Cheapskate Pirate All Stars

Cheapskate Pirate All StarsPirate ship Bloody Jewel

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

45 Points

This is an idea I had to come up with a new Pirate fleet concept – combining some of their most OP ships from the first few sets with the cheapness of flotilla firepower from the later sets. The result is somewhat nasty – 6 ships, all with decent speed, all with cargo for gold, and all but one with some kind of offensive addition. I understand that there are ways to optimize this fleet’s gold-getting efficiency, but I was going for more of a hybrid fleet than the typical Pirate gold swarm stuff that has been done already.

The Longshanks is the biggest and most expensive ship in the fleet, and is the flagship with a captain and the Hag aboard. Her goal is to subdue enemy gunships, grab gold if possible, and raid the enemy gold runners.

The Longshanks has an assistant, called the Carrion Crow. This ship is the slowest in the fleet and doesn’t have much room for gold, but her 2S cannons pack a punch. She might not be overly effective, but serves as a solid support gunship and a ship that can pick up the treasure scraps.

The Bloody Jewel is a true gold runner, but here she has a captain instead of a helmsman or explorer. With her decent guns, good speed, and capacious hold, she’ll have many duties similar to the Longshanks, but keep her away from enemy gunships until she can get some gold to brag about.

The Banshee’s Cry is to be expected for any Pirate fleet with “cheap” or “all-star” in the name. She’s the best ship in the game even without any crew, but here she has a formidable weapon behind her. The “new” Doombox, shiny and glittery right out of your RotF super rare pack. This flotilla lets the BC scare away opponents and serve as a defensive mechanism.

The Mermaid has a similar role as the BC: get as much gold as possible and use the rotating box of shooting death to scare away and deter all enemies. With lower cargo and worse ranks on the flotilla, this combo is less effective than the BC/Doombox. However, one can mix and match the flotillas however they like to achieve more balance. At this point, the BC’s health is more important than that of the Mermaid, so she gets the improved firepower.

Additionally, since the flotilla-towing ships are the fastest in the fleet, they could run out ahead of the gunships and drop the flotillas off at or near wild islands. This could ensure those islands stay in pirate hands, or give the Longshanks and Carrion Crow some covering fire before they get into action. Not to mention the thought of the LS and CC towing the flotillas themselves to put 13 total mobile cannons in one area at the same time.

The Rover is a final addition to fill out the points and complete the Pirate All-Stars collection. You’d expect to see the Jolly Mon in this type of fleet as well, but I wanted some combat capability and stuck to the theme of early ships and later flotillas.

Thanks for looking!  Comment below what you think of this Pirate All-Stars fleet!

Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 104 Crew U
1 x Longshanks PofSMU 018 Ship C
1 x The Hag of Tortuga PofCC 027 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 104 Crew U
1 x Carrion Crow PofSMU 021 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Bloody Jewel PofR 008 Ship C
1 x Captain PofSMU 104 Crew U
Section: Ship #4 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Banshee’s Cry PofR 013 Ship R
1 x Doombox RotF 088 Ship SR
Section: Ship #5 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Mermaid PofCC 020 Ship R
1 x Widowmaker F&S 017 Ship R
Section: Ship #6 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Rover PofCC 018 Ship R
Section: Forts (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Dead Man’s Point PofCC 031 Fort C
1 x The Devil’s Maw PofR 022 Fort C

 

Cheapskate Pirate All-Stars

Versatile English Gold Runners

Versatile English Gold RunnersHMS Lady Provost

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

50 Points

Here’s a quick fleet using the English flotillas in a defensive manner and paired up with two of England’s best gold runners.

The Gibraltar and Lady Provost make for a dual HI-raiding threat. This can keep an opponent on edge. If you manage to steal anything and get attacked afterwards, the flotillas can help.

With the build total at 41 points and no way to add a 0LR with the point costs, I upped the build total to 50 and added the Hound with a helmsman. She’s the primary gold runner, and her ability can help you find out if a HI raid is worth pursuing. (or one of the other two ships raiding an enemy runner with the help of a flotilla) The helmsman could be put on one of the other two ships if they needed additional speed for a HI raid (exchanging the flotilla to the Hound in the process).

This fleet is fragile for 50 points, but the ships have 12 open cargo spaces between the three of them. All 3 also have the speed needed to make the flotillas effective, so there’s essentially 8 mobile shots sailing around for just 16 points with no captains necessary. It’s a fleet that would have to be careful with opposing gunships and picking its spots to raid HI’s. However the gold options available are pretty good, and showcase that England can put together a solid gold-based fleet without totally scrimping on firepower.Tower flotilla English Union Jack flag

Thanks for checking out these versatile English gold runners!

Section: Ship #1 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Gibraltar RotF 015 Ship R
1 x HMS Gibraltar PofCC 039 Ship C
Section: Ship #2 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x HMS Lady Provost PofCC 041 Ship C
1 x Tower F&S 019 Ship R
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x HMS Hound DPotC 044 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 110 Crew C
Section: Unique Treasures (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Celestine’s Charts SS 031 Unique Treasure R
1 x Screw Engine PofMI 107 Unique Treasure R
1 x Shipping Charts PofSMU 097 Unique Treasure R
1 x Spyglass DPotC 077B Unique Treasure U
Section: Forts (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Fort Brompton PofCC 047 Fort C
1 x Ramsgate PofR 038 Fort C

 

 

Versatile English gold runners

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Letter of Marque Attack!

