I have to agree with ashtar here regarding light fleets, why no one will listen to the facts about these ships, please read all your history books, they are not designed to fight anything but other lights, they are not cheap ships of the line, they have no place fighting any battles in fleet actions, and must be treated as transports via the current combat rules.
Or they will be built as a cheaper option to heavies and used as miniature heavies, the new costs and build times are correct, it is there roll they play in battles that is totally wrong!
If they must play a combat roll in fleet battles then they must be handicaped as follows : Heavies should count as say 4 factors and lights as 1 (for combat and losses)
Lets put this idea of lights v heavies to bed it is a bad option,as per this example from history.
FRIGATE V SHIP OF THE LINE.
A frigate captain who avoided battle with a ship of the line would certainly not be accused of cowardice,as the force of the larger ship was totally overwhelming . In fleet actions ships-of-the-line did not normally fire on frigates,unless the latter fired first.For example,at the battle of the Nile the 74 gun Goliath was manoevering into postion alongside the french line when the frigate Serieuse opened fire on her ; the Goliath fired back ,and with a single broadside dismasted her,shattered her hull,and caused her to drift away and sink.Even several frigates were not normally expected to take on a ship of the line.
So please stop saying that it is ok for a frigate to take on a heavy,because in planet real it is not.They are not designed to combat heavies and the rules need to take this into account.On land you would not expect an Infantry soldier armed with a riffle,to take on an artillery cannon because that is the same comparison.
This games whole naval system is based on fantasy, fiction in the extreme. Heavies never ever fought lights unless in very rare circumstances the light attacked the heavy, in which case it was doomed. Lights in fleet actions were there to fight there opposite numbers ie other lights, but there main purpose was as an early warning system for the fleet, and to assist crippled heavys by means of towing them when dismasted.
< Message edited by hellfirejet -- 4/22/2009 6:47:14 PM >
I'm not retreating, I'm attacking in a different direction! Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller