Cruel Seas

Cruel Seas is a 1/300th scale tabletop miniatures game; you command flotillas of small ships in battle. With six or more ships per side, action is fast-paced; a thrilling seaborne dogfight can be fought in forty-five minutes or less.

Cruel Seas: All Boats Great and Small

In games of Cruel Seas, players assemble boats of all shapes and sizes – today, we’ve got some Explosive new choices for your fleets! Fairmile B Minesweeper The Fairmile B…

Final Victory in Normandy Campaign

Our monolithic D-Day campaign has come to an end. Warlorder Tom looks back at the course of the campaign, and the heroic victory achieved by the allies! Our D-Day campaign…

IJN No. 1-Class Fast Transport T6

Built as a need to more effectively transport troops under the hail of American aircraft, the No.1- Class Fast Transport launches for the IJN in Cruel Seas. No. 1 Class…

Cruel Seas: ML 303 Motor Launch

Launch into Cruel Seas with the ML 303 Motor Launch. Supplement your Royal Navy flotillas with this powerful addition to your fleets.   Contains 2 resin & metal ships –…

Cruel Seas: Royal Navy T-class submarine

Rule beneath the waves with the Royal Navy T-Class Submarine!   Launching into the Cruel Seas is the Royal Navy T-Class Submarine. Break the surface and prey on unsuspecting foes…

Cruel Seas: Fairmile B RML 529 Rescue Boat

The Royal Navy is launching their new Fairmile B RML 529 Rescue Motor Launch to pick up sailors and airmen fighting for their lives in the Cruel Seas … View…

Cruel Seas: Fairmile B ML 145 Gunboat

The Royal Navy is launching their new Fairmile B ML 145 Gunboat, bringing more firepower to your fleets for Cruel Seas …   View in Store Fairmile B The Fairmile…

Cruel Seas: Painting Guides Royal Navy & Kriegsmarine

Ahoy! Warlords Head of Product Design, Paul Sawyer, recently asked Warlorder Darek to pull together details of which paints he used to paint various fleets… He’s gone further than that…

New: British Landing Craft Gun (large) Mk III

Bring your invasion fleet into shore under the ever watchful crew of the British Landing Craft Gun (large) Mk III this June…     The landing craft guns (large) (LCG(L))…

D-Day 75th Anniversary Warlord Games Campaign! – Welcome

Welcome to the D-Day 75th Anniversary Warlord Games Campaign! We’ve been really excited about the forthcoming Bolt Action campaign book; D-Day Overlord. This release, combined with the commemorations being held…

How to guide: 2019 Bolt Action D-Day Campaign

Need to know how & where to play your battles? Unsure about logging your victories? All your questions are answered within these key D-Day Campaign documents: Registration Your first step…

Imperial Japanese Navy IJN No. 101-class landing ship

Bring your invasion fleet into shore with the powerful Imperial Japanese Navy IJN No. 101-class landing ship this June. View in Store   The IJN No. 101-class landing ship The…

HMS Starling: with Walter Riley Jnr

We recently received this superb letter from Walter Riley Jr which we had to share it with you all… All aboard HMS Starling. From: Walter Riley (Jnr) Hi, Just dropping…

New: Soviet Bronekater pr.1125 with Katyusha

Prepare to devastate the enemy shore positions with the Soviet Bronekater pr.1125 with Katyusha!   View in Store Often referred to as the “riverine tanks” or “Bronekater” the gunboats of…

New: Fairmile D MGB 660

Prepare to add more ships to your fleet and rule the coastal waters with a new Fairmile D, MGB 660, for the Royal Navy!   View in Store The Fairmile…

New: German Siebel Ferry (2)

The Kriegsmarine will use any craft available to support the German armies advance, The Luftwaffe Siebel Ferry will prove vital to your forces victory!   View in Store The Siebel…

New: Cruel Seas R-23 R-boat

Add a new coastal patrol craft to your Kriegsmarine fleet! Sneak up the fjords of Norway or patrol the Mediterranean coastline with the new R-Boat! View in Store The R-boat,…

New: Cruel Seas – Fairmile D MTB 624

Prepare to add more ships to your fleet and rule the coastal waters with a new Fairmile D, MTB 624, for the Royal Navy! View in Store The Fairmile company…

Cruel Seas January Errata

We’ve continued our hard work to further improve Cruel Seas and to iron out any errors. These improvements and corrections have now been compiled into the latest Cruel Seas errata….

