My god it's been a long time since I've heard bolt thrower. Loved to listen to that on the way to motocross back in my younger days.
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It's how you use them my friend,
Don't jump the SSD in initially, use another ship to clear fog of war first then drop the SSD in either the middle or right beside the main enemy fleet. Jump in support ships around it when the enemy focused on the SSD. The SSD can both take and give a tremendous amount of punishment allowing you to focus and pick apart the enemy. Instead of clicking a target to 'attack' click a destination slightly away from it. While not foolproof this does help with the pathfinding. Because if you click to attack something it will try and bring all weapons to bear and this confuses it since by turning half turn away so it spins or rotates.
People hating on ground combat in ICW makes me sad. I, personally, love them as much as space battles, if not more. Hope I'm not the only one, lol.
do not fear, dave is he-
there are two of them?
(Australian accent) That's not a knife [pulls out a bigger knife]. Now THAT's a knife!
Sorry, you were talking about knives and Australia, so I couldn't resist.
Well the Ssi-Ruuvj are difficult to implement into ICW more for the ground units than for anything in space, as they should be receiving a full roster in Ascendancy when they become their own faction. Their ships tended to be carrier styled with a lot of ion cannons as they wanted their prey alive.
This is far too harsh on ISDs 1 & 2. They have their flaws, but they get the job done, when you use them right. They work wonderfully in fleets with Praetors, Allegiances, Torpedo Spheres or Secutors. I've completed Endor Aftermath on Admiral as Eriadu, and I haven't lost a single ISD throughout the entire campaign. Just don't expect them to win battles on their own, always make sure that they have support (they themselves function best as support units for battlecruisers, imo), and micromanage pathfinding, so they don't turn their asses to the enemy. Trust me, it's all possible, and is much easier than it may seem.