Monday, 8 October 2018

Cruel Seas

I've been watching with interest the online chatter about Cruel Seas...the forthcoming naval game from Warlord Games.

The game features skirmishes between S Boats and MTBs which is one of my favourite settings for naval games.

There is some useful info Here and Here.

The models look fantastic and are very tempting but I have big concerns about the amount of space needed for this size of action.  The starter set includes 6 MTBs and 4 S Boats...given the high speed manoeuvring that usually goes on in this kind of game it feels like a standard size table will become very crowded very quickly.  If larger boats such as trawlers or freighters are included (posts suggest the game may go up to Destroyer level) I can't help feeling the table will become a crowded marina.

I've played coastal games using David Manley's Action Stations (the best rules I've come across for Narrow Seas games) in 1:600 and 1:1200. For me 1:600 is probably ideal.

The game is due out in time for Xmas and priced around £50...I'm still tempted but not totally convinced.  I'm going to weaken and get it...aren't I???


  1. Hi Alastair,

    I have been looking at this very closely as I love the subject matter but have never really gamed it in either 1:1200 or 1:600. I know of Actions Stations by the esteemed Mr Manley but have never used them. The only games of this genre I have played was using a very micro game called MTB which was enormous fun back in the late 70s/early 80s.

    All the best,


    1. It's a great theatre for's pretty inevitable I'll give in and get Cruel Seas :)

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