Shutting it Down with American Guns

Shutting it Down with American Guns

USS Hudson in CTO chaos

USS Hudson in CTO chaos

Originally published to Miniature Trading on November 30th, 2018

65 Points

This is my entry into brettb45’s Crew Targeting Fleet Challenge.

Given how difficult it is to make a very small fleet (just 40 points) that can effectively and efficiently shut down enemy crew, it was hard NOT to look at the best options for a faction right from the start. I considered a Spanish killing fleet, but decided against it because it would be rather fragile and I’ve already used the combo I was thinking about. Capturing is fun but the low build total would likely limit that strategy to one ship, or two lackluster ones. I like Switchblades for this sort of idea, but then I’d only have one ship. (and some of my favorite Switchblade combos are more than 40 points)

My thoughts shifted to the Americans and the amazing USS Kettering. With built-in cancelling and plenty of firepower, she would be good right from the get-go. Add in some flair, and a very capable gunship emerges. Perry allows me to exceed the regular build limit with generic crew for the second ship, while Mays links (all American ships) to give the ship 4 cargo spaces, allowing himself to come aboard. A helmsman would be nice, but I really wanted another crew targeting ability, hence the Stinkpot Shot. Mays’ SAT gives the fleet the element of explosive attack power and additional speed, not to mention the nice Crew Protect ability. I didn’t really want to use that ability in this challenge since it’s kinda gamey and a fun-ruiner, but my original build came to only 38 points before adding Perry, so between Mays linking and his awesome SAT ability, there weren’t many other options (since most of the other high priced American crew don’t link to all of their ships, and I had already maxed out both cargo holds). All told, the Kettering will move up to S+L+S+L with 12 3L shots, one of which could shut down an entire ship’s complement of crew if it hits, with guaranteed cancelling even if the stinkpot shot backfires.

The second ship was relatively easy after I did a search for American ships that move S+L. USS Hudson has long been a favorite of mine and other players, for good reasons. She is not all that different from the Kettering – rank-3 cannons, S+L speed, and great bang for your buck. The handy crew killing ability built into the Hudson was the clincher. She’s got the standard captain and helmsman to make her rather quick, and of course some stinky stuff to blast enemies with as well. Her ideal first attack would be using her speed to get the first strike, and then using stinkpot shot right away to disable the enemy ship’s crew AND kill one of them with a single shot.

Edit (12/10/2018 ): Added the Frontier with 3 points of crew with the increased build total and announcement of gold in play. Easy option for 20 extra points of great gold running – S+S+S speed on a hoist with 7 cargo open.

Either ship’s first strike could be so devastating that an enemy could have a difficult time recovering. Overall I think the speed, crew protect/cancelling, and firepower (essentially 10 cannons total) could make up for any 1 rolls on stinkpot shots.

USS Kettering Captain Montana Mays Commodore Matthew Perry , captain, Stinkpot Shot 
USS Hudson + captain, helmsman, Stinkpot Shot 

Thank you for checking out my fleet. Feel free to comment below and vote on a scale of 1-5.

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofR 132 Crew C
1 x Captain Montana Mays PatOE 096 Crew R
1 x Commodore Matthew Perry PofSCS 096 Crew R
1 x Stinkpot Shot F&S 108 Equipment U
1 x USS Kettering PofFN 200 Ship LE
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofR 132 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Stinkpot Shot F&S 108 Equipment U
1 x USS Hudson PofSCS 088 Ship U
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Frontier SS 005 Ship R
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofR 138 Crew C

 

American guns shutting it down

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Rare Frenchmen – BIG and small

Rare Frenchmen – BIG and smallLe Superbe sailing

Originally published to Miniature Trading on August 22nd, 2018

40 Points

This is my entry for brettb45’s Rare Fleet Challenge.

Checking out the rarities of all-valuable helmsmen crew, I saw both Hammersmith and “Bootstrap Bill” Turner in the Pirate corner. Thus, I assumed nearly everyone would just use the Pirates after a glut of Spanish entries in my Uncommon Fleet Challenge. I thought about going Pirate but decided against such an easy path.