Letter of Marque Attack!Letter of Marque equipment

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 11th, 2017

75 Points

Did you know that sea monsters can be assigned equipment?

This is a somewhat odd and gimmicky fleet that takes advantage of the rarely-used but potentially awesome Letter of Marque equipment. To further this aim, they are placed on the most unlikely of hosts – Cursed squids that have cargo for them!

The main ship in this fleet is the Belle Etoile, chosen for her speed and overall effectiveness at carrying the necessary crew and supplies. Arnaud is starting to repay his debt to his godmother by helping out the Cursed beasts.

One of the biggest keys is Cissey and the fact that you can glimpse your opponent’s fleet before choosing what to add with the extra 5 points. This allows for a faction check, and you can add the appropriate Letter of Marque equipment (all the same one if they’re going faction pure), which could include French Letter of Marque or Soul Mark.

I initially forgot about how the equipment is eliminated if you shoot at the ship of that nationality. However, the solution is to use the monsters to pin enemies in place, at which point the Belle Etoile (who will be working in tandem with them anyway due to Arnaud) can use her speed to swoop in and blast away! In the meantime, the sea monsters are immune to cannon fire and use their tentacles to wave a piece of paper at your annoyed opponent! XD These particular sea monsters are also great at boarding, so you could board them repeatedly and use their abilities multiple times without actually shooting and losing the letters of marque.

The gold running choices aren’t very unique, but I haven’t used the Coeur as a pure gold runner in a while, so putting a helmsman aboard is different for me personally. Each gold runner has a different speed, so they can hit separate islands. The Intrepide will hit the closest island with an explorer and get gold back quickly to start the parleying cycle. Until you have gold, the sea monsters can stay submerged. The sea monsters (with the boost) and Belle have the speed to help defend them if needed.

This is a gimmick fleet, which means there are big drawbacks. If you Parley away too much gold, you could lose the game from your own strategy. The Belle needs to quickly dispatch enemy ships before they can trigger the letters of marque. If the enemy doesn’t use one of the five factions covered by the letters of marque (notably the Pirates), use Cissey to instead add any number of things to the fleet. The creatures could be given shot equipment, which would make them more dangerous. Each ship could be given an oarsman, or you could even grab an extra gold runner such as Le Pique.

Finally, 70 points is a bit strange. You can make it 40/45 by taking out Calypsos, the Bon Marin, and the Intrepide with all their cargo. However, this would leave the Coeur as the only gold runner and only one unique usage of a letter of marque on a sea monster.

Thanks for checking out my fleet! Let me know if you think this concept could be improved!  You can see more in the Fleets category.

Section: Ship #1 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Calim PofDJC 004 Ship R
1 x Spanish Letter of Marque F&S 102 Equipment R
Section: Ship #2 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x American Letter of Marque F&S 103 Equipment R
1 x Captain PofCC 126 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Jules Arnaud RotF 023 Crew R
1 x La Belle Etoile PofR 053 Ship C
1 x Vicomte Jules de Cissey PofCC 089 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Calypsos PofDJC 003 Ship R
1 x English Letter of Marque F&S 101 Equipment R
Section: Ship #4 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Explorer PofCC 120 Crew C
1 x L’Intrepide PofCC 078 Ship C
Section: Ship #5 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Le Coeur du Lion PatOE 080 Ship R
Section: Ship #6 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Le Bon Marin PofR 059 Ship R

 

Letter of Marque attack!

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Defensive Flotillas (Spanish)

Defensive Flotillas (Spanish)

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 9th, 2017

40 Points

Don’t think I’ve seen this exact fleet yet. Two of Spain’s best gold runners with their powerful flotillas hooked up to defend them.

The Morning Star will only shoot if necessary and Zuan is not a large expense. The Monarca could use the other Freda if you wanted. I put the Diablo with the Monarca because she needs more defense and the Diablo’s guns are better than Armada’s. (plus the card/set colors match up better heh, with red of CC and RotF)

You could easily take out Zuan for El Raton, a ship that could even tow one of the defensive flotillas in a pinch.

A basic fleet, but one that shows how good flotillas can be, not just for gunships. Not terribly fast, but decently well-armed overall.

Section: Ship #1 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Armada F&S 018 Ship R
1 x Explorer PofR 129 Crew C
1 x Luis Zuan RotF 022 Crew R
1 x Morning Star F&S 205 Ship LE
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Diablo RotF 014 Ship R
1 x Dominic Freda RotF 208 Crew LE
1 x La Monarca PofR 043 Ship C
Section: Forts (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x El Castillo del Infanta PofCC 063 Fort C
1 x El Puerto Blanco PofCC 064 Fort C
1 x Fortaleza Dorada PofR 045 Fort C

 

Defensive flotillas (Spanish)

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