Rebel minis if you haven't heard of them, together with Khurasan Miniatures, made 15mm cool for non historical folks. It's as simple as that. They've done 15mm zombies, insurgents, Cthulhu cultists, you name it.
A few years ago they came out with some 15mm ninjas:
and I have been waiting patiently ever since for their latest release -- 15mm pirates.
They've got jaunty pirate command sorts too; sea witches; red-coat pirate hunters; undead pirates; and even a mermaid. Outside of the immediate awesomeness, one must consider the potential for low cost, 15mm, pirates vs ninja conflict.
We had tried to do a pirates versus ninja set before, but the costing in 28mm was prohibitive. With these, I think we can do set of 7 ninjas and 7 pirates, pre-painted and with shipping globally, for $35. Not cheap, but if I can throw in a simple rules booklet and maybe a couple of terrain pieces, it becomes a good offer.
So we ordered some ninjas and pirates, they're in the studio now. If I can get them ready and take some nice photos of them in time, Ninja vs Pirates the Wargame will make the next newsletter!