Well having painted up a crew, got a copy of the rules and played a couple of games I'm rather taken with the Legends of the High Seas game. Of course every pirate crew needs a ship, Jim my club mate and some time opponent scratch built his scurvy crew a fantastic ship that can be seen here
Suitably inspired by Jim's excellent effort (as well as the thought of being tonked by a ships broadside in the next game) I thought I better get a ship sorted too. It's not based on any real ship and I aimed to make a wargames piece rather than a scale model.
I looked for pictures of pirate ships on the net printed them off and took them down to the wargames room. Then I built a basic structure out of foam core card and polystyrene blocks all stuck together with PVA and then clamped over night. A quick trip to Hobby Craft furnished with some balsa wood and some dowel which I then used to clad the basic structure. The windows and figurehead came from the bits box.
There's still quite a bit to do before the model is ready for painting but so far it's looking better than I thought it would. I've got a game planned with Jim on the 9th so that's my deadline to get it finished (I hope).