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Fleet "Spain, Common Only in Rarity"

Fleet "Spain, Common Only in Rarity"
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My entry for the Common Fleet Challenge unsurprisingly looks toward Spain, as they've proven countless times over to be a solid choice no matter what restrictions are being faced, and this challenge is no different.


Leading the way as flagship is the beautiful La Sirviente. It's a ship that I usually wouldn't consider using under normal circumstances because it feels just a little too pricey for what you get, but when there are no ships with four or more masts available it suddenly rises to the top of the pack. With a trio of rank-2 cannons and a respectable base move (aided further by a helmsman), it's more than fast enough to keep up with most other gunships and even many treasure-runners. Duque de Castilla adds some extra punch to the cannons, while Nemesio provides protection from enemy captains and any defensive abilities that might be in play. The Oarsman acts primarily as a meat shield, since boarding will be a strong part of the strategy for this ship. Within a single strike combining the S-boarding, the Captain's shot, a ram, and another boarding, this ship has the potential to kill three crew and take out four masts all with a single move action. Since nothing larger than a three-mast will be around, that potential for damage becomes a much more serious threat to opponents than it would be to an unrestricted fleet. Note that the S-boarding ability doesn't need to be used every single time, and in fact it really shouldn't be used when facing another three-masted ship that's still at full strength - why give an opposing player a fair fight when you don't have to?

The mighty La Monarca is the chief treasure-runner, and it's a remarkable ship even in an unrestricted fleet (it's one of the best runners in the game, right up there with Banshee's Cry and its ilk). When all those dirt cheap single-masted runners go away, there are few other ships that come even close to matching it. With a move of S+S+S+S, Freda's explorer ability to minimize time spent at wild islands, and that nice little "push off" when it loads treasure, La Monarca could easily win the game all by itself. Did I mention that even with those two crew aboard it's still got 4 free cargo spaces to fill with treasure?

El San Francisco is a secondary runner that can also act as sort of a "swing" ship. Most of its time will be spent looking for treasure in a direction far away from La Monarca, but if an enemy runner or gunship strays too close they could be in for a surprise. Unlike the vast majority of runners found in other nations, several of the Spanish ones have teeth, so even a three-masted gunship needs to be wary when it approaches. If it can't take out El SF in one attack it's probably going to lose a piece or two, and that will make it an even softer target when La Sirviente arrives. I don't expect to get much use out of the treasure-grabbing ability, but if an opposing player does happen to have a Pirate ship with treasure, it'll be one extra way to go after them. Anita is along for the ride here simply because she wouldn't fit on La Sirviente. It's a waste of one space that would be better used for treasure, but there's no better place to stick her. Depending on how the islands end up being spaced and what you see the opponent bringing to the table, the Helmsman on La Monarca could easily be pulled over to this ship to even out their speeds a little.

The forts are included simply because they can be. Getting them in position won't necessarily be a priority, but if the opportunity presents itself they'll most certainly be available. With no ships larger than a three-mast, they should be threatening enough to keep most enemy ships away. Which to build first will depend entirely on the situation; most likely it will be Fortaleza Dorada, but one of the others may prove more useful too.

None of the few legal unique treasures jump out as must haves so they'll be left out, but if an opponent happens to stick one or two into the treasure pool they can certainly be put to good use.


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A fleet built entirely for war or a fleet built only to run treasure should be minimal threats to this fleet, because by focusing on only one aspect or the other they'll have short-changed themselves in the other and will have a hard time adapting if things don't go their way (ie. If they can't catch my runners with their gunships, or my gunship catches up to their runners.) A fleet constructed similar to this one will be the main (and most likely) threat, and if it comes down to similar ships on both sides, the game will be decided mostly by how the treasure comes up and how the dice roll.

