So my question is, why use the anti-gravity blocks at all? Yes they’re easy to use, but unless the power drain is removed any thrustercraft or hoverbugged flyer will be much more combat viable. You really don’t want your very expensive airships falling out of the sky because they ran out of power...
And can we not have the purple tinting when it’s active?
I think the intent is that you can use it to lower the effective weight of your Tech, meaning that you need less wheels, props, or thrusters to go at a decent pace, and they can be turned on and off with the switch block.
Ground Techs can benefit from weighing less, but they don't always need to, so they have the option to turn them off.
I agree with this. I retrofitted two of the large anti-grav blocks onto my hover-bug Tech. It chewed through 6 Geocorp & 8 Hawkeye Batteries in less than 10 minutes. Sure It saves a lot of space, but it's not worth using it if your Tech will fall out of the sky shortly.
Weight is the direct result of gravity. If you were standing on the ground, and you halved gravity, you would still be falling at the exact same speed (0, because you are standing on the ground), but you would weigh half as much, so it takes half as much force to resist it compared to before. Weight is the force of gravity on an object, but it is also important to think about the normal force. For example, on the ISS, apparent weightlessness is ij effect (objects have weight, but relative to everything around them, they are all falling at the same rate, and don't experience the normal force from weight.