Many years ago, in Autoduel Quarterly (a magazine dedicated to the Car Wars board game), there was an article titled “Lions, Vultures and Bunnies“. The article described several types of vehicles you could build in the game: the Lion (big guns, quick kills), the Vulture (faster, decent guns, killed weakened opponents), and Bunnies (speed, speed and more speed).

I was thinking recently that these persona could be applied to various Pirates of the Spanish Main ships. Plus, in PotSM, gold cargo is important, so I added an additional category for the Mules (slow, but able to carry lots of gold).

Lions and Vultures, Bunnies and Mules in PotSM: Part 1 – Pirate Lions
Lions and Vultures, Bunnies and Mules in PotSM: Part 2 – Pirate Vultures
Lions and Vultures, Bunnies and Mules in PotSM: Part 3 – Pirate Bunnies
Lions and Vultures, Bunnies and Mules in PotSM: Part 4 – Pirate Mules
Lions and Vultures, Bunnies and Mules in PotSM: Part 5 – British Lions

So, here is the fifth installment of a recurring series of articles: Lions and Vultures, Bunnies and Mules in PotSM: Part 6 – British Vultures.

HMS OxfordBritish ships like the HMS Oxford (4 short #2 cannons, move of S+L) and the HMS NautilusHMS Nautilus (2 short #2 and 1 long #2 cannons, move of S+L) are some of the best Vultures. Put a Helmsman on them, and they have very good speed, plus they have accurate cannons for sinking damaged ships. Ships like the HMS Algiers (2 long #2 cannons, S+S move) would work in a pinch, especially since the HMS Algiers has the “Once per turn, roll a d6. On a 5 or 6, this ship may be given an extra action” ability.

HMS BolingbrokeOther good Vultures include the HMS Bolingbroke (2 short #2 and 1 long #2 cannons, S+S movement), or the HMS Auckland (2 short #2s and 1 short #3 cannons, S+L movement).

How to handle them: Vultures tend to have fewer masts than Lions, so outgunning them is always an option. The rarely used Chainshot Specialist will stop them in their tracks for a turn, giving you another chance to sink them. Or, you could use the old favorites of Becalmed or Mermaids.

Next Time: British Bunnies!