So rather than moaning about the use of bling* in low-sec, I thought I'd have a play around with some.
Rixx Javix > i feel dirty, even for a pirate
I've been flying around in a Dramiel over the weekend and have found it a lot of fun. I'm a bit more careful with the fights but given the cost of the ship verses what I usually fly I think thats only to be expected. Where as I'd regularly "give it a go" even if it was unlikely I'd win, I'm picking and choosing engagements. This is a bit of a problem in the GMT+4 timezone as there isn't a massive choice of targets about.
I've gone with a 125mm autocannon fit. Obviously these are fairly small relative to the 250's but give me more options on the fitting. I get 200dps from the ship so not too bad for small guns. A lot of the power grid is sucked up by the twin propulsion on the fit. A MWD to get me into the fight and a AB to get me out of the fight if needed. And I have needed!
My first kill with it was a Vigil Fleet Issue. I was roaming and warped to a large plex to find The Maulus Navy Issue kiting a -10 pirate, I think it was a Phantasm. Now normally I would have whored onto the Succubus hoping that I could get out before the Vigil Fleet Issue pointed me. However, this particular Succubus was piloted by Deryn Angrard, an old friend from my QCats days (I was with QCats up to end of 2014). Obviously this made a difference. A "space-friend" tackled by a kiter meant I zoomed in a killed the Vigil. Whilst DA and I are "Space-friends" we can, and do, kill each other. So once the Maulus popped I was not 100% sure what would happen so I just MWD'd away. We chatted in local before a Myrmidon landed. Whilst I had no intention of going for a Myrmidon, Deryn pointed out it was a streamer so probably not bait and worth a try. So Dramiel and Succubus vs Myrmidon. Sorry, Dramiel and Succubus vs 125mm autocannon fit frigate-killing-speciality Myrmidon. With an overheated AB and an overheated armour repairer I just got out of point range and managed to warp before I assploded all over the plex. 30% structure on a Dram is a pretty close one especially when your repper and cap are drier than 007's Martinis. Deryn stayed and the Myrmidon got him. On the bright side a small gang turned up a minute later and killed the Myrmidon so we got on the killmail!
My last kill with the Dram as I write this was a Firetail. There was someone baiting with a Recon in the area so we decided to try and bait the baiter. I was sat in a medium plex in my Dramiel with boss man Rixx Javix in a Rook feeling... well....
The guy we were after never came through. However a curious Firetail entered the plex with the Rook being hidden from D-Scan and obviously didn't fair well against the two of us.
Tears, rage and references to FAG scrolled in local for a few minutes. Didn't expect "GF" but "Good trap!" is always an option I find when I herpa-derp into situations like this.
So far Dramiel is fun to fly, but I'm getting less fights. Right, time to try a different type of bling!
*Bling as a term is subjective. If your hull usually costs 500k ISK then 20m is Bling. To me personally a Dram is Bling. To a hard-core "I don't undock in anything worth less than a billion" its obviously not!