Cruel Seas


Conwy Wargames Club Cruel Seas games

Mel and Dave co-hosted a Cruel Seas game taking it in turns to ref while Tony played in both games. They managed 2 games over 4 hours and really enjoyed it. I was surprised how long the errata was that had been issued by Warlords Games, definitely a sign of game rushed out for Christmas. The chaps were also puzzled by the torpedo rules because eligible target were based on size and their interpretation meant everything they were playing with was too small. One to look up post game I think.Game 1  Game 2 

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Of Blood Red Skies and Cruel Seas

Warlord Games is expanding and expanding their range over the last decade. Some into fiction settings, like Gates of Antares, Dr. Who or with the latest Warlords of Erehwon into fantasy. But the main strength of Warlord is with historical games and they stepped out of their vast 28mm range with two new rule sets […]

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Cruel Seas: Heroics and Ros Fairmile D's

With plans to give Cruel Seas another spin on Wednesday I spent this morning sticking my two Heroics and Ros Fairmile D's together (and my fingers!).Whilst they are not quite as detailed as the Warlord model they are a fraction of the price and look like they'll provide some useful firepower to support the smaller Vospers (Warlord Vosper model for comparison).In the rulebook it states that they chose 1/300th so the boats could have visible crews and then the plastic models come without them. Whilst Warlord have now released separate crew figures I picked up a few Heroics British infantry command and artillery figure strips to crew my boats. The Fairmile's above are crewed (honest) and hopefully the sailors will provide a splash of colour and life to the boats when I get around to painting them...

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1/300 Freighter and Explosion Markers

We've been enjoying 'Cruel Seas' and so I thought I'd finally finish the freighter that came with the initial expanded release. So, I give you a poor stricken freighter, with a violent explosion amidships, soon to be added to the tonnage tally of a luck U-Boat captain.For the water spume effect I used the same 3D fractal model explosion that I used a few years ago for my exploding Star Wars ships. I sectioned the fractal model into several pieces, switched them around, affixed the four 'boom bits' to pennies (to add a bit of weight) and was off to the races.The airbrush made fairly short work of them, with only a few layers of green and white added with the brush. Blamo-Presto: Water Explosions!The freighter is fairly stock work, but I did drill out the stern deck to provide a magnetised mounting for a deck gun to be swapped in if a scenario required it. Sadly, the painting is a bit uninspired (I blame the rush to finally get it finished) and it frankly shows. Nonetheless, it's done a

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Cruel Seas

Report from the Tuesday night game at Furness Wargamers. A game of Cruel Seas from Warlord Games, with Matt providing the Flotillas and acting as GM. The game is new to all the players, who are trying to get their sea legs in this first ever play.A German Tanker is moored near the coast overnight, protected by a Flakship. But they were not to get much sleep as the Royal Navy attacks with 4 Vosper MTBs (commanded by Keiron) along with a couple of Fairmiles (Ben) for support.The Vospers, with the Fairmiles following up behind, try to close in on the targets at speed but are spotted by the Flakship just as they get within range of their guns. The Flakship opens up with its impressive array of 88 and 37mm guns. Both big ships raise anchor and start to move off.Despite launching a number of torpedoes the MTBs fail to hit much as both the tanker and Flakship seem remarkable manoeuvrable despite only having a 30-degree turn and travelling at low speed. This manoeuvra

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Starting the Cruel Seas project

Whaaat?  Another Period?  Another Fixation??  I admit it.  Behold part of my Christmas present for 2018.  The big differences between this and other fixations I have written about on this blog are 1) I didn’t drift into this.  As soon as Warlord Games announced Cruel Seas in late Summer 2018, I made an informed decision that “Yeah, I’m going to get into that”.. and the more I learned about it, the more I wanted in.  2) I’m not replacing anything.  Mad Maximillian 1934 is moving forward, and I’m going to be running a game at ScrumCon next month.  and finally 3) This isn’t unprecedented.  I love naval games, although very rarely any set in WW2 or later.  There’s a reason for this.  We’ll get into that. Cruel Seas is set in WW2, both theaters.  It is a small, skirmish level (!) game that loosely simulates the fast, chaotic naval combat of WW2 using small coastal forces.  I knew that this focus on small force size, fast combat would make for rapid, fun inten

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Cruel Seas: Trial Run

Matt, Steve and myself embarked on a trial run of Warlord's Cruel Seas last night at BIG under the tutelage of Dave who was the only one of us who had read the rules!Matt was the only one with painted minis (which were featured in the Warlord email newsletter yesterday as well) and they looked very nice in the flesh, I must nick his painting recipe!One of Matt's nicely painted E-boats moving at full speed!Steve and myself each took control of a Vosper I and Vosper II (I've decided to stick with the Warlord terminology for the time being) whilst Dave and Matt each had an S-1000 E-boat.I expected the E-boats to make mincemeat of the Vospers but the game didn't turn out that way and despite Dave sinking my Vosper I after accidentally ramming it, the Royal Navy managed to sink three S-1000's (Dave being allowed a reinforcement boat after his first was sunk soon after ramming my Vosper I).The situation after one of the E-boats has been sunk by concentrated Vosper fire!Now Dave and Matt did exhibit some atrocious d

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Cruel Seas Casts Off...

