It’s impossible to fit a tank on a Covetor or Hulk for ice mining in null.
I can fit a tank on the Procurer, which is not bonused for ice mining, and can’t fit even 1 ice drone. (Maybe add smaller ice drones, that mine less?)
I would fit a battleship with ice lasers (it has better CPU and powergrid), but the game won’t let me. This is a step in the wrong direction, I thought there would be no such restrictions in EVE. If a battleship is better for ice mining, then the ice mining barges are broken.
Some will say - play with a group. This - while everybody who has a Rorqual, also has 2-3 alts, and is multiboxing and has no need for assistance, which is essentialy pay to win.
The game is designed to force players get more accounts and multibox to be able to really play the game when you get to bigger and bigger ships. It’s a bad design, and will not keep more players playing in the long term.
I don’t know when I will login, and what I will do when I log in. Maybe I want to mine ice in null, with a ship bonused for mining ice. Would you drop what you are doing to come guard me from rats, because I can’t tank them? It would get boring pretty fast.