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miniature review Smokepot Specialist: Shields up!

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Smokepot Specialist

Miniature text:

Once per turn when this ship is given a shoot action, you may declare that one of her cannons is shooting a smokepot instead of a cannon; you do not need to target a ship. Simply place the center of a fog bank within S of this ship; it may not touch an island or any ship docked at an island. Remove the fog bank at the beginning of your next turn.

  • Collector's Number: 124
  • Faction Affiliation: Barbary Corsairs
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 3
Smokepot Specialist
Shields up!

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General description:
The Smokepot Specialist allows you to effectively leave a James Bond smokescreen behind your ship as you go to avoid being hit by an enemy.

Smokepots work great on smaller gunships that are being pursued.

Strategies and game play:
The Smokepot works great on a smaller (2 or 3 mast) gunship and can really keep an opponent's bigger gunship confused/occupied. If you plop a fog bank down on your enemy's ship there's a good chance that it will be disoriented and nowhere near you the next turn. This could give your little gold runner the one-turn advantage it needs to speed away. Or, if your gunship with a Smokie on-board is getting pummelled, you can run away and leave a smoke-screen that your opponent can't shoot through or has to maneuver around.

Combos with other miniatures:
The Smokie is most useful with move/shoot or shoot/move abilities.

Ways to counteract it:
Standard anti-crew tactics.

- Allows the creation of a fog bank each turn

- None unique to this crew; succeptible to normal anti-crew strategies.

Artwork and aesthetics:
Boooring. We've seen the same cannoneer used for "Specialists" in Crimson Coast, Revolution, and now Barbary Corsairs. Something different, please?

Overall rating:
6 out of 10. Useful but not a "must have" in your fleet.


Modified on November 13, 2010 11:33 am

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Subject:    Posted: November 13, 2010 08:17 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Smoke-pot specialists are SO underrated! I sank my brother's Grand Temple with a 4-master by shooting 3 cannons, then a smoke-pot to prevent return fire. A smoke-pot specialist works great with a captain.
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Subject:    Posted: November 13, 2010 08:25 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Or a Reverse Captain. I've pulled that one myself, shoot smoke cloud, then run away.
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