English are my favorite faction and they have Thomas Gunn , so let me NOT use them. I did consider minor factions very briefly, but I didn’t want to do a typical overdone Grand Path/Grand Temple setup just to stay competitive.

Well, the French have a ton of great rare ships and crew, and plenty of players on MT hate them, so let’s give the French the love they deserve in this game. Such a fantastic faction to play.

It was pretty typical for the largest and smallest ships to be Rare in Pirates CSG, so it comes as no surprise that we see a 5 master and two 1 masters in the fleet.

Le Superbe is the big bad gunship, fitting a whopping 5 abilities (Captain, S-Board, SAT, Reroll, +1 against English) into just two cargo spaces from her crew complement. With a base move under S+L, I knew it was imperative to get some extra actions with regularity, hence the SAT with reroll combo feeling almost required. Originally I had Jordan Dumas paired with St. Croix, but then realized that I should have a “free” reroller instead and therefore switching Dumas with Surcouf. I’m not a big fan of S-Board, but in my mind I’m almost getting it for 1 point here (instead of 4) considering the original setup paid the full 3 for reroll. Besides, Dumas and the trio of Captain/S-Boarders are the only Rare French named captains. If for some reason there was a Pirate Letter of Marque, I would have used that due to the nature of this challenge, but in this case the English one makes a lot of sense too – Thomas Gunn is somewhat likely to appear, and it fits perfectly with the classic Anglo-French bias presented by history and St. Croix’s secondary ability. The Superbe does have 2 cargo spaces left in case she wants to raid an enemy ship, or pick up predetermined (already seen) “safe” coins from an island I’ve previously explored.

Here is a cropped “action shot” of Le Superbe sailing the Sea of Karkuda in Command the Oceans during 2017.

Sure the Bon Marin is overplayed, but I felt it was justified knowing the challenge and members involved. One of the best gold runners in the game, completely awesome even with no crew.

Le Pique was the final ship “added” (see below), to make the fleet even more competitive and add a second great gold runner. Her and the Bon Marin will simply get as much gold as possible.

The UT’s are nasty but useful since both gold runners are running without crew. Second copy of Natives is one from RtSS:

Tiki of the Volcano
Eliminate all but one crew from this ship. If there is a Tribal Chieftain on this ship, you must eliminate only one crew from this ship.

Originally I had La Delacroix as the 5 master, but was able to cut a point and increase cargo by switching to the Superbe. I love the Delacroix and switching back wouldn’t hurt the fleet too much.

I also had the Jeux instead of the Pique, but realized I probably wouldn’t win if the fleet wasn’t optimized for competitiveness. Oh well I guess. I wanted to use the Ébat from Return to Savage Shores at one point, but that would cost me both the Bon Marin and Pique/Jeux (though I could have used Ebat with Le Coeur du Lion , I am slightly more sick of the Coeur than the Bon Marin haha). Basically just a more expensive version of the Jeux, which I couldn’t afford in this case.

Thanks for checking this out! Comment and vote!

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Capitaine Gaston de St. Croix PofCC 085 Crew R
1 x English Letter of Marque F&S 101 Equipment R
1 x Le Superbe PofR 047 Ship R
1 x Madame LaFontaine PofR 060 Crew R
1 x Robert Surcouf PofBC 081 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Bon Marin PofR 059 Ship R
Section: Ship #3 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Pique PofR 058 Ship R
Section: Unique Treasures (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Missionary PofR 109 Unique Treasure R
1 x Natives PofR 106 Unique Treasure R
1 x Natives PofRU UL106 Unique Treasure R
1 x Scurvy PofCC 092 Unique Treasure R

 

Rare Frenchmen - BIG and small

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Barbary Bite

Barbary BiteBarbary Corsairs 2014 Fleet Review

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 13th, 2018

40 Points

I know the Corsairs are often better at just running gold with their plethora of cheap and great cargo ships, but sometimes it’s fun to surprise your opponents. In which case, you’d have to NOT use the Tiger’s Eye , which has become one of the most overused ships in the entire game.

