So I undock from Auner with a rifter and see a firetail on scan. Excellent! I can see how fighting a firetail feels from the other side! I immediately track him down to a FW site and turn everything up to 11. Attack!
It turned out to be an excellent fight. I was flying an armor rifter with 400mm reinforced rolled tungsten plates and no repper. It had some rigs from months ago when R1FTA had a T1 tournament, so I just updated the modules to T2 and hoped for the best.
It took a long time to get through the firetail's shields and I was hoping that once I did (I was deep in armor at that point) I could take him through armor and structure in short order. I almost did, but in the end it was me that exploded first. It was very close and I think he was in structure (or very close to it)...
GFs were exchanged in local and then the pilot, Goto Dengu, asked for a private conversation. After the greeting formalities were out of the way he said,
Goto Dengu > hey jack
Goto Dengu > its good to see you here
Goto Dengu > i got the idea of the firetail from you
Goto Dengu > on your blog
Goto Dengu > so thank you
I only have myself to blame for that rifter loss...
ps - Hi Goto Dengu!