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.
Then, when the room was lit up and hostile to me, I turned on the modules and let loose the drones.
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.
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.
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.