I always liked Admiral Giel's flagship, despite the fact that it never had a name...
Okay, kind of a really dumb bump (4 years lol), but it does have a name now (and a class).
It's the Helmsman
, a Praetor Mk2
-class Battlecruiser. (why the mark 2 is necessary I have no fricken clue it's not like the mark 1 was ever depicted, just mentioned with the hoth base shield generator)
IMO it'd make a better Home One counterpart than the Allegiance
, which just looks like...an Imperial
-class scaled up 1.4 times for all intents and purposes. At least Giel's battlecruiser looks sufficiently different
to be visually interesting (IMO), while still being a giant flying grey imperial wedge.
Apparently FractalSponge's stuff went "canon" (EU, eeeh
). Well, at least now there's some nice references for both, including a bunch of comic panels.
That's a shame. I really liked it, and I recall FoTG having this model (in a rather high quality, too) at one point. I'm pretty convinced it could be both balanced and true to it's depictions in EU. Since it seems the gunboats won't make it in too (wasn't somebody making an Assault Gunboat some time ago?), and there's no Escort Carrier on the list, that leaves the Empire without any options for deploying fighters into mission without using at least a cruiser.
I would much rather have the Escort Carrier than some UBERFIGHTER. The escort carrier is actually useful FRED-wise. (Also, there's the Strike
-class cruiser which is actually smaller than the Escort Carrier and can have a hangar module).
Uberfighters not so much - just something for (bad) FREDders to control-click down when they need a "challenge". Don't need that!
As for SnowSpeeders...
ohgodpleaseno, I have no love for those things - they are the least fun things to fly and all they're good for is that cable exploit which won't work in FSO XD (V-wing airspeeders however, I can get behind. Cluster Rockets FTW)