Spotlight: The Kriegsmarine R-Boat

As one of the Kriegsmarine’s most produced classes of ship, R-boats proved to be real workhorses, acting as minesweepers, patrol craft and rescue vessels. Designed during the inter-war period, these…

John’s Cruel Seas Workshop

Hey all and welcome aboard Mr Stallard’s Cruel Seas Workshop! It’s no surprise that our illustrious leader has been beavering away in his lunchtime hours and long winter evenings at…

New: Kriegsmarine Marinefahrprahm F-lighter

Appearing from the harbour mouth glides the low-profile of the Kriegsmarine Marinefährprahm F-lighter, bristling with weapons to protect its Cruel Seas convoys…   View in Store The Marinefährprahm F-lighter Originally…

New: Motorboat Pens

View in Store A perfect harbour for any fleet, return from action to your safe harbour and a hot mug of tea before re-fueling and arming and on to your…

New: LST-1 Class – US landing ship-Tank

In dire need of naval transport, the Royal Navy looked for answers and found them with the new LST-1 Class – US landing ship-Tank. View in Store 1940 saw the…

New: Cruel Seas – Barrage Balloons

Protect your vessels and set up anti-air defences with the new Barrage Balloons! View in Store As airpower grew in strength as the war progressed, the world’s navies used any…

Spotlight: Bronekaters on the Danube

At Budapest, the Danube river swells to a formidable 560m at its widest point, a mighty obstacle for the rampaging Russians. While several bridges spanned the Danube in multiple places,…

Spotlight: Aircraft in Cruel Seas

The use of aircraft for coastal defence and reconnaissance is well documented throughout WWII. In Cruel Seas, they can be a powerful asset for any flotilla. We have included the…

Theatre Profile: The Mediterranean Sea

This week, we’re exploring the (relatively) placid waters of the Mediterranean Sea, the perfect setting for a myriad of Cruel Seas battles! The Mediterranean pitted the Royal Navy against the…

New: Cruel Seas – Flower-class Corvette

Escort your convoy and perform anti-submarine duties with the new Flower-class Corvette. View in Store The Flower-class corvette (also known as the Gladiolus class after the lead ship) was a…

New: Cruel Seas – Lighthouses + Plume Packs

Light your battlefield with the new Mediterranean Lighthouse or litter your battlefield with the Ruined Mediterranean Lighthouse and water plumes! Mediterranean Lighthouse View in Store Lighthouses are often mentioned in…

New: Aichi D3A ‘Val’ flight, Il-2 Sturmovik flight and Fiat CR32 flight

Sound the air raid sirens! Three new flights of aircraft are taking off over Cruel Seas! Aichi D3A ‘Val’ flight View in Store The Aichi D3A ‘Val’ was a carrier-borne…

Cruel Seas Weapon Focus: the Holman Projector

In 1940 Britain and her empire stood alone. She had to re-equip as soon as she could to take on the Axis might. Whilst excellent weapons were being churned out…

New: JU 87D Stuka Flight, Bristol Beaufighter MK Ic Flight and F4U Corsair Flight

Sound the air raid sirens! Three new flights of aircraft are taking off over Cruel Seas! Ju 87D Stuka flight View in Store The Junkers Ju 87 or Stuka (Sturzkampfflugzeug…

New: Cruel Seas Weapons Packs

Outfit your ships with a variety of weaponry using the new Cruel Seas Weapon Packs! A lot of naval vessels were armed to the teeth with a variety of weaponry….

New: USS England DE-635

Trumpeter is a world-renowned company when it comes to Naval models and this particular ship is crammed with detail! View in Store The England was one of 149 turbo-electric (TE)…

New: SS John W Brown Liberty Ship

Trumpeter is a world-renowned company when it comes to Naval models and this particular ship is crammed with detail! View in Store SS John W. Brown is a liberty ship,…

New: USS The Sullivans DD-537

Trumpeter is a world-renowned company when it comes to Naval models and this particular ship is crammed with detail! View in Store The DD-537 was originally named Putnam, on 6…

New: SS Jeremiah O’Brien Liberty Ship

Trumpeter is a world-renowned company when it comes to Naval models and this particular ship is crammed with detail! View in Store Liberty ships were American-made cargo ships that were…

Ship Focus: F-Lighters in the Mediterranean

The small harbours of North Africa were impassable to larger merchantmen. Enter the F-Lighter, half landing craft, half gunboat.  Humble Beginnings “An MFP could hold its own with a destroyer,…

