Let's Unbox Cruel Seas
I always enjoy when brand new games arrive at my desk, for me to look through, and luckily (for me) I had Warlord Games’ newest release Cruel Seas arrive.
For those who have not come across Cruel Seas, a 1:300 scale naval game is set during WW2, the focus of the game is around the smaller sea battles across the European theatres of war.
The Contents of the Box
As expected with any game the box is stuffed full of rules, tokens, books and plastic models.
Altogether, there are a total of ten ships and a dozen torpedo tokens all in plastic. With six British MTB’s (motorised torpedo boats) - three early war designs and three mid-war designs - and four German boats - again two early and two mid-war designs. The hard plastic fleets are the perfect amount for starting into the game, and show a suitable amount of detail for their scale.
The rulebook included with the set is a full A4 softback book, printed in full colour with plenty artwork and pictures of the models. The rules start off with the core materials and then lead you nicely into the advanced and full rules.
Overall the game looks to be well thought through and designed game with lots of room to expand (and expand I am sure it will). With lots of links to real military designs, the historical collectors out there will be pleased, and every other collector will enjoy the depth of detail.
Best bit for me: One of the best bits I always find with Warlord Games releases is the depth of historical accuracy and information provided in their books. When reading through the rulebook, I found myself constantly drawn to the extra information across every area.
Next step is to paint the fleets and play a few games.