Black Seas is the Age Of Sail era fleet ship-of-the-line combat game set between 1770 and 1830.
The defender will have to protect this ship and get it to leave off the opposite edge of the board. The attackers have to stop it leaving the board by capturing the prize, compel it to strike the colours or prevent it from leaving the table.
|From Left to right- Le Paris, Le Normandie, Le Aquitaine, Le Vengeance, La Gloire de la mer and the L'espoir.|
|The French fleet start their journey to the new world at full sails.|
|As the Atlantic seas get rough, British ships are spotted closing in.|
Weather is an optional rule which is included within the Rulebook and most results have no effect on game play however this occasion the seas turned rough causing havoc on the smaller ships and limiting movement.
Activation order of each ship is determined by the direction of the wind "Activated in Weather Gage order". In this case the wind was blowing from behind the French hurrying them along.
The rough seas weather condition causes a single damage each turn to small ships. (In this case all of the Brigs)
With the British closing in the French force fanned out. Le Vengeance struck out first firing upon the HMS Spirit with its initial broadside but only doing a little damage.
Initial broadside - The first time a ship fires a broadside the cannons are ready and prepared and as long as you don't want to fire from any of the other firing positions you're given extra dice for the cannons for that attack.
The rough sea causes disruption among the French. La Gloire de la mer, Le Paris, Le Normandie and the Le Aquitaine have to drop down to light sails abruptly, causing minor damage to all of their ships damaging their sails.
The L'espoir managed to keep the wind and move at battle sails and keep a straight heading.
|HMS Spirit sets the Le Normandie ablaze.|
HMS Spirit keeps at battle sails to get a raking shot against the Le Normandie and setting a fire onboard the French vessel.
Most of the British fleet drops to light sails to converge on the unarmed L'espoir.
|Le Vengeance gets in to firing position and devastates the HMS Spirit.|
|Le Normandie and the HMS Spirit collide, sealing their fates.|
|HMS Albion and HMS Hammer, close in on the L'espoir whilst the Le Aquitaine tries to disrupt the formation.|
|HMS Albion opens fire against the Ambassadors ship the L'espoir damaging its rudder.|
|HMS Albion grapples with the L'espoir|
The captain of the large 3rd rate La Gloire de la mer was unable to attack the smaller ships around it due to the rules of engagement and the strict code of honour.
HMS Hammer fails to tack and move out of the way and collides with the grappled L'espoir. The damage caused to itself caused the HMS Hammer to raise the colours.
|HMS Hammer crashes in to the larger L'espoir.|
In a desperate gamble to stop the ambassadors ship from escaping the HMS Gauntlet sped on with battle sails, turned and blocked its path. The stoic Captain gave the strict order not to open fire and to hold their position.
The L'espoir broke away from the surrendered British brig but due to a damaged rudder the unarmed ship fails to evade and smashed directly into the HMS Gauntlet.
The ambassadors ship shook violently from the impact and the Captain gave the order to raise the colours and surrender to the British.
|The L'espoir raises the colours after suffering damage from the collision with the HMS Gauntlet.|
British Victory - Prize ship captured