some ruminations on space fighters/drones - I’m rethinking the Lancer designs i’ve done earlier, in light of two particular factors: sloped armor, and damage cross-section.
armor sloping helps absorb damage with less material, and you’ll want to keep a small profile presented to the enemy in order to minimize impacts/amount of stuff exposed to lasers. this design consideration opens up room for more nuanced designs, with pointier/knifelike vessels and sleeker, semi-”aerodynamic” armor.
(absolutely minimal cross section is not always desirable, either. pointier vessels have low cross section, but less forward-facing room to mount weapons.)