i recently bought the game in all honesty i didnt know it existe untill a week ago
ive been really enjoying the game, the fleet design is simply amazing, i prefer to play with the swarm i just think they are cooler lol.
at first when i did the battles my swarm fleet design seemed to be doing the job properly but then i started the dark journey in the campaign.
i started building my fleet shadow force III, a few cruisers (attack cruiser mk1) the mainstay of my cruiser designs and some (horus frigates mk IV) the fast nimble frigates often replacing my fighters when they have been mostly destroyed in the half of the battle.
i conquered my first few planets without a problem but then i met the most evil inventions ever created.
it didnt matter wich race it was all seemed to field suddenly 4 or 5 invincible ships, my cruisers being destroyed before even haven done anything to the enemy, my frigates falling shortly after with no effect and my fighters just buzing around unable to penetrate the armour.
i was at a loss fleet after fleet of mine was wiped out by these super ships (tanks as i later found out), planet after planet fell, no matter how i adjusted my existing designs my ships seemed to be to vulnerable to there fire while not being able to penetrate there shields or armour.
it literally made me have some sleepless nights trying to figure out what i was doing wrong, trying to save my homeplanet from being overrun.
i looked on forums i googled (suprised that there arent many pages dedicated to it) i deleted my old designs and started from scratch experimenting with weapons shields and armour.
none did meet my satisfaction none would be able to beat these superships untill i decided to make one of my own i very reluctantly started adding armour and weapons instead of engines and shields, the first steps into creating the assault hive was made it was slow heavelly armed and modestly armoured it was a match for the superships but it used so much crew! it was so slow and the superships could still damage it easelly.
so the heavy assault hive was made by replacing most of it weapons with armour allowing me to use a smaller generator and less crew i made my own tank
with a value of 52 armour it was far from invincible but it did what it was supposed to do, allowing my other ships to come in range unharmed and open up with there rockets,missiles and plasma, the tank even provided perfect support for my very very very very slow torpedo bombers (i kid you not they are so slow they are just a bit faster then my tank its awfull)
so yea i am new and im saying hi i hope to be able to post some of my designs here some day and hopefully see some designs of other people here aswell