Tuesday, 23 August 2011

Doing what we do best.

Hit and run tactics.So a couple of days ago I went on a 39 jump roam with a couple of corpies down from Ami to Ishomilken, the spiritual home of Fla5hy Red and The Defenders of Pen Island.

We found nothing to shoot except a Hurricane who had neuts and friends. We lost 2 of our 5 frigates in this fight but carried on to Isho. 39 jumps and nothing. Great.

Anyway the next day I had to work so coupldn't get back to Ami and this is where the story starts.

I log on and find a Fla5hy fleet of BC's with Falcon support out on a roam. I realise that I am still in Isho and that I have no way of getting back to Ami quickly. So... I decide to pod myself.

Not a big issue as I haven't got any implants in this clone. So I check my clone is up to date and initiast self destruct. 2 minustes later and I am in... Eggelhende. WTF?!

I must of forgot to change my home system. What a failure.

At this time the fleet are telling me to hurry the fuck up and get into my double web Loki as the need web support. Only one thing for it. Upgrade my clone, CHANGE STATION and self destruct again.

So now I am in Ami and in my double web Loki 'Falkor' and race off to meet the gang.

Our destination is Gondista and off we go with a scout out ahead.

We find nothing on the way there to play with but thwen we get to Gondista we find a gang on the high-sec gate.

Raven, Devoter, couple of Hurricanes, Myrm, Abaddon, Brutix and a Rapier. We sit on the in gate for a minute deciding on what primaries will be for the Falcon and the DPS.

We have 2 Hurricanes, Brutix, Harbinger, Falcon, Loki so we are out numbered and outshipped but decide that with the Falcon it would be pretty even.

The falcon goes in and cloaks 50km off the camping fleet who are sitting on the gate. They are red so for once we don't need to worry about the blasted gate guns.

We all jump and start to warp to the out gate. It's a 100+ Au warp and if the othe rgang are quick they should be able to get away.

We land and I lock up the Raven but as I don't have a point on the ship I don't activate and mods on him. If I had webbed him he would of insta warped if one of my gang didn't already have point.

Doesn't matter anyway cause we don't get point on the Raven but do get point on 2 Hurricanes and a Brutix.

My webs are faction so I sit 30km from the fight locking down the primary and shooting barrage out of my 220mm Ac's.

1st Hurricane is down so we switch to the other and he goes down too. The enemy Brutix is completely useless in this fight. Our fleet is keeping range. somewhere around 20 km for the 'Canes and Harby, 30km for me in the Loki and 50km for the Falcon. Easily keeping out of a slow blaster boats range.

2nd Hurricane down and we quickly dispatch the Brutix and go to a safe.

Now our scout is looking at the gate we need to use to go back to Ami and his reports are starting to worry us. The gang we just fought are now massing a gate camp there to catch us and they are serious. We're talking Raven, 5 x Abbadon, Armageddon, Megathron, Devoter and a number of Battlecruisers.

We strike up a conversation and our FC decides to use a ruse to clear the out gate. The other gang have offered us a 5v5 BC fight. Our FC agrees but does not intend to go through with it. Our scout c#keeps watch on the gate and lo'and behold they warp of gate to swicth ships and argue about who is going to take part!

We wave in local and make our tactical retreat.

Now you may think that we were a bit cowadly there but I would disagree. We took on a vastly supierior fleet on a gate and got 3 kills to no losses. We were in thier home system so we could not garuntee a fair fight and they can tailor thier gang to defeat ours as they have prior knowledge of our ship. They could of fought us on gate but didn't and then we tricked them to get them off our escape gate.

We made our way home and started playing with a Abaddon and Drake that were playing docking games on our station. Nothing came of this and we were about to get bored when an Arazu undocks. We target and shoot it. Get him to about half armor when suddenly a cyno goes up and 15+ BS and BC fall on top of us from a Titan bridge. And yes, it is the corp from earlier and friends.

Yikes! 'Scatter' is called and we all start burning out. My Loki gets out without a problem but we lose a Hurricane and a Brutix.

Now if I was FC of that gang I would of primaried my T3 as the most expensive ship and made sure points were spread but what ever.

Fail FCing is Fail.

