If you want brawler go pulse lasers. Ideally T2 guns with scorch / conflagration crystals.
afterburner, tracking computer with tracking speed script, large microjumpdrive to get you away some quickly if need be.
Three heatsinks. Large armour repair. Medium armour repair if you can fit it. Mission-specific armour-hardner or adaptive. Damage control II (on a pve ship!!? - yeah, w/e one does what one wishes.)
Capacitor rig(s), energy weapon collision rig if fittable.
Use a flight of light drones against webbing frigates. Get your drone skills up if they’re not already.
Lasers are fun to fry npc with, but fairly power / cap hungry. You might need to fill open spots / substitute some things for power / cap mods.
Nightmare is a fun ship. It has a nice bonus to afterburner speed so is fast for a BS. Has gun bonus so it’s 4 guns are like 8.
Paladin marauder is also fun to brawl or snipe with. Sure it has a bonus to tractor beams, but imo that is not all that useful. Paladin’s 70% bonus to MJD cooldown time and it’s bastion are it’s best features.
Harbinger is decent, for lvl III, Prophecy also if droneboat is desired.
EDIT: Nightmare shield tanks. Also, managing transversal is pretty important with lasers. It is satesfying to melt things, but of course you gotta hit 'em. Happy zapping!