Pirates From Other Places. 

I have been selling some items for a friend recently (good old eBay) as he has less time to game and has collected more ‘toys’ than anyone I know (well, maybe Coronasan can match him…)

In the on-going clear out of Veganman’s collection, I have been given these guys to sell.  However, I am hard pressed to sell things I might find a use for…

With a need for pirate crewmen, and two pirate ships to complete, adding painted pirates to the collection would allow me to focus on the ships without having to worry about where the next pirate crew is coming from.  I also think my 17 new pirates are likely to need reinforcing if Coronasan’s explanation of crew size in No Quarter is anything to go by.

Some may find their way to eBay, as these undead pirates are not present in large enough numbers to man a ship by themselves.

The remainder would reinforce my existing pirate collection and add enough men to my new Black Scorpion pirates to fully man a ship.  Many of these painted lads are the older metal Black Scorpion casts.

It would also add a number of musket men to the ranks so that those crows nests can be used to their fullest extent…

Do I need to convince myself any further?

Pirates From Salute. 

Salute this year was all about buying figures.  As we have been playing pirate games, and as my new pirate ships will definitely need crews at some point, I had to find some more pirates to paint up.  Who does the best pirate figures?  That’s got to be Black Scorpion Miniatures!

This is what two packs of pirates a pirate captain and two packs of able seamen look like.  Seventeen men might be about enough for one pirate ship.  My older pirates will likely be drafted in to crew the other vessel.

Black Jack Davey is the pirate captain I picked out for this band of scoundrels, and he is a great example of the added details that Black Scorpion give to the majority of their figures.  With at least 2 pistols, as well as a sword and dagger, this one handed gent may find juggling all that weaponry a bit challenging. That’s before I start to wonder how he manages to undo all those straps and buckles with a hook.

A number of the other pirates look the part as captains and have the same excellent level of details too.  All I need to do now is wait for a fine day to get some undercoating done.

Distracted By Treasure – A Pirate Tale

Before Xmas Coronasan and I were discussing genres that we have not used recently.  We have played a few games of Fantasy, Sci-fi, Weird World War and Modern conflicts as well as plenty of Steam Wars.  Its been a while since we played any Pirate or Western (Cowboy) games.

So to set that straight we planned for a few games based, at first, on that wonderful world of Pirates…  We own between us a number of rule sets including: ‘Legends Of The High Seas’ by Warhammer Historical, and the Osprey rule set ‘On The Seven Seas’.

We also each have a copy of Cutlass! by Black Scorpion.  This is a Skirmish game that works well with just a handful of miniatures so would be a good start point for us to get back into the pirate spirit with.

We both have enough pirates to play most of these games (which was one reason we decided to play). It was hoped that by playing with these figures we would not be distracted from our other projects.

As ever that didn’t happen.  I still managed to find a few unpainted fellows that would benefit from a little attention.  3 men and their cannon had languished, alone in a drawer, for the last few years so were snatched up and quickly painted up to get them ready for duty.

I am always amazed by the difference a coat of dark tone wash has to my figures.  Hiding my poor painting and my even poorer colour choices 🙂

Picking out details that I hadn’t even seen.

For some reason I had based my older pirates using an odd mix of colours and materials so did my best to replicate that look.

Like I said, I don’t know why they got based this way…  But I now don’t own any unpainted pirates. If only I could say that for some of the other genres…