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Personal logo Aurochs Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2009 2:53 a.m. PST

I am thinking about buying some opponents for my Foundry pirates.

So what miniatures would you recommend?

Thank you and happy new year to all of you.

Cacique Caribe03 Jan 2009 3:04 a.m. PST
Norman D Landings03 Jan 2009 8:44 a.m. PST


Settle that damn thing once and for all.

Rubber Suit Theatre03 Jan 2009 10:46 a.m. PST

There's always the Royal Navy. The plucky crew of the frigate HMS Indubitable (Insufferable, Inflammable, Inedible, Inconsequential, etc.) will follow those scurvy rogues to the ends of the earth in the name of the King's Justice (and the enormous prize money involved with a hold full of doubloons).

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2009 12:09 p.m. PST

The Spanish!

They control key islands and coastal settlements, all disease-ridden and operating solely to ship gold back to Spain. They hate pirates, but pirates love to visit them! You can have the Inquisition, foppish nobles, and Santissima Trinidad shows they were quite into baroque ships and weapons. Plus you have the crazy mustaches.

The English are a little practical to comprise the really wild opponents pirates need.


Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2009 1:02 p.m. PST

I painted up Foundry Marlburians with gray coats and Albatros Mauve facings, as indifferent Colonial infantry. Old Glory and Dixon also make nice Marlburian infantry.

The London War Room makes genuine Spanish militia.

Old Glory has some Governor's Guard, perfect Fop Cavalry.

Old Glory, and Black Cat Bases make British Marines, in possibly the Ugliest Uniform Ever: a bathrobe with a stocking cap.

Really, any army from 1680 to 1776 can be used, from Dixon's Grand Alliance to Marlburians to War of Austrian Succession (War of Jenkin's Ear), to Government Troops in the Jacobite War lijnes, to Seven Years War.

Heck, you can even do Peter Pan, and throw in Conquest Woodland Indians!

And, speaking of Indians, London War Room make Brazilian Tupi.

Rubber Suit Theatre03 Jan 2009 2:02 p.m. PST

I think the stodgy British provide an authoritarian contrast to the heroic freebooters, but hey, it's your game.

For wilder opponents, remember that not all pirates were in the Carribbean. Moghul Indians, Imperial Chinese, Assorted Samurai (ronin, anyway), Irate Turks, South Seas Cannibals, African Cannibals, and, wildest and worst of all, European Slavers all crossed murderous implements with nominally European buccaneers at some point. That's without going Hollywood. Tinseltown adds in Ape Men and Sea Monsters and various Guardians of Atlantis, plus the assorted creatures from Harryhausen's Sinbad movies (worth watching for inspiration and a young Jane Seymour in a dancing girl outfit). Plus, this is the The Miniatures Page, so they will inevitably end up facing zombies, Cthulhu, and Sean Connery in a red diaper.

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP03 Jan 2009 9:00 p.m. PST

My pirates have fought in Europe, America vs colonists, Indians, and Spanish, in Africa vs tribesmen and arabs and in China

abdul666lw04 Jan 2009 2:08 p.m. PST

Rubber Suit Theatre:"Sean Connery in a red diaper": picture : you beat me in this thread for the suggestion: TMP link :)

Pirates 'naturally' lead to wild / heroic (?) suggestions:
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What about, if you are not of the 'hard-boiled historical' inclination and like tricorns (at least 'PoC' fashion), an alternate time line with by WAS times a 'Republic of Pirates' somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico – Carribean area (an archipelago, with maybe a full island of Pirettes: link ), and a Spanish Gavernor that turned independant 'Rey' during the WSS, with -if you are not deterred by headswappings- 'traditionalist' Guards in WSS dress but still morions?
Then, pirates indeed roamed the 7 seas (historical reference: at the end of the immortal 'Cuthroat Island' the ship sails to Madagascar!!!), and what will they find in the -by then largely uncharted- Pacific Ocean link ?


Cacique Caribe05 Jan 2009 8:31 a.m. PST

This would be great, for when your other pirates venture too far to the East:

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Eli Arndt13 Jun 2009 8:24 p.m. PST

Along this same line, a friend of mine is doing up a Dutch trading vessel taken by Japanese thugs and sailing into our pirate games under the name "The Red Spot".


abdul666lw13 Jun 2009 10:31 p.m. PST

The Free (Pirate) Republic of Libertatia is in a nodal position to meet & challenge almost everybody; European powers with colonies (Danes included! link ), Yemenites, Zanzibaris… and could raid from South Africa to New Guinea and Australia at the very least.
A Free (Pirate) Republic in the Gulf of Mexico / Carribean would still offer a lot of possibilities – and face Spaniards in morions, if so wished.

Top Gun Ace14 Jun 2009 9:48 a.m. PST

New Providence (Nassau) was a pretty decent pirate den, back in the day.

Having two exits from the port area, was useful, when one needed to get away from the local authorities, e.g. Woodes Rogers, once he arrived, and decided to clean up the place.

Apparently, Blackbeard was in charge for at least awhile, and it was a hangout for lots of local pirates, e.g. Charles Vane, Jack Rackham, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, etc.

Lots of opponents in the region, e.g. Spanish, French, English, Dutch, Danes, Americans, etc.

Pyrate Captain14 Jun 2009 5:13 p.m. PST

Spanish gold. Why else fight?

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