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Fleet "USS Kettering - Deadly Weapon"

Fleet "USS Kettering - Deadly Weapon"
45 Points
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Just a quick fleet I thought up now that I have USS Kettering. This is a 40 point fleet that is meant to be played in a deathmatch. You can find my video explanation here.

The Kettering has a built in canceller, a world-hater to boost her cannons to 2L (which shoot twice each for 6 total shots), and the standard captain. She's towing the Minuteman to give her even more firepower. With the flotilla this combination gives you 10 total shots, all of which have at least L range, and some of which have S+S or L+L range.

The Algeciras is the perfect support gunship, and here she has a captain as well as a flotilla of her own, the Armada. The Armada is a cargo-wrecking beast with S+S range. This 15 point
combo gives you 6 more shots with the possibility to take out multiple crew and/or equipment in one turn. I put the oarsman on the Algeciras because there's no room for equipment on either ship and because it's more likely the Algeciras will get dismasted. If she can still move for an extra turn or two the Armada isn't totally immobile.

Since both ships move at S+L they can stick together and support each other. The Kettering's canceler is the only measure of defence, but it's still valuable. The guns are numerous (up to 16 shots per turn) and effective.

Thanks for reading; comment and vote!

Edit (12/21/14): This fleet is now 2-1. The original battle report can be found here.

Edit: After losing in the first round of VASSAL Tournament #2, this fleet's record is now 3-3.

 
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Section: Ship #1 (5 miniatures)
1 x Brent Rice Brent Rice (PofBC)
  • Collector's Number: 098
  • Faction Affiliation: America
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 4
Miniature text:

This ship gets +1 to her cannon rolls against any non-American ship or fort.

No one knows when Rice signed on with the American Navy; he's just always been there. Although he has no rank, his stories of ship engagements are so exact, and his knowledge of naval strategy so advanced, even Preble consults with him.

1 x Captain Captain (PofR)
  • Collector's Number: 132
  • Faction Affiliation: America
  • Rarity: C
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 3
Miniature text:

This ship may move and shoot using the same move action.

1 x Commodore Matthew Perry Commodore Matthew Perry (PofSCS)
  • Collector's Number: 096
  • Faction Affiliation: America
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 0
Miniature text:

Limit, Ransom. Place this crew face up during setup. You may build your fleet using 5 more points than the game’s build total. This crew cannot leave this ship unless captured or eliminated.

1 x Minuteman Minuteman (RotF)
  • Collector's Number: 016
  • Faction Affiliation: America
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 7
  • Cargo Space: 0
  • Base Move: T
  • Cannons: 4L-2S-2S-4L
  • Number of Masts: 0
Miniature text:

Flotilla. Printed cannon ranges are doubled.

Using stolen plans, the Americans fashioned their own flotillas and stationed them in the harbors of the Atlantic Coast.

1 x USS Kettering USS Kettering (PofFN)
  • Collector's Number: 200
  • Faction Affiliation: America
  • Rarity: LE
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 16
  • Cargo Space: 3
  • Base Move: S+L
  • Cannons: 3L-3L-3L
  • Number of Masts: 3
Miniature text:

Longship. Once per turn, one crew or ship within S of this ship cannot use its ability that turn.

The United States stole this longship with the unofficial help of France, and then turned her into a spy ship.

 
Section: Ship #2 (4 miniatures)
1 x Armada Armada (F&S)
  • Collector's Number: 018
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 9
  • Cargo Space: 0
  • Base Move: T
  • Cannons: 3S, 3S, 3S, 3S
  • Number of Masts: 0
Miniature text:

Flotilla, Extended range. When this ship hits an enemy ship, you can also eliminate one cargo from that ship.

Spain was the last of the nations to create a flotilla, but now uses them aggressively to protect its precious ports in the New World.

1 x El Algeciras El Algeciras (PatOE)
  • Collector's Number: 067
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: U
  • Type: Ship
  • Point Value: 3
  • Cargo Space: 1
  • Base Move: L+S
  • Cannons: 3S,3L
  • Number of Masts: 2
Miniature text:

This ship may never load the last treasure from an island.

Capitan Vencinia has become a victim of his own success, having replaced shrewd negotiating with wastefulness and gluttony.

1 x Luis Zuan Luis Zuan (RotF)
  • Collector's Number: 022
  • Faction Affiliation: Spain
  • Rarity: R
  • Type: Crew
  • Point Value: 2
Miniature text:

Hostile:Pirate, Loyal:Spain, Captain.

Luis Zuan spent his youth living down the reputation of his uncles, both anti-Spanish pirates. He knows that the only way to repair his family’s reputation is to take the fight to any ship flying the Jolly Roger.

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.

