So I was looking around the board for information on using escorts. It seems everyone thought that they had potential, but that assault boats wiped them out way to easily and so escorts weren't worthwhile.
Well, FAQ2010, which seems to have pretty wide use and certainly tourney use, rules that escorts have a diffferent critical table where 1-3 is nothing and 4-6 is destroyed. Essentially halving the likelyhood an assault boat will kill and escort.
So does that make escorts viable?
If so how would one use them? It seems like using them for classic flanking stuff would just be a good way to let your enemy shoot more of their guns each turn.
And their forward volleys don't seem that impressive that holding them back behind a cruiser line would generally be that good.