2019 hasn't had the best of starts in the world of Bleases (except for a cracking gig by Saul's band Blacklist last Friday), I've been struggling with a dose of man flu since New Year's day that manifested into manthrax over the weekend, but I am determined to get off my death bed (well armchair) and kick off 2019's gaming tomorrow evening.With George having been roped into a Saga foursome at BIG this week I decided to test the water with Cruel Seas and Harley and Matt have expressed an interest too (Matt then painting up half a dozen E-Boats in a couple of days just to show me up!).Today I dug the Vosper sprues out the box and decided to glue them together. I'm sure more nautical expert gamers than me are a bit baffled by what Warlord have provided on the sprue and their decision to give the boats different titles than they had historically but after some research comprising mainly of looking at a copy of Squadron Signal Vosper MTBs in Action book but also having a quick look at Captain Robert J. Bulkle

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The last post of the year.

Welcome to the last post of 2018.It's now traditional in the blogosphere to throw up a review of the past 12 months efforts but more of that in a later post, the last 3 months seemed to have slowed to snails pace on the gaming and painting front, a new job closer to home which actually turned into less free time rather than more, coupled with a few DIY projects which curtailed much of that painting and gaming time, so hopefully 2019 brings a bit more free time to get some hobby time in.I did manage to sneak in a couple of games over the Christmas break which all seemed to have an undead feel to them.First up a zombie horde chased off a band of Elizabethan Spanish looking to fill carry out a short run to fill a bucket of water.  It all started so well bring the oxen out and keep quiet, the last thing you want to do was awaken the dead from their plague pits.You definately don't want to fire a musket in the middle of the table and awaken everyone within 100 yards of you and your water party. Looks like th

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German E-Boats for 'Cruel Seas'

Weirdly, as a prairie boy, I've always had a great fascination for naval warfare, being an enthusiast of the large ship games like 'Wooden Ships and Iron Men', 'Fleet Action Imminent' and 'General Quarters III'. So, when I saw the promo ads for Warlord Games' new 'Cruel Seas' I knew I had to jump in with both feet. The WWII coastal war setting really hasn't been done in a comprehensive way, meaning with purpose built rules and a full range of miniatures, so I think Warlord may be onto something really exciting here. As soon as I unpacked my copy of the 'Cruel Seas' I quickly assembled the core set miniatures and tried out the introductory scenarios with The Friday Night Raconteurs. Thankfully the hype for the game is not misplaced. The rules play very well and give a fast, furious, action-filled game without being too ponderous or 'crunchy'.This past Friday, I hosted another 'Cruel Seas' game for the boys and really wanted to get some of the miniatures properly painted for the tableto

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Warlord Games - Friday Newsletter

Warlord Games end of week release round-up...-------------------------Ending Monday!Last Few Remaining!Last weekend for FREE standard shipping (with orders over £20/$25) and the Wargames Illustrated 5 for £5/$8 offer (Watch Out for the December issue as it comes with either 2 plastic Vosper MTBs or E-boats)!The Battle of France is here - it is now available to order! Alongside that, the French army has mobilised, their new units will hit the battlefield soon! Secure the front line with the new Maison Forte set from Sarissa Precision!Plus, expand your book collection with 5 new authoritative Osprey books for your WW2 battles in France. Then prepare for Cruel Seas with a further 6 Osprey books dedicated to MTB action, up for pre-order...Bolt Action - Battle of France Campaign Book:Standing tall as one of the strongest nations at the time, the French empire finds itself defending its own soil against the German Blitzkrieg. Join the fight with our new Bolt Action Campaign – Battle of France!The enemy is at our do

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Warlord Games - Wednesday Newsletter

Warlord Games mid-week release and feature round-up...---------------------Ends Monday 5th NovemberWhat a week we've had! Cruel Seas pre-orders are really stacking up in preparation for launch this December!We've got an introductory article for Cruel Seas, beginning a series highlighting the background and rules, along with the various fleets.In other news, the Battle of France rumbles ever closer, and we're taking an in-depth look at the campaign rules in the new book, along with the monstrous Char B1 Bis.Plus, we look at the unseen role that airpower played in the skies above the Battle of France.Winter arrives a little early with a look at Napoleon's campaign in Russia. Thanks for reading, Tom M!Cruel Seas: An introduction to Small Ship ActionBeginning a series on our brand new release, we take a look at Cruel Seas with a brief historical primer on small scale naval warfare in WW2!Torpedoes off the Starboard Bow! »Starter Set:Strike Fast, Strike Hard! »Gold Collection:Last Few! »Black Powder 2 Go

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