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Fleet "The Best Raiders of Spain"

Fleet "The Best Raiders of Spain"
40 Points
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This is my entry for brettb45's Best Raider Fleet Challenge.

For this challenge, I originally wanted to use the Pirate native canoes from RtSS, but then I realized that the chieftain would have a huge target on his back from crew such as Bonny Peel. I also considered the Renard a Ailes and Rocinante as the possible backbones for different fleets.

Soon after this challenge started I thought about how hard it would be to fit lots of fun raider stuff into the 40 point limit, because stealing things in this game gets expensive in a hurry. As a result, I decided to go with something I think is pretty obnoxious, despite how ineffective it might be. It's more of a fun little gimmick that could become more potent with some more points available.

Spain is the only faction to have the ability to not be shot at while docked on a crew. In addition, they have some nice HI raiders, one of which is the "other" El Algeciras that nobody ever talks about, in my opinion one of the coolest ships in the game. However, if a ship is docked at an enemy HI and can't be shot at, the opponent's next best bet is to ram and board. Therefore, I didn't want small ships.

To combine these aspects, I needed a HI raider to house the Haulers, and then preferably another ship that couldn't be shot at while docked with a HI raider aboard. However, Spain only has 1 ship that can't be shot at while docked, so I was pretty limited in that regard.

The Espada de Dios is one of the cooler ships in the game, and here she's got 4 cargo spaces open to fill up with stolen loot. The oarsman would take up space on the Academia, so he's on the Espada.

The Academia isn't such an exciting ship, but she's the secondary raider. Sanchez allows her to steal gold from enemy HI's while her ability keeps her somewhat safe. Master Bianco offsets the helmsman so she still has 3 open cargo spaces.

The strategy is simple - send the ships out to enemy HI's, and then raid them continuously until your cargo holds are full, all the while enjoying protection from enemy cannon fire! Since HI raiding blockades are ineffective, I would recommend sending at least one of the ships out on a regular treasure run to get some gold, which could then potentially be used to purchase one of the forts. Once you start raiding HI's, a fort could temporarily protect the gold if one of the raiders was in trouble and had to leave the enemy HI.

The UT's were added to enhance the overall strategy as well as theoretically drive up the average value of a regular coin.

This fleet is fragile, with no captains. Also, neither ship has 5+ masts, so losing boarding parties could be a real issue. Since both raiders have the same speed, it's likely they would team up, and in that case have 7 cannons around an enemy HI with which to fight off attackers. It's also susceptible to enemy ships using crew-gold capturers, since the higher value crew would be easily taken off the ships. The speed is also an issue, but the HI raiding abilities are expensive enough to deny further enhancements.

Thanks for reading; comment and vote!

 
Miniature list Group miniatures by  
Section: Ship #1 (3 miniatures)
1 x Bianco`s Haulers Bianco's Haulers (SS)
  • Collector's Number: 027A
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 3
Miniature text:

This ship can't be shot at while docked. Link: Master Bianco

1 x La Espada de Dios La Espada de Dios (PofBC)
  • Collector's Number: 061
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 15
  • Cargo Space: 5
  • Base Move: S+L
  • Cannons: 3L-3S-4S-5S
  • Number of Masts: 4
Miniature text:

Galley. This ship may dock at an enemy home island and load one treasure. If able, she must leave on your next turn. Link: Almirante Carlos Pavón y Miranda, Commandante Antonio de Silva.

1 x Oarsman Oarsman (PofSMU)
  • Collector's Number: 117
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 1
Miniature text:

If derelict, this ship gains a base move of S. This crew takes up no cargo space.

 
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
1 x Fernando Sanchez Fernando Sanchez (PofSMU)
  • Collector's Number: 089
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 5
Miniature text:

This ship may dock at an enemy home island and load one treasure. If able, she must leave on your next turn. Link: Nemesio Diaz.

1 x Helmsman Helmsman (PofSMU)
  • Collector's Number: 111
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: U
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 2
Miniature text:

This ship gets +S to her basic move.

1 x La Academia La Academia (PofFN)
  • Collector's Number: 058
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 11
  • Cargo Space: 4
  • Base Move: L
  • Cannons: 4L-3L-3L
  • Number of Masts: 3
Miniature text:

This ship may not be shot at while docked.

One of the last remaining Spanish training vessels, La Academia is a floating naval academy and proving ground for young captains.

1 x Master Bianco Master Bianco (PofSMU)
  • Collector's Number: 088
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 3
Miniature text:

This ship gets +1 cargo spaces. This crew takes up no cargo space. Link: Bianco's Haulers.

