Snipers Unite!

Snipers Unite!

USS Atlanta Frozen North 5 master sniping ability

USS Atlanta in action (7/3/2016)

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 22nd, 2017

65 Points

This is a fun fleet for a 60 point game. It’s defensive in nature, using the sniping ability to chip away at enemies while getting gold and engaging at close range when optimal.

The Atlanta is the flagship, as I originally didn’t want to use the typical Neptuno here. They have different roles in this fleet – the Atlanta is the main gunship and the Neptuno is the only designated treasure runner, and was added last because the point total got out of hand quickly lol. The Atlanta may leave fire shot at home in order to pick up a coin somewhere, but she’s a capable gunship at long or extra long range.

The Coeur is actually one of my favorite French ships, and vastly underrated because of the OE version. One of the better support gunships you’ll find, the Coeur’s 2L guns are very accurate and can hit at L+L range as well. Stinkpot shot is also vastly underrated, and here it will be used on enemy ships to knock out their helmsmen and any other abilities that could pose problems, such as double action crew that would normally let them get the jump on the Atlanta or Neptuno. The Coeur is the “guardian angel” of this fleet, though it’s unlikely she’ll be as effective in that role as I would like her to be, what with how poorly I roll during shoot actions. 

The Serpiente is the least effective ship in the fleet, but serves as a scout ship that can dish out some damage or pick up a coin. Indeed, she is the fleet’s secondary gold runner, so she might have to drop her captain at some point if the gold race isn’t going well.

The Neptuno has a crew setup that makes her a hybrid. 4 spaces for gold, S+S+S speed, and all three of the basic generic crew abilities. She provides another great sniping option, as this fleet totals a full dozen L+L range sniper cannons.

The Eye of Insanity is actually the Eye of Maru from Return to Savage Shores:
When this ship is given a shoot action you may double the range of one of her cannons.

Power Cannons could make for an interesting situation:

quote from The Pirate Code:
-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.

This fleet has a lot of major weaknesses; the biggest might just be how unlikely it is that 6’s will be rolled. XD It’s a defensive and somewhat timid approach, but a new look at making fleets once in a while helps to keep things interesting.

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 074 Crew U
1 x Commodore Matthew Perry PofSCS 096 Crew R
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Helmsman RotF 080 Crew C
1 x USS Atlanta PofFN 076 Ship R
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 073 Crew U
1 x Helmsman RotF 079 Crew C
1 x Le Coeur de Lion PofSCS 202 Ship PR
1 x Stinkpot Shot F&S 108 Equipment U
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 072 Crew U
1 x Helmsman RotF 078 Crew C
1 x La Serpiente PofBC 065 Ship C
Section: Ship #4 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 072 Crew U
1 x Dominic Freda RotF 062A Crew C
1 x El Neptuno PofCC 048 Ship R
1 x Helmsman RotF 078 Crew C
Section: Unique Treasures (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Eye of Insanity PofDJC 106 Unique Treasure R
1 x Power Cannons PofMI 105 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (6 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
1 x Paradis de la Mer PofRU UL065 Fort C
1 x St. Pierre PofCC 091 Fort C
1 x Thompson’s Island PofR 101 Fort C

 

Snipers unite!

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Fire Squadron Allied Attack!

Fire Squadron Allied Attack!

Bombardier ship sets another on fire

The Bombardier sets the Paul Revere ablaze during Economy Edition!

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 22nd, 2017

200 Points

This is more a collection of combos than an actual fleet. It’s meant to strictly maximize how many enemy ships burn to the waterline, and wouldn’t do well at all in a competitive deathmatch setting. Most of it was inspired by my Economy Edition game.

The Bombardier is the flagship, and the only ship here capable of setting up to 4 fires in one broadside. Some cargo wizardry with Ismail and Gunn is required to make it work, but it turns out to be a pretty nasty setup. Every single cannon will be blasting fire.

The second ship is a little slow, but the Conquerant will receive extra actions between her ability and Godiva rerolling it. Arathiel doesn’t have much to sac, but the ship has the potential for up to 3 fires created.

