My main uses the Advanced Heavy Cruiser Refit (Excelsior) but I have alts that use a Recon Science Vessel and a Fleet Escort. So it's whatever you want.
The talents and skills of an engineer works well in any ship type. Escorts benefit from the increased survivability from Miracle Worker and Rotate Shield Frequency. Science Vessels from the extra power offered by EPS Power Transfer. Both enjoy lower weapon power drain from Nadion Inversion.
But there is a ship "best" suited to your playing style. The problem is that only you can really decide if the ship your are using helps or hinders your playing style.
If your Engineering captain works better with a Science ship or Tactical Escort, don't doubt to do the switch and re-spec the corresponding skills.
Yes this is exactly right. How I figure out what ship I want to use, I think of what skills I want....usually I want sci or tac skills, because I dont see the eng skills to be Really helpful to me...sure they keep me alive, but Im killing them compared to the sci or eng skills...so I pick sci or a tac skill and then put in support skills to keep me alive and enough to kill them
Well, i love cruisers, but i love canons too, so i bought the Federation Dreadnought Cruiser, she have the firepower from scorts, and survivability from the cruisers. It's perfect to me.
If you enjoy this sort of ship, I'd offer up the idea of rolling a KDF character, I have buckets of fun in my Negh'var, and it's a lot easier to keep your enemy in front of you. But part of what helps with that is having two Aux to inertial Dampers on tap, you can run it constantly aside from a five second window. It wouldn't go as far on a Galaxy X, but it'd still be pretty cool I imagine.
As for me, I fly the Excelsior R on my Fed engineer, I like the added punch of three consoles and a Lt Cmdr tac slot, although I break out the Galaxy R quite often as it comes under the same skill in the spec tree, it's tanking ability is impressive, although I have been strongly critical of how Galaxy class ships handle in the past, it's fun to fly seperated, but that has a four minute cool down and it goes from being a "good" cruiser to an "ok" escort. That said, I may persevere as some people seem to make it work quite well. I will probably use it more for PVE than PVP though, as I've gotten "into the groove" of my Excelsior at this point, it's just how I like it. Although the Excelsior is one of my favourite ships anyhow, so that usually swings it for me.