General description:HMS Prince of Chichester is typical of English ships. Expensive, but usually one of the best options. This ship is superb and nothing less than competent at almost everything. She has excellent guns, huge hold space, and a top tier ability. She's not very fast, and rather expensive for her size, but those don't detract from everything else excellent about her.
Uses: multipurpose ship, or warship? I say the former. Her point cost allows her to fit some serious crew, no doubt capable of making her a valuable asset, but at the end of the day, she's still just two masts...
Strategies and game play: speed off to a faraway wild island, take all the gold you can carry, and then harass enemy gold runners until it's time to come home in the evening.
Combos with other miniatures:
Hermione Gold + Trevor Van Tyne: Captain, Helmsman, and a Musketeer for additional firepower, all for only seven points and one cargo space? Sign me up straight away. It almost feels like a crime not to use this combo.
Above + Oarsman: again, why not? Cheap addition of some assurance that you can scamper away if you find yourself in too deep.
Other options to include over top of these other listed crew are Commander Temple, Countess Diana Doone, James Cook, or Lawrence, depending on your mood. I personally would use Doone and no other crew, aside from the first three I suggested above, but paired with Temple, they'd make this ship mighty uncomfortable to engage.
Ways to counteract it: L-range guns, flotillas, bombardiers, ramming with submarines, or attacks with Scorpions are enough to make this ship tremble. She's a great ship, but she does have her weaknesses. Don't forget cancelers, who can take away her defensive ability.
Strengths/Pros: well-armed, great ability, big hold.
Weaknesses/Cons: small size, average move speed, extremely expensive for her size.
Artwork and aesthetics: surprisingly ornate artwork. You'd guess she was from Fire & Steel if it weren't for the pre-DPC piece design, with the squared off tabs.
Overall rating: 9/10. Great in more ways than not, this ship is a thorn in the side of anyone who faces her. Were she cheaper, faster, or a schooner, she'd be a 10.