As you approach the beacon, you find yourself behind a parked mantis ship. You consider jumping away before they notice you, only to find weapons firing at you! The mantis reconfigured their ship to fly and shoot backwards!
And if anyone else wants to use or modify the ship hull that Bren asked me to help with, you can find them here; the .zips has gibs, ship glow, cloak image, shield image, and miniship:
Outside the protective nebula, this slug crew used damaged ship parts and a repainted hull to hide among the mantis as they seek revenge.