Wednesday, August 10, 2011

The Attack On HED-GP

Yesterday we had an early form up to attack HED-GP along with WN. and friends. We put our standard Abaddon, T3, and Guardian fleet together with numbers just over 100. I managed to get some guns for an Abaddon (I can't use the T2 guns they were up on contract with yet) so that I could get in on some kill mails. Now I will preface this with the fact that I had been having a bad week thus far in deaths. I had lost 10 ships and I think 8 pods. I even was spoken to about the fact that I was leading the alliance in deaths for the month.

For this op I made certain that I would do everything in my power to be on as many kill mails as I could. As we were preparing to undock in GN7 the call was finally made to rush to the titan that lay in wait for us to jump bridge into HED. Well we didn't have to wait long as the fighting had already begun so off we jumped. When we landed on the other side of the cyno we were at a ping above the engagement that was happening below between WN./Red Alliance and -a-/friends. We immediately warped into the fray and began to go to work. 

Methodically, and almost perfectly, we started to take down 'geddon after 'geddon. Their logistics simple could not keep up with the additional pressure we were putting on them. Now I had learned a new trick about the overview which sped up my client tremendously and the locking times were almost normal even though there were 1000+ people in local and close to 500 on field by that time. I was keeping up with the primary and secondary targets and managed to get a couple of volleys off on each of them in succession. Soon the -a- gang decided they had enough and warped off field after popping some of our bubblers. But just then an AHAC gang warped in close to us and became our next prey on this eventful day. 

This gang had a fair number of logistics combined with many Zealots, Vagas, Muninns and Deimos. We began to ping pong targets between HACs and Guardians from the other gang. Nothing was withstanding the amount of damage we were putting out. Now because they warped in close and our bubblers happened to put up some phenomenal bubbles we ended up decimating the AHAC gang. They took heavy losses and most of the Guardians that were on field were wiped out. 

Soon they managed to escape with the heavy losses and we began to loot the field. We then were informed to set the starbase password on our ships. We warped to a ping and landed in the enemies POS. It seems we had a spy on the other side that informed us of the password. Upon landing we set out to trying to bumped out the wounded enemy fleet from the POS and succeeded in getting a few stragglers in bubbles as well. We followed them to another POS and attempted to try to bump them out again. 

After about 30 minutes of this it looked like they were going to be warping off to the station to dock up. We were told to align station and be ready to warp to 20km off. This was curious, but I did as told. When they warped we were told it was to a ping that was directly on top of the station, like literally on the top of it. Well it seems this was actually a trap and those that could not immediately dock up were bombed by more than 30 bombers. I have never seen so many BS explosions at once before. 

We then warped around catching stragglers for a while until we finally were ordered to land at a POS that was coming out of reinforcement. After landing we sat there for a bit and our Super caps were called to jumpin. Well it seemed that WN. already had this idea as they had Titans on field from the earlier engagement and also warped in a shit ton of mother ships. There must have been at least 60 super cap ships on field when the POS was obliterated. We then warped to a safe and began to prepare to leave. I took this screen shot at the time and think it is quite cool with the caps and Abaddons in the background.

Later in the day we went back to an uneventful POS bash where we took down 4 more POS's and a ton of modules. I later that evening went on a couple of roams with my Slicer. On these roams I was very cautious and actually managed to rack up a bunch more kills. All in all I turned the week around and broke 100+ kills for the month already. I look forward to some more epic engagements and more successful roams. I have also managed to buy a Devoter as well so I look forward to using that in the near future too.

Here is the battle report from the HEP-GP engagement:

Once again thank you for reading.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

On The Defensive

So recently I have been in a lot of different engagements. I will try to recap a few with detail but not so much that it is a pain in the ass to read. First I have been lucky enough to be part of a couple of the Abaddon/T3 gangs in my Guardian. The first engagement I joined we went to HED-GP and sat on the SV5 gate. When we jumped in WN. was already engaged in combat with -a- in HED when we jumped in.

We immediately began to orbit the gate and lock up the people that started to take immediate fire from the enemy. I dropped drones and assigned them to one of the Abaddons from my corp so that I could get some killmail whoring done. We started to see the enemy switch targets frequently and began to take a few losses, but all in all the Guardian crew did very well. There was one point our FC was primaried and we managed to keep him up even though he went into deep structure. Another pilot was broadcasting for armor and by the time I got him locked up he was in structure. I quickly overloaded my reppers and together the logi crew was able to keep him from dying at ~250 structure left. As the engagement wound down we had only taken 5 losses to the enemies ~50 some losses. Later on they went back for seconds and overall on the day there were only 35 losses to the 126 kills of the enemy. I even sumbitted a battle report to Eve News 24 which was published about this and the then two other engagements we had with RAZOR and CVA in which we took no losses. It was hella fun with the Guardian and I was lucky enough to be part of a successful op my first time out.

The next op I was in was Abaddons/T3/Guardians once again. This time we went to T-R in which the enemy brought a couple of hundred Armageddons, and the system had close to 900+ people which "desynced" everyone. The Guardian crew was keeping up with the damage for the most part and we were not losing a lot of ships, but then because of the "desync" and lag our anchor floated off into no where land about 300km off from the main fleet. We managed to drive off the invaders that day as well and had a good ratio of kills to losses.

After going on some regular roams I had a pretty bad week in which I suffered a lot of lost ships. Mostly smaller stuff but I lost a couple of Zealots as well. I decided to get an Abaddon down into GN7 so that I could participate in the kills on some of these larger fights. Luckily I did this as we come to the reason for the title of the blog, the defense of our home.

