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8Jan/200

Cruel Seas US PT boat

In the January 2019 issue of Wargames Illustrated (WI 375) they gave out a free sprue of the US PT Boats (or Torpedoes) for Cruel Seas, and cover an Elco and a Higgins PT boat each. The sprues are the same from the US Navy PT boat flotilla (included there 3 times). I have covered the other two plastic sprues for the game, the German S-Boats and British Vospers already here.

Wargames Illustrated - Issue 375 January 2019 Cruel Seas - US Pt Boat Sprue Cruel Seas - US Navy PT Boat Flotilla

In the mid of World War 2, the US Navy only had 3 squadrons of MTB (motor torpedo boats) or PT boats (patrol torpedo) as they were named in the US. The US Navy had access to the Vospers due to a licensing arrangement with Great Britain, and roughly 146 units were build for Lend Lease and were exported to Allied Powers like Canada, Britain and the Soviet Union. Yet only 50 were used by the Roval Navy and none were used by the US Navy.

23Nov/190

Dino(‘s) Crisis Loot 2019

As promised, my personal loot from Crisis 2019.

Crisis 2019 - Tinsoldiers of Antwerp Crisis 2019 - Tinsoldiers of Antwerp

  • Crisis Special Event Mini 2019
  • Warlords of Erehwhon Skeletons
  • Oathmark Goblin Infantry
  • Garstufts with snow
  • Basing snow
  • Frostgrave: Perilous Dark
  • Frostgrave Elementalists II
  • Six halflings from the Bring and Buy
  • Reaper Bones Mule
  • Five barrels for terrain
  • Sheriff Jimjohn from Shootout in Dingstown

8Nov/192

Black Seas – 3rd Rates Squadron

In addition to the Frigates and Brigs from earlier this week, I want to cover the third plastic sprue as well - the 3rd rates. These are currently available as a squadron of 3 in a boxed set.

Black Seas - 3rd Rates Squadron Black Seas - 3rd Rates Squadron

The name third rate comes from the British rating of ships of the line. A third rate ship of the line would usually have 64 to 80 guns mounted, thus making it less gunned than a second rate ship (90 to 98 guns) and first rates with 100 guns and more (so far only available as resin models by Warlord Games.), both usually have an additional gun deck, sometimes even two in case of the first rates.

5Nov/190

Black Seas – Frigates and Brigs Flotilla

After expanding Bolt Action into the naval combat with Cruel Seas, Black Powder benefits from a similar treatment and is expanded into the Age of Sails with the new Black Seas ruleset. Warlord Games introduced three new plastic sprues with ships in 1/700th scale of which we're going to cover the Frigates and Brigs today.

Black Seas - Frigates and Brigs Flotilla Black Seas - Frigates and Brigs Flotilla

These sprues are part of the Master & Commander starter set as well, but are available as a Flotilla for 20 GBP and cover two Frigates and four Brigs.

9Oct/190

Cruel Seas Battle Reports

Last week I had beginning with sunday the chance to play a couple of matches of Cruel Seas.

Cruel Seas - Battle Report Game 1 Cruel Seas - Battle Report Game 1 Cruel Seas - Battle Report Game 1

2Oct/190

Cruel Seas M-Class Minesweeper

After the decision fell towards the Flower Class Corvette as the large ship of the Royal Navy fleet, I was looking for a fitting counterpart for the German Kriegsmarine. My choice went towards the German M-Class Minesweeper.

Crues Seas - M-Class Minesweeper

The Minesweeper was in competition with the Marinefährprahm (basically a landing ship) and the Vorpostenboot. The landing ship would be something to keep in mind, if I wanted to extend the Operation Sealion / Gigant towards Cruel Seas. The Vorpostenboot is an armed civil ship, similar to the armed trawler of the British and looked a bit to improvised to counter the proud British Corvette. So the decision was clear, it must be the Minesweeper, Minensuchboot M1940.

27Sep/190

Cruel Seas British Flower Class Corvette

In extension to the fleets of the Strike Fast! Strike Hard! starter kit I chose a large vessel for both sides. For the British that was the British Flower Class Corvette.

Crues Seas - Flower Class Corvette Crues Seas - Flower Class Corvette Crues Seas - Flower Class Corvette

Among the large British ships would have been a Landing Craft Gun or the armed trawler. The landing craft looked more like something for the pacific and the armed trawler was a bit too close to the merchant tanker, and this is a Corvette, a Corvette! So the choice was pretty clear.

24Sep/192

Cruel Seas Merchant Tanker

The Merchant Tanker is one of the firsts vessels that were available for Cruel Seas and has a cardboard stand in included with the Strike Fast! Strike Hard! starter kit.

Crues Seas - Merchant Tanker Crues Seas - Merchant Tanker Crues Seas - Merchant Tanker

As a "neutral" ship that could be found in service of every nation this kit bears the potential to be part of most scenarios, either as a mission objective to defend / attack or for example to claim its cargo. Merchant tankers had the objective to ferry supplies such as food, fuel, steel, clothing or munitions and weaponry.

21Sep/190

Multiple Vessels incoming, new White Dwarf

I have the reviews on some of the larger vessels for Cruel Seas in the box and ready for next week to be published, with the merchant tanker, the flower-class corvette and the m-class minesweeper waiting.

Crues Seas - Merchant Tanker Crues Seas - Flower Class Corvette Crues Seas - M-Class Minesweeper

10Sep/190

Look up to the Sky, look at the Horizon

I just did the Cruel Seas unboxing and review and Warlord Games introduced the next naval wargame, Black Seas. Similar to how Cruel Seas ties in with Bolt Action, Black Seas will tie in with Black Powder, focussing on the naval battles between 1770 to 1830.

Warlord Games - Black Seas Warlord Games - Black Seas Warlord Games - Black Seas