Monday, 13 June 2011
Vengeance v cyno ships (and station guns)
4 Rocket Launcher II
J5b Phased Prototype Warp Scrambler
X5 Prototype Engine Enervator
Small Armor Repair System II
Damage Control II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
Adaptive Nano Plating II
Small Anti-Thermal Pump
Small Capacitor Control Circuit I
This is my basic Vengeance fit. Without high Assault Ship skills I need the capacitor control circuit to keep the repper running for a goodly time, but I would be tempted to switch it for a damage rig if I decide to invest heavily in the Vengeance.
One of the first things I wanted to do was test the Vengeance's legendary tank. Granted, I only had Assault Ships III, but I had heard very good things about what this ship was capable of.
As a frigate pilot, one of the most frustrating things about low sec is the way I am forced to ignore targets that are sitting within range of gate or station guns. Given enough time, I can try and bump them out of range, but this is a very tedious experience, and all that effort can be wasted if the afk pilot returns to his computer (or a larger hunter appears to steal the kill).
The Vengeance, I hoped, could overcome this little problem. I therefore decided, with some trepidation, to run a test attack on a cyno ship.
Essentially, I jumped in on a cyno frigate, immedately pointed them, and overheated my guns. While I was shooting at them, and getting shot at by the station guns, I overheated my repair system and aligned to a celestial. As soon as the cyno ship popped, I warped out.
Actually, this seemed to work very well. I didn't even dip into structure.
I am very impressed by the Vengeance's tank. With maxed skills, I would be willing to try going for the pod as well as the ship, and also trying to grab the cyno beacon. With my skills, that's simply out of the question. Being able to pick up those cyno beacons, though, would be a nice little source of extra income.
The Vengeance also seems to be sitting in a size/tank sweet spot. I can get in, tank the gate guns, and get out before the carrier can even lock me. I wouldn't want to try the same thing in a cruiser.