Armed Pirate Merchants

Armed Pirate MerchantsArmed Pirate Merchants fleet

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 21st, 2017

50 Points

Trying to come up with an optimal fleet of “armed merchants”, but the Hostile keywords of a few named crew are getting in the way. Here’s the Pirate-only version. The Foresight is the epitome of a merchant ship in pirate hands, while the Pandora is criminally underrated mostly because of the third ship. (I wanted to use the Raven’s Neck but using the DH II made the fleet work perfectly at 50 points.)

Strategy is simple – get as much gold as possible and strike when necessary to protect your trading interests! 

Let me know what you think of this fleet of Armed Pirate Merchants!

Section: Ship #1 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Foresight F&S 001 Ship R
1 x Hammersmith F&S 022 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 104 Crew U
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 108 Crew U
1 x Pandora PofSMU 006 Ship U
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSMU 104 Crew U
1 x Darkhawk II PofSMU 011 Ship U
1 x Helmsman PofSMU 108 Crew U
Darkhawk-and-Pandora

Darkhawk II and Pandora

 

Armed Pirate Merchants

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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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“Ain’t No Grave…”

“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:

Delusion
-Eternal
-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
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.

Concordia
-Built in offensive ability
-Eternal
-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)

Mercury
-Submarine
-Ignores first hit w/ all hull pieces
-Eternal
-Cancelling
-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)
-Cancelling
-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.

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American Gold Fleet

American Gold FleetFrontier Savage Shores

Originally published to Miniature Trading on June 3rd, 2017

45 Points

This is a quick fleet I thought up after considering some RtSS combos. It’s a rare fleet that uses American game pieces but has almost no combat capability (just rams and boards if desperate).

The cargo master is actually Huang Bai from Return to Savage Shores:

Huang Bai
RtSS-051
Mercenary
Points: 5
Link: Zhànfǔ

Ability: Ex-Patriot. Hostile: Spain. Once per turn, you can eliminate one of this ship’s crew to give her an extra action. After looking at treasure on a wild island, you can trade any one treasure from that island for a random treasure on any other wild island. This ship must load the traded treasure.

