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. 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
By the late 1700s, Great Britain had established itself as the most prominent and powerful navy of the time. This was mostly due to the discipline and commitment of its sailors, and the quality of the training for its leadership positions. The only way to rise through the ranks of the Royal Navy was to prove your mettle in action and bypassing gruelling exams. This was coupled with a very well managed gunnery programme that trained the men to shoot rapidly and accurately. Why sail the Royal Navy? The Royal Navy's national special rules demonstrate the power of a Royal Navy fleet. Indeed, they'll have a great bearing on how you select the components of your fleet. The quality of the Royal Navy's training is represented by their 'Drilled' special rule, which confers a bonus to shooting, and the 'Admiralty' rule confers an extra level of reliability to each of your ships. As such you may find yourself fielding a smaller number of ships than other fleets, though you'll be able to deck these ships out with upgrades. Each will have a staying power and reliability both in sailing power and in unleashing their weaponry. The Royal Navy is poised to dominate the Black Seas. 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 Royal Navy Ships: HMS Ajax - a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line HMS Colossus - a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line HMS Mars - a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line HMS Indefatigable - a 44 gun frigate from 1795 (she was originally a 64 gun third rate) HMS Euralys - a 36 gun frigate HMS Naiad - a fifth-rate frigate Royal Navy Flags, Sails & rigging sheets + Bobbin for Rigging Game cards and wake markers
1st Rate ships of the line were extremely large and powerful and were a true display of a Navy's power. They were, however, expensive to operate, so their service use was limited in times of peace. In the carronade era, a 1st Rate ship-of-the-line was defined as mounting no less than 100 guns.
A French Navy 1st Rate can, when using the national special rules, be an extremely resilient foe to dislodge from battle. French ships have access to the 'sturdy' upgrade for a discount, and thus have a significant number of ship point to chew through. Of course, 1st rates are generally very powerful, but point for point, a French 1st rate should be sticking around longer to wreak havoc among your enemy's formations.
The highly detailed kit comes with optional figureheads (see picture) enabling your 1st Rate to truly stand out. It also comes with a ship card, flag sheet, bobbin for rigging, ratline sheet and wake markers.
Contains 1 resin & Metal ship
This box set outfits you with three French Navy Third-Rate-Ships-of-the-line. Building upon the superb third rate plastic sprues, the box contains additional metal components to make the following famous vessels, all of which were present at the Battle of Trafalgar!
Indomptable- A Tonnant-class 80-gun ship of the line, Indomptable was laid down in 1788 and saw active service from 1791. In her first engagement at The Glorious First of June she lost her mast and had to be towed back to Brest.
Under the command of Admirable Villeneuve she went to sea as part of a large fleet bound for the West Indies, but returned for Europe upon news that Nelson had arrived there. In the Battle of Cape Finisterre, a violent artillery exchange was halted by thick fog, an exhausted French fleet thus anchored in Ferrol before sailing on to Cadiz. Admiral Villeneuve, with his command under threat, vowed to meet the British at the Cape of Trafalgar.
At Trafalgar, Indomptable was part of the Spanish line, engaging Vice Admiral Collingwood's flagship HMS Royal Sovereign, as well as HMS Belleisle, HMS Revenge, HMS Dreadnought and HMS Thunderer. Drifting downwind, and out of range, she turned back towards Cadiz but got caught in a rescue operation for Bucentaure which had struck a reef. The following night, Indomptable was caught in a storm and carried onto rocks offshore from Cadiz. Only 150 (of between 100 and 1400 men) are estimated to have survived the wreck.
Formidable- an 80-gun Tonnant-class ship of the line of the French Navy, she was briefly named Figuieres, but this was restored to Formidable prior to her launch at Toulon on 31 May 1795. She participated in the Battle of Algeciras, the Battle of Cape Finisterre and the Battle of Trafalgar - in which she served as the flagship of Rear-Admiral Pierre Dumanoir le Pelley in the six-ship vanguard of the French fleet.
She was captured by the British at the Battle of Cape Ortegal on 4 November 1805. Renamed HMS Brave whilst in service of the Royal Navy, she was eventually sold to be broken up in 1816.
Argonaute- a 74-gun ship of the line of the French Navy. Under Vice-amiral Villaret de Joyeuse, she took part in the expedition to Saint-Domingue in 1802. She took part in the Battle of Trafalgar but managed to return to Cadiz. She could not leave port due to heavy damage and the British blockade, she was eventually exchanged for the Spanish ship Vencedor in December 1806. At this point, she was renamed Argonauta, but was never recommissioned.