Spotlight: Building Islands for Cruel Seas

As many of the scenarios in Cruel Seas feature coastal skulduggery, we’ve sat down with studio head Paul Sawyer to talk about how he built his islands! Materials & Tools…

German Zerstorer Z-25 1944, Z-30 1942 and Z-43 1944

Trumpeter is a world-renowned company when it comes to Naval models and these particular ships are crammed with detail! Challenge your skills with the German Zerstorer Z-25 1944, Z-30 1942…

Cruel Seas: Italian Gabbiano-class Corvette, MZ Motozattera, MAS boats and Marinefahrprahm F-Lighter

Available separately, the Cruel Seas 1/300 Scale Italian Vessels with their sleek lines motor toward your forces! Italian forces had the advantage of a true home base, the unsinkable aircraft…

German U-boat Type, XXI, VII B, VII C, VII C/41 and D Minenleger

Highly detailed Naval model maker AFV Club produce an excellent range of naval vessels, including these German U-boats; Type, XXI, VII B, VII C, VII C/41 and D Minenleger. German U-boat…

New: Cruel Seas – Soviet Fugas-class Minesweeper, D-3 MTBs, Bronekater pr.1125 and G-5 MTBs

Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR (VMF) – [i.e. The Military Maritime Fleet of the USSR, or the ‘Red Fleet’ for short] receive the individual ships; Fugas-class Minesweeper, D-3 MTBs, Bronekater pr.1125 and G-5…

New: Cruel Seas – IJN Daihatsu-class landing craft

Transport your troops to the next Island you wish to conquer with the IJN Daihatsu-class landing craft! View in Store The Daihatsu-class landing craft was a 14-meter long troop transport constructed of…

New: Cruel Seas – British LCM3 Landing Craft

The Cruel Seas British LCM3 Landing Craft heads for the beach carrying its precious cargo… View in Store British LCM3 Landing Craft Capable of carrying 120 men or a medium…

Frontline Report: Camouflaging your Ships

Getting a bit sick of painting grey hulls on your Cruel Seas ships? This week, we’re looking at how some nations went about camouflaging their ships! The principles of naval…

New: Cruel Sea Crew

Man your ships! It’s time to set sail, get your men into position and arm your guns with the new nation-specific Cruel Seas crew! All 6 nations from the main…

New: Cruel Seas Wake set

Do you have a collection of 1/300th or 1/350th scale ships? Then you’ll need the new Cruel Seas Wake set to battle using the Cruel Seas Rules from Warlord Games….

Spotlight: Roberts-class Monitors

What happens if you’ve got a few 15″ battleship guns laying around? Build a monitor, of course! This week, we’re looking at the career of the Roberts-class monitor.  The term…

New: Osprey – British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat – Mediterrenean 1940-43

British Submarine vs Italian Torpedo Boat – Mediterrenean 1940-43 View in Store Author: David Greentree Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Peter Dennis Publication Date: 16 Jun 2016 As the war in North…

Cruel Seas Quick Reference Sheet

We have a Cruel Seas Quick Reference Sheet for you to round out 2018. This Cruel Seas Quick Reference Sheet contains all the handy process reminders and information tables that…

New: HMS Zulu Tribal-class destroyer + HMCS Huron (G24) Tribal-class destroyer 1944

HMS Zulu Tribal-class destroyer View in Store HMS Zulu was a Tribal-class British destroyer, built in Glasgow by A. Stephens & Sons, her keel laid down on Aug 10th 1936…

New: HMS Abercrombie Monitor-class + HMS Eskimo destroyer 1941

HMS Abercrombie Monitor-class View in Store Abercrombie was an upgraded version of elder sister ship Roberts. The original main gun turret was spare from Furious, fitted with two 15 inch…

Cruel Seas: Armed Trawler

With the action on the coastal waters heating up, more ships are required! Consider if you will the Armed Trawler, a stopgap (or backbone) of many a navy!   View…

Cruel Seas: Vorposten Boot flakship + M-Class Minesweeper

Protect your home ports and coastal ships with these 2 big ships for the German Kriegsmarine in Cruel Seas! The M-Class Minesweeper and Vorposten Boot flakship…   Vorposten Boot flakship…

Cruel Seas: US LCI (L) Landing Craft + Coastal Cutter subchaser + LCM3 Landing craft

Regain control of the Pacific or hunt down enemy convoys in the Mediterranean with these ships of the US Navy for Cruel Seas!   US LCI (L) Landing Craft The…

