“Ain’t No Grave…”Delusion glow in the dark ship (Ain't No Grave fleet)

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 3rd, 2017

159 Points

This is simply a fleet that is designed to not die. Everything in the fleet is based on surviving through hell and back. The main goal is to keep the ships afloat and keep the crew alive. Before continuing, I will admit that this fleet has two major weaknesses: Stinkpot Stuff and cancellers.

Here is the setup for each of the ships:

-Ghost Ship (can’t be rammed or boarded)
-Can’t sink (Davy Jones copies the Republique’s ability)
-Cancelling (Papa Doc)
-Fear (can act as a secondary canceller)
-Shipwright ability
-Third potential cancelling action with Stinkpot Shot
-Oarsman (prevents capture and scuttling)
-Fantasma is immortal (he is there for thematic reasons and can represent Captain Salazar from Dead Men Tell No Tales)

Papa Doc
RtSS-028b, Common
Points: 8

Ability: This ship gets +1 to her boarding rolls. Once per turn, one crew or ship within S of this ship can’t use its ability that turn.

-Built in offensive ability
-Oarsman (prevents capture and lets the ship shoot 5 cannons with no masts, must be eliminated for capture)
-Crew cannot be eliminated (lol)
-Most offensive ship in the fleet (EA + reroll w/captain and helmsman)

-Ignores first hit w/ all hull pieces
-Oarsman prevents capture
-Crew cannot be eliminated

La Republique
-Can’t sink (but “can be scuttled”)
-Oarsman prevents capture and dereliction, and therefore the ship can’t be scuttled (lol)
-Perfect combo because Ex-Patriot wouldn’t work with Eternal anyway, and ship provides Davy Jones with an ability to copy for a cheap point cost

The point total quickly escalated above what I had originally intended, and the Republique and Davy Jones weren’t part of my original idea. At 160 points, your opponent could certainly craft a fleet that could take this apart, but it would still be incredibly annoying to deal with.

Section: Ship #1 (10 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Davy Jones PofDJC 025 Crew R
1 x Delusion RotF SE01A Ship SE
1 x El Fantasma PofSCS 136 Crew SR
1 x Helmsman PofDJC 121 Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofDJC 129 Crew C
1 x Papa Doc PofDJC 024 Crew R
1 x Sammy the Skull F&S 021 Crew R
1 x Shipwright PofDJC 130 Crew C
1 x Sir Edmund F&S 082 Crew C
1 x Stinkpot Shot F&S 108 Equipment U
Section: Ship #2 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Commander Steven Decatur PofBC 094 Crew R
1 x Gus Schultz RotF 063B Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Jonathan Haraden PofR 091 Crew R
1 x Oarsman PofR 138 Crew C
1 x USS Concordia F&S 006 Ship R
Section: Ship #3 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Diamond Nelson Turner PofBC 216 Crew PR
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Montana Mays F&S 030 Crew R
1 x Oarsman PofR 138 Crew C
1 x Ralph David RotF 060 Crew C
1 x USS Mercury PofMI 300 Ship PR
Section: Ship #4 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Christian Fiore PofMI 025 Crew C
1 x La Republique PofBC 079 Ship U
1 x Oarsman PofCC 121 Crew C


This fleet was inspired by the song used for the trailer for Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Fleet picture from MT isn’t loading, so you can see the fleet here as well.

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  1. What a really unique site, I have never heard of this game before. You really have propelled yourself into a truly interesting period of history. I myself, am more of a pc games type person and so I played Pirates. It was quite fun but probably not as strategy based as this. You stated on one of your pages that a company purchased the product and produced a card game version. Is that as good? Do they intend to release an updated board game version?

    • @Jim: Thanks! I certainly love the Age of Sail time period and have been reading about naval warfare in the sailing age since I was about 10 years old.

      Which pirate video game do you mean? Sid Meier’s Pirates? There are a TON of pirate games I’d love to play, but my love for Pirates CSG has me focused on that for now. Great news though – you can actually play Pirates CSG virtually with the VASSAL module! 😀
      There is a decent amount of strategy in this game, especially in competitive play and huge games.

      I have never played the cards-only version because it is completely different and not something I’m even interested in. They just made a basic (and lame, by the sounds of those who have tried it) card game with the Pirates of the Spanish Main name slapped on it. It’s a completely different game with no miniatures. It sounds as though they don’t plan to release anything Pirates related, as Zev Schlasinger of Wizkids responded as such.

      Thanks for commenting!

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