So lets look at the score shall we?

- We took a small gang to thier home system and managed 3 BC kills.

- They titan bridged a BS heavy gang onto our small fleet and managed 2 BC kills.

We are still 1 kill ahead at my count so bring on the next fights. Least we know they have a Titan now...

Fly Dangerous o/


Saturday, 20 August 2011

Red 4 down! RIP Flight Lt. Jon Egging

(This is off topic and has nothing to do with EvE online)

So I live in Bournemouth which for the last few years has hosted a free air festival over the beach and cliffs of the Bournemouth and Poole bay.

I love it and tend to try and get down there for atleast 1 day of the 4 that it is on.

One of my favorites to watch are, of course, the Red Arrows RAF display team flying thier BAE Hawk T1A training planes.

Today is the 3rd day of the air festival in Bournemouth. Day 1 was washed out after torrential rain caused flash floods through the streets. town centre and the gardens leading down to the beach itself. Thousands of pounds worth of damage was done with manhole covers and pavements exploding upwards as the water pressure built.

Today we mourn the loss of Flight Lt. Jon Egging.

After wowing the crowds of thousands on Bournemouth beach and cliffs, which included his wife, the Red Arrows turned for Bournemouth International Airport. Before landing the Red Arrow completed one more maneuver over the airport itself.

Crowds always gather to meet the pilots as they land and the Red Arrows always do a last show for them and to thank the Air Traffic control team where they are performing.

However this time
tragedy struck for when trying to turn back for a landing, Jon lost power to his Hawk jet and fell to the ground 1 mile short of Bournemouth International Airport onto the banks of the river Stour close to Throop Watermill.

I personally know that area. I live less than 4 miles from where the plane came down and have walked the path next to the river and used the cycle path down there.

I feel quite emotional about this incident as I watched the Red Arrows from my bedroom window less than 7 hours ago.
I watched with my baby son and my partner and enjoyed the spectical and minutes later the young man was dead.

I was planning to go watch the closing display tomorrow, now I will still be going but I will be wearing red as a mark of respect to a brave man and one of the best pilots in the world.

I want to
extend my prayers and condolences to the family and friends of Jon Egging, the Red Arrow team and the engineers and ground team who worked closely with Jon.

Red 4 may be down but I believe Flight Lt Jon eggings will continue flying in every one of his team mates, friends, family and all those who saw him perform.

He Was Amazing.

Fly Dangerous o/


Friday, 19 August 2011

Jaguar Vs Harbinger

Hey guys and girls!

So I decided to take a run up to the system of New Eden. This is about 13 jumps from wheLinkre I am living at the moment and thought I might as well while I am in the area and got nothing going on.

So I jump into my Jaguar 'Rusty Cock' and head on up, looking for fights on the way.

I find a few big stuff floating around, A Hurricane doing a mission, a Raven warping between gates and a couple of carriers on stations but nothing that I could really get my little Assault Frigates' teeth into.

I make it to the system of New Eden without finding any fights so I take a screen shot (below) and float around for a minute to see if the Prophecy on scan is interested in coming to have a look at my Jag. No go and he's in a safe so I decide to head back.

Stopping on the way home I dock and go for a quick Bio-break and a smoke.

Coming back I undock and find a Harbinger outside the station. He lets go a flight of T2 Hammerheads and starts locking me. Interested, I decide to orbit him at 500 and see if he will engage me.

At this moment I am thinking through the pro's and cons of having a fight here.

So it was about 50-50% on whether to go for it when in local he asks me to 1v1 no outside interference. That negates the alliance mates and friends IF he is faithful to his word.

He engages his point but doesn't activate a web so I start feeling pretty confident. I target his drones while keeping a tight orbit to the Harbinger with my TD working overtime to keep him from getting any lucky hits. Drones 1-5 go down in just under 3 minutes and only having 50m3 of space in the drone bay I know that he is out of drones.

So now I start in on the Harby and chew through his shield while my tank is stayting steady at 40% shield. Then i hit armor and damage basically stops. He is armor tanked with a repper. He is easily tanking my damage while I speed tank/TD to negate his incoming damage.


The fight itself lasted about 9 minutes. 3 minutes on the drones, 2 minutes to get his shield down and 4 minute hammering my head against his armor tank.