Here we’ve got a “Barbary Bite” fleet where all three ships have captains, and all three are ready for hybrid use. They will probably scatter to get gold, with each ship capable of defending itself or going out of their way to raid enemy gold runners for extra loot. (using the Galley keyword to not be pinned in the process, and maybe even using it to turn into an opponent’s ship)

Simple and straightforward, it’s not going to be the best Corsair fleet at 40 points, but it’s flexible with high cargo and accurate guns.

Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
1 x Meshud PofBC 013 Ship C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
1 x Queen of Sheba PofBC 027 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofBC 116 Crew C
1 x Sahara PofBC 028 Ship C

 

Barbary Bite fleet

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Sniping Pirates of America

Sniping Pirates of America

USS Atlanta in action Pirates CSG

The Atlanta in action on July 3rd, 2016.

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 13th, 2018

55 Points

Though not particularly similar to my successful American Pirates fleet, I thought of another idea where I could combine the two factions. I do like this faction combination, since it seems somewhat appropriate given the state of the US back in the Age of Sail.

Designed for 50 point games with gold, the fleet is not incredible but it has some serious gunnery potential.

The Atlanta is the flagship and the only American ship, with cannons essentially firing at 2L or 4L+L with Brent Rice assisting belowdecks. Perry helps the fleet stay a little more competitive.

The Selkie is one of my favorite Pirate ships and one I still think is underrated. With Isandro Ramirez piloting her, the firepower is impressive at 2L-1L-2L/4L+L. Equipped to be a hybrid, the Selkie has two cargo spaces open and will likely escort at least one of the treasure runners and possibly pick up some scraps herself. Or, she could team up with the Atlanta to provide a barrage of 8 L+L shots hitting 1/3 of the time.

It would be nice to have a captain on the Fancy, but she’s got the Widowmaker flotilla for deterrence. It’s not a combo that’s likely to hold up for long or hit very often, but 5 total cannons shooting at doubled ranges with S+L speed and 2 cargo for 11 points isn’t bad. She may need to be bailed out by one of the proper gunships in order to get home safely.

The Carrion Crow fills out the points and adds another ship that will try to get gold. Being slow and lacking great cargo, the Crow will just try to empty the nearest island. Her 2S armament could come in handy, though the other ships will be relied upon for the heavy lifting.

The UT’s are designed to maximize the gimmick of extended ranges. For example, an opponent finding Monkey’s Paw would mean I could hit at L+L without even having to roll a 5/6! Targeting Scope is like the same thing but in reverse. Ammunition could turn Exploding Shot into a naval mortar/bombard, though cargo/point space is an issue on both of the main ships.

Power Cannons is where things can get really crazy:

quote from The Pirate Code:
Power Cannons
-This ability changes the ship’s printed cannon ranges to 2L.
–Abilities that double the range of a ship’s cannons may double this range to 4L.

Also consider proxying Eye of Maru to get even longer range.

At 50 points, there are three ships capable of getting some gold, a plethora of extra-range guns, and high accuracy at L range from the main ships. This isn’t meant to be very competitive, but it should be fun while still remaining reasonably capable.

Thanks for reading; comment and vote!

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Brent Rice PofBC 098 Crew C
1 x Captain RotF 074 Crew U
1 x Commodore Matthew Perry PofSCS 096 Crew R
1 x Helmsman RotF 080 Crew C
1 x USS Atlanta PofFN 076 Ship R
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman RotF 076 Crew U
1 x Isandro Ramirez SS 029B Crew C
1 x Selkie PofDJC 038 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Fancy PofCC 019 Ship R
1 x Widowmaker F&S 017 Ship R
Section: Ship #4 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Carrion Crow PofSMU 021 Ship C
Section: Unique Treasures (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Ammunition F&S 099 Unique Treasure R
1 x Monkey’s Paw PofDJC 101 Unique Treasure R
1 x Power Cannons PofMI 105 Unique Treasure R
1 x Runes of Thor PofFN 095 Unique Treasure R
1 x Targeting Scope PofMI 108 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (3 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
1 x Thompson’s Island PofR 101 Fort C

 

Sniping Pirates of America

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All Spanish on a Spanish Main

All Spanish on a Spanish MainCapitan Alarico Castro

Originally published to Miniature Trading on May 18th, 2018

40 Points

Basic SM-only and Spanish-only fleet made for a youtube tutorial video.

