Edit: went off on a bit of a tangent, big guns rather then bombers haha - my bad. Worth mentioning the Polaris lugs around some hefty torp's, surely that's a bomber that has a bit more utility though. Nothing seems to have a pure "bomber" role above the Retaliator but their (probably wrong) specs look to still pack a serious punch. There's definitely some gunboatery though.
Otto-matic Reiffel wrote:Why do they seem to insist on putting hangers in every capital class ship? Is there some sort of all gun capital ship yet - maybe a frigate/corvette with some spinal mount cannon as a bigger gun based analogue to the bombers?
I believe the landing bays/hangers are mostly to enable the ships to have some utility that would be impossible to have otherwise. ie some ships will be too large to land planetside. Pretty sure the capital ships for purchase that are/were available will come with an Argo (utility ship) by default - not sure if this is also true of the Polaris but wouldn't be surprised if it was.
The bay will allow capital ships to ferry crew, supplies, run search and rescue ops or even repair ships via an Argo (if equipped and if having the right modules/addons). It'd be convenient to have something that allows you to get out and about after a battle to do some makeshift repairs instead of immediately heading to a the space equivalent of dry docks or finding a nearby crucible willing to repair you for a fair rate. I highly doubt you're going to be landing this on your local orbital repair station but that's based on nothing but my own gut feeling so ...
Probably also good idea to have scout ships in fleets, as well as somewhere for secure messenger ships to sit tight while transferring data.
I guess it's just we tend to think of them as force multipliers before even considering the utility they can have. How can i bring more guns to this fight? There's a tonne of threads trying to work out how many ships they can squeeze into the damned thing just seconds after it is announced haha.
Ultimately though, it's still far too early to tell how effective any of the above is or what will be possible - yay theorycrafting.
Either way, I'd imagine all capitals will feature a shuttle bay of some description or another. If only because you cannot fly and have a docking collar active so to do anything via a docking collar will require full stops which would get annoying rather fast I would think.
There's a couple or more capitals that we know next to nothing about and probably wont hear or see them till s42... and then there's the other factions ships.
As for ships having large guns rather than just being carriers? The Idris-M has a huge rail gun and the Javelin destroyer looks like a bringer of a lot of hurt and has very little space for shuttles if i recall correctly, maybe less than the Idris-M. I know the Idris can hold 3 ships but I'd not consider that a real carrier focus, considering one or more of those ships could very well be utility ships. Even with 3 ships, their damage output will be dwarfed by the rail gun and just all round larger armament the Idris has. More of an escort role perhaps?
I know the Bengal is a carrier but holy mother of god has it still got a huge gun, one that's nearly bigger than an idris? Looks to be bigger than the Polaris and probably about the size of the Orion.
Last but certainly not least is the Retribution class battleship that makes the rest of the fleet look like micro machines.
Further, the guns on turrets and torpedos on the Polaris are actually really big and should be able to go toe to toe with a bunch of fighters I would imagine as well as dishing out some pain on smaller capitals should they survive long enough.
It will be interesting to see how fast anti-cap torpedos go, how good capitals AMS (Anti missile systems) are (if such things exist) and just how effective a torpedo hit will be on a capital. Huge void of actual information still sadly.
Here's how big the polaris is compared to the smaller ships: