Its very easy to turn escorts into a glass cannon. That's what happened to my ship initially, it couldn't even handle a D'dridex in FEs but I learnt. These days, 7 out of 12 of my BOFF abilities are defensive in nature. They include 2 tactical teams, 2 emergency power to shields, 2 transfer shield strength and 1 hazard emitters.
Even with these abilities, my ship will still crumble under sustained attacks so typically if I cannot destroy the opponent in 30 seconds, I punch evasive maneuvers and get out of there.
I'll wait for the abilities to recycle before jumping back into the fray. Basically, hit and run.
Exactly. I don't have quite that many defensive skills, but if I can't bring them down in time before I start taking real damage, I get out of there with Evasive Maneuvers. If I'm in a real hurry and I'm below 50% hull strength I use Ramming Speed as well to get that burst of speed out of there.
This is how my Defiant retrofit looks:
I used this thread as a basis, and made some modifications: http://forums.startrekonline.com/sho...d.php?t=244532
Worked out fine for me. Sure, I still blow up real quick if I'm careless, but as long as I think before diving in and keep an eye on my shield skills and distribution, I come out on top more often then not. If nothing else I do massive damage.
Also, I'm not done yet with that ship. Still things to be added and upgraded.
I love that you named your ship after Nicole de Boer. Right now, my engineer's ships are named after trek writers.
USS Meyer, Miranda class, for Nicolas Meyer who gave us Wrath of Khan.
USS Fontana, Constitution class, for Dorothy Fontana who is my favorite TOS novel writer.
USS Piller, Stargazer class, for Michael Piller who wrote many TNG episodes.
USS Echevarria, Galaxy class, for Rene Echevarria who wrote many TNG and DS9 episodes.
I'm still wondering what to name my Sovereign, but that's still a few levels away. Probably USS Moore or USS Frakes.
Of course. The reasons are several: I'm a HUGE Niner, Ezri is my favorite of the two Dax, and the Defiant is small but feisty, just like Ezri. And did I mention I love Ezri?
I decommissioned my Miranda class, and I still kinda regret that. I still liked my modded Constitution a lot more then I ever did the Miranda, but we went trough some stuff together. It was the Kurosawa. The Conny the Kurosawa-B and then finally the Akira class, the Kurosawa-C. All based on the Akira class named Kurosawa I had in my Harry Potter/st TNG crossover fanfic now nearly ten years ago
I was really undecided next, but I wanted to try Science ships seeing as that's what my officer is, and it fell to the Intrepid class, and I named it the Picardo. Of course after Voyager's Robert Picardo, easily my favorite on that show. And the the Sovereign I named the Siddig, after Siddig El Fadil/Alexander Siddig.
Oh and my Odyssey became the Bashir since I couldn't think of a better name at that moment, and my Runabout is the Seine.