Than's Prussians (Austro-Hungarians!) have arrived and he has joined the local node of the blogosphere here: http://than-aleaiactaest.blogspot.com/
According to their map, we are in the Kingdom of Britannia in 1870, so technically I guess Pooch has the home-field advantage. However, Kruger and Than also intend to get Prussian Fleets and I will be leading the FSA South Pacific forces to expand our holdings here.
And my brand new fleet arrived for me today. Very cool. However, my forces are as yet more limited than my enemies.
I decided to just get the rulebook (though I think I need a deck of cards for it too?) and the FSA starter fleet, since the other two factions that I liked - Brittannia and Prussia - were already taken. Had I seen the awesome new Antarctic faction flyer, I probably would have got them instead. Still, I love the paddle-steamers and my 'master-plan' is to get the Russians as the OPFOR, when they finally come out.
Independence class Battleship: 170pts
Three Lexington class Cruisers: 180pts
Four Augusta Class Frigates: 100pts
Four Augusta Class Frigates: 100pts (so one spare)
Two A-17 Bombers: 110 pts
Ten 'free' (ie both sides get them for no added cost) Flyer tokens (the squares)
So there is 660 pts there. Alright for a starting game but I guess I will be 'forced' to buy more of these cool models for a standard 800-1000pt game.