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RE: [FT] Ship design advice

From: "Robertson, Brendan" <Brendan.Robertson@d...>
Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 17:06:10 +1000
Subject: RE: [FT] Ship design advice

Looks like an upgunned Valley Forge or Victoria.  

If your opponent is beam heavy, then screen-2 is worth the effort, but
the look of your opponent, you would be better with screen-1 & use the
for PDS & armour.

Fighters do often die fast, but this can be deceptive, as a well
fighter strike can be devastating.  Effective combat requires about 1
squadron for every 2 PDS you expect fired in defense.  If your opponent
a lot of ADFC, fighters will die in droves.  In this occurance, you keep
fighters back until a ship drops out of formation (due to drive damage
can't follow the fleet manoeuvers) and finish it off.  This means your
combat line keeps after the undamaged ships which can still blunt a

The other use is as an anti-SML force; put squadrons among your groups &
endurance to engage salvos which could overwelm your PDS net.

If you can get resupplied easily (depends on campaign rules), fielding 3
light carriers (12 squadrons) is capable of disabling enemy capitals in

Neath Southern Skies -
[Pirates] Dame Captain Washalot
[DitD] Captain Puppilier

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Joseph L. Poulin []
> Sent: Friday, June 30, 2000 3:02 PM
>	The capital ships I'm thinking about using have L2 screens, a
> sized beam armament, and pulse torps.  What do you folks think about
> using heavy screens with the new rules?  I just found the rule about
> rerolls bypassing screens, that makes them less attractive.  Are they
> worth the weight?
>	The opponents for this campaign are NAC, Romanov (using SM heavy
> designs), and the Kemet (using mostly beam armed ships).  
>	Whenever fighters have been used in the few games I have seen,
> have always been slaughtered fairly early.  Is this normal?  Maybe
> weren't used correctly, as they don't seem to be worth their point
> value, let alone the astronomical cost of the fighter bays.
>	Here's one of the designs that I've come up with for an SDN -
>	Points: 680 Mass: 200 Thrust: 4 Hull: Average FTL: Yes

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