Box contains 3 plastic vessels, with metal components
Models supplied unassembled and unpainted
The French Navy has a history of highs and lows, both in terms of successes in battle and in the number and quality of its ships. In the mid-1700s, after the defeats of the Seven Years’ War, the French Navy was at a nadir. However, due to the efforts of Louis XV and later Louis XVI, France rebuilt and reinforced its fleets with well-designed and well-built ships.
Why sail the French Navy?
Though French gunnery and training had formally equalled that of its Spanish and British counterparts prior to the French revolution, those events severely weakened the French Navy. High ranking officers had been removed or even guillotined, and inexperienced crewmen through necessity had been promoted.
French ships, however, were generally well built, and quick. This is reflected in the national special rules for the French Navy. They are able to purchase both the 'sturdy' and 'streamlined' upgrades for a discounted cost. French crews were also trained to shoot high, in order to capture enemy ships rather than destroy them. As such, they do not suffer the same penalties to hit when aiming high as the other navies do.
3 plastic frigates
6 plastic brigs
3 plastic third rates
1 resin & metal first-rate
1 bomb ships base
A selection of Metal figureheads and backplates to make famous French Navy Ships:
Redoubtable - a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line
Themis - a 40 gun frigate
L'Aigle - a 74 gun third-rate ship of the line
L'Hermione - a 32 gun frigate
Comete - a frigate
Bucentaure - an 80 gun third-rate ship of the line
French Navy Flags, Sails & rigging sheets + Bobbin for Rigging
Game cards and wake markers
Frigates were perhaps the hardest-worked of warship types during the Age of Sail. A small warship with a perfect balance of speed, armament and resilience that made it one of the perfect vessels for single-ship action and privateering against merchant ships. It usually had one main gun deck as well as the guns positioned on the top decks. These were categorised as either 5th or 6th rate within the British Rating System, dependent on the number of guns they mounted.
The 5th rates were the archetypal frigates of the period. Used for single-ship actions and privateering, they could make their crews very rich as a result of the share of the prize money for any captured ship. A frigate was a desirable posting for a Royal Navy officer as they often saw action, so glory and promotion were more likely in addition to monetary benefits.
Frigates scouted for the fleet, went on commerce-raiding missions and patrols, and conveyed messages and dignitaries. Usually, frigates would fight in small numbers or singly against other frigates. They would avoid contact with ships-of-the-line; Indeed, even in the midst of a fleet engagement, it was bad etiquette for a ship of the line to fire on an enemy frigate which had not fired first... Wargamers take note!
A two-masted square-rigged vessel, with between 10 and 18 cannons, frequently used in combat actions by various navies. Ships with less than 20 cannons were considered Unrated. These were not really meant to participate in large battles – that was the domain of the ships of the line. However, they were the vessels of choice for privateers and still played a valuable role during larger battles, relaying orders and messages in a similar fashion to the 6th rates.
The Frigates & Brigs Flotilla 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, detailed sails and pennants for every nation, as well as all the gaming materials for using the vessels in your games of Black Seas.
This box set contains:
2 plastic frigates & 4 plastic brigs
Bobbin for rigging
Sheets of flags & pennants
In Black Seas, Gunboat squadrons are tiny vessels. This means that they are extremely difficult to hit, but are vulnerable to collisions from larger vessels, particularly if that vessel was travelling at speed. They mount only a single light cannon and are too small to allow for upgrades - their relative evasiveness, however, means that they will be difficult to deal with in battle. Contains 3 resin & metal ships
HMS Royal Sovereign is an exceptionally powerful 1st Rate in the game. Beware the brunt of her broadside, particularly if you choose to include Admiral Collingwood as a character in your fleet. His presence will allow his ship and friendly vessels near, to re-roll its initial broadside. This gives you a distinct advantage for this crucial portion of any battle. Contains 1 resin and metal ship
H.M.S Victory is a potent force on the tabletop. Aside from a formidable array of weaponry and fantastic resilience, her inspiring presence confers a bonus to all nearby friendly ships when they are required to take a skill test. If Nelson is present, this bonus is augmented yet further! HMS Victory This box set contains: Components for 1 resin HMS Victory ship hull Metal components for masts Printed sails HMS Victory ship card Wake markers Bobbin for rigging Acetate Ratlines A sheet of flags & pennants
Orient is an extremely powerful 1st Rate Flagship on the tabletop. Woe betides the enemy that suffers the full brunt of her broadside. Remember that you can only take a limited number of 1st rate ships in a Black Seas fleet, therefore Orient provides an impressive and powerful centrepiece for your French fleet. She also receives a very characterful set of special rules in the game, gaining a combat bonus when facing British ships, and if should she ever catch fire, she will immediately explode as per her famous historical demise. L'Orient This box set contains: Components for 1 resin Orient ship hull Metal components for masts Printed sails L'Orient ship card Wake markers Bobbin for rigging Acetate Ratlines A sheet of flags & pennants
Black Seas allows you not only to recreate naval battle on the high seas but also conduct actions off the coast, including landing expeditions. To this end, as well as fleets, players are also able to purchase land fortifications. In fact, this is a crucial component of scenario 10, Capture the Fort (page 47), which sees two fleets compete to take a strategically important Martello Tower.
