My mining alt finally skilled up to the point where he could fly the Dominix battleship I have equipped as an AFK level 4 mission runner and dubbed “Sushi Boat” due to the fact that the Domi looks… well… somewhat fishy.
I had all the modules together, detailed in my previous post about the Domi, plus a stack of Ogre heavy drones in the drone bay to provide the offensive firepower.
Now I just had to try it out.
I decided for a first run that perhaps I should go with a level 3 mission, just to see how things played out. I went to the local level 3 agent for Amarr Navy and drew Gone Berserk, a straightforward “go blow up some hostile ships” mission.
I flew out to the mission location and set to work. I used the 425mm rail gun I had fitted to get the attention of the bad guys.
Reach out and touch someone...
Then, when the room was lit up and hostile to me, I turned on the modules and let loose the drones.
Ogre on the way!
Then I sat back and watched how things developed. I wanted to make sure that all the waves of bad guys went after my Dominix and not the drones and that the drones would take care of business.
It was a bit difficult to watch. I fly Caldari ships and have been, in the past, all about shield tanking. Now I had to sit still and watch the shields fade.
Where I usually panic
The armor repair units kept up even when all the waves were on me, never letting damage get beyond where you see it in the picture above. I should hope that would be the case for a level 3 mission, but theory is different than seeing it actually happen.
I had loaded up a couple of tractor beams and a salvager in the high slots along with the gun, so I was able to loot while the drones did the work.
The true test came when the neighbor knocked on our door and I truly had to go AFK during the mission.
I returned to find the Dominix alone amongst the wrecks of the enemy ships, with all of the drones orbiting and still intact.
Then it was just a matter of post-mission clean up.
Reeling in the salvage
The trial mission was a success.
Now I have to pull a level 4 mission and see how it works out. I still need to get a couple more levels of Gallente battleship, which boosts drone hit points and damage, as well as a couple levels of heavy drone operations before I think I am really ready.