I had seen a thread a while back about buffing the Bantam but they wanted it to be a cloaked miner. With FW coming up I was looking over some frigates(caldari)that I have sitting around and remembered my lonely bantam forever mothballed.
I thought about the recent introduction of t2 EW frigates and the fact that FW is going to be giving frigs everywhere a new life other then glorified shuttles. That made me think about the Bantam and its role in FW other then a possible joke just a step above showing up in an Ibis.
The Bantam is the little brother of the Osprey. The Osprey is the t1 version of a logistics ship. The osprey gets mining related bonuses and a remote shield booster bonus. Add in the recent t2 version of EW frigs and you have to ask," why don't the mining frigates get a logistics bonus like their cruiser counterparts?".
The only answer to that is that there is no T2,frigate sized logistics ship in existence. If we have Electronic Attack ships, why not introduce a Light Logistics ship class? At the same time introduce a scaled logistics bonus to the t1 mining frigates.
With FW coming up and basically the reintroduction of frigates to pvp, this idea makes sense to me. Before when FW was just talk, the idea would have seemed completely pointless and a complete waste of Dev time. But now it makes sense and it would be used but only because of FW.
I wonder what the Devs could do to create a Light Logistics ship a viable shipclass. T2 ship style defense,logistics range bonus, a cap reduction for sure. But what would set it apart from a standard Logistics ship other then its size and lock on time? For a EW ship whoever locks first can change the fight but that doesn't seem to add to the idea of a Light Logistics ship.
I think such a ship class would need something to keep it alive longer. Perhaps a sig reduction per level? Maybe something similar to that of a blockade runner,such a benifit would allow it to repair and escape causing the other side to choose to attempt to destroy it or focus on their original target. Something that could make it a "tough" kill to make up for its small reppers could make it a worthwhile ship to skill ,to use anywhere including FW fights.
If anything, I'll gladly take the mini logistics bonus for the mining frigates. We already have small remote boosters, give us a ship to use them now that we have a reason.