What is this? Is Man O War coming back?

This photograph was in the most recent Games Workshop email.

What is this?

So what is it?

Does it mean Man O War is coming back?

A new version of Dreadfleet?

What are these? Dark Elf ships?

Update: Well after a little bit of searching on the internet tubes, it appears that this may be a Warhammer Fantasy display in Warhammer World, Dark Elves versus High Elves. It’s 28mm not Man O War scale… well one can dream!


In the display cabinets at Warhammer World was a set of Dreadfleet.

These are really nicely painted models. I did quite like the concept of Dreadfleet, however I didn’t get a copy. It reminded me very much of Man O War, a game I did buy but only played a few times.

I think if I was going to to play a fantasy naval game I would go with Spartan Games and Uncharted Seas.


Many seasoned gamers will remember Games Workshop’s Man O’ War from 1993, well Games Workshop are releasing a new sea battles game called Dreadfleet.

Dreadfleet is a boxed game for two (or more) players that includes everything you need to make war on the turbulent seas of the Warhammer world. At your command are two fleets of ships – the Dreadfleet led by the Vampire Count Noctilus, aboard his gargantuan sea-hulk the Bloody Reaver; and the Grand Alliance commanded by the Pirate Captain Jaego Roth, who recently stole the Heldenhammer – the pride of the Imperial Fleet, and one of the largest galleons to ever sail the high seas.

As your ships engage in furious battle, it’s down to you, the fleet captain, to make important split-second decisions. Do you bring all guns to bear on the closest enemy warship, or do you sail into position for a furious broadside? What happens when the warship catches fire, or worse, the powder kegs ignite? Exactly how much punishment can your warship take before it sinks without a trace? Are those Undead seagulls or flying piranha fish? And, when all else fails, do you have the courage to ram your foe, board their ship, and engage them in a duel to the death?

It looks like a beautifully produced game with lots of pieces and some very nice models.

There are some really great looking plastic models in there and nice to see some scenery too.
Alas like Space Hulk before it…

This product has been produced in limited quantities and is only available while stocks last – make sure you get it quick before the Galleon’s Graveyard claims it forever.

Probably more tempted by this game than Space Hulk though.

This boxed game contains:
98-page Rulebook
Seascape Gaming Mat
10 Warships
10 Scenic Bases
7 Cog Auxiliaries
1 Dragon Auxiliary
1 Dirigible Auxiliary
7 Islands
5 Shipwreck Pieces
3 Sea Monsters
5 Treasure Tokens
12 Dice
1 Wind Gauge
2 Ship’s Wheels
1 Navigation Rod
10 Warship Cards
55 Damage Cards
40 Fate Cards
12 Auxiliary Cards
10 Wound Cards
11 Miscellaneous Cards

Dreadfleet is available to pre-order now and will be released on the 1st October.