The Renault NC-31 is the Chinese Tier I vehicle, an incarnation of the venerable RenaultFT. Indeed the two vehicles do appear very similar – the NC-31 has slightly higher speed, its gun has slightly lower penetration and rate of fire against marginally higher damage. In other words the comparison is one of minor adjustments – more or less as expected.
It is nevertheless quite an effective little tank in its own milieu – against other Tier I tanks. It can hit hard everything at Tier I and almost everything at Tier II. While not the fastest vehicle on the field, I have found it feels rather agile for all that. It works best I think in the medium range of Tier I engagements. Too close and the T1 Cunningham can tear it apart – too long and the Leichttraktor will snipe it whilst being relatively safe itself.
The armour will sometimes bounce some Tier I shots, especially from the autoloaders – but like all Tier I armour it is not to be relied upon. Its speed realistically means once you have decided on your approach to a particular map you rarely have a chance to change tack – but then Tier I battles tend not to be overly complex affairs.
My final reckoning with this tank was 7 matches of which I won 3, with nine enemy tanks destroyed. I did manage to get the Ace Tanker medal in one memorable match in which I killed four other enemy tanks. I played it with a 75% crew and demountable equipment.
Overall this is a fun Tier I tank, that compares well to the other Tier I lights. Mostly from this experience though I have gained a desire to get a garage slot for a permanent Tier I – which is almost certainly going to be the Leichttraktor, whenever I can afford it.