 
Section: Unique Treasures (5 miniatures)
1 x Celestine`s Charts Celestine's Charts (SS)
  • Collector's Number: 031
  • Faction Affiliation: Treasure
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Unique Treasure
  • Point Value: 0
Miniature text:

Eliminate all friendly trade currents. All islands become unexplored to you. Then place Celestine's Charts face down on any wild island.

1 x Marksman`s Map Marksman's Map (PofSMU)
  • Collector's Number: 098
  • Faction Affiliation: Treasure
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Unique Treasure
  • Point Value: 0
Miniature text:

Once per turn, this ship may look at one face-down cargo on any island.

1 x Odin`s Revenge Odin's Revenge (PofFN)
  • Collector's Number: 303
  • Faction Affiliation: Treasure
  • Rarity: PR
  • Type: Unique Treasure
Miniature text:

When revealed, eliminate one mast from every ship in play. Then remove Odin’s Revenge from the game.

1 x Relics Relics (PofBC)
  • Collector's Number: 102
  • Faction Affiliation: Treasure
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Unique Treasure
  • Point Value: 0
Miniature text:

If one of this ship’s masts or crew would be eliminated by a ship, you may give Relics to the attacker instead, ending that ship’s turn.

1 x Wine Wine (PofBC)
  • Collector's Number: 104
  • Faction Affiliation: Treasure
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Unique Treasure
  • Point Value: 0
Miniature text:

This ship may dock at an opponent’s home island or fort; while there, you may exchange Wine for one treasure there of your choosing. This ship cannot shoot or be shot at if it is within S of an opponent’s home island or fort.

 
Section: Forts (3 miniatures)
1 x El Castillo del Infanta El Castillo del Infanta (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 063
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Fort
  • Cannons: 4L-4L-4L-4L-4L
Miniature text:

Gold Cost: 3

Once per turn, one of this fort's cannons may shoot again if it misses.

El Castillo del Infanta (Castle of the Princess) was designed to protect Lady Arcadia De Sol from the wicked world around her. Her father spared no expense, including hiring the best and most determined gunners, but ultimately it was all for naught, because the lovely lady's own desires were stronger than the stone walls constructed by her father.

1 x El Puerto Blanco El Puerto Blanco (PofCC)
  • Collector's Number: 064
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Fort
  • Cannons: 3L-3L-3L
Miniature text:

Gold Cost: 3

A ship docked at this fort may use its action for the turn to look at one face-down treasure on each island.

The Escuela de Cartografia in Puerto Blanco is home to one of the greatest map collections in the world. There are legends that the maps from the library of Alexandria in ancient Egypt reside in its amazing vaults. Tended by a monastic order of mysterious origin, the thousands of maps are rumored to include the map to El Dorado.

1 x Fortaleza Dorada Fortaleza Dorada (PofR)
  • Collector's Number: 045
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Fort
  • Cannons: 3S-3S-3S-3S-3L-3L
Miniature text:

Gold Cost: 5

L-range cannons cannot hit this fort.

The Spanish claim it doesn't exist. Yet natives can be persuaded to speak of the "Golden Fortress," the apparent source of the Spanish gold flowing along the Crimson Coast.

 
Fleet Statistics
Distribution by Base Move
- bar 13  87 %  
L bar 7 %  
S+L bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Cargo Space
- bar 13  87 %  
4 bar 7 %  
5 bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Faction Affiliation
Spain bar 10  67 %  
Treasure bar 33 %  
 

Distribution by Number of Masts
- bar 13  87 %  
3 bar 7 %  
4 bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Point Value
- bar 27 %  
- bar 27 %  
1 bar 7 %  
11 bar 7 %  
15 bar 7 %  
2 bar 7 %  
3 bar 13 %  
5 bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Rarity
C bar 53 %  
PR bar 7 %  
R bar 33 %  
U bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Type
Crew bar 33 %  
Fort bar 20 %  
Ship bar 13 %  
Unique Treasure bar 33 %  
 



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xerecs
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Subject:    Posted: February 21, 2016 04:30 pm

I like HI raiding, but the nation to do it is the pirates I'm afraid. Good job getting two HI raiding ships in one fleet though. I agree with you that the fleet is fragile and is susceptible to larger ships that will focus on Gold-capture such as mine. Overall, good fleet.
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Subject:    Posted: February 27, 2016 11:23 am

Love the no shooting while dock angle
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Subject:    Posted: February 27, 2016 11:23 am

Love the no shooting while dock angle
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Subject:    Posted: July 12, 2017 09:50 pm

This fleet was involved in a game!
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