Let me reminisce for a moment.
When you look at combat movies from the second world war, one stands out for me personally and that’s “Destination Tokyo” starring Cary Grant. So what the heck does that have to do with the Romulan Pilot ship? Let me explain.
I don’t remember what first drew me to it. It’s black & white. It stars people I sort of recognize (OMG – It’s the Skipper from Gilligan’s Island!). Likely it was on at 2am, and I was getting home from work, and it was something to watch back when there was less than 200+ channels available.
What ‘got me’ was the sense of claustrophobia, of combat where you couldn’t see your opponent, and perhaps an awareness of the propaganda value it had for it’s audience. But most importantly it was one of the influences for the quintessential romulan episode from Classic Trek: Balance of Terror.
And that’s why I love Romulans. Balance of Terror. Nuff said.
The Romulan command ships were definitely cool, and that’s why I was excited about the Romulan Pilot ships. As with the previous 2 tests (Fed, KDF) I set up the Science version – the Jaeih Class Warbird.
It’s looks very sexy – my mix of hulls and wings.
Especially when it targets open fields in Oklahoma.
As before, I’ve settled on a dual-beam build. While cannons are definitely the way to go for single target dps, my piloting skills in combination with the pilot enhancement, I’ve found the dual beam route much more effective.
Being a Delta Recruit my gear is pretty much a mish-mash so I invested in some Vaardwar Polarons, Spire Vulnerability consoles, and a tonne of upgrades. One thing I have enjoyed about the Delta Recruit process is that having a fully-kitted crafting toon.
Like the two other pilot ships, the Romulan version performs as expected. I’ve become fairly adept at at using retros to keep myself on target, being able to deliver consistent levels of dps. What stands out as different is that I’m unable to maintain power levels as I had with the previous 2 builds partly do to the lack of the plasmonic leech. But with a battle cloak and the additional singularity abilities I found it a lot of fun to fly.
In fact, it’s become my favourite of the three.