I've been wondering how people move combat vehicles (read:Tanks) from a fleet to the ground. The only ships I can find that will dock within the majority of warships are the DragonBoat and the ATAT hauler, both of which are a pain in the ass to get ahold of. I can find few ships capable of housing an army that can (atleast) descend to atmosphere level.
SWC's combat is practical enough, on a design basis, but we lack a lot of the ship-types and starship functions to make it work well.
I for one, am still itching for EVA suits being available to the public - having them function in facilities would be even better.
Back on topic: The Gallowfree transport fufills the function I want, but can only be carried by larger cap-ships. My current "Ideal" army operates two batallions out of a Corona frigate, one reserve and one active. However, while I can drop the scouts and their bikes easily enough getting any sort of armour onto the field is irksome without any ship being able to hold more than one, at best.
You can load other ships with vehicles you have on your ship without needing docking - just choose the load option and it should give a list of ships at your location that you can load into. Requiring docking was dropped a few months or so back if not longer.
Mon Cala would work for this I think. Large ship, can hold a grip of troop, vehicles, and ships. With enough room left for extra gear. Nice sensors, and can land on the ground. Hyper is a bit slow, but most war vessels are slow.
MTCs are still publicly sold and have dropped in price quite a bit. You can find them from 150-190m.
Considering you are likely never to have an MC or an SD, that's your best bet. Corona's can store a lot, but aren't mean't to be for dropping vehicles and stuff. Now troops is another matter. IIRC the Corona will hold 3 Sprints and still have a ton of room for various shit. Sprints hold 40 or 50 a piece. Considering the current rules, if combat happened today, you could only command 5 squads plus the one in your party. That's only 72. So if troops and being able to get them to the ground is a goal for you, that's a really cheap and efficient way of doing so.
The problem isn't getting everything into the corona - I can do that perfectly fine.
The issue is trying to get everything back out again - which I could do if there was a ship like the ATAT barge publically available, but in-so-far the only faction to actually get a heavy dropship is the empire.
One potential solution might be to grind CP's for a strike-class. It can land, holds more than the corona. I'd be trading durability for speed and firepower though.
Edited By: Jaster Krent on Year 15 Day 72 7:14 ____________