Last night I had about 40 minutes to log in so I joined up with Max and others and we went on a roam. Max chose a Vagabond and I did as well.
Waitaminute... Kirith doesn't have Minmatar cruiser V. How can I be flying a Vagabond. Well the truth is I used Kla'Strit who had very capable skills in that regard. For some reason, when I'm in his Slepnier or Vagabond I feel like I'm more ready for PvP than in any Caldari ship. I think its the ability to move fast, have tackle, and provide DPS from drones and projectiles that makes it feel like a more PvP ready ship compared to Caldari that often can't provide tackle without sacrificing tank. And since I can't fly tech II Gallente or Amarr ships yet, its either "feel less prepped in a Caldari HAC" or "switch to Kla'strit and his ships".
This convinces me that once the Interdictor training is done, I'm going for Gallente Cruiser V. For the Ishtar alone I think it would be nice to have for Kirith.
As a side note, I've been hearing good things about Tempests and Maelstroms with the new projectile weapons and ammo balance. I was thinking about setting Kla up a Maelstrom or Tempest as a sniper to use in fleets should Kirith be indisposed when I discovered he has Large Autocannon Specialization but not Large Artillery Specialization. I might have to pause Kirith's training to correct that oversight.
(Fiction Friday cancelled this week due to lack of time. Next week it will be back.)