 
Fleet Statistics
Distribution by Base Move
- bar 56 %  
L+S bar 11 %  
S+L bar 11 %  
T bar 22 %  
 

Distribution by Cargo Space
- bar 56 %  
- bar 22 %  
1 bar 11 %  
3 bar 11 %  
 

Distribution by Faction Affiliation
America bar 56 %  
Spain bar 44 %  
 

Distribution by Number of Masts
- bar 56 %  
- bar 22 %  
2 bar 11 %  
3 bar 11 %  
 

Distribution by Point Value
- bar 11 %  
1 bar 11 %  
16 bar 11 %  
2 bar 11 %  
3 bar 22 %  
4 bar 11 %  
7 bar 11 %  
9 bar 11 %  
 

Distribution by Rarity
C bar 33 %  
LE bar 11 %  
R bar 44 %  
U bar 11 %  
 

Distribution by Type
Crew bar 56 %  
Ship bar 44 %  
 



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woelf
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Subject:    Posted: November 13, 2014 12:25 pm

Simple, but tons of firepower, and the built-in canceler is a big advantage - especially on the Longship. I like it!


If you swapped out the Captain on El Algeciras for Luis Zuan that issue with Perry goes away, and you'd have an extra point to spend on an Oarsman or something.
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Subject:    Posted: November 13, 2014 06:45 pm


quote from woelf:
If you swapped out the Captain on El Algeciras for Luis Zuan that issue with Perry goes away, and you'd have an extra point to spend on an Oarsman or something.


Ah, thanks for that. I've finally acquired Zuan but haven't had a chance to use him yet. Soon I'll stop forgetting about him.
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Subject:    Posted: November 20, 2014 03:44 am

An interesting fleet, it's nice to see use of multiple flotilla and one of the non viking longboats in one fleet!
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Subject:    Posted: December 21, 2014 03:34 pm

For the next three game series, there would be a deathmatch series between two 40 point fleets.

The two fleets were my second HMS Grand Temple fleet (HMS Grand Temple v 2.0) and my fleet with USS Kettering (USS Kettering - Deadly Weapon).

HMS Grand Temple v 2.0

USS Kettering - Deadly Weapon

Two islands were placed 6L apart and the games got under way. The GT (Grand Temple) fleet didn't use Divers or the UT's since it was a deathmatch. The GT fleet went first for the first two games and the Kettering went first in the last game, not that it really mattered. Both fleets simply tried to maneuver to get the first shot. With three cancellers, two flotillas and the Grand Temple things were bound to get heated quickly!

Game 1:
The GT got the SAT from Crimson Angel and moved just out of range of the cancelling Kettering . She had 5 guns in range and hit every time, dismasting the Kettering and Algeciras. The Armada retaliated but only hit once in four tries, although this eliminated CRGO (Commodore Rhys Gryffyn Owen). The Minuteman also went 1 for 4 to take a second mast off the GT. The Grand Temple then sank both the Algeciras and Kettering. The Minuteman sank the Rye and the Armada hit the GT twice, eliminating both H. Gold and Lawrence. The GT eliminated the flag on Armada but only had two guns left so she couldn't sink her, allowing Armada to dismast the Temple and win the game for the Spanish Americans!

Game 2:
For the second game the GT again waited to get an SAT from Angel in order to strike first, taking out both flotillas in a 6 for 6 shoot action. After the first game the GT didn't want to face the flotillas late in the game.

Luis Zuan was cancelled aboard the Algeciras but she moved to ram and dismast the Rye, who was still able to move with her oar power. The Kettering, originally with her stern to the GT, managed to get two of her three guns in range and hit all 4 times, once again leaving the GT with only two masts. However, this was just enough for the GT to shoot and ram the Kettering to dismast her. The Algeciras sunk the Rye but the GT then dismasted the Algeciras, giving the English a victory to even the series at one apiece.

Game 3:
For the third game the Spanish Americans decided to be more aggressive and try to at least get a shot in before the GT got the SAT. The Algeciras maneuvered the Armada to get her S+S range guns just into range, hitting 1 out of 3 times and eliminating CRGO (cargo just like the ability says ). The Minuteman and Algeciras also got a few hits in to leave the GT with three masts. The Kettering missed the GT twice before the GT could retaliate, dismasting the Kettering. However, the flotillas showed their power once again by combining to sink the GT.

For this series, the USS Kettering fleet defeated the HMS GT v 2.0 fleet 2 games to 1.
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Subject:    Posted: January 20, 2017 08:45 pm

After losing in the first round of VASSAL Tournament #2, this fleet's record is now 3-3.
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Subject:    Posted: December 23, 2017 08:54 pm

Honestly thought this would do better than 1 for 1.
However, it makes sense considering its fragility.
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Subject:    Posted: December 31, 2017 02:26 pm


quote from cursedfan99:

Honestly thought this would do better than 1 for 1.
However, it makes sense considering its fragility.


It's not all that fragile for 40 points, but the problem was the competition. Darrin's Gold Race fleet is literally one of the best fleets ever made.
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Subject: Youtube integration   Posted: June 2, 2018 12:26 pm

I made a video explaining this fleet!!
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