The latest ships for Black Seas are all 1st Rate. Literally. These massive and impressive ships for the French and English navies can now be purchased from Warlord Games. If you're looking for a flagship and center of your armadas, look no further.
1st Rate ships of the line, as defined by the British Rating System, were ships-of-the-line mounting no less than 100 guns. They were very large and expensive to operate and were thus fairly rare. They tended to be used as Admiral’s flagships, and not used in times of peace. This was to preserve longevity of service.
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!
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.