Aguila is the flagship and main hybrid. Corazon is not really a “hybrid” but will try to get a coin somewhere with her open cargo space. She can also escort the Picador, which is the main gold runner.

I know this is not an optimal fleet even given the restrictions, but after 400+ games how can I not be sick of joya joya joya.  All the ships have space for gold, and all have rowing potential. Mostly just made as a demo for the video.

Edit: Now I’ve tested the fleet out!

A game was played between myself and Megabyteknight! You can hear this awesome mix that I just found.

Megabyteknight went first with a mix of factions:
Raven’s Neck + captain, helmsman
HMS Victor + helmsman
Peacock + explorer

I used my new fleet “All Spanish on a Spanish Main”, which exists because of a youtube fleet making tutorial I made.

He set up a tightly packed arrangement of islands, with 3 coins per wild island.
All Spanish on a Spanish Main

The action got started on the first turn, with the Corazon del Mar knocking a mast off the Victor!
All Spanish on a Spanish Main

The battle only intensified, with the Raven’s Neck and Aguila trading blows. Inable to perform at his best (I didn’t get the SAT roll XD), Capitan Castro piloted the Aguila the short trip home, knocking a mast off the Raven’s Neck on the way to safety. The Corazon and Victor traded hits before the Corazon moved in for the decisive blow by getting broadside and hitting 2/3!

With the Raven’s Neck gathering gold at an island and the Victor with only 1 mast standing, the Spanish decided it was time to strike with maximum force! The Corazon del Mar sailed over to the Raven’s Neck and improbably hit 3/3 to dismast the ship! This was a devastating blow to their cause, but it only got worse. With no need to capture the Raven’s Neck right away or finish her off, L’Aguila sailed over to the Victor and promptly sunk her! This was a weird and unlikely case where the fleet with the advantage was able to switch targets in a 2v2 setting.
All Spanish on a Spanish Main

With the Raven’s Neck captured and brought back to Spanish waters, and the Peacock the only ship opposing the Spaniards, the game was all but over. Some coins were unloaded, and the Spanish had won a 10-5 victory!

Not bad! I even forgot Castro’s SAT roll on every turn but one, so this fleet has some potential.

 

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Capitan Alarico Castro PofSMU 085 Crew R
1 x Captain PofSMU 106 Crew U
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 111 Crew U
1 x L’Aguila PofSMU 075 Ship U
1 x Oarsman PofSMU 117 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 106 Crew U
1 x El Corazon del Mar PofSMU 082 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 111 Crew U
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x El Picador PofSMU 083 Ship C
1 x Oarsman PofSMU 117 Crew C

 

All Spanish on a Spanish Main

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Fleet Exercise (2017)

Fleet Exercise

Le Triton Pirates of the Crimson Coast French ship

The criminally underrated Le Triton.

Originally published to Miniature Trading on December 29th, 2017

40 Points

This is a Fleet Exercise I just made for a video!

Lyon and Triton function as hybrids – both have abilities that can aid them in stealing gold from enemy runners. Neither has great accuracy, but the cargo and speed available make this more of a gold-centric fleet. The Bon Marin was used to fill out the points and provide a dedicated treasure runner.

Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofCC 126 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Le Lyon PofR 050 Ship U
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofCC 126 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Le Triton PofCC 075 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Bon Marin PofR 059 Ship R

 

Fleet Exercise

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The Jades can use Calypso too!

