Thanks for your replies so far and yes I do agree with what you've all said. Hero Ships will be of value if someone wants to use them, but the devs could have been a little more creative with allowing modiule changing, or even supply these ships with a pool of unique modules to choose from that would keep them uniquely different but also fun to play as you swap out mods depending on game mode/maps etc.
I already have 2 T5 ships, Gora and Invictus, so was interested in what (if any) difference there is in performance between my T4 Lorica and the Levaiathan. The only difference, besides the snazy hull, is on the module officer briefing for Engine Rigger and T4 sships don't last long in Legendary battles. So for 4k GP and only 1 different mod, it's a bit expensive to just have a slight chance at doing better than my Lorica that I've maxed out in terms of equipment which is basically collecting dust these days. However, I've seeen a player that's fitted the Zilant skin to his Zmey and it does look really cool, and for only 1k GP it's a lot more palatable, which is both good and bad.
Veteran matches are still fun to play but the grind for XP and so on means you're stuck deciding which ships to spend limited resources on based on how slowly/quickly you acquire them. I guess the upcoming 'Steam' update followed by the PS4 update will bring some much needed refreshments to our rosters and perhaps they'll even bring in the ability to customise our own ships a little more.