You wanted to know the best PvP crafting crew skill. At the moment that is cybertech because of reusable grenades.
So now you've decided that cybertech for your shadow is out. No problem.
The lowdown on biochem is that reusable stims save you credits in the long term, but the consumed prototype stims have slightly better stats; for the OCD min/max player the consumed stims are better, for everyone else the reusable is fine. That being said, being able to make your own consumable stims (even for that slight boost in stats) is cheaper than buying from someone else. On medpacs the reusables are not even close to the PvP medpacs, but if you run out of PvP medpacs something is better than nothing.
Artifice has zero PvP value, but as you said it fits into the jedi story (making sabers, crystals, hilts, etc).
From an optimized crew skill perspective, the jedi consular class sucks. The only crafting skill with a +crit is armstech, which helps your companions but not you. The next best is cybertech with +10 efficiency but +1 crit to UT and +2 crit to scav to feed it. For artifice, JCs get no bonus but +15 efficiency to both arch and TH to feed it (FYI: no class has a story companion with +crit to artifice).
From a GTN perspective:
- Cybertech is by far the most diverse and has more desired items to sell.
- Biochem stims sell well (warning: I have found without two bioanalysis characters it is hard to keep up with materials demand) especially on Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday nights (raid times).
- Artifice is a little touchy. Some dye modules sell well, enhancements are bursty (sell a bunch in one day and then all but nothing for a week), hilts are consistent but slow (because three of the four ACs only need one at a time; only sent/mara use two). I cannot comment on crystals as my artifice does not have any good colors I can readily sell (I have a couple of the magenta crystal schematics but there is a material I cannot get - character only level 35 - and is obscenely expensive on the GTN).
This was a great and helpful post. Thank you very much.
You've Given me a lot to consider.
I did look into the crew sskill bonuses that the consular's companions have compared to the other classes companions. They are pretty sucky, but it isn't exactly a deal breaker or anything .
You've made a hell of a case in favour of cybertech, which i am planning to take on my smuggler character, and i don't really see the point in taking it on both toons. It does look like the way to go in the current state of the game.
I really enjoy crafting in this game, but i just get increasingly bored with biochem as i level it. And i have massed a pile of pvp meds and stims from doing the daily and weekly pvp quests, so I'm a little hesitant to continue with biochem.
I'm actually leaning towards archaeology, scavenging and slicing now, just to gather materials and make money while i level, since i can't seem to make up my bloody mind.
I really appreciate the info though!