Random things I've discovered lately...
Before you start fighting in an Asp or Clipper, let me give you some repair bill details.
(I found a huge combat zone area...so this is where I've been testing stuff) (edit:) Sifjar. It's near Ivins Vision. Sifjar is Empire, Ivins Vision is Federation. It's a good war frontier.
Both are quite good at combat. With shield cells properly managed, you can go quite a while without getting damaged. Unfortunately, I always overstay my welcome and end up with 8 guys shooting me. I run away at 65% hull strength. The following ships have standard light alloy hulls.
An asp at that will cost you about $90k.
A clipper will cost you about $285k.
Compared to the $20k you probably made from vouchers...the combat zones are definitely not worth it for the larger ships.
I was testing out my clipper last night with my turreted class3 pulse lasers. I set them to "target only" and they performed pretty well. The annoying thing I noticed, is that if my target was 6km away, they still shoot at it. I actually had to un-target and fly at him until I was in range, then re-target. Seems an oversight that turrets will overshoot their range. No wonder other ships get shot at.
I didn't have an incident where my turrets shot a friendly and promptly turn the whole warzone red against me. (And trust me, there were TONS of people around). I'm reluctant to turn on the "fire at will" mode, since my shields are downgraded to a class 4 instead of 6, so I'm not that strong...I dont' want to fight 8 people at once.
The Asp is like the mantis shrimp as explained by The Oatmeal. "One, two, three, death!" You have six guns and don't seem to have the power problems the viper has. Problem with the Asp is most people rig it to fight small ships, fight a few "dumb" ai large ships, then get outright destroyed by the "smart" ai ships.
Just be aware of what you're packing. Six multicannons will tear through a cobras' shields and armor quick-like. Against a (good) python, he'll absorb all of your bullets and blast you with 6 weapons of his own that are higher class than yours. The math won't work out to your favor.
Messed up a your/you're. This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2015, 23:51.