Cruel Seas: IJN Escort Type Hei Minesweeper + T-14 class MTB + Large Sampans

Expand your Empire and protect your convoys with these ships for the Imperial Japanese Navy in Cruel Seas! The Type Hei Minesweeper, T-14 class MTB and Large Sampans…   IJN…

2018: A year in Review

With 2018 coming to a close we sought to round up some of our favourite releases of the year! January We started off 2018 with a bang with the Bolt…

Announcement: Cruel Seas Errata v1

Since the release of Cruel Seas, we’ve been hard at work to improve the game and address any issues that have arisen since it arrived with you. We’ve combined those…

Spotlight: The Red Fleet in Cruel Seas

Rounding out our coverage of the different forces available in Cruel Seas, we’ve got a look at the Red Fleet and the array of unusual small craft that fought on…

New: British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II – Vol I + Vol II + Vol III (Hardback)

British and Commonwealth Warship Camouflage of WW II – Vol I (Hardback) View in Store Author: Malcolm George Wright Seaforth Publishing Number of Pages: 160 During the Second World War…

New: German Naval Camouflage Vol I + Vol II: 1939-45 (Hardback)

German Naval Camouflage Vol I: 1939-41 View in Store Author: John Asmussen, Eric Leon Seaforth Publishing Number of Pages: 192 For half a century German warship camouflage has been something…

New: Hitler’s Forgotten Flotillas (Hardback)

View in Store Author: Lawrence Paterson Seaforth Publishing Number of Pages: 352 This study of the Kriegsmarine’s Sicherungsstreitkräfte, their security forces, fills a glaring gap in the study of the…

Spotlight: The Regia Marina in Cruel Seas

We’re heading for sunnier climes in Cruel Seas this week, with a look at the Italian Regia Marina. Renowned for their speed, the MAS boat takes to the seas! The…

Spotlight: The Free French Naval Forces

For those of you looking for something a little bit different, we’re taking a look at the Free French Naval Forces and how you can use them in Cruel Seas!…

New: The Soviet Navy Fleet

View in Store Voyenno-morskoy flot SSSR (VMF) – i.e. The Military Maritime Fleet of the USSR, or the ‘Red Fleet’ for short. The Russian Armed forces of WWII are an…

New: Regia Marina Fleet

View in Store The Regia Marina was confident, had indisputably the most handsome ships in the world and referred to the troubled waters of the Mediterranean as Mare nostrum(our sea)….

Cruel Seas: Fairmile D-class MGB/MTB

Prepare to add more ships to your fleet and rule the coastal waters with a pair of new Fairmile D-class MGB/MTB for the Royal Navy!   View in Store The…

New: Osprey – E-Boat vs MTB – The English Channel 1941-45

E-Boat vs MTB – The English Channel 1941-45 View in Store Author: Gordon Williamson Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Howard Gerrard Publication Date: 20 Jun 2011 Number of Pages: 80 During WWII,…

New: Osprey – U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts – The Battle of the Atlantic

U-boats vs Destroyer Escorts – The Battle of the Atlantic View in Store Author: Gordon Williamson Publication Date: 3 Oct 2007 Number of Pages: 80 Winston Churchill claimed the ‘U-boat…

New: Cruel Seas Dice Bags + Dice Packs

You’re not a true sea dog worth your salt if you don’t have a Cruel Seas dice bag with nation-matching dice packs! Up for Pre-order Cruel Seas Dice Bag and…

Announcement: Downloadable Wake Markers

A FREE PDF download of your wake markers to complete your Wargames Illustrated cover mounted ships, plus an announcement for those purchasing Cruel Seas from their local retailer. Free Ships &…

Spotlight: Playing Cruel Seas!

As we prepare to launch Cruel Seas in stores across the world this weekend, we’ve got a bit of an insight on playing the game along with a few bits…

New: Cruel Seas Merchant Tanker

Crucial for naval trade, these mammoth sized merchant tanker ships were often preyed upon by enemy vessels. View in Store Tasked with the ferry of supplies such as food, fuel,…

New: Cruel Seas Lighthouse + Ruined Lighthouse

Lighting the way on perilous coastal journeys, the lighthouse can be a spectator or a casualty of battle. Lighthouse View in Store Diaries and memories of serving naval officers in…

Spotlight: The Imperial Japanese Navy in Cruel Seas

Menaced by the fast-moving PT Boats of the US Navy, the Imperial Japanese Navy found itself on the back foot. This week, we’re looking at how they tried to tip…

