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starcruiser#3423 starcruiser Member Posts: 1,230 Arc User
Here we go...please note your favorite one and hope it will guide folks which one to invest some Dilithium.

Thanks in advance for your entries

Which vanity shield is the coolest 33 votes

Tzenkethi Vanity Shield
6%
kaosbainsoldieralpha99 2 votes
Discovery Vanity Shield
0%
Ferengi Vanity Shield
6%
bubblegirl2015senzanima#8968 2 votes
Hur'q Vanity Shield
0%
Emperor's Vanity Shield
3%
jamieblanchard 1 vote
Section 31 Vanity Shield
42%
coldnapalmlegendarylycan#5411gaevsmanseaofsorrowsksathra2zeroniuscrusader2007evilmark444cryptkeeper0ichaerus1foxman00redshirtdies0351dragon200052rast3rman#9798 14 votes
Kelvin Divergence Vanity Shield
0%
Borg Vanity Shield
0%
Ba'ul Vanity Shield
39%
daboholicreyan01meimeitoowestx211peterconnorfirstsniper1187crm14916voodoopokeyalcyoneserenekeepcalmchiveonmneme0tvirxzaravex62 13 votes
Zhat Vash Vanity Shield
3%
tubafiredragon 1 vote
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    chastity1337chastity1337 Member Posts: 1,606 Arc User
    edited July 2021
    Medical is the best one, and the most popular from what I've seen.
    There is a certain stark elegance to the simple red & white.
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    saurializardsaurializard Member Posts: 4,401 Arc User
    edited July 2021
    None, because the main thing about those shields is that they're hit-and-miss depending on the ship as they tend to get rid of the uniqueness of unconventional hulls.

    If you stick to Fed ships, the S31 may be worth it.
    The Emperor one, surprisingly, can work well with Romulan ships. I now use it on my Valkis.
    The Kelvin one is better for KDF toons.
    The Liberated Borg one is better-looking on alien designs with a mostly one-colored hull.
    The Ba'ul one is IMHO, one of the worst/best hit-and-miss. Either it looks stellar or awful.
    The Alliance one, I think is the most jack-of-all-trades and unique-hull-friendly of them all, but it's not part of the promo.
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    chastity1337chastity1337 Member Posts: 1,606 Arc User
    promo?
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    evilmark444evilmark444 Member Posts: 6,950 Arc User
    Section 31 Vanity Shield
    Section 31 is the only vanity I've ever kinda liked, but only for a Section 31 themed toon. The medical one is OK, but I'm not crazy about the color red so I wouldn't actually use it. The Borg one is also OK for a Borg themed toon, but I'd be happier if they remastered the old assimilated shield since it matches later Borg appearances better.
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    saurializardsaurializard Member Posts: 4,401 Arc User
    promo?
    The current dilithium one where you can buy the mentioned shields with dilithium as account-bound versions.
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    seaofsorrowsseaofsorrows Member Posts: 10,918 Arc User
    Section 31 Vanity Shield
    It's tough to choose between the Ba'ul and the Section 31, but overall I think I slightly prefer that matte black look from the Section 31.
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    zzzspina01zzzspina01 Member Posts: 310 Arc User
    honestly I would like to see a Breen VS. I think it would make most ships look partly assimilated with jaggered looking spikes poking out everywhere.
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    evilmark444evilmark444 Member Posts: 6,950 Arc User
    Section 31 Vanity Shield
    zzzspina01 wrote: »
    honestly I would like to see a Breen VS. I think it would make most ships look partly assimilated with jaggered looking spikes poking out everywhere.

    It's a regular shield with visuals (can still be equipped in the vanity shield slot), but we basically have that already with the Dielectric Oscillation Resilient Shields from the Cold Storage mission. Only problem is it's a bit old, so it might not look as good as more recent visual and vanity shields.
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    alcyoneserenealcyoneserene Member Posts: 2,413 Arc User
    Ba'ul Vanity Shield
    S31 & Ba'ul are easy must-haves.

