Des nouvelles de la piraterie. J'ai découvert il y a peu une serie de figurines superbes, associées à de nouvelles règles de bataille "On the seven seas".

"On the Seven Seas is a set of wargames rules covering the high adventure and low morals of the world of the pirate. The rules cover licensed privateers such as da Gama and Drake, ruthless pirates of the Spanish Main, Blackbeard, the Barbary corsairs, the wako of the Far East, not to mention the anti-pirate squadrons, Spanish garrisons and native warriors from around the world that found themselves at odd with generations of sea-borne reavers,
The focus of the game is on boarding actions and the exploits of pirate crews on land, and the rules offer a quick-to-learn basic game based around individual characters and small units of rank-and-file. Most games will run to some 15 figures a side, although larger games are possible, and tribal forces especially will consist of more models.
Gameplay centres around two driving motivations that epitomise the pirate life – Fear and Greed. Cunning captains will have to balance these two elements, instilling fear in their opponents with bloodthirsty reputations, while keeping their own crews in line with the promise of loot and wealth. Captains and crew are not just distinguished by these two ratings, however – characteristics and disadvantages can dramatically alter a character’s abilities, and allow for the development of characters over time.
The rules also contain manoeuvre and gunnery rules for ship-on-ship combat. This is not a game of mass naval actions, but of small, personal duels between determined captains. Caravels, sloops, schooners, native canoes, junks and square-rigged ships up to frigate size can be deployed in the pursuit of a prize… or a pirate vessel.
The crews themselves may be drawn from a number of different options, each with their own advantages and disadvantages, and a points system is provided to produce balanced forces. Crew options include: Conquistadors, Spanish and Portuguese garrisons and treasure escorts, naval pirate hunters, natives from the Americas, Africa, Indonesia and the South Seas, and, last but by no means least, pirates from around the world – Europe, North and West Africa, China and Japan. "

3 équipages sont proposés : ceux des capitaines Hood et Blackbeard et de la sublime Calico Cat.

  A crew of eight pirates, looking very familiar, led by the infamous Captain Hood.

Captain Hood with rapier.
Mate, Mr Three with cutlass and pistol.
Long John Silver with cutlass and pegleg.
Edward Leake with cutlass.
Israel Hands with musket.
Adam Jaques Murphy with blunderbuss.
Caribbean Charles with boarding axe and pistol.
Fancy Dan Gentleman with pistol and boarding axe. 

  A crew of eight pirates based on the crew of Edward Teach, Blackbeard.

Captain Blackbeard with cutlass and pistol.
Mate, Richards with cutlass and pistol.
Caesar with cutlass and pistol.
Gunner Morton with volley gun.
Dick Greensail with boarding axe.
Tom Miller with musket.
Garret Gibbens with cutlass and pistol.
Basilica Hands with boarding axe and pistol. 

Captain Calico Jack with cutlass and pistol. 

Mate, Anne Bonney with cutlass and pistol.
Jack Lilley with volley gun.
Harry Badd with boarding axe and knife (cut-throat).
Bolter George with cutlass (Giant).
Mary Read with cutlass and pistol.
Dan Hambridge with cutlass and knife (cut-throat).
John Tombes with grenade launcher (pegleg).

Toutes les figurines sont au format 28 mm.

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