I play in Sansha space and I have both of these ships. Been playing a long time, but I admit I am not the best at ship fitting. I want to share what I am experiencing comparing the two ships and see if anyone has any recommendations.
The Paladin excels at zapping small ships from a distance almost instantly. Especially EM weak ships. I live in Sansha space, so it’s amazing to watch it just instakill them. But, it’s like the capacitor is the biggest weakness of the ship. I can’t get more than about 2:30 mins of repper running while shooting before it goes empty. So, I have to select run the repper. I can’t run any active resistance or the cap will be drained almost immediately. I also get frustrated with tracking issues. Even moving without a prop, it seems to lose tracking even on BS’s and needs to be at a full stop to work well. I put it in some Crimson Harvest sites, and found that without two webs, any ship within 10km was impossible to kill. Led to a panicky moment at one point when I was scrammed, tank collapsing, unable to hit anything. The RNG god spared me.
By comparison, getting into my Golem feels like easy mode. I also select run the repper, but if I leave it going, I’m fine with about 10 mins of cap available. It recharges quickly. I can run hardeners, painters, computers, etc and it’s fine. I can move it while firing without worrying about tracking, so when the bastion deactivates I can move toward an acceleration gate while firing at the last ship.
Other than sniping small ships in one shot, the Paladin just seems to be an overall incredibly weak ship by comparison. I wish it wasn’t, because the Golem looks like a junk pile and the Paladin looks sexy AF.
As for skills, I am all V’s in both ships except weapon specialization to IV.
What am I missing about the Paladin? It’s got a Corpus X-type repper, three damage mods, two IN multis. There’s a couple of tracking comps, the jump drive and mwd, then the guns, bastion, and some tractors.
Is there some kindly Paladin fan out there who understands this ship’s temperament who can help a pilot out?