Last night I took my first direct potshot at one of our wormhole's Interbus customs office. I have organised them to be taken down before by proxy, but never participated before.
Now I fit an Eve ship like you would expect an industrialist to do so; A bit of reading and a bit of ISK; and no where near enough ship skills to do it 'properly', either character skills or player skills. I used regular ammo; not wanting to buy hours worth of faction ammo. Last night, I brought in about 800 dps to attack one, and allowing several hours before I went to bed. Such an optimist.
Now according to Chruker's eve_online website an Interbus customs office has 10,000,000 shield; and regenerates moderately quickly.
|Signature Radius:||4,500 m|
|Armor Hitpoints:||2,500,000 HP|
|Shield Hitpoints:||10,000,000 HP|
So, I make a recharged shield of 10,000,000 in 50,000 seconds to be about 200 shield repair per second. I have however read that there is a peak repair rate of 500 shield repair per second, with a that peak occurring about 20%. I am simply not yet informed enough to make a judgement about the accuracy of these numbers. I also do not know whether the customs offices have resists or not; I have been told not; but still not sure.
What I do know is that those shield health bars move very very slowly. The term 'break into a bank with sandpaper was mentioned a few times'.
We started off with a Drone Battleship and Battlecruiser; neither entirely set up as glass cannons. We had a friendly ship help out for 1/2 an hour, which did help. I realised that this was going to take a while, so 'quickly' gave a second toon a destroyer to help out.
After about 4 hours, my friend had to log off, with the customs office about 45% shields. It is not entirely difficult to target one of these things; but being aware enough to start shooting again after a reload is difficult.
I started off the evening tired, and could easily have gone to bed at 10pm local. After a herculean effort (primarily driven by coffee); about 1am local I got the shields down to 29%. Then fell asleep.
I woke up again, to see the shields back up to about 32% cry, got them back to 30%; then threw in the towel and logged out. Interbus + need for sleep won this round.
I acknowledge a certain lack of caution in falling asleep where I could be shot. I have lost more than one ship that way.
When I woke up this morning and checked on the customs office; it was back up to 90% shields. sigh
Well, its off to EFT and google, to work out how I can squeeze out more damage from my ships; and to organise additional ships on my next bash attempt.
And this time I might bring faction ammo; expensive sure; but that extra damage may have made just enough difference to turn a miss into a hit.