A Martello Tower is a large target and is armed similarly to a small third rate in the game. It benefits greatly from a 360° arc of fire and like all land fortifications, gets bonuses in both range and accuracy. Games featuring Martello Towers can make for some highly thematic and narratively rich games.
Alongside a softback copy of the Black Seas core rules, you'll get nine beautifully detailed plastic miniatures; three frigates and six brigs. You'll also get sails, rigging and flag sheets for all your ships and all the ship cards, wake markers and tokens that you'll need to play. We've also included an A0 battle mat, dice and rulers!
Merchant vessels were not designed for combat. They were slow lumbering vessels designed to have a large capacity for transporting goods but at the sacrifice of manoeuvrability. In Black Seas there are many scenarios that necessitate the use of merchant vessels. Scenario 4 - Blood & Plunder! (Page 41 Black Seas rulebook), see two opposing privateer fleets attempt to claim the contents of merchant vessels for their own, whereas Scenario 9 - Landing Expedition (Page 46 Black Seas rulebook) sees merchant vessels loaded with troops attempting to cross hostile waters and disgorge their loads onto a contested island. For an alternative use of the merchant vessels, consider the Smugglers Run free downloadable campaign. The kit contains one large and one small merchant vessel, each customisable with optional figureheads. Contains 2 resin and metal vessels.
A Royal Navy 1st rate is a particularly dangerous foe in Black Seas, especially true when using the National Special Rules. In the game, 1st rates have the best access to customisation and upgrade options. Combine certain upgrades (we're fans of Master Gunner) with the British 'Drilled' special rule and your 1st rate will truly be an unstoppable force - but don't go into battle unsupported! The highly detailed kit comes with optional figureheads (see picture) enabling your 1st Rate to truly stand out. It also comes with a ship card, flag sheet, bobbin for rigging, ratline sheet and wake markers. Contains 1 resin & Metal ship
This box set outfits you with three Royal Navy Third-Rate-Ships-of-the-line. Building upon the superb third rate plastic sprues, the box contains additional metal components to make the following famous vessels, all of which were present at the Battle of Trafalgar!
HMS Bellerophon - This 74 gun third rate has a long and storied history, serving during the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. Whilst most of this time was spent on blockades or convoy escort duties, she distinguished herself in three fleet actions: The Glorious First of June, the Battle of the Nile, and the Battle of Trafalgar. At Trafalgar, she fought an embittered battle against both Spanish and French ships and suffered heavy losses including the death of her Captain, John Cooke.
After Trafalgar, she resumed blockade duties around France, as well as performing more escort duties in North America between 1813 and 1814. Assigned to blockade Rochefort in 1815, HMS Bellepheron was the vessel on which Napoleon came aboard to officially surrender to the British following his defeat at Waterloo (finding his escape to America blocked).
HMS Revenge - Launched on 13 April 1805, HMS Revenge was a 74-gun third rate. She was one of a larger class of 74s with 24-pounder guns on the upper deck rather than the more common 18-pounders.
Newly commissioned, and under the command of Captain Robert Moorsom, she served at the Battle of Trafalgar in Admiral Collingwood's column. She would continue to serve until 1842.
