battleships.
German Fort A: 3×1 16-in/52 SK C/34 gun turrets + 4×1 8.8-cm/56 FlaK 36 AA guns
German Fort B: 3×3 28.3-cm/55 SK C/34 gun turrets + 4×1 8.8-cm/56 FlaK 36 AA guns + 4×4 2-cm/65 FlaK 38 Vierling AA mounts. The largest and heaviest Fort unit/variant. Based on batteries in Norway which repurposed the demounted gun turrets of Gneisenau, which was planned to be rearmed instead with the 38-cm twin-turrets as seen in-game.
US Fort A: 3×1 14-in/40 M1909 disappearing gun mounts + 4×1 3.5-in/55 M1 AA guns + 4×4 .50-in/90 M45 (M2 Quad) AA mount. Used as inner-ring-defense in Operation: Newport. Interestingly all guns were exclusively US Army arsenal. Also the main guns are actually animated to perform their disappearing mechanic, i.e. after they have fired, their recoil slides them down-and-rearwards behind the walls of the fort until they are raised again after being reloaded.
Next category, units which I could only partially identify:
German Battery B1 (
and B2): 3×1 15-cm/45 C/08 barbette mounts?? + 4×1 8.8-cm/56 FlaK 36 AA guns (+ 3×4 2-cm/65 FlaK 38 Vierling AA mounts). Used as outer-ring-defense in Operation: Killer Whale. Not sure exactly on the 15-cm guns.
US Fort B: 2×2 14-in/40 M1909 gun turrets + 3×1 3-inch AA guns. Again, the 14-inch guns were not actually US Navy guns, but Army batteries even though they were uniquely mounted in ship-like-turrets. This fort is based on the famous Fort Drum installation, which actually also had 4x additional 6-inch wing mounts, the empty barbettes of two of them can still be seen to the side of the in-game model. I am not sure which 3-inch AA gun is used there, does not really line up with any in-game model I looked up.
And finally one battery where I have no real clue. It seems to be an 6-7 inch gun installation that's probably British but again, not really sure.
Mystery Battery: 2×1 ???. Used as outer-ring defense on Operation: Newport. Funnily enough the guns do not obstruct each other, i.e. the rear gun can fire through the front gun if they overlap each other.
If anybody remembers any different variants or obviously is able to datamine the actual names/calibers of the guns/units, I'd appreciate it. As already mentioned at the beginning, this is mostly esoteric trivia about AI units, but I was surprised and curious at the actually varying calibers of the guns and them not just being one type copy-pasted.
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