And some progress made.
Hey guys. Back with more questions and a new fit. I’ve been having trouble with the Artillery guns. As I’m new to the game, please bear with me as I collect my thoughts. The most important points:
From what little experience I’ve had, this is my take on Arty vs AC (for running missions, specifically): Artillery weapons seem to be the strategician (it’s a real word, I’ve checked) choice as it allows for you to position your ship at a certain range and not have to worry about incoming DPS; Autocannons, on the other hand, are great for killing them fast but require that you chase the prey.
Artillery consumes a crap ton of resources and even with good skills, it can be a pain to outfit your ship with the modules that you want. Autocannons don’t limit as much.
I was running the Artillery fit from my previous (latest) post and something’s been bugging me: it’s slow. The speed is good enough for keeping range, but looting the wrecks takes forever! The 10 MN Afterburner is not enough, in my opinion.
So, I DO LIKE Artillery. Most fights consist of me pulling up the strategic view, “Qing” a position that’s advantageous to me and then I mostly just sit there not moving, sniping the targets from 30 km away. It’s nice. A bit boring, but safe.
So, the next big question for me was: how can I fit a 50 MN MWD in an Artillery ship? Or a 100 MN AB. The answer I’ve found is by sacrificing a LOT. I’m unsure how to proceed from here. What engineering modules or rigs can help me out on this one and is it worth the trouble?
Lastly, as I experienced with the propulsion modules, I came up with an Autocannon fit that seems good on paper, but haven’t really tried it yet because it’s A) too expensive for me at the moment and B) it’s Autocannons, so the range is abysmal and that scares me a little. Here it is:
[Hurricane, MWD Autocannons]
6x 425mm Autocannons II, Barrage M
1x RLML II, Mjolnir Fury LM
2x Large Shield Extenders II
1x Adaptive Invulnerability Field II
1x 50 MN Y-T8 Compact MWD
3x Gyrostabilizers II
2x Tracking Enhancers II
1x Power Diagnostic System II
1x Medium Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer II
2x Medium Core Defense Field Purgers II
It’s cap stable with the MWD turned off. I have 4 minutes of MWD before the power goes, but I imagine it’s more than enough to close in for the kill (it’s a whooping 1275 m/s - more than 3x what I currently have in my Artillery fit), the DPS is much better, the alpha damage is actually pretty close to what I have with T1 Artillery cannons, and the EHP is also much better. My guess is this fit can finish the missions faster, not to mention an easier time looting the wrecks in the end.
The second Large Shield Extender II could be swapped for another Adaptive Invulnerability Field II, but only for a slight bonus in my resists. Also, doing so would diminish my capacitor to about 2:50 minutes total with the MWD on. Not sure if it’s worth the trouble.
Thank you all for helping me out! Sorry for the long post. I’m loving the rock-paper-scissor system, by the way.