Flavor: Unwilling to cede the end of the Jade Empire, Huang Bai nonetheless realizes the need to pause and rebuild—as a mercenary. His first customer, America, is eager to pit him and “Golden Axe” against the expanding Spanish empire.

~~~~~

Huang Bai is absolutely perfect for the Frontier (from SS). The Frontier is a premium gold runner, expensive but very capable of almost any treasure-related task you give her. Bai’s sac ability is perfect for the Frontier’s huge cargo hold, allowing for many sacrificial oarsmen without compromising the Frontier’s ability to transport large loads of gold. The treasure trading ability is great for the Hoist keyword, and will hopefully allow for the Frontier to get rid of negative UT’s like Missionary. The Frontier can move 6S (S+S+S+S+S+S) up to 3 times in the game, which can be used to get a very early start in the gold race, likely sailing to the far frontier and getting gold from the furthest islands. The ship gains the Mercenary keyword and can’t dock at her own home island, but that is rendered moot due to the Hoist keyword being able to deposit gold at home without docking! With each oarsman that is eliminated, her cargo space gets freed up, furthering the perfection of this crew setup. That said, she still has 4 cargo spaces open with all 5 crew aboard, which is plenty enough for some great treasures.

The James Madison carries Perry to allow Huang Bai to be hired for exploratory operations. The JM also has an explorer, which will allow her to get gold faster. The James Madison is sort of the protector/in-between ship of this fleet, since she has arguably the best armament and will be earning the ire of opposing fleets by spying on their gold discoveries. She is a gold runner and can dump her explorer if desired to make room for another coin. Perry would rather not fight, but with that ability she might board a small enemy treasure runner if a high value coin is spotted from the crow’s nest.

The Rattlesnake is a typical but fantastic option to fill out the build limit of any American fleet. At just 7 points with a helmsman, she is one of the best US runners at L+S with 4 spaces open. Between her small size and lack of an explorer, she will likely make sure the nearest island’s gold belongs to the United States, before running off and assisting her larger fleetmates in gold acquisition and/or combat deterrence.

The UT’s might help the gold total a bit, and it’s likely to find some with the Frontier. Thompson’s Island is a great way to protect some gold since this fleet is fragile and has no gunships, as well as providing a potential dropoff spot for the Frontier before the JM and Rattlesnake ferry that gold home for safety (this strategy would be best served in multiplayer games and/or games with larger oceans). The Hoist keyword allows the Frontier to unload gold at home, but the fort is also a good option if the Frontier needs to repair, at which point Thompson’s Island will function nicely as a the ship’s protector, with four 2L guns while the Frontier is docked there.

There were a few other options I considered, which included using the Mongrel (a nice ship from RtSS) as a hybrid/escort, and the Annapolis before I remembered the James Madison. Overall I was very satisfied how all the point costs and options worked out.

The nice thing about proxying the cargo master is that this fleet would be great with that setup as well! The Frontier wouldn’t be quite as effective, but she could have 8 cargo spaces to start the game, with 3 for the JM and 5 for the Rattlesnake! (helmsman and oarsman aboard the Frontier, with the other oarsmen on each of the other ships/perhaps an explorer on the Rattlesnake)

Thanks for reading; comment and vote!

Section: Ship #1 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Cargo Master SS 040 Crew C
1 x Frontier SS 005 Ship R
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
3 x Oarsman PofR 138 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Commodore Matthew Perry PofSCS 096 Crew R
1 x Explorer PofR 136 Crew C
1 x USS James Madison PofSCS 089 Ship U
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman PofR 133 Crew C
1 x Rattlesnake PofR 079 Ship C
Section: Unique Treasures (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Barbary Banner PofBC 107 Unique Treasure R
1 x Jade PofSCS 101 Unique Treasure R
1 x Spices PofBC 100 Unique Treasure R
Section: Forts (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Thompson’s Island PofR 101 Fort C

 

American gold fleet

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10 Mast Nonsense

10 Mast Nonsense

Celtic Fury Savage Shores

The Celtic Fury!

Originally published to Miniature Trading on May 31st, 2017

110 Points

This is a very gimmicky but potentially very nasty setup using two 10 masters, the Celtic Fury and Guichuan. Due to Black Mark’s silly 1 point increase, this fleet isn’t quite legal as it appears here.

It’s a bit complicated; the CF’s ability allows Snape to come aboard, and then he gets to Black Mark the ship and turn it Cursed. From Mercenary to French to Cursed, quite the transformation. We can pretend or house rule that BM doesn’t increase Snape’s cost by 1, or else the captain has to get tossed. It says a lot that the captain is the most expendable crew in this setup. Davy Jones copies the Treasure Ship keyword of the Guichuan, allowing the CF to once again have 7 free cargo spaces.

What should we do with all that free cargo? Why, fill it up with stolen loot of course!! Mr. Fantasma comes aboard to allow for home island raiding, with the helmsman speeding the ship up and allowing for multiple movement segments (though the latter shouldn’t matter (rhyme!) due to the “move S after loading cargo” part of the Treasure Ship keyword).

The Guichuan is pretty nasty; she doesn’t need the Black Mark keyword to get the right crew setup, but Cavendish comes aboard to let Grim the Savage join the party. This is where the combo starts to get evil, if it wasn’t already. Not only can Grim steal as many coins as he can possibly take, that number is increased to 9 by Sammy the Skull’s link to all Cursed ships! Throw in the admiral actions from the Headhunter, and the Guichuan could steal up to 18 coins in a single turn!! (if you had hoists and/or these to help you. The silver explorer and stinkpot specialist were added to fill out the ship’s point limit; after all, with so much ridiculousness on two ships, why not make it more wacky?!

The build total is somewhat random at 110 points, but here is the general strategy. Let your opponent gather lots of gold without ending the game. Keep the two 10’s together and amass 20-40 shots (40 if you copy the Headhunter’s AA ability and roll two 6’s; Snape could reroll one) to take out any enemy gunships. Due to the immense quantities of silver you’ve inserted into the treasure mix, your opponent will bring many of those coins back to their home island. Choose the right time to strike, and then begin furiously stealing gold from your opponent’s home island. When complete, turn both ships ghostly for the trip home to avoid being boarded, and use stinkpots to slow down enemies and prevent them from being able to use captains and double actions. Get back to your HI and unload the gold and silver, with the Guichuan getting an extra chunk of loot from the silver.

