HI Raiding Combo

HI Raiding Combo

HI raiding combo in action on VASSAL

Playing the fleet on the VASSAL module!

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

45 Points

Here’s a gimmicky combo that would probably work better as a piece of a larger fleet than a standalone 45 point fleet.

Banshee’s Cry creates a whirlpool with Calypso. Based on standard island placement, you should be able to place the whirlpool near your opponent’s HI by placing the edge L away from the wild island nearest their HI. The Akua Lapu gets an SAT from Calico Cat, and proceeds to go through the whirlpool. Her S+S speed should allow you to raid the enemy HI if the whirlpool is place correctly. Unfortunately the Akua Lapu’s ability and the Pirate lack of a 0LR reroller prevent making Cat’s SAT easier to get. Since no crew take up cargo space, the AL can raid a huge load at once, and then get right back out of there. Get the gold back home and maybe go out for another robbery! The AL has enough firepower to hopefully defend the BC and Calypso if an opponent follows you through, but at that point you might not need her. In a multiplayer game this could definitely be amusing if you managed to use Calypso to rob 2 or more players, but the backlash would likely eliminate this fleet quickly lol.

This fleet actually has some backup options. The Coeur helps the AL move faster; I originally had Hammersmith aboard but the double action is more important when dealing with whirlpools, and because the whirlpools will be close enough for the AL’s base move to dock. While the enemy collects gold the AL can do the same, harass enemy gold runners, etc. It’s perfectly reasonable to have the BC’s crew sit at home while she does a gold run. I nearly added Hidden Cove but I don’t like events and think should not have ever existed, so I decided not to take the easy way out, instead adding an explorer and oarsman to the BC. In any emergency situation, the BC can dump Calypso and go get some gold, with the Coeur helping her or doing the same.

This is pretty gimmicky, and wouldn’t be likely to win many games. Mostly just a fun and effective use of the niche combo created by Calypso, HI raiding, and the AL’s one-of-a-kind ability. Feel free to comment and/or vote.

Check out this battle report to see how the fleet did!

Section: Ship #1 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Akua Lapu SS 010 Ship R
1 x Calico Cat PofSMU 029 Crew R
1 x Crimson Angel RotF 206 Crew LE
1 x Grim the Savage PofFN 024 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Banshee’s Cry PofR 013 Ship R
1 x Calypso DPotC 056 Crew C
1 x Explorer PofSMU 116 Crew C
1 x Jonah PofCC 029B Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofSMU 112 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Coeur du Lion PatOE 080 Ship R
1 x Navigator SS 036 Crew U

 

Check out this video to see how the fleet performed!

 

HI raiding combo

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20 Points: Feisty Libellule + Rover

20 Points: Feisty Libellule + Rover

20 Points fleet

The fleet in action on the VASSAL module in 2017.

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

20 Points

20 points isn’t a build total you see often, but after neglecting to arm the Libellule in my “New Age of Armed Merchantmen” fleet, I actually thought up a decent combo.

Jordan Dumas proxies for Lady Roimata from Return to Savage Shores:

Lady Roimata
RSS-043, Super Rare

French
Points: 6
Link: Fetu

Ability: Captain. Once per turn before you give this ship an action, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, this ship can be given the same action twice.

Flavor: Suspicious and not very welcoming of the newcomers to her ocean-bound land, Lady Roimata has made overtures towards France for the benefit of her people. French cannons may be put to even better use against neighboring islands.

Here we have a strangely potent ship at a tiny build limit. The Libellule has SAT with reroll, and therefore can move S+L+S twice with up to six 4L shots. With Godiva’s link she still has 3 cargo spaces open for gold and can pick up coins quickly with the explorer, while the Windcatcher keyword can help her get home faster. Toss in a backup gold runner at L+L speed, and you’ve got a solid shot at winning unless you get nasty UT’s. With the low point limit and extreme speed, it’s likely you’ll get the very nice UT’s before your opponent.

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Explorer PofCC 120 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Jordan Dumas PofBC 082 Crew R
1 x Libellule SS 047 Ship SE
1 x Mademoiselle Josephine Godiva PofDJC 086 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Mermaid PofCC 020 Ship R
Section: Unique Treasures (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Barbary Banner PofBC 107 Unique Treasure R
1 x Spices PofBC 100 Unique Treasure R
1 x Turtles F&S 094 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Paradis de la Mer PofR 065 Fort C

 

20 Points: Feisty Libellule + Rover

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