I need to stop saying Vag frigates suck...they actually don't. You have to skip corvette to get them early, but I've been trying it and Dear God...I've been winning! This was started due to complaints about the LV so I wanted to see what other things Vag could do vs. frigates/capships if they ended up nerfing the poor, misunderstood LV.
It costs 1600 to research, where corvettes cost 600, so it's a big cost. However, doing it is not bad. Double pump a fighter screen, then build another carrier and double pump frigates, or with 1 carrier trade it's fighter fac so you can still double pump.
I fell in love with the HMF due to firepower...ye gods! 1 on 1 they absolutely wreck Torp Frigates...they do far more damage and can be tougher. How many torp frigates to take a destroyer out?
I find 8 TF vs 1 DD to do it...and you lose almost all the TF.
How many HMV?
Try 5. And you'll have 1 or two left. That's right, they are far more powerful vs. cap ships. They can stop a DD...although not cost effective, you can out-produce DDs or get your own too. They can't hit anything smaller than a frigate, but that's whaty AC and LF are for in this build (no MV )
All I can say is respect the Vag frig...it's not always the game winner, and a good enemy can compensate, but Vag HMF are worth their cost...and it beats the Game Spy suckas!
Like I learned that Hig frigates are actually useful, perhaps so are the Vag...well, except the AF. Any thoughts on this?