Hi folks. I'm putting together a fleet and while I have settled on 4 Orion Class Star Clippers this thread is not about them. I've built an Orion I'm happy with. What I'm not happy with is the Viper Scout Sloop.
On the plus side this thing is cheap. And fast and nimble. And can detect really well. On the down side, it has no space, 1 weapon mount and a hull made of paper. So far I've come up with builds that make it the fastest thing ever (speed 24 for 2 rounds, cruising speed of 21) and nimble with a maneuverability of 45. I've made a build where it can detect (56 rating).
Otherwise this thing is useless. Due to houserules I'm looking at cheap ships to make into cookie cutter builds and the choices were Orions and Vipers. We're getting Orions. But now I have given myself the challenge of making the Viper useful.
So far we've come up with making it a boarding ship with boarding all day every day. Then I found out that due to boarding rules it would have issue fighting every other ship in the game due to being so tiny.
We've made it into a mine layer but that has limited application and limited uses.
We've made it into a stunner ship using a Disruption Macro, but that is more an annoyance/stalling tactic.
We've made it into a Zapp Brannigan ship where we would throw it at our foes in ramming actions until it exploded, hopefully taking out other ships with it. We even have some poor atomics we could stuff in the holds of the first wave of ships. The problem with the last one is the captain and command staff in general are shockingly moral for 40k and can't stomach that. It's crazy to actually care for ones crew.
So any ideas or did the writers just really make this ship to show everyone that no matter what ship you start with, it could be worse. You could be in a Viper.