Cruel Seas

When I first saw mention of Warlord Games new game, Cruel Seas, I was both intrigued and a little tempted.

So far I have put together the models I got free with Wargames Illustrated.

Royal Navy Vosper MTB

The Vosper 73 foot motor torpedo boat was a mid-twentieth century British motor torpedo boat designed by Vospers that served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War

The plastic sprue that came with Wargames Illustrated has two Vosper MTBs, one type I and one type II.

I found this graphic useful in putting these models together.

As with any small plastic model kit, I found these quite fiddly to put together.

Vosper MTB type I
Vosper MTB type II

Kriegsmarine S-Boats

E-boat was the Western Allies’ designation for the fast attack craft (German: Schnellboot, or S-Boot, meaning “fast boat”) of the Kriegsmarine during World War II. The most popular, the S-100 class, were very seaworthy, heavily armed and capable of sustaining 43.5 knots.

The plastic sprue that came with Wargames Illustrated has two S-Boats, an S-100 and an S-38.

I found this graphic useful in putting these models together.

As with the Vosper MTBs, I found these quite fiddly to put together.

Imperial Knight Gallant

An Imperial Knight Gallant on display at Warhammer World.

Imperial Knight Gallant
Imperial Knight Gallant

Designed to smash apart enemies at close range, very few enemies can withstand the initial assault of the Imperial Knight Gallant. The ground shakes as the Knight Gallant stomps forward, closing in on their prey – with deceptive speed this hulking robotic form is within range, and unleashes the fury of both reaper chainsword and thunderstrike gauntlet. A Knight Gallant will slam into enemy lines like a tidal wave, and come out of the other side unscathed.

Thunderhawk Transport

Thunderhawk Transport
Thunderhawk Transport

The Thunderhawk Transporter is a logistical variant of the standard Thunderhawk gunship used by the Adeptus Astartes to carry Space Marine vehicles into combat zones. The Thunderhawk Transporter, while lacking the firepower of the standard Thunderhawk, is no less important to an Astartes Chapter. The Thunderhawk Transporter can quickly load up to two Rhino sized vehicles of any type, or as seen here (hiding underneath), a single Land Raider sized vehicle.

Thunderhawk Transport
Thunderhawk Transport

This Thunderhawk Transport was part of a airbase diorama at Warhammer World where there were all the different kinds of Space Marine Flyers, complete with marching squads of Space Marines and Space Marine armoured vehicles.

Thunderhawk Transport
Thunderhawk Transport

There were some nice touches such as armed guards surround the flyers and ammo supply vehicles getting in close to rearm the transports.

Thunderhawk Transport
Thunderhawk Transport
Thunderhawk Transport
Thunderhawk Transport

See more photographs of the Thunderhawk Transport.

Sokar Pattern Stormbird

Sokar pattern Stormbird.
Sokar pattern Stormbird.

The Sokar pattern Stormbird is a dedicated attack lander. It has served as a high-durability orbital assault craft, a mobile bastion and firebase which could land a Space Marine strike force and withstand heavy ground fire while its cargo or troops and war machines disembarked to press the attack. One of the later patterns developed, the Sokar was the design precursor to the smaller Thunderhawk Gunship.

Sokar pattern Stormbird
Sokar pattern Stormbird

The Stormbird’s standard armament is four turret-mounted twin linked lascannon, three twin-linked heavy bolters, and a complement of six dreadstrike missiles. It is also equipped with particularly dense composite armour plating, and is further protected by a series of void shield generators which it can extend to protect disembarking troops and war machines.

Sokar pattern Stormbird.
Sokar pattern Stormbird.

Its cavernous transport bays can hold 50 fully armed Space Marines. Alternatively it can carry up to 5 Dreadnoughts, including the mighty Leviathan; Jump-pack equipped infantry; Rapier batteries; bikes; jetbikes; a Rhino armoured transport; or a mixed force of all of the above.

In the photographs you can see a Contemptor Dreadnought coming out from the side door.

Sokar pattern Stormbird.
Sokar pattern Stormbird.

A huge model that would make for an ideal objective for a game, though of course there are rules for using the flyer in games, but I think you would need a really large table…

Sokar pattern Stormbird
Sokar pattern Stormbird

This Sokar Pattern Stormbird was part of a airbase diorama at Warhammer World where there were all the different kinds of Space Marine Flyers.

Avenger Strike Fighters for Aeronautica Imperialis

I do quite like these new Avenger Strike Fighters for Aeronautica Imperialis.

These were announced and revealed at the 2020 New York Toy Fair.

Avenger Strike Fighters have long been beloved by generals in both Warhammer 40,000 and the Age of Darkness for their ability to deploy armour-busting firepower at ridiculous speeds. This new, plastic kit will allow you to reinforce your Imperial Navy squadrons with four of the blighters!

Space Wolves Vindicator and Dreadnought

A Space Wolves Legion Vindicator and Dreadnought as they assault the enemy Thousand Sons Traitor Legion.

Space Wolves Vindicator.

These photographs are from the Burning of Prospero.

The Burning of Prospero

The Burning of Prospero, is the name of the full-scale invasion and planetary devastation of Prospero, homeworld of the Thousand Sons, by Imperial forces that mainly included the Space Wolves Legion, the Adeptus Custodes and the Sisters of Silence.

Another view of the Vindicator.

M5 Half-Track

The M5 half-track (officially the Carrier, Personnel, Half-track, M5) was an American armored personnel carrier in use during World War II. It was developed in 1942 when existing manufacturers of the M2 half-track car, and M3 half-track could not keep up with production demand. The M5 was supplied to Allied nations (the British Commonwealth, France, and the Soviet Union) under the Lend-Lease.

American WW2 half-tracked armoured personnel carrier, crew of 3 plus capacity for 10 fully equipped troops, powered by 6-cylinder petrol engine, armed with three machine guns.

This one was on display at the Imperial war Museum Duxford.

I do like the concept of this vehicles and it’s not something we see in today’s armed forces.

Flames of War M5 Half Tracks Miniatures Gallery

We never did see this…

I have been updating the blog and website (bringing pages over and updating images) when I was reminded of this Forge World Ork model concept that I discussed in a blog post about Games Day 2009. A battlewagon with a huge missile on the back.

We never did see anything like this from Forge World, which is kind of understandable, as from a gaming perspective, having a huge missile doesn’t really work on the tabletop, as it is more of a strategic weapon rather than a tactical weapon, however it would have made a nice model.

With the imminent release of new Ork stuff from Games Workshop, I wonder if we will see any new Forge World Ork models? What do you think and what would you like to see?