I spent some time last night looking at Rosewalker's skill sheet because he is about to finish training all the Tengu skills (Caldari Strategic Cruiser and the sub-system skills) up to 4 and today I start training for a Proteus. I can fly a Loki, but I tried flying one on the Singularity test server and didn't like the ship. I think a Tengu is more my speed, but I also hear a Proteus is pretty good also. After the Proteus, I'll move onto the Legion.
For those new to the blog, I should mention I've played EVE for over five years now and am just now learning the skills to fly tech 3 strategic cruisers, some of the sexiest ships in the game. Surprised? If so, let me knock your socks off. The only battleships I can even sit in, much less fly well, are the Minmatar battleships. Yes, that includes the tech 2 class ships the Vargur and the Panther, but those are the only ones.
In my opinion, bigger isn't necessarily better. I learned the Minmatar battleships because I set myself a goal of flying all of the Minmatar sub-capital class ships, but I never really fell in love with battleships. A battleship was just something I needed to fly in order to complete level 4 security missions. The Maelstrom was okay, but apart from undocking a Typhoon I bought in order to move it from Rens to my old high sec home, I haven't flown any other battleship. I even have the blueprints to build a Tempest Fleet Issue, but haven't bothered.
Now, moving to low sec may have something to do with my attitude. Battleships are slow, and the warp speed changes introduced in Rubicon just made the ships less attractive. One of the reasons for choosing to fly Minmatar as my first ships back in 2009 was that the ships are fast. I've flown battlecruisers in low sec, but I don't think I'd ever fly a battleship. Well, maybe a Marchariel, but those things get a 50% bonus to warp speed and warp acceleration. Getting a Marchariel might tempt me to drop Gallente Battleship into the skill queue.
That brings me back to Rosewalker's skill queue. Does he now start training the other races' battleships and the gunnery skills required to fly those ships? Or does he go ahead and train the specialized gunnery and missile skills from 4 to 5? When I set up the training plan a year ago, I planned on training for battleships. Now? I think I'm going to max out the skills first. I really enjoy flying the smaller ships. Also, since I'm going to start flying tech 3 cruisers, I might as well try to squeeze every ounce of performance out of them.
Of course, I do have one other thought on my mind. I need to have a ship stand watch over Wandering Rose while she mines and I've become too predictable in my Hound. Time to shake things up a bit. Besides, who ever heard of babysitting a Procurer in a battleship?