The Grand Vainqueur is a terrible bombardier compared to the others, but her crew setup makes her pretty dangerous.

Dumas is a proxy for Lady Roimata from Return to Savage Shores:

Lady Roimata
RtSS-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.

The cannoneer ability should help start as many fires as possible.

The Salient is a fun switchblade, and here she’s set up quite well. Her guns are 2L x4, and 2 of them will be firing equipment pieces each turn at that long range. Her blades make her a boarding problem for opponents, and she should be able to wreak some fiery havoc.

HGold combines the captain+helmsman abilities into one cargo space to allow the now-standard 3x fire weapons to come aboard.

I originally left the fleet at that, but of course the Gallows is the perfect ship for this theme: enough cargo to hold all 3 fire weapons with a captain and helmsman, L-range cannons to take advantage of the equipment, and great cannon ranks to start as many fires as possible. In fact, with this configuration, the Gallows is all or nothing. She will be starting fires on enemy ships or on herself!

At 191 points, I quickly brainstormed how I could possibly get another good fire ship in there. The Pique is perfect – no need for a helmsman, easily fits a captain and fire shot aboard, and can hit effectively at 2S with the equipment or take potshots at S+S range until the major help arrives.

Once again, more of a theme fleet than a practical 200 point deathmatch fleet, but certainly some “fire” for thought if you’d like to try out one or more of these combos someday.

Section: Ship #1 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Bombardier F&S 014 Ship R
1 x Exploding Shot F&S 109 Equipment U
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 058 Crew U
1 x First Mate Ismail PofBC 059 Crew C
1 x Thomas Gunn RotF 021 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Capitaine Arathiel PofCC 090B Crew C
1 x Conquerant F&S 015 Ship R
1 x Exploding Shot F&S 109 Equipment U
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 085 Crew U
1 x Mademoiselle Josephine Godiva PofDJC 086 Crew R
1 x Oarsman F&S 127 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 085 Crew U
1 x Grand Vainqueur F&S 016 Ship R
1 x Helmsman RotF 079 Crew C
1 x Jordan Dumas PofBC 082 Crew R
Section: Ship #4 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Admiral James Norrington DPotC 063 Crew C
1 x Exploding Shot F&S 109 Equipment U
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 058 Crew U
1 x HMS Salient F&S 054 Ship U
1 x Helmsman RotF 077 Crew U
Section: Ship #5 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Exploding Shot F&S 109 Equipment U
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 058 Crew U
1 x HMS Talon F&S 055 Ship U
1 x Hermione Gold RotF 059 Crew C
Section: Ship #6 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 070 Crew R
1 x Exploding Shot F&S 109 Equipment U
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 058 Crew U
1 x HMS Gallows PofMI 046 Ship U
1 x Helmsman RotF 077 Crew U
Section: Ship #7 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 073 Crew U
1 x Fire Shot F&S 057A Equipment U
1 x Le Pique PofR 058 Ship R

 

Fire Squadron allied attack!

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When The Dutchman Attacks

When The Dutchman AttacksFlying Dutchman Caribbean set #001

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 22nd, 2017

45 Points

I like the 001 version of the Flying Dutchman because her high point cost and large cargo hold let you put a lot of great named crew aboard. Besides, who doesn’t like that combo of abilities? 

The premise is relatively simple: Calypso creates whirlpools, and the FD is immune to them when teleporting. Cat’s SAT (along with Calypso if needed) is augmented by Griffin’s reroll, and lets the ship go into a whirlpool and come out shooting on the same turn. Home island and wild island placement is important; the closer everything is, the better. Lucky the Parrot looks for which enemy ships have the most or best gold aboard. The FD pursues and sinks them. Lucky and the oarsman help with lost boarding parties, and the oarsman makes Eternal more effective.

This fleet could work at 39 points, but since most people expect some kind of treasure running ability, I went the ultra-cheap/ultra-cheesy route and got the tried and true Jolly Mon/Hag + BC + Mermaid combo. Sorry. XD

This is mostly about the Dutchman combo though. It would be fun, though I have doubts about how long it would last heh. Anyway, let me know if you like the fleet!  Where will you be when the Dutchman attacks??

