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Black Seas: French Navy Fleet

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The French Navy Fleet is an excellent starting point for launching into Black Seas. It has a great variety of ships to crush your foes upon the waves.

Black Seas: French Navy Fleet

The French Navy

The French Navy has a history of highs and lows, both in terms of successes in battle and in the number and quality of its ships. In the mid-1700s, after the defeats of the Seven Years’ War, the French Navy was at a nadir. However, due to the efforts of Louis XV and later Louis XVI, France rebuilt and reinforced its fleets with well-designed and well-built ships.

Why sail the French Navy?

Though French gunnery and training had formally equalled that of its Spanish and British counterparts prior to the French revolution, those events severely weakened the French Navy. High ranking officers had been removed or even guillotined, and inexperienced crewmen through necessity had been promoted.

French ships, however, were generally well built, and quick. This is reflected in the national special rules for the French Navy. They are able to purchase both the ‘sturdy’ and ‘streamlined’ upgrades for a discounted cost. French crews were also trained to shoot high, in order to capture enemy ships rather than destroy them. As such, they do not suffer the same penalties to hit when aiming high as the other navies do.

French Navy Fleet

Black Seas: French Navy Fleet (1770-1830)

Miniatures supplied unassembled and unpainted


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  • 3 plastic frigates
  • 6 plastic brigs
  • 3 plastic third rates
  • 1 resin & metal first-rate
  • 1 bomb ships base
  • A selection of Metal figureheads and backplates to make famous French Navy Ships:

Redoubtable – a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line
Themis – a 40 gun frigate
L’Aigle – a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line
L’Hermione – a 32 gun frigate
Comete – a frigate
Bucentaure – an 80 gun third-rate ship of the line

  • French Navy Flags, Sails & ratline sheets + Bobbin for Rigging
  • Game cards and wake markers



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Black Seas Fleet Battles – Le Français (1770 – 1830)

Kick start a French fleet with this bundle which nets you the famous Orient as well as the Master & Commander starter box. As well as including the full rules, you’ll find an additional three frigates and six brigs. You’ll also get sails, rigging and flag sheets for all your ships and all the ship cards, wake markers and tokens that you’ll need to play.

The Starter Set comes with an exclusive 28mm miniature – the Sea Wolf! Brandishing a pistol, with a dirk strapped to his arm, this ferocious fighter is the perfect starting point for a Black Powder landing party!

Black Seas Fleet Battles - Le Français (1770 - 1830)

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Dan Hewitson
Dan can often be found contemplating the mound of unpainted minis building up under his desk. He has a tendency to roll lots of ones. He also has a tendency to complain about rolling lots of ones.