The Jades can use Calypso too!Calypso Pirates of the Caribbean Pocketmodels crew

Originally published to Miniature Trading on December 27th, 2017

40 Points

Got this idea during the 12th episode of the podcast.

The perfectly costed Tiger’s Paw allows the use of Pirate crew, providing a niche use for one of the game’s lesser ships. Calypso comes aboard, with Ms. Cheng providing a “free” reroll for the ability to maximize the number of whirlpools put in play. Ms. Cheng would be linked to the captain of the Virtuous Wind, since it does not say that the crew have to be on the same ship. The TP will sit at home and create as many lanes as possible to provide opportunities for the other ships. The Turtle Ship keyword should provide insurance against ramming and boarding, making it a relatively safe place for Calypso.

I originally had the East Wind with a captain and oarsman as the main gunship, but then I didn’t have enough points to add the Sea Crane AND the Tiger’s Breath. Well, at that point, why not substitute for the best Jade Rebel ship in the game, the Virtuous Wind? She has a hybrid complement of crew, with 3 spaces left open for treasure. She will be tasked with a big workload – protect Calypso and the Tiger’s Breath, grab gold from islands (including enemy home islands), and fight the best enemy warship if necessary. What I like about the whirlpool exploration strategy is that you don’t need as much speed: since the whirlpools are placed within L of wild islands, you don’t need much speed from there (just S can work depending on the length of the ship’s hull measured out from the whirlpool) to reach the wild island. Hence the explorers instead of helmsmen (my usual preference) on the gold runners. By placing a whirlpool L away from a wild island and as close as possible to an enemy HI, it could be very easy to allow the Virtuous Wind to steal gold. However, as soon as Calypso is revealed, your opponent will know this.

The Tiger’s Breath completes the unintentional “tiger” theme of this fleet, but more importantly gives a true gold runner. The Tiger’s Breath will go into a whirlpool and out of the other on one turn, and then move to dock and explore an island on the next turn. The oarsman was transferred to the TB so she can get home even with bad whirl rolls on the way there and on the way back.

UT’s are pretty basic – I’m counting on the speedy whirlpool travel to allow me to find Jade, and Marksman’s Map could determine where future whirlpools are placed (and help me to know if I should bother raiding an enemy HI). The Protection will make the journeys less treacherous, since a couple bad rolls could really mess with the crew setups and even dismast the Tiger’s Breath.

One weakness would be fellow HI raiders – they can raid easily with all the whirlpools near the Tiger’s Paw, and could use the same whirlpools to make fast getaways.

I definitely want to test this fleet out at some point, since I think it has the potential to get some gold quickly. I was surprised by how effective the concept worked in this game.

Please comment and vote!!!!

Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Calypso DPotC 056 Crew C
1 x Ms. Cheng PofSCS 026A Crew C
1 x Tiger’s Paw PofSCS 215 Ship PR
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSCS 109 Crew C
1 x Explorer PofSCS 122 Crew C
1 x Virtuous Wind PofSCS 010 Ship C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Oarsman PofSCS 129 Crew C
1 x Tiger’s Breath PofBC 134 Ship SR
Section: Unique Treasures (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Jade PofSCS 101 Unique Treasure R
1 x Marksman’s Map PofSMU 098 Unique Treasure R
1 x Protection from Davy Jones PatOE 105 Unique Treasure R

 

The Jades can use Calypso too!

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Jade Calypso fleet on VASSAL

The fleet in action on the VASSAL module.

LAND COMBAT

LAND COMBAT

Land combat in Command the Oceans 2017

A different kind of land combat in Command the Oceans

Originally published to Miniature Trading on November 26th, 2017

45 Points

This is just my latest gimmick fleet, at a level so impractical you probably have no reason to look at it. However, if you want to see a thought exercise in how to make Pirates a land-based game, read on. XD

As of this writing I still don’t have any Great Turtles, but they are islands that can MOVE. This is truly incredible, and opens up strategic possibilities that have not gotten as much attention as I would have thought (easier HI raiding, messing with enemy trade routes, etc). In this fleet, the purpose is to move at least one Great Turtle into position so a fort’s cannons can hit an enemy fort or marine.  

quote from The Pirate Code:
-Mysterious Island abilities (including Great Turtles) are ignored if a fort is present on the island.
-The number of times a Great Turtle may be moved in a single turn is limited only by the number of move actions available to ships in your fleet.