Section: Ship #1 (7 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Calico Cat PofSMU 029 Crew R
1 x Calypso DPotC 056 Crew C
1 x Flying Dutchman DPotC 001 Ship R
1 x Griffin PatOE 041 Crew C
1 x Helmsman RotF 076 Crew U
1 x Lucky the Parrot PofSMU 038 Crew C
1 x Oarsman F&S 124 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (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 #3 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Banshee’s Cry PofR 013 Ship R
Section: Ship #4 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Mermaid PofCC 020 Ship R

 

When the Dutchman attacks

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Gold Capture Pirates

Gold Capture Pirates

Fleur de la Mort Pirates ship

The Fleur de la Mort

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 22nd, 2017

80 Points

This isn’t the most practical fleet out there, but it takes advantage of the Pirates’ abundance of gold-capture crew.

Barstow leads the Foresight as the fleet’s largest ship. I love this combo, with 4 abilities combined into two crew, along with a link so the Foresight retains a whopping 5 open cargo spaces! Between the explorer ability and Barstow’s captures, the Foresight should be good at helping your gold score. The oarsman is perfect, just fitting under the ship’s point cap space, not taking up cargo space, and protecting both of the essential crew.

The Fleur de la Mort is also filled to the brim on points, but this ship doesn’t have any cargo space open. The main attack ship, the Fleur has SAT with reroll to go along with L+S speed and rank-3 cannons. Her and her lady crew will attempt to capture as many enemy crew as possible.

I almost left this fleet at 55 points with no oarsman on the Fleur, but then I realized I could easily hit 80 with a simple combo to finish things off. The Queen Anne’s Revenge and Blackbeard! With the link, the QAR has 3 spaces left over for gold, and plays a hybrid role similar to the Foresight.

This fleet could probably do fairly well, since it has 3 ships that are all focused on getting gold. Two of them can get lots of gold in two different ways, while the third has double action potential. Hope you like it!

Section: Ship #1 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Barstow F&S 024 Crew R
1 x Foresight F&S 001 Ship R
1 x Hammersmith F&S 022 Crew R
1 x Oarsman F&S 124 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Calico Cat PofSCS 042 Crew R
1 x Crimson Angel PatOE 039 Crew R
1 x Fleur de la Mort DPotC 027 Ship U
1 x Helmsman RotF 076 Crew U
1 x Oarsman F&S 124 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Blackbeard F&S 403 Crew LE
1 x Helmsman RotF 076 Crew U
1 x Queen Anne’s Revenge F&S 402 Ship LE
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

 

Gold capture Pirates

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Cursed Switchblade Assault!!!!

Cursed Switchblade Assault!!!!

Skin Flayer overhead view

The Skin Flayer in action during Command the Oceans. (click for battle report)

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

156 Points

Gimmick time!! Here I go again! XD

This is the RtSS version of Papa Doc:

Papa Doc
RtSS-028b, Common
Cursed
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.

Flavor: When Duc de Valois failed to deliver Josephine Godiva, Papa Doc turned all his wrath on France. With news of Godiva in the Polynesian triangle, he has begun stopping ships to find her. His luck is doubled by having her so close to the very altar where he plans to sacrifice her.

Strategy? Tactics?

