I have been playing with the idea of a small SDB that can kill much bigger ships. These ship designs are not pirate hunters, they are invader killers.
Attached is an excel spreadsheet that has designs for a 100-ton Wasp - Pretty much a Particle Beam Bay with engines. Not very survivable, but small and fast and (relatively) low cost.
Also included are several generations of the Mauler Class SDB. Starting at TL-9 and going through TL-12, the Mauler is a 200-ton design that tries to protect the crew and make it a true ship killer able to withstand damage from some larger ships.
One of the interesting things is how the change from Titanium to Crystaliron at TL-10 frees up a LOT of space for extra features. Next is the change from a Particle Beam Bay to a Meson Gun Bay at TL-11. By TL12, you have a pretty tough little ship that can kill bigger ships pretty easily.
The Mauler has all the possible coatings and hull options that allow it to hide in Gas Giant atmospheres and go pretty close to a star.
The ships were designed with Energy Weapons only so that there was no issue with running out of weapons. Typically the triple laser turret is used for Point Defense rather than offense.
Comments are welcome!
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