After this we both sort of just said 'GF', I gave him some pointer on being fit for anti-frig and he told me that normally he flies in a fleet and this would be his first 1v1 with a real PVP'er.

So Assault Frig Vs Battlecruiser? Apart from not having enough DPS to break a tank it really does depend on how the BC is fit.

If he had had a web and 2 flights of light drones he probably would of one easily. Because he had medium drones (shit tracking) and no web I managed to keep a high speed orbit and tank both him and his drones.

I would also use this same Jaguar against a Brutix. Blasters have really bad tracking and I would happily fight one if I could garuntee it didn't have a web (IE Shield Brutix)

Anyway that was fun. I like taking on bigger prey in smaller ships when possible.

Fla5hy Red EU Timezone is still open and we so far have added one member to our ranks. If your interested in low-sec PVP in small gangs then make sure to head to our forums and make your application TODAY!

Fly Dangerous o/


Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Fla5hy Red Needs EU players!

Evening all.

So this is the first blog in a while and I just want to say, that if your reading this, thanks for coming back after such a long absence!!

Right so onto business. Fla5hy Red has expanded greatly in the last few weeks but only in the US timezone. Big up to our US directors for being on the ball with that.

Now it's my turn and while I've got nothing against the yanks, it would be nice to get some more action in the EU time zone... IE my bloody time zone!

So if you/are:

- Thinking of trying low sec PVP/Piracy
- Over 10 mil SP (Exceptions could be made, please still apply if under this and fit rest of the criteria)
- Enjoy logging on, fleeting up and roaming around to find kills.
- Experienced in small gang PVP or willing to learn
- Able to use Teamspeak and have a working mic.
- Want to learn 'nano faggotry' ship tactics
- A good laugh in fleet, on comms and in local.

We have a great atmosphere, some good friends and are looking to become THE premier low-sec PVP piracy corp in New Eden.

To become part of this apply on our forums here

Ok thats business taken care of.

Now then I want to quickly mention a pilot by the name of Logan Ortese. This guy is/was a reader of this blog and obviously enjoyed it...

[16:49:22] Logan Ortese; Nice Blog Mail Lite.
[16:49:28] Mail Lite; thanks mate =)
[16:49:34] Mail Lite; Will be restarting it soon.
[16:49:36] Mail Lite; stay tuned
[16:49:44] Logan Ortese; loved the funny pictures
[16:50:19] Logan Ortese; Fly Safe c ya around

Excellent, I love a bit of fan mail and will always acknowledge in local if possible and I'm not AFK however this is the first time I managed to pop my fan 15 minutes later!

First off though, I was in my Jaguar (Rusty Cock) just roaming around solo looking for my first kill of the new 'season'. I landed on a gate to find a Myrmidon had also just landed. The pilot is a well known moron of the area so I just sat there and let him engage. As he did I jumped through and reaproached while seeing if anyone was awake in TS.

Paydirt. Ollie and Fo' were both alive (out of the 7 on TS...) and on thier way. Fo' had a session timer so would be lagging but Ollie was enroute in his new toy... the Loki.

So the Myrm jumped through and I let hiom get me to half shields before jumping back and reaproaching yet again. I waited and he jumped back and again engaged and I again jump back only this time Ollie was also thier waiting and Fo' and his hurricane were on the way too.

I asked the question to Ollie 'Thats a double web Loki right?' and got a bad response. 'No mate, just the one'

Shit. I hoped Fo' would get there but I wouldn't bet on him having a web on the Hurricane. Myrm jumps back through and lo and behold burns straight to gate, jumps and warps on the other side.

That was a fail. If we had the double web Loki it would of been one dead Myrm. *Sad Face*

So we start heading back Fo' ahead me in the middle and Ollie behind when I notice my fan from earlier, Logan Ortese, jump with me into the next system in a Wreathe. I start aproaching and the Wreathe cloaks. I carry on the approach manually and get the hero uncloak!

Scrammed and overloaded guns, plus a little help from Ollie and thats the first kill of my season and I am off the starter blocks.

Watch out New Eden. Mail Lite is back and is ready for blood.

Fly Dangerous o/