Unfortunately, we cannot build a fort and then make it mobile. However, there are other things to be done in the way of optimizing this “strategy”.

This whole idea of land combat is quite silly and even stupid if you really think about it. The goal is just to have land combat, not even to win the game. It’s also dependent on your opponent using at least one fort or marine, preferably a fort. If you ever actually use this fleet, try to convince your opponent that it’s “International Build a Fort Day”. XD

Bad Maps is key here. I have included Pandora’s Box so another copy of Bad Maps can be introduced to the game. Hopefully your opponent will find the Box, so you can choose where the second island is sent. Try to have the islands close together, but possibly with one just outside L range of the other. Also keep in mind that the Great Turtles cannot be moved once a fort is built on them. Therefore, use actions to get the turtle into position, and then dock a ship at the turtle later in the turn so you can build a fort on it before your opponent can move it out of position.

Since moving the Great Turtles requires move actions, a swarm fleet would be best for the actual ship choices. The Swiftsure carries a Marine, in case we can have Marine vs. Marine combat on two separate islands, or even Marine vs. Fort. XD The Swiftsure also brings into play Ramsgate, my favorite fort and one that is essential to this concept. Build Ramsgate on the island that is more than L but less than 2L away from a different wild island that has an enemy fort on it. Then, use the fort’s L+L range cannon to blast away at their fort, which doesn’t have the range to reach Ramsgate! XD

This fleet has the cargo and speed to actually get some gold, but the quantity of ships should help you get islands into the right position for land combat to occur. The Algeciras and Treachery are simply escorts so the fleet isn’t blown out of the water as easily. The Jolly Mon is PERFECT for this fleet and the Great Turtles in general, since the ship won’t be moving away from the HI anyway, and allows for 4 extra points via the Hag. The Coeur was included so Paradis could be added – imagine a Spanish player building El Puerto Blanco , and then they get Pandora’s Box and you use Bad Maps to move an island next to the fort, and then build Paradis to wreck it! XD Or, once your opponent has built their own Paradis, build Fortaleza Dorada next to it, which is immune to the L-range guns!

Maps of Alexandria will help to show which islands are worth hitting for the other UT’s. The Figurehead was added since this fleet has many fragile ships and the two gunships aren’t likely to sink any enemy ships, so it’s almost all upside. Necklace of the Sky is an underrated UT that could be key in certain odd situations with this fleet. It could be flipped after your opponent moves an island via Bad Maps or one of the Turtles, in case you needed to build a fort on an island real quick or to prevent an ugly situation.

What ideas do you have for land combat in Pirates CSG?

Miniatures without Section (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Great Turtle SS I12 Island C
1 x Great Turtle/Trade Current SS I11 Island/Terrain C
1 x Great Turtle/Trade Current SS I09 Island/Terrain C
1 x Great Turtle/Trade Current SS I10 Island/Terrain C
Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Explorer PofSM EC-EX Crew C
1 x HMS Swiftsure PofCC 042 Ship R
1 x Lt. Nigel Hardwicke PofR 035 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Banshee’s Cry PofR 013 Ship R
1 x Explorer RotF 082 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 072 Crew U
1 x El Algeciras PatOE 067 Ship U
Section: Ship #4 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Rover PofCC 018 Ship R
Section: Ship #5 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Mermaid PofCC 020 Ship R
Section: Ship #6 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Jolly Mon DPotC 005 Ship R
1 x The Hag of Tortuga PofCC 027 Crew C
Section: Ship #7 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 069 Crew R
1 x Treachery PofSMU 017 Ship C
Section: Ship #8 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman RotF 079 Crew C
1 x Le Coeur du Lion PatOE 080 Ship R
Section: Unique Treasures (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Bad Maps PofSCS 104 Unique Treasure R
1 x Maps of Alexandria PofBC 101 Unique Treasure R
1 x Necklace of the Sky SS 044 Unique Treasure SR
1 x Neptune’s Figurehead PofCC 100 Unique Treasure R
1 x Pandora’s Box PofSCS 108 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Fort Brompton PofCC 047 Fort C
1 x Fortaleza Dorada PofR 045 Fort C
1 x Paradis de la Mer PofR 065 Fort C
1 x Ramsgate PofR 038 Fort C