DIE, DIE, DIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Section: Ship #1 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Firepot Specialist PatOE 021 Crew U
1 x Helmsman PatOE 128 Crew CT
1 x Sammy the Skull PofDJC 026 Crew R
1 x Skin Flayer F&S 129 Ship SR
1 x White Crew PofDJC 030 Crew C
1 x Wraith SS 014 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 068 Crew R
1 x Helmsman RotF 075 Crew U
1 x Papa Doc PofDJC 024 Crew R
1 x Sickle F&S 053 Ship U
Section: Ship #3 (7 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain RotF 068 Crew R
1 x Davy Jones PatOE 016 Crew R
1 x Grape Shot F&S 107 Equipment U
1 x Helmsman PatOE 128 Crew CT
1 x Jacques, Duc de Valois PofDJC 074B Crew C
1 x Oarsman F&S 123 Crew C
1 x Saber F&S 056 Ship U
Section: Ship #4 (7 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x El Fantasma PatOE 018 Crew C
1 x HMS Salient F&S 054 Ship U
1 x Helmsman RotF 075 Crew U
3 x Oarsman PofDJC 129 Crew C
1 x Sir Meyer Hampstead PatOE 055 Crew C

 

Cursed-Switchblade-assault!!!!

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Combos with the Saber

Combos with the Saber

Saber Pirates CSG

The Saber slashing the Nova Scotia in an epic 2015 game. (click for battle report)

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

174 Points

This is probably my favorite Saber combo so far, but here are the others I’ve come up with.

Setup #1
This is the only one without double actions of any kind. I don’t like paying for S board on a crew, but it lets the Saber board 3 different ways – blade strikes, S boarding, and regular ram+board. Nemo takes as many crew hostage as possible while Dumas can reroll one of the boards.

Setup #2
This one might be the most incredible actually. Somehow it has the most crew (6 total), but it fits within a 40 point limit! Therefore you could use it in a standard game if you wanted to heh. It should be pretty effective – Arathiel can sac up to two oarsmen before Nemo needs to be successful nabbing crew. Once he gets going (try to capture a canceller), Arathiel can sacrifice his “recruits” to the greater good of Imperial France.  In addition, once one of the oarsmen dies you’ll even have a cargo space open, though it probably won’t be needed. I literally added Godiva just because there was no reason not to, unless you used this combo in a fleet with a 0LR +5 crew. She can help with boarding though, since the Saber will be doing a ton of that.

Setup #3
This setup is very similar to #2, but trades SAC for EA. The reroll is better utilized for Dupuy, and you could alternately use Capitaine Gaston de St. Croix if you wanted. I like the SAC setup better because the cycle of Nemo capturing and Arathiel saccing is just evil, effective, and downright scary. It’s also very practical because normally you’d run out of crew to sac, but with Nemo you won’t run out nearly as fast. Here the double actions don’t cost points outside of the build total, but missing one could really hurt.

Setup #4
This is the evil Cursed setup. Dumas is a great French crew for their larger ships, and he’s especially good on the Saber, as evidenced by this setup and that other fleet linked above. In this one he allows Moody to come aboard, who gives the captain and crew massacre abilities. While we’re at it, why not go fully evil and get a Cursed crew to go with Moody? The legendary Fantasma provides the ship with the useful Eternal keyword, and the not-so-useful (but appropriately costed at least in this case) Fear keyword. The real fun is the SAT though, which Dumas provides a nice reroll for. Unfortunately, this setup is hanging by a thread, as I barely was able to work around the double Loyal keyword shenanigans. The helmsman is Cursed instead of French to satisfy Fantasma, while I added a Pirate oarsman just to keep Moody less moody. (luckily the oarsman takes up no space and just barely fits into the point cap space) As a result, a canceller or stinkpot shot could really take this fleet apart, but it might be the most fun setup of the 4 even if it isn’t as practical as #2.

I made this fleet based on the order the setups appeared on my written version. You can tell I was getting better and more sinister as I thought up more and more combos! Feel free to comment your favorite Saber setups. I myself am now intrigued by an American setup, so I’ll probably just edit more combos into here as I figure them out.

