Sunday, September 11, 2011

Broadsides & Boarding Parties

Some time ago the out of production MB game Broadsides & Boarding Parties was mentioned on Tom's forum as a good resource for cheap ships to abuse for wargaming. So I have been observing ebay auctions since then and now my own copy of the game has arrived.

The boxes main feature - for wargamers - is surely the two ship models. Although the ships (as well as the great looking figures) are something like 15mm they can be used for 28mm gaming just as well. The scale mismatch is most obvious on the gunports which are really small, but there is quite some space on deck for 25mm bases.

Here are a few photos with one of the ships next to the Old Glory Brigantine.


The ships do need some work on the planks (the models are meant to be used with a paper overlay for gaming purposes). That aside, they are really nice complete models for some fast near-out-of-the-box gaming. I'll take some more (hopefully better) pictures once I glued the models together and added planks.

I have no idea how the game itself is but the materials alone are definately worth it if you can snatch a good deal on ebay.

So here's another addition to the Tabletop Ship Reference.


  1. Excellent stuff, Cianty!

    I have been looking for Playmobil pirate ships on eBay, as they are quite big, but now I will also be keeping my eyes peeled for this Broadsides&Boarding Parties. I read somewhere that it comes with maps too!


  2. Glad you find it useful, Joao!

    Check out the BGG link in the post for lots of photos, including the contents of the box.

    I don't see much use for the board - other than playing the actual game.. :)

  3. Cool :).
    BTW: Your summary of places to get pirate ships is plain awsome :D. Just Finished downloading that Japanese papercraft Black Pearl ( and I`m really looking forward to gluing it together and using it as a prop for our Savae Worlds 50 Fathoms Camapign.
    And as for pirates, here is a link to some of mine minies:

  4. Thanks, Chase! Glad you find the reference useful.
    Also thanks for the link to your pirates! They look great!

  5. Scuppered... there appears to be a rather big hole in the bottom of your ship!!

    That said it does shape up rather nicely meaning it forms a fine basis to work from. :)


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