HMS Tonnant - An 80-gun third-rate of the Royal Navy, she was originally the lead ship of the French Tonnant class captured by the British at the Siege of Toulon (August 1793), recaptured by the French at the break of the Siege (December 1793) and subsequently recaptured by Horatio Nelson's fleet at Aboukir Bay during the Battle of the Nile (1 August 1978). She would go on to fight at the Battle of Trafalgar against the French.
Tonnant was the flagship of Vice-Admiral Sir Alexander Cochrane over the majority of the Chesapeake Bay campaigns as part of the War of 1812. Of particular note, Francis Scott Key dined aboard the Tonnant as part of a prisoner release negotiation. As a result of their inferred knowledge of the forthcoming attack on Baltimore at Fort McHenry. As a result, he and his fellows were not allowed to return until after the attack. It was in witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry that Key wrote the poem 'Defence of Fort M'Henry' later to become "The Star Spangled Banner".
Box contains 3 plastic vessels, with metal components.
The Black Seas Rulebook is gloriously detailed and you can see Gabrio's passion for the period throughout the 96 pages. It includes everything to play rules-wise, also delving into the likes of painting & rigging your vessels, campaign play, linking to games of Black Powder and national special rules options!
The vast bulk of the Santisima Trinidad is alluded to with its special rules in Black Seas - she is only ever able to make a single change of direction during her activation. She also requires a successful skill test to be able to travel at full sails. The trade-off for this deficiency is an arsenal that dwarfs any other ship in the game. Any vessel unfortunate enough to be caught in the broadside is sure to be shredded. You'll want to capitalize on this as best you can, unleashing your initial broadside (which conveys additional bonuses) at the optimal moment. Models supplied unassembled and unpainted
You'll find within the box plenty to add variety to your games of Black Seas. Rocks of various shapes and sizes can provide tricky obstacles to negotiate with your vessels. They are also capable of blocking line of sight - a wily Captain, should his sailing be savvy enough, can use them to stalk an enemy in relative safety before pouncing upon his prey. But be careful not to collide. They are particular use in Scenario 11 (Page 48 of the Black Seas Rulebook). Sinking vessels can lend a game an extra layer of authenticity. Use them to replace your own ships as they fall in battle. Wrecks are treated the same as rocks, as such a sinking vessel can provide a sudden and unexpected obstacle for either side to negotiate. Alternatively, they could be used as the objective for a scenario - to rescue a crew or a valuable cargo. Fortifications are a significant part of a number of scenarios in the book, such as scenario 7 - Coastal Raid (Page 44 of the Black Seas Rulebook). Martello towers were a common sight along the British coastline and employed a 360-degree arc of fire - a formidable coastal defence. Also included are gun emplacements and a lighthouse. Miniatures are a mixture of metal & resin
Black Seas: Schooners Squadron 6 Metal Schooners for Black Seas. 1/700 scale.
These resin sea bases are sculpted to suit each size of ship in Black Seas. Make your fleet truly stand out on the waves!
6 x Brigs resin sea bases
3 x frigates resin seas bases
3 x third rate ship of the line sea bases
1 x generic first rate ship of the line resin sea base
1 x British first rate ship of the line resin sea base
1 x French first rate ship of the line resin sea base
1 x Spanish first rate ship of the line resin sea base
This is a Warlord Direct Order product and is sold at RRP
First-rate ships of the line are the ultimate vessel in Black Seas. These ships pack a tremendous punch and can take quite the pummelling. Any enemy unfortunate enough to be caught in the broadside of a 1st Rate is not likely to be around long enough to take the tale. 1st Rates also have access to the greatest quantity and wealth of customisation and upgrade options in the game.
Spanish 1st Rates are especially characterful when utilising the national special rules in the game. Many Spanish vessels were extremely heavily armed, and thus can take the ’Over Gunned’ upgrade for no additional cost. This bonus does not come without penalty however, as such bulky ships were difficult to sail. They must therefore pass a skill test when attempting to sail at a quicker rate of knots. Veteran crews are also not allowed to be taken on such ‘Over Gunned’ 1st Rates ships.
This box set outfits you with three Spanish Navy Third-Rate-Ships-of-the-line. Building upon the superb third rate plastic sprues, the box contains additional metal components to make the following famous vessels, all of which were present at the Battle of Trafalgar!