 
Miniature list Group miniatures by  
Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
  Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Duque Alfonzo de Castilla PofFN 062B Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofMI 125 Crew C
1 x La Sirviente PofMI 064 Ship C
1 x Nemesio Diaz PofSM SC-010 Crew C
1 x Oarsman PofSM T-024 Crew C
 
Section: Ship #2 (3 miniatures)
  Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Dominic Freda RotF 062A Crew C
1 x Helmsman PofR 118 Crew C
1 x La Monarca PofR 043 Ship C
 
Section: Ship #3 (3 miniatures)
  Miniature Set Number Type Rarity
1 x Contessa Anita Amore PofCC 060 Crew C
1 x El San Francisco PofCC 055 Ship C
1 x Explorer PofCC 109 Crew 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
 
Fleet Statistics
Distribution by Base Move
- bar 11  79 %  
S+L bar 7 %  
S+S bar 7 %  
S+S+S bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Cargo Space
- bar 64 %  
- bar 14 %  
3 bar 7 %  
4 bar 7 %  
5 bar 7 %  
 

Distribution by Faction Affiliation
Spain bar 14  100 %  
 

Distribution by Point Value
- bar 29 %  
1 bar 14 %  
14 bar 7 %  
2 bar 14 %  
4 bar 7 %  
5 bar 14 %  
8 bar 14 %  
 

Distribution by Rarity
C bar 14  100 %  
 

Distribution by Type
Crew bar 57 %  
Fort bar 21 %  
Ship bar 21 %  
 



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captain_nemo
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Subject:    Posted: August 10, 2011 02:39 pm

NOOOOOO! I just finished me Spanish Fleet! Beat me to the punch. Curse you refresh button! Oh well, another one of my contest fleets down the drain...at least fleet B is already done.

~Nemo
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Subject:    Posted: August 10, 2011 02:59 pm

There were several other ships I considered when building this, so unless yours was exactly the same there's room for at least one more Spanish fleet.

La Monarca is a no-brainer for something like this so it should be expected in any Spanish fleet, but there was at least one other very good 3-mast gunship that I considered and a bunch of other good runners, not to mention Bianco, his Haulers, and several other good Common crew...
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Subject:    Posted: August 10, 2011 03:31 pm

Lol... this was almost exactly a spanish fleet I almost went for (One ship was different). I love the S-Board here, and La Monarca is just awesome in any fleet - the Freda/Helm combo is a fav of mine I couldn't handle the lack of double actions availability though.

Anyway, I guess I will rate this a 4.5, only for the lack of extra actions, which I am in love with ;-)
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Subject:    Posted: August 10, 2011 05:59 pm

This fleet seems similar in concept to mine, albeit you've got a canceler and opted for S-Board. I would've used a canceller on Tiger's Eye, but alas there is no +5 (or canceller I think) for Corsairs.
As you said in your fleet description, it would probably come down to dice rolls and gold finds.
Anyway, this one rates a 5 from me.
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Subject:    Posted: August 11, 2011 01:21 pm

I like how two of the ships here are also on my Big-8 list for Spain, even if La Sirviente is grudgingly so.

(El San Francisco just missed the list, too.)

Officially, I'll make this a 4.7, as there is possibly slight room for improvement.
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Subject:    Posted: August 11, 2011 07:14 pm

Woelf, I like it, but after reading your miniature review of the Asesino de la Nave, what ship do you think is better, her or the Sirviente? I like the Nave better (in my first pack ever, and personally have found so far that S-board is not my style as you miss out on the ram), but have both and am interested to know your opinion.
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Subject:    Posted: August 11, 2011 08:04 pm


quote from a7xfanben:

Woelf, I like it, but after reading your miniature review of the Asesino de la Nave, what ship do you think is better, her or the Sirviente? I like the Nave better (in my first pack ever, and personally have found so far that S-board is not my style as you miss out on the ram), but have both and am interested to know your opinion.
Given a choice I'll take Asesino over La Sirviente nine times out of ten. It's not as fast, but it's a better ship in almost every other way.

S-boarding can be pretty effective when your ship is fully set up for it, but since you have to use it before you can soften up the target with a few cannon shots and a ram it's a much riskier proposition than a standard boarding. I'd much rather blast those same crew with cannon shots.
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Subject:    Posted: August 13, 2011 10:52 am

Like Nemo said, NOOOOOO!!! I too had just finished building a spainish fleet when you posted this. Using the same ships and crew. Back to the drawing board.

Wonderful fleet. I think this fleet will sweep all of the other fleets before it. It is the top of the line. I don't see anywhere the need for improvements or edits. Over all a solid 5.
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Subject:    Posted: August 18, 2011 06:52 am

Dakmor, that 4.2 is a very specific rating (as opposed to just 4.0 or 4.5 or 5.0), so could you explain it please?

What do you think doesn't work, what could be done better, etc.?
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