Spotlight: A Question of Scale

With the release of Cruel Seas, we add a different scale to our catalogue. This week, we’re looking at how each games models compare. We’ve lined up a Cruel Seas…

Cruel Seas Assembly Leaflets

As British Vospers and German S-Boats are now available on the front cover of Wargames Illustrated 374, we thought we should share these Cruel Seas Assembly Leaflets to give you…

Spotlight: The US Navy in Cruel Seas

Taking the action into the azule waters of the Pacific, we’re having a look at how the US Navy operates in the upcoming Cruel Seas! Plywood Derby America was a…

Spotlight: The Kriegsmarine in Cruel Seas

Travelling in the turbulent wake of last week’s article on the Royal Navy is a look at the Kriegsmarine and their fearsome fleet of small boats. Schnellboot Kaiser Wilhelm’s vision,…

Spotlight: The Royal Navy in Cruel Seas

With the launch of Cruel Seas drifting ever closer, we’re taking a look at each of the fleets that feature in this new game of motor torpedo boat action. This…

New: Osprey – German E-boats 1939-45

German E-boats 1939-45 View in Store Author: Gordon Williamson Illustrator: Ian Palmer Publication Date: 25 Sep 2002 Number of Pages: 48 By the outbreak of World War II, Germany had…

New: Osprey – British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45

British Motor Gun Boat 1939-45 View in Store Author: Angus Konstam Illustrator: Tony Bryan Publication Date: 10 Apr 2010 Number of Pages: 48 Motor Gun Boats were the “Spitfires of…

New: Osprey – British Destroyer vs German Destroyer – Narvik 1940

British Destroyer vs German Destroyer – Narvik 1940 View in Store Author: David Greentree, David Campbell Illustrator: Paul Wright, Alan Gilliland Publication Date: 18 Oct 2018 Number of Pages: 80…

New: Osprey – USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer – The Pacific 1943

USN Destroyer vs IJN Destroyer View in Store Author: Mark Stille Illustrator: Ian Palmer, Giuseppe Rava Publication Date: 20 Nov 2012 Number of Pages: 80 This book covers the fierce…

New: Osprey – US Patrol Torpedo boats

US Patrol Torpedo boats View in Store Author: Gordon L. Rottman Illustrator: Peter Bull Publication Date: 10 Sep 2008 Number of Pages: 48 Motor torpedo boat development began in the…

New: Osprey – Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces

Kriegsmarine Coastal Forces View in Store Author: Gordon Williamson Illustrator: Ian Palmer Publication Date: 10 Jan 2009 Number of Pages: 48 Although often overlooked in favour of the U-boats or…

Cruel Seas: An introduction to Small Ship Action

Part One Cruel Seas Cruel Seas is a 1/300th scale tabletop miniatures game where you command flotillas of small ships in battle. Action in the game is fast-paced – with…

Cruel Seas: German Kriegsmarine Fleet, Flotilla and Coastal Force

Add your German Kriegsmarine Fleet, Flotilla and Coastal Force to the battle for the coastal waters for Cruel Seas!   In your Local Store now! Kriegsmarine E-boat flotilla The Schnellboat…

New: Cruel Seas Book and Special Miniature

View in Store In your Local Store December 2018 Cruel Seas In Cruel Seas, you take on the role of a naval crew manning their fragile coastal craft as they…

New: Cruel Seas Starter Set and Special Miniature

View in Store   Cruel Seas Starter Set The Cruel Seas Starter Set contains everything you need to command your flotilla in this fast-paced 1/300th scale tabletop game There was much…

New: US Navy Fleet, Flotilla and Coastal Force

Add your US Navy Fleet, Flotilla and Coastal Force to the battle for the coastal waters this December!   In your Local Store December 2018 US Navy PT Boat flotilla…

Cruel Seas: Royal Navy Fleet, Flotilla and Coastal Force

Add your Royal Navy Fleet, Flotilla and Coastal Force to the battle for the coastal waters in Cruel Seas!   In your Local Store now! Royal Navy Vosper MTB flotilla…

Cruel Seas: Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet

Add your Imperial Japanese Navy Fleet to the battle for the coastal waters in Cruel Seas!   In your Local Store now!   View in Store Between the wars, Japan…

Announcement: Cruel Seas Ahead!

Available for pre-order now! We’re casting off into troubled waters today, with the announcement of a brand new game and miniatures line! Introducing Cruel Seas! Get your pre-orders in by midnight…