 

LAND COMBAT

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Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017

El Phantasma Crimson Coast Pirate crew

Don’t want to run into this guy on Halloween…

Originally published to Miniature Trading on October 24th, 2017

40 Points

This is for pirateaj14’s Halloween Fleet Challenge. With the various restrictions making the Cursed the obvious faction of choice, naturally it made me want to submit a fleet without using any Cursed pieces lol.

With only 40 points to work with and needing both a somewhat expensive named crew in addition to expensive ship keywords (Ghost Ship and Fear), it was somewhat tough to fit a gold runner in. However, considering the two Pirate versions of Fantasma, I realized I could fit an HI raider on a Pirate Ghost Ship, which at first was the Hades’ Flame. Then I saw the Amity for a point less and more durability, which allowed me to use the more unique CC version of Fantasma. The Amity is the gold runner and should be pretty capable between her ability, durability, and speed. Phantasma will be used when optimal, and there’s not much fear of losing him to a boarding party (which won’t be likely when ghostly anyway).

The gunship here is a bit of an oddball pick, but I didn’t want to go with the predictable Executioner El Fantasma . The Terror has the perfect name, flavor text, and abilities for a non-Cursed Halloween-type ship. I wanted to fit Shap’ng Tsai aboard to really make the ship a threat, but I didn’t have enough points left. However, I was happy to fit a firepot specialist aboard (which can strike fear into enemies just by having it around), as it makes the fleet a little more interesting, small though it may be.

What did you do on Halloween 2017?

Section: Ship #1 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Amity PofCC 009 Ship C
1 x El Phantasma PofCC 026 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofMI 109 Crew C
1 x Firepot Specialist PofMI 027 Crew U
1 x Helmsman PofMI 122 Crew C
1 x Terror PofMI 002 Ship R

 

Halloween 2017

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2 Mercenary Gold Runners

2 Mercenary Gold RunnersMercenary submarines Pirates CSG

Originally published to Miniature Trading on September 26th, 2017

40 Points

These combos have been done before, but I didn’t see them in the same fleet here. The premise is to have 2 Mercenary gold runners in one 40 point fleet.

The Slipstream has 4 cargo spaces open between the abilities and links, and can unload near home despite the Mercenary keyword. Before play begins, ask your opponent if they’re willing to go to 41 points. This can allow you to swap the oarsman for a helmsman. 

The other gold runner is the Devil Ray, but she needs to have the Mercenary keyword cancelled in order to dock home her gold. Therefore, we have the Mobilis as well. The Mobilis can act as a HI guard ship while the others are out and about, and can escort them on the first and final parts of their journeys.

Clearly this isn’t remotely competitive, but shows the Mercs have something they can do about their gold conundrum. Although there’s almost no combat capability, three submarines that are often submerged is pretty tough to deal with at 40 points, and throw in submerged ramming and the Mobilis’ cancelling, and you’ve got enough to possibly survive and not get shut out! XD

Section: Ship #1 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Bianco’s Haulers PofSMU 093 Crew C
1 x Master Bianco PofSMU 088 Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofMI 129 Crew C
1 x Slipstream PofMI 301 Ship PR
Section: Ship #2 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Devil Ray PofMI 007 Ship R
Section: Ship #3 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Mobilis PofMI 006 Ship R
Section: Unique Treasures (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Enemy of the State PofMI 101 Unique Treasure R

 

2 Mercenary gold runners at 40 points

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