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Join Date: Jun 2012
Posts: 1,440
# 9
03-23-2013, 10:43 AM
I've seen a lot of these ships in the past several weeks and was wondering why folks on this side would want one, seeing how in the elite STF's they spend most of their time respawning, they explode in very vibrant colors though. They're like flying paper mache with guns. They're just targets that annoy the spheres & cubes and it only takes one swat to get rid of them. I have yet to see one not explode and even in a normal Hive Onslaught run their survivability is nil.
I don't know what inept kumari captains you have seen, but it is is far, far from being brittle. I'm currently using the Charal-type on one of my Fed chars (bought it primarily for RP reasons: andorian char, all andorian boff and doff crew) and I'm surprised that it is quite sturdy. when I read all the things about it being made out of paper and being a glass-cannon, I really feared for the worst and that I'd be taking a ship with defensive values of a T3-ship or a basic Aquarius into STFs.

Surprisingly, I was pretty much en par with my Fleet Defiant regarding hitpoints and shield values, while having an additional, defensive boff skill (considering the ensign slot isn't a useless third tac ensign).

Afterwards I looked at the raw stats for each Fed escort and started comparing:

On paper, the Kumari has the same shield mod and more hull than the basic fed escorts and basic raptors (who have more hull, but worse shields) and is on the same level as the c-store Armitage and just slightly worse than the Fleet Defiant, who is burdened with a third Tac-Ensign.

Fleet Defiant: 33.000 Hull, 0.9 Shield Mod
Armitage: 32.000 Hull, 0.9 Shield Mod
Kumari: 32.000 Hull, 0.9 Shield Mod
Basic Fedscort*: 30-31.000 Hull, 0.9 Shield Mod

*MVAE, Advanced, Patrol, Mirror Patrol, Mirror Advanced, Tactical Refit,

Last edited by fraghul2000; 03-23-2013 at 10:47 AM.