Cruel Seas

WLG 781010001- Cruel Seas Rulebook

MSRP $32.00

In Cruel Seas, you take on the role of a naval crew manning their fragile coastal craft as they head out day and night to take on both the sea and the enemy.

Command your flotilla of small ships as they head out to attack a convoy, drop off Commandoes for a behind-the-lines mission or task them with one of the other myriads of missions this small and versatile craft would perform.

Be it the Coastal waters of England or across the Channel to France, on to the Mediterranean waters or on further to the vast Island chains of the Pacific, Cruel seas will ensure your small ships see plenty of adrenaline-fuelled action!

Cruel Seas, the rules

Within the pages of Cruel Seas you'll find the complete rules for small ship action plus full-colour guides, superb art courtesy of Osprey Publishing, history on your fleets, Campaign rules and special weaponry, Aircraft rules and more!

Imperial Navy

WLG 782612003 - Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet

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Between the wars Japan reassessed its position with its navy, building the world’s first purpose-built aircraft carrier, the Hosho in 1921 and inventing its deadly fast and powerful type 93 24’’ oxygen fuelled torpedoes. They also decided that as their industrial might could not match that of the west, then they would have to have sharp, training tactics and a crew of superior quality to their foe, and for a while, achieved just this.

Their battleships and cruisers were of excellent quality and their growing fleet or aircraft carriers would, after Pearl Harbor, give them the edge in the opening phase of the Pacific War. Excellent training, use of the Long Lance torpedoes and aggressive use of nighttime fast attacks with their destroyers also gave the allies a bloody nose before they learned to counter these attacks.

Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet

Cruel Seas focuses on the cat and mouse hunts that happened nightly in the Philippines, Guadalcanal and the Solomon’s. They could be IJN sub chasers stalking a crippled US submarine, or mine layers playing their trade at night. Most commonly it will be Japanese barge convoys defending themselves in shallow water against rapacious PT boats. Turning the tables, a late war game could be played out with American landing ships and the terrifying Shin’yo Kamikaze craft.

The IJN, therefore, is an interesting mixture of the very sophisticated and the very amateur, boldness being a connecting factor whether in battleships or tiny craft. It is a do or die force, get in close and things will go well, dither or maintain the range of the allied technology and firepower will overreach you.

The Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet Contains:

  • 6 x T-14-class MTBs (metal)
  • 3 x Maru-Ni kamikaze boats (metal)
  • 3 x Shin-Yo kamikaze boats (metal)
  • 4 x large Sampan (resin and metal - two of each canopied boat)
  • 1 x Escort Type Hei minesweeper (resin & metal)
  • 1 x Aichi D3A 'Val' (metal)
  • Ship Cards
  • Plastic Torpedo markers

 

US Navy

WLG 782611002 - US Navy Fleet

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By 1941 there were 29 total PT’s total in the US Navy, by December ’43 there were 29 squadrons. Indeed, by the end of the war the small ships, PT’s LCI etc. numbered 7,000 craft of 80 types. Many Early PT boats had up to 4 torpedoes and 2 twin .50 Cal guns in powered mounting, a heavy load for the day. As with most American hardware, this was only the start! Soon a 20mm was added at the stern as standard, useful for surface or air action. Then, enterprising crews frustrated by strafing the tough Japanese barges to negligible effect mounted a USAAF 37mm automatic gun (acquired from an Air Cobra) and found it most effective!

Indeed, America had not been blind to the possibilities of the coming war and took great pains to watch and learn from her allies and foes so that when war came, America was ready to put into place a building program that dwarfed all the other navies combined and led to the naval dominance that she still enjoys today.

The US Navy Fleet Contains:

  • 2 x Plastic Elco PT boat
  • 2 x Plastic Higgins PT boat
  • 1 x Coastal Cutter sub chaser (resin and metal)
  • 1 x LCI-(L) landing craft (resin and metal)
  • 4 x LCM-3 landing craft (metal)
  • 1 x F4U Corsair (metal)
  • Ship Cards
  • Plastic Torpedo markers

 

Royal Navy Fleet

WLG 782611001 -  British Royal Navy Fleet

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Great Britain never built a vessel as fast or as deadly as the E-boats, instead, fielding many types of MTB and motor gunboats. After a slow start, the Royal Navy helped by construction in the USA, Canada and India, built an extraordinary catalogue of excellent small boats, supported by larger vessels which gave serious firepower and, using the characteristics of each boat to maximum effect, fielded mixed formations supported by destroyers or powerful gun equipped LCTs. They generally fought at night and using radar and radiotelephone, coupled with RAF and fleet air arm support and even secret information from intercepts they fought the Kriegsmarine to a standstill and by 1944, with hugely superior numbers and technological advantage truly ruled any waters which they chose to dominate.

The British Royal Navy Fleet Contains:

  • 2 x Plastic Early Vosper MTBs
  • 2 x Plastic Mid/Late Vosper MTBs
  • 2 x Fairmile D (resin and metal)
  • 1 x Armed Trawler (resin and metal)
  • 1 x Bristol Beaufighter Mk Ic (metal)
  • Ship Cards
  • Plastic Torpedo markers

 

Kriegsmarine Fleet

WLG 782612001 -  German Kriegsmarine Fleet

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Kaiser Wilhelm’s vision, indeed obsession, with building a vast fleet of dreadnoughts came to nought during the Great War. He knew that his excellent fleet could not risk significant battles with the Royal Navy, it was a one-shot weapon. The lighter units, particularly the U Boats, did most of the real work on a weekly basis.

The German Navy was only raised in 1871, with a brief to concentrate on the North Sea and Baltic Coasts. Perhaps because of its youth, the Kriegsmarine was quick to appreciate the power of the humble torpedo that could cripple or kill a vessel worth millions of marks. They were thus also keen to develop the promise of the torpedo boat, cheap, potentially deadly and of great use in restricted waters.

The German Kriegsmarine Fleet Contains:

  • 2 x Plastic S-100 E-boats
  • 2 x Plastic S-38 E-boats
  • 1 x Vorpostenboot flakship (resin and metal)
  • 1 x M-class minesweeper (resin and metal)
  • 1 x Ju-87D Stuka (metal)
  • Ship Cards
  • Plastic Torpedo markers