From: Boulder, CO
Thanks for the response, Icemania. However, I recently had an experience (in the same game) which was a surprise given this: "Of course most of those ships are pathetically small because the AI doesn't prioritise Construction research enough..."
What is reflected in the screen shot is the immediate aftermath of the Battle of Archanis. (Dark red=Klingon, light red= Kzinti, green= Romulan).Going into the fight, Patriarch's Fleet was 74 ships strong, 13 carriers, 13 capitals, 18 cruisers and 10 each of all the other roles, and a good number of ground troops. 3 Battlefleet in Ciantella is somewhat smaller but essentially the same kind of mix as Patriarch's Fleet was. The various Assault Fleets are just collections of troop transports.
Jumped into the system, destroyed the one Klingon capital and a few smaller support ships that were there, blew the one defense base and attacked and took the planet. What followed next was the stuff of nightmares that I will just have to deal with going forward :( Wave after wave of Klingon task forces appeared at Archanis and before I knew it all I could see was a carpet of Klingon capital ships...also present were hordes of smaller Klingons as well- I stopped counting totals at 68: I am estimating 90+ Klingons and my 74 and hundreds of fighters. This was a huge battle and I am astonished anything survived from Patriarch's Fleet, as I was watching the Klingons hunt down the stragglers as they were attempting to jump out of the system. The Kzinti still hold the planet and I am feverishly redesigning and rebuilding lots of ships.