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Black Seas: 3rd Rates Squadron

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The 3rd Rates Squadron sails into Black Seas. A fine addition to a fleet of any nation; they harboured a great balance between power and manoeuvrability.

Black Seas: 3rd Rates Squadron

A 3rd rate ship, as defined by the British rating system, was a ship of the line which mounted between 64-80 guns. Usually, this would mean two gun decks. Despite their relative size and power compared to larger 1st and 2nd rates, it was considered that 3rd rates maintained an effective, perhaps even superior balance between sailing ability, firepower and cost.

For a number of nations, 3rd rates were the most popular ship size. Cheaper to operate and easier to sail without the sacrifice of offensive capability, the only ships a 3rd rate could not single-handedly engage were larger three-decked ships. A large number of 3rd rates were built and employed on a variety of missions.

Read more about 3rd Rates and their role in Black Seas here >>

The Kit

The 3rd Rates Squadron kit is generic, meaning you can use it to represent ships of any nation. The frame has options for you to customise your ships, in the form of differing figureheads and stern plates; enabling you to make your fleet truly unique.

 

The 3rd Rates Squadron box contains all you need to get these vessels to the tabletop. These are suitable for navies of any nation. The kit includes a bobbin for rigging your vessels, sails and decals for every nation capable of building & sailing third rates, as well as all the gaming materials for using the vessels in your games of Black Seas.

This box set contains:

  • 3 plastic 3rd Rates
  • Printed sails
  • ship cards
  • Wake markers
  • Bobbin for rigging
  • Acetate Ratlines
  • Sheets of flags & pennants

3rd Rates Squadron (1770 - 1830)

Contains 3 plastic 3rd Rates, supplied unassembled and unpainted

 

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Take to the Black Seas!

Begin your seafaring adventures with the Black Seas starter set. You’ll receive a selection of brigs and frigates; giving you the makings of a fine fleet.

Master & Commander Starter Set

 

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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.