Saturday, 26 June 2010

Finally.... I slayed my dragon.

When I first encountered a Vagabond I got upset. It killed me, very quickly, very efficiently, and I said then that I'd get my revenge and find an effective solo counter to them. I have huge respect for the ship, knowing its capabilities, and vowing that one day I would kill them... solo...

I've been  flying the Dramiel for a few months, and after switching fits a few times I've finally joined the masses and started flying dual prop. I suddenly realised that it was the perfect ship for killing Vagabonds, able to catch them, and scram them, then by using its tiny signature with afterburner orbit inside of the gun tracking of the 220mm autocannons that are famous for chewing up interceptors.
The only issue is the neut that they apply to anything scramming them, and the drones!

So after much EFT warrioring I worked a way to fit a neut and still keep my shield buffer.

The proof is in the pudding I guess, so I set to hunt the dragon. Searching the local asteroid belts in Tama I was happy to see a vaga lurking 300km away, burning off towards him, we played cat and mouse at various belts, before he finally decided to get close enough and engage.

[ 2010.06.26 22:51:39 ] 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II belonging to DaNecron barely scratches you, causing 91.2 damage
[ 2010.06.26 22:51:40 ] 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II belonging to DaNecron misses you completely.
[ 2010.06.26 22:51:41 ] 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II belonging to DaNecron barely scratches you, causing 66.4 damage
[ 2010.06.26 22:51:42 ]  220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II belonging to DaNecron barely scratches you, causing 122.0 damage
[ 2010.06.26 22:51:43 ] 220mm Vulcan AutoCannon II belonging to DaNecron lightly hits you, doing 239.0 damage

Oh shite! it started badly... had I bitten off too much?
Was the dramiel about to die horribly before I could get under his guns. Having no choice now, there was no way I wanted to try and disengage and fly back through his gun range.
The scram went onto him and I settled into a close orbit, switching back to the afterburner, and turning my attention to his recently deployed drones. Now all he was doing was shooting the space behind the my ship, leaving me free to concentrate my guns and drones on removing the 5 warrior II's that were now nibbling at my already low shields. Pressing the "I win" button this time in the form of a Corpii C-type NOS I settled back and concentrated on popping his drones.
By the time I had killed the last drone my shield had dropped inside 10%... scary stuff, one lucky shot and I would be looking at a new pod. I started shooting the Vaga itself, quickly realising that fusion was having little effect, I switched out for EM ammo and was rewarded by the rapid dropping of his shields, switching back ammo back after the shields dropped, I quickly finished off the now toothless dragon.

[Mail was bugged for damage only recording the last impact on his hull at 160 damage]

[Dramiel, Dragon Slayer]
Nanofiber Internal Structure II
Gyrostabilizer II
Navy Micro Auxiliary Power Core

Coreli C-Type 1MN Afterburner
Coreli C-Type 1MN MicroWarpdrive
Warp Scrambler II
Medium F-S9 Regolith Shield Induction

150mm Light AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP S
150mm Light AutoCannon II, Republic Fleet EMP S
Corpii C-Type Small Nosferatu

Small Projectile Burst Aerator I
Small Anti-EM Screen Reinforcer I
Small Core Defence Field Extender I

Warrior II x3

Warrior II x1