That Bastard…

Finally finished Gallente Frigates V yesterday, so I went out and fitted up a dual-prop Taranis. Took it out to see how she handles, and I’m in love. Haven’t even fired her T2 Ions yet, but I have a feeling that I will have a lot of fun in this ship.

After fitting the Taranis, which I’ve dubbed the “Popalock”, I decided to head down towards Heimatar, and see what kind of trouble I can get in to. Not trusting my pvp skills with the new Taranis, I hopped into my Merlin, the Warbird, I started out on my trip to Wiskeber, scanning systems for targets as I went. In Otosela, I scanned down a Retreiver in a belt, but landed 20km off target, and with only a scram fitted, I was unable to get point on him before he warped out. Hoping I could trick him into coming back, I added him to my address book, and bookmarked his can. He then logged off, so I jumped into the next system and waited a bit. He does log back on after a short wait, but even giving him ample time to get back to mining, when I dropped back into the belt, he’s nowhere to be seen. He logs off once again, and I call it quits. Here’s hoping he frequents that belt regularly.

After this, Alex Carmel meets up with me in Wiskeber with his Taranis, and we do a bit more roaming. Jumping into one system, I’m shocked to see 130+ in local. It appears that we stumbled onto an EVE University POS shoot, complete with 2 carriers and a dreadnought. We moved on, but were unable to find anything outside of battlecruisers and ships at POSes. Alex logs as he’s falling asleep at the helm, and we all know how dangerous that can be.

Next, another corpmate of mine, Buck Flintrock, comes and joins me in his Jaguar. We make it about 1 jump into Todifrauans, and while Buck was at a safe spot checking on typical loadouts on a potential target, a Vexor piloted by Raelyf dropped right on top of him, and got a point on him. I hesitated jumping to him at first, knowing that I don’t have a web fit, and that the Vexor’s drones may be too fast for my blasters. I ended up warping to him, and landing just seconds before Buck popped. Buck warned me that he was going down, and tried to wave me off, but in the end, I figured that I came down here for a fight, and goddamnit, I wanted a fight, even if I lost, and on top of that, Raelyf is in The Bastards, and we figured that he would most likely ransom Buck’s pod. Being full of implants, we figured that was bad. I locked him up, activated my DCU and shield hardener, and started shooting him. Buck’s Jaguar popped, then the Vexor turned his attention to me, scrambling me, and siccing his Warrior II’s on me. I knew I was toast, but kept fighting. I tried burning away from him, but couldn’t get out of the range of his point before my shields died, and my little Merlin’s armor and hull went kablooey. Both Buck and I were able to get our pods out, GF’s were exchanged in local, and we made our way back to highsec to reship.

Now that the Warbird has seen combat, I can begin fine tuning the fit. I like the speed my Merlin has, and the tank is decent, but I do not like not having a web for drones, and after the incident with the Retreiver, I think I’d rather have a disruptor fitted instead of the scram. Luckily, I have 5 more Merlin hulls waiting for me back at home, so I have plenty of room to experiment. And hopefully, I’ll be able to bring out that Taranis soon.

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One Response to “That Bastard…”

  1. Alex Carmel Says:

    Keeping up with the cap use of a disruptor on a normal frig is not easy. An interceptor can pull it off thanks to an 80% cap use reduction. With a frig, you trade speed for range pretty much everywhere. For the Merlin, I’d try this next:

    [merlin, no EFT so I pretend]
    Damage Control II
    Micro Auxiliary Power Core I

    X5 Prototype I Engine Enervator
    J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler I
    Cold-Gas I Arcjet Thrusters
    Medium Shield Extender II

    Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Light Ion Blaster II, Caldari Navy Antimatter Charge S
    Rocket Launcher II, Caldari Navy Thorn Rocket
    Rocket Launcher II, Caldari Navy Thorn Rocket

    Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
    Small Core Defence Field Extender I
    Small Core Defence Field Extender I

    That’s what I’d fly most likely. Good enough tank. Kinda slow (“fast” being over 1000 m/s before heat for AB frigs.)

    Lately I’ve been flying with 75mm Gatling Railgun II instead of blaster and trying for a 4km kiting orbit. See my Tristan lossmails for example. I die horribly to T2 drones though.

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