The determining factor (however), came as a polite request from the store owner (who is noticeably NOT quite as game savvy as I am) to help demo "Cutlass" from Black Scoprion Minis--a pirate skirmisher game which I have been longing to delve into... so it did not take much of a nudge!
Here is the rulebook, written by Gav Thorpe and Adam Clarke...
The game-play is a miniaturized table-top skirmisher (48"x48") with two, or more pirate gangs, duking it out for loot, fame and fortune! Here is an 'example' of what one hopes for, terrain wise...
(click any pic to enlarge! :D)
But this is what we actually had to work with... improvised terrain! (If you squint really hard, they almost look similar!)
My Naval forces captained by Admiral Dylan Lloyd!
My opponant's privateer forces captained by Privateer Captain James McBride!
My opponant's ginormous Chessex dice, which I had to beg him NOT to use!
While I was not able to work through an entire "encounter" (as the rulebook refers to a 'one-off' game), I did get a feel for the game and the strategy that must be used to play it; in a nut shell, your commander gives you a number of 'player actions' that allow your gang members to move, fire, etc... but once you 'fail' then your opponent starts to use their 'action points' to do the same and play continues this way until your goals are accomplished for fame, and fortune!
The thing that is intriguing is that your roster is a 'living' roster, ie; you lose a gang member to death or disease and he/she comes off of your roster! You must watch your fame (or infamy) rating, and keep your treasure trove well stocked to avoid mutiny! I am intrigued by the game play, and am excited to get some more time in on it!
I also went here to get a bit more info on how the game plays, and found these good ol' blokes to be helpful!: http://www.beastsofwar.com/cutlass/play-cutlass/
Here are some more on the minis, and rules at:
(click the pic to go to the link)
At any rate (needless to say), painting was put on a bit of the back-burner today... and truthfully, it was a welcome break! Catch ya'll on Monday! :D