Note that during WC3, they had been retired to second-tier use... like commerce raiding in lesser-priority sectors like Gemini, which would be exactly where we see them.
WC3 focuses on the front lines, which Gemini isn't (something that Privateer, among other sources, is quite clear on).
The Kilrathi and Confed were both pouring their best (i.e., newest) fighters into the main fronts in Enigma and Vega while Gemini, the Landreich, and others got to rely on older gear.
The Dralthi VII model in question debuts after WC3 is already over, Dyret.
The Paradigm, demonstrably, isn't as tough as the Southampton. It may be more advanced but 'advanced' and 'most capable' are two different concepts.
It's also not a fighter. I wasn't talking about capships.
We also know from commentary in various places that the older fighters were retired in favor of these newer models after the Battle of Earth
Being in a relatively quiet system it might not be equipted(sp?) with the latest technologies. A frontline Paradigm, like any of confeds much older craft probably has a lot more staying power.
The probelm with that theory is that that Paradigm is equipped with the Tachyon gun which is one of the newest weapons in Confed's arsenal. IMO It would make more sense if the Paradigm was a corvette-class instead of a destroyer-class, based on what we know of it's armarment and stats and the fact that it's Kilrathi eqilivant is either a corvette-class or a destroyer-class which shares it's name with a corvette-class.
What ever happened to the Gothri? It was a premiere fighter in WC2 and had a nice role in privateer. But after that it completely disappeared, where did it go?
A thought occurs on this, since In-System Security is definably a different organisation from the navy itself (see the beginning of wc2 when tolwyn tells us that hes had a request from insys for an experience pilot)
For that reason, local government on the confed side could have bought the gladius' and paradigms we see in priv, and equally the renegade kilrathis seen flying gothris etc could have acquired them via their clans straight from the manufacturers.
in wc2, where we are taking part in defending against a serious enemy incursion we see some newer vehicles (ferret for instance, which we have to assume is the first revision,
again we know that the majority of the wc3 fleet is old (mothballed?) vessels (eg the victory) whose careers have been very "long and distinguished" to quote blair!
referring back to the gothri though, im less worried about its dissapearance than the fact that the gladius (in priv and armada, and also if memory serves in wca) and especially the sabre and the crossbow (and the morning star!) served ridiculously short careers
I appreciate that Insys isnt a local thing, but since its a different section under the confee government, we can assume it has its own budget, hence could maybe have bought the vessels we see in priv. Also, how do we know that insys has no real presence in gemini
I appreciate that Insys isnt a local thing, but since its a different section under the confee government, we can assume it has its own budget, hence could maybe have bought the vessels we see in priv. Also, how do we know that insys has no real presence in gemini?
apologies on the ferret though i think my over-riding point remains valid?
I appreciate that the victory is just one slice of the war, that was kind of my point, partly that theres lots of old ships been drawn out of retirement to make up the losses, and also lots of new ships being built,
and also because the victory isnt a front-line ship (we know that victory isnt fighting on the same lines that say the concordia had)
finally, i hadnt assumed that the morning star etc were discontinued, my mourning was because we never see them again!