Monarca - a 74-gun third rate ship of the line belonging to the Montañés-class. Her main guns were arranged over two complete decks, with 28 24-pounder cannons on her lower deck and 30 18-pounders on the upper, in addition to 12 8-pounders and 4 8-pounders on her quarterdeck and forecastle respectively.
Under the command of Captain Teodoro Argumosa, she took part in the Battle of Trafalgar, in which she suffered heavy damage at the hands of HMS Bellerophon. 55 Royal Marines boarded and captured her, but one night later the survivors overpowered their captors and set them adrift in the storm. 3 days after the battle, the survivors had decided to attempt repairs to return to Cadiz but were pursued by HMS Leviathan (which had picked up the adrift marines). She ran aground on 28 October near Huelva and was destroyed by HMS Naiad to prevent her restoration.
Argonauta - an 80-gun third rate ship of the line, she was the last of the Montañés-class of ships (of which there were four). On 25 August 1800, she fought off the British Ferrol expedition as part of Joaquin Moreno's squadron.
Subsequently, she fought at the Battle of Cape Finisterre, and as part of Federico Gravina's second squadron at Trafalgar. Captured at the latter battle, she was taken in tow by HMS Poyphemus, but was abandoned due to the storm which followed the battle On 24 October HMS Defiance rescued survivors and attempted to re-establish a tow unsuccessfully. The Argonauta sank 6 days later, its survivors landing at Algeciras the next day.
San Justo - a 74-gun ship of the line, San Justo was launched 11 November 1779. She participated in such actions as the Battle of Cape St Vincent, and the Siege of Gibraltar. She later participated in the battle of Trafalgar, managing to escape destruction. She was eventually broken up at Cartagena in 1828.
Box contains 3 plastic vessels, with metal components
Spanish Navy Fleet 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
US Navy Fleet Contents: 2 over gunned resin frigates - the USS President & the USS United States 3 plastic frigates 6 plastic brigs 1 bomb ships base A selection of metal figureheads and backplates for famous US Navy Ships: USS Chesapeake - a 38 gun frigate USS Congress - a 38 gun frigate USS Constellation - a 38 gun frigate US Navy Flags, Sails & ratline sheets + Bobbin for Rigging Game cards and wake markers
USS Constitution should be in the thickest fighting on the table, leading the charge into the enemy battle line, using her exceptional survivability to weather the storm of shot and shell while blasting away with her own guns. While she might not be able to tangle with larger First Rates like Victory, she can hold her own in frigate actions, tying up the enemy fleet while the remainder of your ships go after other objectives or gain a more advantageous position. This box set contains: Components for 1 resin USS Constitution ship hull Metal components for masts Printed sails USS Constitution ship card Wake markers Bobbin for rigging Acetate Ratlines A sheet of flags & pennants
The USS Essex was a 36-gun frigate that participated in the Quasi-War with France, the First Barbary War, and the War of 1812. She was very successful in disrupting British whaling in the Pacific, before being captured in 1814, and re-purposed as the HMS Essex under the Royal Navy.
Launched on 30 September 1799, she was armed with short ranged carronades that could not hope to match the range of 18 or 24 pounder naval guns. The US Navy accepted her nevertheless and under the captaincy of Edward Preble, holding the distinction of being the first US Naval ship to cross the Equator in early 1800.
The first Barbary War saw duties shift to the Mediterranean, with blockading and convoy escort duties at Gibraltar as well as participating in the Battle of Deme (27 April 1805).
After the declaration of the War of 1812, USS Essex achieved major success in disrupting British whaling activities in the Pacific under the command of Captain David Porter. From February 1813, over the course of a year, Porter successfully captured 12 British Whalers, and 360 prisoners, whilst sailing around Cape Horn and cruising the Pacific.
However, On 28 March 1814 at the battle of Valparaiso, Porter was forced to surrender to the frigate HMS Phoebe and the sloop-of-war HMS Cherub when Essex became too disabled to offer any resistance. Of the 12 ships Porter had captured, only one returned to the United States; seven returned to British control, three were sunk, and the Chilean.
As HMS Essex, she was reclassed as a 42-gun ship, serving as a troopship in 1819, and hulked in 1823 to serve as a prison ship in Cork initially, and Kingstown from 1824 until 1834.
When used as part of a US Navy fleet in Black Seas, the special rules pay tribute to its successful run in capturing whaling vessels. When making boarding actions with the USS Essex, the benefits from a +2 modifier.
Contains 1 Resin & Metal Vessel