I feel like I am single-handedly keeping this thread alive now...but here's my (nearly) final "Pirate Warbot" for my pirates conversion.
It would look tremendously better with the tangents set, which I am not going to be able to do but it isn't too bad. In the mod, the pirates will have a single ship model (with some "celebrity" Sins names stenciled on their backs) and a single weapon--with each pirate variant firing a dedicated gun type. Some will be antistrike, some antimodule, some siege, etc., etc.
If I can get the mechanics to work properly, I'm shooting for a single ship raid with each AI being a "mini titan". I'm planning repeating periodic buff that sets them to "explore"--so ships surving raids will wander the galaxy randomly and attack things.
The concept is they are "rogue AI's" who have escaped their human and Vasari masters to form their own societies. They still need material and industrial support from their creator's though in order to upgrade and maintain their systems so they offer their services as mercenaries and pirates to barter and plunder for resources and parts.
So here's an "AI Pirate"...and if anyone wants to set the tangents on this small model I would be very appreciative.