    Was sold also sold on the Borg one (search reddit for pics) even if it only looks good on certain ships - the texture to me resembles 'capital ship' type greatness similar to that one tholian visual, and on Kelvin Divergence for its 'high quality texture' effect on Romulan & KDF ships.
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    annemarie30annemarie30 Member Posts: 2,626 Arc User
    Medical is the best one, and the most popular from what I've seen.
    There is a certain stark elegance to the simple red & white.

    Medical followed by the Platinum
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    thestargazethestargaze Member Posts: 1,020 Arc User
    Is there a place where you can see them?
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    ichaerus1ichaerus1 Member Posts: 986 Arc User
    Section 31 Vanity Shield
    I went with the Section 31, only barely beating out the Ba'ul vanity shield. The Section 31 shield visual reminds me of the Skunk Works jets, or carbon fiber found in fast cars. The Ba'ul has that smooth, glossy wet "midnight ocean" look to it.

    To me, one of the worst is the Medical shield. Like the Hot Dog Stand option when configuring your Windows appearance. It was terrible in 1995, and is still terrible today. I'd equip that, if I wanted to have my ship identify as a "transcendent" Ronald McDonald. Which is never.
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    zzzspina01zzzspina01 Member Posts: 310 Arc User
    It's a regular shield with visuals (can still be equipped in the vanity shield slot), but we basically have that already with the Dielectric Oscillation Resilient Shields from the Cold Storage mission. Only problem is it's a bit old, so it might not look as good as more recent visual and vanity shields.[/quote]

    I finely got around to checking it out. Not exactly what I was looking for. What I would like from a Breen VS is the spikey looking prongs pertrueding out like the Omega rep - Assimilated space set dose for the DA and IE. you know but with Breen bits
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    foxrockssocksfoxrockssocks Member Posts: 2,482 Arc User
    I don't particularly like the S31 shield, as it isn't really black enough; the S31 shield just looks grey to me. I'd like a nice matte black, but that isn't the S31 shield.

    The Baul shield I think looks much blacker, and if I'm wanting one of those shields its for the black. The glossy black is quite fine, making it look like a sportscar. I do wonder how much of it is just the lighting, though.

    As for the poll, I say it depends on the ship and the captain theme. While I like the glossy black of the Baul shield, I'm not putting it on every ship (assuming I could afford to.) It just doesn't fit most captains or ships.
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    fleetcaptain5#1134 fleetcaptain5 Member Posts: 4,908 Arc User
    Medical is the best one, and the most popular from what I've seen.
    There is a certain stark elegance to the simple red & white.

    Yeah, but it was also free.
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    fleetcaptain5#1134 fleetcaptain5 Member Posts: 4,908 Arc User
    I use the S31 one on most of my characters, but I like the Ba'ul one just as much. The only reason I use it on fewer characters is because it was released later and I already had the S31 one on the characters where I didn't have any vanity shields previously.
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    fleetcaptain5#1134 fleetcaptain5 Member Posts: 4,908 Arc User
    None, because the main thing about those shields is that they're hit-and-miss depending on the ship as they tend to get rid of the uniqueness of unconventional hulls.

    If you stick to Fed ships, the S31 may be worth it.
    The Emperor one, surprisingly, can work well with Romulan ships. I now use it on my Valkis.
    The Kelvin one is better for KDF toons.
    The Liberated Borg one is better-looking on alien designs with a mostly one-colored hull.
    The Ba'ul one is IMHO, one of the worst/best hit-and-miss. Either it looks stellar or awful.
    The Alliance one, I think is the most jack-of-all-trades and unique-hull-friendly of them all, but it's not part of the promo.

    Besides reducing uniqueness, I also find that the best looking shields (S31 and Ba'ul) reduce the amount of details you see on your ship. That is a serious drawback as it is often these details (like layered armour plating and all sorts of patterns) that make these ships feel like really big spaceships capable of housing crews and all sorts of rooms - instead of being something like a small plastic toy that didn't need to consist of multiple components.
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    [3/25 10:41][Combat (Self)]Your Haymaker deals 26187 (10692) Physical Damage(Critical) to Orinoco.