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain Nemo PofMI 020 Crew R
1 x D’Artagnan PofBC 203 Crew PR
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Jordan Dumas PofBC 082 Crew R
1 x Saber F&S 056 Ship U
Section: Ship #2 (7 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Capitaine Arathiel PofCC 090B Crew C
1 x Captain Nemo PofMI 020 Crew R
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Mademoiselle Josephine Godiva PofDJC 086 Crew R
2 x Oarsman PofCC 121 Crew C
1 x Saber F&S 056 Ship U
Section: Ship #3 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Amiral Stephan Dupuy PofCC 084 Crew R
1 x Captain Nemo PofMI 020 Crew R
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Jordan Dumas PofBC 082 Crew R
1 x Saber F&S 056 Ship U
Section: Ship #4 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Christopher Moody F&S 407 Crew LE
1 x El Fantasma RotF 017 Crew R
1 x Helmsman PofDJC 121 Crew C
1 x Jordan Dumas PatOE 082 Crew R
1 x Oarsman PofSMU 112 Crew C
1 x Saber F&S 056 Ship U

 

Combos with the Saber

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Ultimate Saber Attack Combo!!

Ultimate Saber Attack Combo!!

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

45 Points

I have not seen this attempted yet. I have 5 different Saber builds written down, and this is probably the best one. Yeah the point total is screwy but that’s what you get with this high-point combo stuff. 

Details:
L+S speed
Double actions with EA, happening somewhat often due to reroll
Blade attacks coming left and right (port and starboard!)
+1 to boards
Losing boarding parties is irrelevant due to Decatur
Captain + helmsman: check
Peel steals all enemy crew she comes across so no need for gold running! XD

Obviously this fleet is very susceptible to fast gold fleets, cancellers, or an enemy getting the first strike. However, it might be the Ultimate Saber Attack Combo I’ve come up with thus far, especially since it has gold capability through Peel.

Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Bonny Peel PofDJC 043 Crew R
1 x Commander Steven Decatur PofBC 094 Crew R
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x Jordan Dumas PatOE 082 Crew R
1 x Saber F&S 056 Ship U

 

Ultimate Saber attack combo!!

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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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New Age of Armed Merchantmen

New Age of Armed Merchantmen

Aberdeen Baron ship

The Aberdeen Baron in 2013.

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

45 Points

I’ve always believed that 5 masters are underrated as potential hybrids or even as gold runners. Many have as many cargo spaces as they have masts, and therefore you’d have 3 spaces open even after adding a captain and helmsman. This fleet takes that idea to a higher level, using as little crew as possible to make “armed merchants” capable of getting gold, defending it from hostile pirates and other nations, and being durable enough that even if their guns don’t tell against more accurate opponents, they still have a chance to return home intact.

The Aberdeen Baron is the most exemplary ship that fits the theme. After Gold comes aboard (the girl, not the treasure – did I trick you?  ), she’ll have all 3 basic abilities at her disposal.

The Morning Star is the slowest of the trio and could get into trouble between the presence of a Ransom crew and her self-sabotaging ability. However, this fleet wouldn’t be complete without her, and she’s a great value for the points.

The Santa Isabel’s cannons are almost too good for her “merchant” role, but her ability and flavor text find her a fit in this fleet. You could swap Amore and the explorer for potentially increased protection.

I wanted to involve the French somehow to complete the triumvirate of imperial superpowers, but arming the Libellule seems pointless and I wanted ships with 4+ masts with at least 6 cargo.

The hope is that Amore’s “amor” can distract Zuan from harming HGold in case the latter can’t resist her piratical urges. (Yes, Thomas Gunn would be more convenient, but he’s off fighting the French again)

Thanks for looking at the fleet!  Let me know what you think of the “New Age of Armed Merchantmen”!

Section: Ship #1 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Aberdeen Baron RotF 003 Ship R
1 x Hermione Gold RotF 059 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Contessa Anita Amore PofCC 060 Crew C
1 x Luis Zuan RotF 022 Crew R
1 x Morning Star F&S 205 Ship LE
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 106 Crew U
1 x Explorer PofR 129 Crew C
1 x La Santa Isabel PofR 040 Ship U
Section: Unique Treasures (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Power Cannons PofMI 105 Unique Treasure R
1 x Wine PofBC 104 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (5 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 Fort Brompton PofCC 047 Fort C
1 x Fortaleza Dorada PofR 045 Fort C
1 x Ramsgate PofR 038 Fort C

 

New Age of Armed Merchantmen

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