Aye, broadsides. In my Cruiser I went 4x Beam Array MK IV's (2 Plasma, 2 Phasers) and always maintained broadside to my enemy and had two EPS Flow Regulators +1.2 in my Eng. Slots. My weapons power was always around 80+ which meant I did heavy damage and wiped out the enemy fast. I've never bothered with resistance modules. The best defense is offense, I say
For my Heavy Cruiser I went for 2 x Beam Array (Plasma, Phaser) and a Quantum Torpedo Launcher up front and 3 x Beam Array (2 Plasma and 1 Phaser) in the rear. Ciricle and broadside all the way, and use powers to quickly turn if I need to. I do on average 500 dmg per phaser hit (+ additional DoT with the Plasma's) which cuts through fairly fast, not to mention the High-yield Torpedo II blast. And as always bring your EPS's
I use a cruiser and it tanks like a son of a b****.And i find if you eguip with mines it works quite well and evasive maneuvers works well too.It gives a quick burst to turn rate but last short time and for me its always on cool down.But i love being right in the middle of the fight.That's just the way i like it.