Would it work if you put thrusters on a defensive assault ship ... the idea being to draw some initial enemy fire away from your slower escort ship?
(I find the AI will often prefer one particular escort instead of distributing the fire between several escorts)
Yeah macsen seems to find this out in his godlike, all negative race traits victory let's play - https://www.youtube.com/user/MacsenGaming/playlists
He builds a defensive escort which moves ahead and draws all fire so his fleet can clean up.
Not really what i meant, since escorts draw enemy fire even without thrusters.
I usually set all my ships to 'capital' even tiny ships,,,, and one or two heavily defensive escorts. But if one escort has more damage or is different in some way to the other escort, it will draw all the fire, which is not good.... that is why i am wondering instead of having two escorts i can have one set to assault, with a thruster, it will get hit first, but then the escort will catch up and draw all the fire. So two ships guaranteed to share the load of enemy fire, that is what i am wondering thrusters might achieve?
What about carriers? a thruster on a carrier makes the fighters faster???