It seems we pissed off -a- and friends as they decided to go on the offensive and attack out POS in GN7. I logged on and had decided to put some nano ships together for the nano gangs that we fly up in high sec. I got them moved into the low sec station and the next time I logged in to see if people could move them we had like 200+ reds in the home system. So as the POS was going to be coming out of reinforced this weekend we had a CTA in which we all got in a massive Abaddon fleet and waited at the POS. We also happened to have our Titans logged in and waiting with us. We waited.... and waited ... and waited. We had intel of a large fleet that had jumped into a system about 4 away and then moved to HED-GP. We had reports of upwards of 260+ in that system with many battleships and support. So we waited some more and they finally arrived.

Our local exploded to almost 400 people and mostly were reds. They warped to our POS and before we could get our carriers inside the force field they took two down. We then warped off to a planet and then back to another POS we had in system. While our 5 Titans left the other POS's shield to engage the enemy fleet in which they took out a couple of battleships. We then warped to a ping from the new POS and aligned down to a cyno that we put up. The enemy warped to the cyno and we did as well. In jumped a good sized fleet of WN. and friends to help defend. The battle ensued and what a battle it was. Each side took heavy losses of battleships and it was by far the longest fight I have been in and was very fun. Even though we were fighting a larger force and defending our own space. At some point the opposing FC called my name as primary and I saw the enemy beginning to yellow box my ship. I immediately broadcast for armor but it literally was only two volleys and my 200k ehp ship was down. I managed to get my pod out and reshipped to my nano Zealot to go back out and assist on kills as the enemy began to make a break for it at that time because we had dropped another cyno and jumped in WN.'s super captials. So on field we had somewhere around 9 Titans and a handful of mother ships. Well as soon as I undocked two enemy 'Geddons landed on the station and someone put a bubble up. at this point I prob should have docked up but I wanted to assist my brothers in warding off the invaders. I engaged and managed to kill one 'Geddon while losing my ship just before the second one went down.

I am sure I will hear about losing two ships in the engagement but I was determined to assist in repelling the invasion. At that point I was down to just a Guardian left and decided to stay docked due to them attempting to catch stragglers a few jumps away. This was one hell of a fight and it was pretty epic in my opinion. Hopefully they think twice about attacking us again, which would allow me to get some more ships down to the system so that I can continue to help out on roams and defending our home system.

Anyway here is the battle report for the day. You can see that there were many losses on both sides. but we did emerge victorious.

Again thanks for reading.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Industrial Dust

My industrialist has been coming along nicely. I have been doing some research on what makes me money and what does not make money and I have come to realize with a spreadsheet that I was losing money in one of the markets versus just plain selling off the refined ore. So I will be more efficient with my selling now. I have also been researching getting into trading and plan on doing some investment of the mass amounts of money I have been making with my other account that is in the wormhole. Now all of this is kinda a moot point, even though I have been still doing some trading and sneaking in mining in the early morning hours due to the war dec that has been going on.

Which by the way has not been going our corps way. We have lost quite a few ships to them, except when we can put good numbers of people together in which point they would play station games. Ohh by the way, station games suck! Either way I managed to get a solo kill on my indy toon for his first ever kill. What happened is I joined up into a corp fleet as I got on and they needed bodies to come fight the war dec'ers. One of my corpies was being camped in by a Malediction and a Merlin, two frigate size hulls one being an Interceptor.

So I warp to 100km from the station in my Omen to find them outside of station. They immediately start towards me and I warp off after letting them get within 50km, landing on a safe point I had created. They happen to have warped off from station towards the celestial that I had been pointed to, which was my plan all along. This allowed my corp mate to undock his Iskur and warp to my safe. We then figured we could take them so I warped back to station and landed at zero. There was no one there, so I began to burn away from station. Well soon the Malediction landed and began to come after me. I happen to be afterburner fit with a scram and web. I deployed my 3 drones and began to aggress the ceptor. He is going down slowly when the Merlin lands, now 50km from us. I don't think the pilot in the ceptor knew to break away from me or get at range and I ended up being able to kill him before a Hurricane landed near us. In which point I abandoned my drones and warped off.

After looking at the kill mail I found that I should have shot the wreck and then warped off lol. It contained an 80m mwd, so it turns out my first and only kill was that of a 101m isk Interceptor! Not too shabby. Later on we had a decent gang and station camped them for a while. This went on for a time and we finally logged with the exception of 3 of our pilots which ended up losing 3 battleships.

Now as of today they have been quiet in highsec and that is because they managed to somehow find where our wormhole was. They have put up a POS inside and have been attacking our POS that is located within the wormhole. So I logged in last night to find one of our corpies sending me a convo as soon as I logged. He was desperately trying to get in touch with one of the leaders. It turns out that someone had been told by the bad guys that he was a spy. The other members believed them and they subsequently decided to fleet him without his knowing, have him warp to them and then they killed him. He was beside himself, or at least led me to believe that was the case. I did what I could to bring some doubt to the possibility that he was a spy, including checking his API for transactions of money. But they apparently didn't believe him and he was then kicked from the corp the next day.

And I find out late last night that the corp is going to be leaving the alliance to try to end the war. They then are going to create a completely new corp and alliance to try to start over. From what I gather the alliance we are part of seems to have been a griefer alliance and that is what caused the war. I personally think that the enemy merc corp will continue to find our players and end up war dec'ing any new corp we form, but we shall see. Only time will tell and in the mean time I plan on making some iskies through trading. Hopefully there is enough lull in wars that I can transport my goods to market and get more capital to be able to really go head first at trading.

In the next post which may be later today or tomorrow I will tell you of some epic engagements I had down in Providence this past weekend. They were a blast.

Thanks for reading.