The nice thing about the illegality is that it’s on the Celtic Fury, so you could run this exact Guichuan setup at a 60 point limit.

Section: Ship #1 (6 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PatOE 136 Crew SR
1 x Celtic Fury SS 051A Ship SE
1 x Davy Jones PofDJC 025 Crew R
1 x El Fantasma PofSCS 136 Crew SR
1 x Helmsman PatOE 128 Crew CT
1 x Jacques, Duc de Valois PofDJC 074B Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (9 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Cavendish PatOE 019A Crew C
1 x Grim the Savage PofFN 024 Crew R
1 x Guichuan PofDJC 300A Ship LE
1 x Helmsman PatOE 128 Crew CT
1 x Oarsman PatOE 121 Crew CT
1 x Sammy the Skull F&S 021 Crew R
1 x Silver Explorer PatOE 162 Crew SE
1 x Stinkpot Specialist PofDJC 133 Crew C
1 x The Headhunter PofDJC 300B Crew LE

 

10 mast nonsense

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Sneaky French Raiders

Sneaky French Raiders

Originally published to Miniature Trading on May 31st, 2017

86 Points

The French have plenty of good ships and crew for boarding and stealing gold. This isn’t so much a fleet as a combo-building exercise; for more ideas, see my Gold-stealing fleet.

Dumas is a proxy for:

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.

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.

The Charlemange is a strong boarder, and here has S boarding and a reroller to help steal up to 3 coins. The Triton is one of my favorite underrated ships and has the ability to not be pinned after ramming, which should help Leander Arnaud get away with maximum loot (up to 4 coins at once). The oarsman helps to protect him, with a similar goal in mind for L’Heros. She has a really good combo, moving S+L x2 with rerolled SAT’s (I wish I could reroll my SAT score… lol XD). She can rob enemy HI’s of a couple coins, with Parley protecting her from the counteroffensive. The Vengeance setup is almost a combination of the others – rerolled EA’s with a boarding bonus, and the Schooner keyword should help her get to enemies. Perhaps the greatest part of these combos is that 3/4 have the captain ability and are capable gunships and hybrids that can thrive even if they’re not able to steal gold from the enemy.

Feel free to comment, vote, and share your own gold stealing strategies and combos!  Watch out for these sneaky French raiders in a port near you!  XD

Section: Ship #1 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Helmsman PofCC 124 Crew C
1 x La Charlemagne PofDJC 076 Ship R
1 x Mademoiselle Josephine Godiva PofDJC 086 Crew R
1 x Robert Surcouf PofBC 081 Crew R
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Le Triton PofCC 075 Ship C
1 x Leander Arnaud PofFN 074A Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofCC 121 Crew C
Section: Ship #3 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Jordan Dumas PofBC 082 Crew R
1 x L’Heros PofSCS 079 Ship C
1 x Lenoir RotF 024 Crew R
1 x Oarsman PofCC 121 Crew C
Section: Ship #4 (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Amiral Louis Cartier PofFN 074B Crew C
1 x Captain PofCC 126 Crew C
1 x La Vengeance PofR 049 Ship U
1 x Madame LaFontaine PofR 060 Crew R

 

Sneaky French raiders

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Spelling A Victory – Fleet Challenge Entry

Spelling A Victory: W-I-N

Asgard Pirates of the Frozen North

The mighty Asgard

Originally published to Miniature Trading on May 21st, 2017

45 Points

This is my fleet for volt’s Spelling Bee challenge.

Once I saw that you could combine the minor factions into one fleet, I knew I wanted to do that. I also knew that I wanted to use at least three of the minor factions. Naturally the Mercenaries get left out for now, but some of their ships could have worked reasonably well. This is a challenge with endless possibilities and combinations in terms of the theme, so I had to stop at one point and just stick with what I had.

I wanted a big bad Viking flagship, and here I’ve chosen the Asgard. She has the crew to make her dangerous, but since I wanted to maximize how many ships were in the fleet and how many letters I would have available, there aren’t any double action crew in this fleet. The Asgard provides the D in GOLD.

The Noble Swan is next, providing the O in GOLD. Li Quin was added at the end due to the Noble Swan having solid defense to protect him between her ability and the Turtle Ship keyword. Quin allows for a captain and helmsman to be added.

The Agha’s Whip gets the G in GOLD, while the Glorious Treasure gets the L. The Agha’s Whip is the main treasure runner after having to remove the Winds of Vengeance. The Glorious Treasure will be a bit of a hybrid, and can assist the other for a three pronged attack if desired (a nasty attack at that, for only 5 masts total you’d have 7 shots and some nice abilities). These ships also help with other words:
Seadog
HAR!
Treasure (LOL)
ARRRR (yes there are 4 R’s)

I found that bcym were the letters I needed more of, but I couldn’t find better combinations in the time I had. Let me know if I missed any good words to use!

At the end of the day, my fleet spells two words that might not count for anything, but are still important:
WIN (the goal of Pirates!)
WOW (hopefully this fleet wows you)

The strategy is relatively simple – the Agha’s Whip grabs gold while the Asgard and Noble Swan likely stick together for a decent offensive, with the Asgard potentially nabbing some gold. The Glorious Treasure explores her own island near home and then heads out to cause havoc. I included some piratey set-specific UT’s, just for fun.

Other ships considered:
Kalmar + captain, helmsman (23)
Winds of Vengeance (6)
Divan’s Punishment (11)

Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Asgard PofFN 007 Ship C
1 x Captain PofFN 098 Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofFN 110 Crew C
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Captain PofSCS 109 Crew C
1 x Li Quin PofSCS 029B Crew C
1 x Noble Swan PofSCS 021 Ship R
Section: Ship #3 (2 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Agha’s Whip PofBC 025 Ship C
1 x Helmsman PofBC 118 Crew C
Section: Ship #4 (1 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Glorious Treasure PofSCS 020 Ship R
Section: Unique Treasures (4 miniatures)
Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Jade PofSCS 101 Unique Treasure R
1 x Pension PofSCS 107 Unique Treasure R
1 x Runes of Wealth PofFN 093 Unique Treasure R
1 x Wine PofBCU 104 Unique Treasure R

 

Spelling a victory - W-I-N

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