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Black Seas: Spanish Navy Fleet

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A fantastic entry point to Black Seas is the Spanish Navy Fleet. The box gives you a variety of vessels to kickstart a collection.

Black Seas: Spanish Navy Fleet

The Spanish Navy

The Spanish Navy was beset by mixed fortunes in the Age of Sail, achieving great victories and major defeats in an interesting balance. Particularly during the Napoleonic era, Spanish allegiances were subject to fluctuations, oftentimes at odds with the British, yet allying with them when the situation suited (such as their rejection of Napoleon in 1808 – even in the wake of Trafalgar in which a quarter of the Spanish Navy had been lost).
The Spanish Navy was the largest in the world at the outset of the 1700s, though this diminished to third-largest as the century wore on. Not only fighting close to home, the Spanish Navy fought engagements as far away as the Carribean and South America, where they achieved similarly mixed results.

Why sail the Spanish Navy?

When using the National Special Rules, the Spanish Navy allows you to bring a huge level of firepower in your fleets. Spanish 1st Rates are allowed to take the Over Gunned upgrade for free adding a heavy and a light cannon to each broadside. This is not without compromise, however, as these vessels need to successfully pass a test to travel at full sails, and can never be crewed by veterans. Additionally, veterans for other ships cost more in Spanish fleets.

This means that a Spanish Admiral will need to use extra cunning in the selection of vessels for their fleet, carefully selecting upgrades for the extremely powerful Over Gunned vessels, to offset the decreased manoeuvrability and penalty to hit. At the same time, enemy fleets will need to be extremely wary of exposing themselves to the initial broadside of a fully tooled-up Spanish 1st Rate.

Spanish Navy Fleet

Spanish Navy Fleet (1770 - 1830)

Miniatures supplied unassembled and unpainted

 

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Contents:

  • 3 plastic frigates
  • 6 plastic brigs
  • 3 plastic third rates
  • 1 resin first-rate
  • 1 bomb ships base
  • A selection of metal figureheads and backplates for famous Spanish Navy Ships:

San Juan Nepomuceno – a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line
Neptuno – an 80 gun third-rate ship of the line
Montañés – a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line
Ceres – a 40 gun frigate
Diana – a 34 gun frigate
Ninfa – a 36 gun frigate

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

 

 

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Spanish Battle Line

Lead a Spanish Fleet to victory with the gargantuan 1st-Rate, Santisima Trinidad. Also included in this great value bundle is the Black Seas Scenery set – not only lending your games an extra level of detail – many of these scenic pieces are integral to certain scenarios in the rulebook.

Black Seas Spanish Battle Line

Models supplied unassembled and unpainted

 

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Rulebook

Find the full rules for your fleets in the Black Seas rulebook, available as a highly convenient PDF download, for the Admiral on the go.

Black Seas Web PDF

 

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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.