And I'm sure, Smips,that an Elite commander like yourself would be content with no more than a single Goosefeather quill to rid the Ooniverse of your enemies...
You talking to me?
Goosefeathers are over-rated. Normally I find a withering glance does the trick.
Seriously though, and back on topic, I just don't think missiles are cost-effective. Every time you use one you should feel guilty for throwing money away. Standard missiles are all but pointless, and even a hardhead comes with no guarantee, so they are used more in hope than confidence, and always in desperation.
I normally do in fact carry one of each, for very specific purposes. The hardhead is for those times when you really need to get a single ship off your six - you've been beat-up and are limping away half dead and that pesky Asp is still behind you picking away at you. You are out of fuel and have little energy left. Then the hardhead might be your last chance to frighten it away.
The standard missile is for similar situations when you have a hardhead missile bearing down on you. Then you use the standard missile to take it out.
So this Deadly (not Elite - never have been) Commander, so-called dog-fighting Ace who actually spends most of the time getting the c**p beaten out of him, keeps a couple of missiles for situations where he can't even run away properly.
, the friendliest Gourd this side of Riedquat.