Especially since the romulans have in my opinion the best rank insignia in the ST Universe. Federation was good till TNG. Those Simple golden pips do not look so gread, Klingon Ranks always confused me (Here the STO Ranks are totally different from the canon ranks)
I tried the shoulder pads out once and immediately went back to the tailor and got rid of them. They don't look...right with any uniform. Except the Tal Shiar one. And even here they look like they belong on a supervillain in a really bad reboot of Captain Planet.
Speaking of capes, where's the cape for my Reman toon? He has the hood. He doesn't have the cape. How am I supposed to make my Reman TAC toon look all menacing, like Ron Perlman in ST:Nemesis, without a cape?
The only 'must have' gear for any ship is a competent Captain.