As I stated in Lesson #1, there are certain ships that you must absolutely take with you to WH space. But there are also ships that are totally discretionary. For instance, you can decide if you want to take a PvP ship or not. I myself took a few but nothing too big. I want to make some ISK before I get a “really big” PvP ship. Okay, you can stop laughing now. Sooner or later I’ll have to do it.
The PvP ship of choice in WH space seems to be the Strategic Cruiser. Go figure. At a cost of at least a half billion ISK, that is something that I could afford to lose but would rather not. Some of the other choices I’ve read about are Stealth Bombers and Heavy Interdictors. At least that’s what I’ve read. I’ve also seen used in the WH a Helios as a tackler and a cloaked Hurricane. That was just… strange. I suppose there are “bigger” ships used in more dangerous WH space. I personally don’t plan on finding out any time soon.
The number one income producing ship in a C3 is your standard ratting battleship. I decided to start out low cost in this category. I’ve run Level IV missions in a Drake, and I’ve even killed a couple Sleeper battleships in a C3 with it. But the Drake is not enough ship to really take on a C3 anomaly. It most certainly is NOT a solo ship.
As it turns out, neither is the battleship I brought. However, the corp Fleet Leader asked that I bring a cap stable armor tanking battleship and that’s what I brought.
6x Ion Blaster Cannon II (Antimatter Charge L)
5x Cap Recharger II
Damage Control II
Large Armor Repairer II
Capacitor Power Relay II
Armor Kinetic Hardener II
Armor Explosive Hardener II
Armor Thermic Hardener II
Energized Adaptive Nano Membrane II
2x Large Nanobot Accelerator I
Large Auxiliary Nano Pump I
Effective HP: 68,119 (Eve: 57,790)
Tank Ability: 457.80 DPS
Damage Profile – (EM: 25.00%, Ex: 25.00%, Ki: 25.00%, Th: 25.00%)
Shield Resists – EM: 12.50%, Ex: 56.25%, Ki: 47.50%, Th: 30.00%
Armor Resists – EM: 67.70%, Ex: 72.76%, Ki: 80.32%, Th: 80.32%
Capacitor (Stable at 46.58%)
Volley Damage: 2,550.98 (w/ flight of 5 Hammerhead II drones)
DPS: 559.24 (w/ flight of 5 Hammerhead II drones)
This is a really standard active armor tank. There is nothing all that spectacular about it. It just fit what I was requested to bring and wasn’t that expensive.
However, it is still a juicy target evidently: http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=17217991
Initially the pirates where in two Tengus if memory serves. The Domi was tanking the two strategic cruisers just fine. It wasn’t until one left and got the Sleipnir that they broke its tank. It must have taken them 5 minutes. So much for PvP being fast and furious.
Here’s the lesson I learned from this. Don’t get in a hurry. I’d staged all my ships in the last high-sec system before the system with our K162 in it. That’s not the problem. The problem was we’d move six (6) ships through that hole prior to the Corp CEO taking the Domi out of the high-sec station. There was only one person in the K162 system. Obviously he had friends and wasn’t afraid to call them. It would have been better to move only the necessary ships and to wait on the discretionary ships. When you are just getting setup in a WH, you don’t have to have them right then and there. I could have waited for another good connection and gotten them any time after. I did just that a few days later to replace the Domi. So, take your time moving ships in. Take only what you need right away. Bring the rest in singly at a later date. There will always be another opportunity to bring a new ship in.
Perhaps the funniest thing about all this is the fact that our CEO took the loss in a ship that wasn’t even his. Hell, he wasn’t totally qualified in even. He couldn’t fire the T2 guns! All he could do was sit there and tank the damage until the tank broke. That REALLY SUCKS. Sorry AI.
The loss of the Dominix wasn’t the worse loss unfortunately: http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=17218096. Tur lost his Loki defending the Domi. He said, “that’s what corp mates do for each other.” Then he added, “besides, I’d been itching to try the Loki in PvP!” I really, really, really, really appreciate that sentiment Tur and thank you. But this leads me to my second lesson from the event.
As a carebear, I am very cognizant of the bottom line. It is a violation of every business rule I know to defend a 150 million ISK ship with a 500 million ISK ship (some of the things in the Domi’s cargo hold were expensive but irrelevant to the cost.) That just gives the pirates more of what they want and compounds the asset loss. We knew we were going to lose the Domi. We didn’t have to lose the Loki. It was worth two and a half entry level T1 battleships.
And that brings me to the third lesson of my first week in a WH. The other discretionary income ships you can take with you are mining ships. I took an Exhumer. I splurged a bit and bought one of those nifty new Skiffs. It’s a sweet barge and I think I’m in love with it but it was a mistake.
Tur and I spent quite a bit of time the other night practicing fleet mining ops – me in my Skiff and he in a Procurer. We were convinced they are survivable in a WH. In fact, that night, right as we finished practice and settled down to mine some Arkonor, I spied two Proteus on d-scan. I was back at the POS before Tur could say “RUN!”
But that isn’t always going to be the case. Remember that tackling Helios and the cloaked Hurricane? Here’s where we encountered them: http://eve.battleclinic.com/killboard/killmail.php?id=17261587. Now tell me that isn’t the strangest fight you’ve ever seen?
So what’s the lesson? Go back to the paragraph about how many T1 battleships you can buy for the price of a Loki. Then apply that logic to mining ships. I can lose ten (10) Procurers for every Skiff and they mine almost as well. The tank is inconsequential when your scrammed and webbed. You’ll either last long enough for help to arrive or you won’t. The few extra EHP the Skiff gives won’t make any difference. Mining in a WH is THE most dangerous thing Tur tells me you can do. I believe him now. Those two ships got the drop on both of us. Leave the Exhumers at home and stick to T1 barges. Your wallet will thank you.