    [6/12 9:59][Combat (Self)]Your Haymaker deals 24097 (13711) Physical Damage(Critical) to Elite Tactical Drone
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    evilmark444evilmark444 Member Posts: 6,950 Arc User
    edited July 2021
    Section 31 Vanity Shield
    zzzspina01 wrote: »
    I finely got around to checking it out. Not exactly what I was looking for. What I would like from a Breen VS is the spikey looking prongs pertrueding out like the Omega rep - Assimilated space set dose for the DA and IE. you know but with Breen bits

    None of the shields add 3D boots, with the assimilated set that stuff comes from the console, engines, and deflector, the shield only changes the hull material.
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    saurializardsaurializard Member Posts: 4,401 Arc User
    Besides reducing uniqueness, I also find that the best looking shields (S31 and Ba'ul) reduce the amount of details you see on your ship. That is a serious drawback as it is often these details (like layered armour plating and all sorts of patterns) that make these ships feel like really big spaceships capable of housing crews and all sorts of rooms - instead of being something like a small plastic toy that didn't need to consist of multiple components.
    Yeah, that's one of the reasons I replaced my Vaadwaur Juggernaut in favor of the Hur'q Vedcrid.
    The Jug already has low-rez textures and mostly an ugly beige color by default, its size makes it worse and most of the shields remove the one interesting thing of its hull, which is the Iconian stained-glass-like parts, and it makes it look like an even uglier one-colored flying brick.

    And then, the Vedcrid doesn't work well with shields either because the ship clearly has an organic feeling and shape, but all shields give it a mechanical texture, which, for me, gives it some sort of uncanny valley. The Alliance shield works well, but it gets rid of all its glowing cocoon-like large windows and the tiniest ones on its edges, and it still makes it fully mechanical as well.
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    kayajaykayajay Member Posts: 1,990 Arc User
    None, because the main thing about those shields is that they're hit-and-miss depending on the ship as they tend to get rid of the uniqueness of unconventional hulls.

    If you stick to Fed ships, the S31 may be worth it.
    The Emperor one, surprisingly, can work well with Romulan ships. I now use it on my Valkis.
    The Kelvin one is better for KDF toons.
    The Liberated Borg one is better-looking on alien designs with a mostly one-colored hull.
    The Ba'ul one is IMHO, one of the worst/best hit-and-miss. Either it looks stellar or awful.
    The Alliance one, I think is the most jack-of-all-trades and unique-hull-friendly of them all, but it's not part of the promo.

    Besides reducing uniqueness, I also find that the best looking shields (S31 and Ba'ul) reduce the amount of details you see on your ship. That is a serious drawback as it is often these details (like layered armour plating and all sorts of patterns) that make these ships feel like really big spaceships capable of housing crews and all sorts of rooms - instead of being something like a small plastic toy that didn't need to consist of multiple components.

    That's what I've noticed. On my Hestia, it's got some of the most detailed detail or recent ships, but with both of those shields...they just make it look 2D and a little cheap. I've not actually zoomed in tight on a section of hull and seen up close and personal if it's meticulous, but from a distance...it's not.
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    rascally8abbit#2284 rascally8abbit Member Posts: 36 Arc User
    What happened to the default choice:

    O Not Interested

    No not flaming or trolling but seeing that their cost is so high I can't divert my meager dil for vanity, hah, vanity shields. Being serious though, it is too precious to let go the Dil I will need for the future and something that will not make my ship move faster, do more damage, increase hit points, resist dam, extra weapon slot or console slot. Sure if I had the money Jeff Bezos is spending to go up into space, I would be able to buy them instead by selling Zen. The 250K just is simply not a benefit to how I perform (sorry never bought pets, costumes, disco balls, etc., as no one can see your outfit in the cold confine of the Captain's chair) B)
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    phoenixc#0738 phoenixc Member Posts: 5,621 Arc User
    The one I like the best so far (I don't have any of the lockbox ones yet) is the pink glow shield. The semi-translucent effect is nice and it does not wipe out details like some of the others. An ultraviolet lamp version of that would be good if they want to experiment with more semi-translucent types.

    I also like the (usually) mirrored surface of the Reman shield too. The platinum one is good on some ships but it is rather niche since it does not have much shine so on some materials it just looks a dull light gray.
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