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miniature review HMS Talon: It's got Huge, Freakin BLADES!!

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HMS Talon: click to enlarge
HMS Talon

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Switchblade. This ship ignores the first hit she takes each turn as long as she has all of her masts.

The first English ship to be outfitted with "nautical pincers" following Admiral Stephens' sighting of the Sickle, the Talon first employed the new equipment against a pirate frigate not far from Gibraltar.

  • Collector's Number: 055
  • Faction Affiliation: England
  • Rarity: U
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 23
  • Cargo Space: 4
  • Base Move: L
  • Cannons: 3L, 3S, 3S, 3S
  • Number of Masts: 4
HMS Talon
It's got Huge, Freakin BLADES!!

written by mrsticks
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General description:
When ya can't shoot 'em, ram 'em! While not only scary to behold, the Talon's switchblade claws can be used to ram, eliminating a mast in the process while leaving them open to all your cannons. Devastating to weaker ships, the HMS Talon can hold it's own against ships of it's own size

Uses:
Ramming and blasting is its main purpose, and while being quite a bit expensive, could be the grain of sand that wins a battle. I advise against using it as a treasure ship, but if so necessary, can be used

Strategies and game play:
Get a helmsman on this ship and it move L+S. use it to come up behind an enemy and switchblade his aft end, the results can be extraordinary! It's also effective against weak ships.

Combos with other miniatures:
Definitely add a captain, helmsman and a shipwright if possible. I would also watch it's back with the USS Georgetown or a similar ship to corner the trapped ship with its L-cannons

Ways to counteract it:
Don't under-estimate it's power. Attacking it with sea monsters and dragons will help immensely, because they can submerge/move anywhere (respectively) If anything, use a ship that can't be hit by X (preferably ramming or S-range Cannons)

Strengths/Pros:
4 Masts, Switchblade, Ignores first hit, Moderate cargo space

Weaknesses/Cons:
Expensive, Mainly S cannons, Base move L

Artwork and aesthetics:
The switchblade design is amazing and the color scheme is Excellent (black and green equals epic-ness in my opinion). While not looking very British, and almost Piratical, (if that is a word) if you want a fleet that looks like the Queen 'o England it doesn't quite fit in

Overall rating:
Price:4/10
Cargo:7/10
Cannons:7/10
Special Ability(ies)/Usefullness:8/10
Artwork/Design:9/10
Overall:7.5/10

Feel free to leave comments and tips for better reviews!

-Mr. Sticks

 

Modified on April 5, 2011 01:35 am



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rizz
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Subject:    Posted: August 17, 2009 02:54 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Nice review. I agree the Switchblade design is really good, I love how they geared them. Punch for the point I would go with a Scorp though. However the Switchblade design does have the advantage of auto ramming a large area, and possibly multiple targets all at once.
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arrowyo
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Subject: FREAKING Huge Blades!!!!!   Posted: August 17, 2009 07:00 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

I agree, it looks amazing, the geared blades is extremely cool. When it's used right it can be devastating. I like how you can ram 2 people at once, the only down side is you would have 2 ships on either side of you, if you don't do enough damage before your turn is over you will probably get hurt.
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mrsticks
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Subject:    Posted: August 18, 2009 06:17 am Reply with quote Report content icon

Yes, and the blades are just awesome
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mrsticks
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Subject:    Posted: August 18, 2009 06:43 am Reply with quote Report content icon


quote from rizz:

Nice review. I agree the Switchblade design is really good, I love how they geared them. Punch for the point I would go with a Scorp though. However the Switchblade design does have the advantage of auto ramming a large area, and possibly multiple targets all at once.

The only reason i would go with the switchblade, is because scorpions can only shoot with their front cannon after pinning a ship (they only have three cannons anyway) and the switchblade design allows you to shoot with all available cannons
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proud_tortoise
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Subject:    Posted: August 18, 2009 08:01 am Reply with quote Report content icon

I agree with mr. sticks that the scorpian is at a dissadvantage b/c it can only shoot one out of it's three canons when ramming, however the switch blades seem to be expensive point wise causing me to want a good 5 mast ship instead.... I still like how both of the ships were desinged with their movable peices and gears. The scorpian ships would have been really cool if their blade was pivitable and could aim just like a hoist or a bobedier ship can...

Oh and by the way, nice review!
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mrsticks
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Subject:    Posted: August 18, 2009 08:27 am Reply with quote Report content icon

definetely way too expensive
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lordstu
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Subject:    Posted: August 19, 2009 05:07 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

This review was well done, but seemed a bit short for such an elegant weapon - Switchblades have the ability to ram and board multiple ships per turn, so some information on how best to take advantage of that would have been useful.

The mediocre cannon ranks need to be addressed, I think, before taking the Talon after bigger game. Even being able to ignore the first hit won't buy much time, and the blades are next to useless against the larger ships until some damage can be inflicted. Maybe a combo with one of the Hermiones Gold would be useful.

A Navigator somewhere else in the fleet would be helpful, too - it may be better not to have too many points tied up in an already expensive ship - a Navigator provides more flexibility and can still keep enemy gunships at bay by fostering uncertainty about the Talon's range of movement.
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submariner96
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Subject:    Posted: October 27, 2014 08:44 pm Reply with quote Report content icon

Great ship and a nice review, ever since I pulled this ship from a pack myself I've been swinging between "IT'S GOT BLADES! I WANT OT USE IT!!!" & "It costs 23 points... that's a huge investment... I'll use it another time" and for me it's just always been that at such a high investment I'd have to have a nigh unstoppable plan with which to use it and while I was hoping u'd cracked the code and discovered the perfect use that guaranteed value for points when I saw this review, unfortunately it seems there's still no super strat oh well
Has anyone in he comments perhaps found the perfect value for money strat for this ship? Perhaps something along the same lines as what lordstu suggested?
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