We have a route to high-sec empire space and I have iskies to burn. I'm going to buy a new ship. I am often considering different ships I could use for PvP engagements but am never really sure what to get. I know I need more options available than simply losing yet another Onyx heavy interdictor and I have the skill training to fly quite a few ships. My main concern is knowing how to fit a new class of ship. The specific bonuses granted by the class give some guidance as to what is expected of the ship but filling in the other utility slots can be difficult.
Looking at other capsuleers' fits has the problem of knowing if the configurations are theoretical or tried and tested. Then there is the tendency to exaggerate fits to use faction gear, with the resultant posted statistics presupposing all skills trained to level five, perhaps trying to boast of the ability to pay for and fly such an beast. But at least an aggregation of such fits can give an idea of what modules are expected to be or can be fitted to make the ship effective.
I know what ship I am going to buy this evening. The corporation's embracing of recon ships, my training in the class, and examples of its efficient use in w-space is seeing me buy a Falcon. I have searched for example fits and it looks like it can be straightforward to configure. Concentrating on its use as an ECM boat lets me fill the mid- and low-slots effectively, with jammers and boosters, and one high-slot naturally will have a cloaking device. The other high slots perhaps don't matter too much, as forgetting to fit a tank makes the hull rather flimsy and not a ship I want to get in to close combat, and I can probably squeeze a probe launcher on to the ship for scouting and safety.
Today's exit to empire space is convenient for spending iskies, being only two hops from Jita. I barely have time to buy the ship before I am in the New Eden capital of trade and flimflam. My Falcon is delivered and waiting for me when I dock, letting me buy and fit the rest of the modules I need. Having a ship configuration already worked out makes fitting the ship much quicker and being in Jita makes buying everything convenient. Naming a new ship is normally the process that takes the longest time for me but the Falcon is a ship that lends itself to an obvious name. And so I undock Lando's for her maiden flight, a short journey back to and through w-space to our tower.
The Falcon is an ugly bugger. But now I have more options to fly in to a PvP engagement, adding more utility to the fleet and allowing myself and others to be more flexible in ship selection. I still need more options, though. Perhaps a Curse recon ship, or a heavy assault ship of some kind. Maybe even an assault frigate would be useful occasionally. I have more research to do, for when the next convenient exit to empire space appears.