I encountered this when playing through the maps on normal and thought it was supposed to be a aspect of the weapon until I unlocked the rebel race and noticed that the weapon has the exact same description as the federation.
From looking at the cruisers it appears to be a Cruiser Heavy Plasma Launcher that is causing what I’m referring to. In the maps where the AI is the rebel fleets there are several Minotaur Cruisers that have multiple Heavy Plasma Launchers installed. However when they fire and hit intact shields they also hit the hull. I was able to capture a video of it in action and uploaded it to you tube which I’ll put below. In the video I first point out the cruisers which are firing the weapons. I then point out the ship being hit and show it’s health bar which shows that it’s shield is intact and stable, yet it’s taken sever armor damage. I then unpause it and it shows several plasma shots hitting and being absorbed by the shield…and then the same shot hitting the armor.
From what I understood of shields and these weapons they are not intended to work this way and I KNOW that same weapons I have on my ships have to take down the shields before inflicting any damage on the hull/armor. If there is any questions about the setup I created in the video just let me know…and I apologize about the menu in the beginning but it’s the first time I’ve captured video from my desktop
Also no idea how to embed the youtube into the message. lol