This is the first installment of several that will be featuring some of my favorite shots of the ships I fly. A word on ship choice: right now, I don’t fly anything larger than a battlecruiser. This is by design – I make my ISK in Planetary Interaction, not missions, and battleships look slow and clunky, so I focus my PVP on smaller hulls to maximize my investment in medium projectile skills. Most (but not all) of the hulls you will see are Minmatar.
Thrashers are pretty much acknowledged by the community as being the best Destroyer hull in the game, for what that’s worth. I’ve always thought that they looked like flying BNSF train engines – right down to the headlight (more on that later). I fly three different versions of this hull.
Archer III, PVE Artillery Shield-Tank L1 & L2 Mission Runner
The Archer series of ships have been my tried and true mission runners since the tutorial. You can read about the demise of the first two on the Ships Page. I’ve upgraded the weapons but still fly this hull in the few pathetic mission runs that I do.
Scavenger II, Dedicated Salvager
In my early days of Eve, I spent a good deal of time tagging along with L4 mission runners and cleaning up their garbage. Unglamorous, yes. But multiple tractors and salvagers firing at once make for some pretty pictures. You can learn about the even more unglamorous death of the first Scavenger on the Ships Page.
Eye Gouge, PVP Artillery No-Tank Suicide Ganker
Personally, I don’t use Thrashers for PVP except when I want to fly a complete “glass cannon” with little or no tank and as much artillery firepower as the ship can muster. That said, the ship really shines in that role – a horde of gank Thrashers is a frigate’s worst nightmare. While Eye Gouge is sitting in my hangar, I very rarely fly it, since only once in my memory has Eve University let slip the gankfleets against non-wartargets in highsec. So you’ll have to make do with my salute to the Thrasher’s inspiration instead.
Please feel free to “borrow” any of these shots – a link back to this post would be appreciated. You will note that the shots are of various sizes due to my different monitor configurations and cropping choices, so they are not scaled to any specific monitor for background use. Crop to taste in your favorite graphics app.