It's been a weekend of momentous battles for TEST Alliance Please Ignore.
On Saturday night (very late for me) we had a tremendous battle in 1-SMEB, the gateway to Delve from low sec. Test was trying to replace a crucial tower with a larger version that could be better defended. Northern Coalition. and Pandemic Legion are trying hard to capture this system and set up POSes.
TEST formed in our new ahac doctrine. I had rushed back from Rahadallon in Devoid having spent a merry hour blowing up people there before the start op (including some PL dude who was streaming his Vigilant on twitch tv). I grabbed ammo and came to the strat op in my sniper Harpy.
After a superb fight in Radahallon our FC there had persuaded Brave Newbies to send a contingent of frigates to support Test in the battle and they flew superbly. Big thanks guys!
We formed up at the pos and surrounded ourselves with dictor bubbles to try to prevent bombers getting good warp ins. A cyno went up and I flew over and shot at it but sadly not in time to stop PL and NC. titan bridging in.
A big close range brawl ensued which initially went quite well for TEST. We were trading ships fairly evenly, destroying a Loki and several logistics ships from NC. and a big chunk of PL's foxcat fleet including a few of the ultimate nullsec subcap powerhouse - the billion isk faction-fit Navy Apocalyse.
The CFC brought an assault frigate fleet but stayed away for the first part of the engagement.
After a while though we were unable to sustain repairs or damage. Our FC squeezed out a last couple of kills with some tricksy target calling then we stayed for a short while taking a beating. Meanwhile bombers from pizza, test, goons, even a maverick from the Retirement Club were cheerfully bombing all sides.
Comic relief was provided by the Dinner Plate coalition who brought some Nagas all the way from Esoteria only to get cheerfully shot by all sides, even the Goon Hawks, and sent home quickly.
We regrouped and came back to the grid seeing NC. putting the POS into reinforced with Dreads while PL hovered watchfully. We didn't have enough to challenge at this point - one pilot admitted he'd reshipped seven times in the battle.
A battered TEST took refuge in the POS shields, enough stront having been placed in the tower to give us 10 hours of respite.
Somewhat amazingly my little Harpy had survived both a frigate roam and the entire battle.
Battle report 1-SMEB
I wasn't at the next battle but we managed to again save the tower but again it got reinforced. This time for 1d 10h. The battle for 1-S continues.
And then yesterday afternoon in Esoteria an amazing bomber run by TEST wiped out a Dinner Plate Coalition battleship fleet and sparked an hour of raging in Local and via convo. It's believed that the disaster was caused by a mistake by Sort Dragon which can't help the morale of the nascent coalition.
Battle report VL7-60