I've been thinking of doing a small mod to add more armor items for the Manticore player ship, as the Novaya series is quite limited. My idea is to downgrade the Novaya to be similar to Cerraloy but a little better (more HP and slightly higher restistances) and expand upon the XMH armor as a high level military series, thus having armor segments suitable for most of the game without using a shield generator.
Naturally these segments should appear at least three at a time, as the Manticore has six panels and will probably be comparable to Meteorsteel. A possible way to not make them overpowered is to have the XMH resistant to energy weapons (particle, ion, positron plasma) but vulnerable to blast and thermo.
I am posting this would a working example to know if the community would be interested in this mod, as my time is rather limited and I would not be able to tweak it to a balanced form alone.