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Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 1:22 p.m. PST

We played a fun skirmish game based on the pirate attack on the stockade from Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. We used the Fistful of Lead, one man equals one figure, rules, which included the rules we needed for reloading muzzle loader weapons and breaking down doors. As in the book, the stockade blockhouse was defended by four named characters, Jim Hawkins, Capt. Smollett, Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney as well as four servants and loyal seamen, eight total. The pirates, led by Long John Silver, numbered eighteen, a third of whom were armed with muskets, a third with pistols and a third with swords and melee weapons. The pirates took several casualties as they raced from the cover of the jungle to the palisades of the stockade. Once they gained the soft cover of the palisades, they were able to suppress some of the fire from the blockhouse. The pirates then launched an undisciplined attack on the blockhouse, these were pirates, after all. The fighting took place through the blockhouse apertures and, once the door was forced, inside the blockhouse itself. There were many individual hand to hand combats. Eventually, Capt, Smollett, Dr. Livesey and two loyal sailors succumbed to sword blows, but Jim Hawkins and the Squire and two servants held out until they killed nine pirates and wounded most of the rest, at which time the pirates called off the attack. Pirate figures included Barzso, Conte and Forces of Valor. The defenders were mainly AWI figures.














Personal logo PaulCollins Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 2:52 p.m. PST

Absolutely fantastic!

SpuriousMilius12 Jan 2020 3:52 p.m. PST


nnascati Supporting Member of TMP12 Jan 2020 7:27 p.m. PST

Great looking game Nick.

Sgt Slag13 Jan 2020 6:32 a.m. PST

What a hoot! Love it! Never occurred to me to play out that particular battle. Brilliant! The terrain, and the figures, are amazing! Wish I had the chance to participate… Thanks for sharing such a feast of both mental and eye candy. Cheers!

Personal logo Der Alte Fritz Sponsoring Member of TMP17 Feb 2020 8:33 a.m. PST

Lovely looking game. I only just discovered this board.

What rules did you use in the game?

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2020 2:36 p.m. PST

Der Alte Fritz, we used Fistful of Lead, my favorite one man, one figure rules. They were originally designed for western gunfights, but the author has revised them so that they cover every period in history from clubs to ray guns.

SgtGuinness26 Nov 2020 5:31 a.m. PST

More brilliant action Nick! Great idea, awesome table and figures. You really do have a great talent to bring things to life. I always enjoy your projects.

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP26 Nov 2020 7:40 a.m. PST

SgtGuinness, thanks again! The "big guys" really do have a presence and the camera seems to love them.

Personal logo Bobgnar Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2021 12:10 p.m. PST

really beautiful work. Great figures and fort. I have done this in 28mm but the big guys do look so much better.


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