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Draco’s Cruel Seas – Italians

Draco’s Cruel Seas – Italians

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About the Project

So, I got a hold of the stater for Cruel Seas a week or so ago, and one visit to my games club, consisting of two games sold it for me. So, what's the next step? Putting together a flotilla, of course! My initial thought was to put together an Italian Flotilla only, given how nice the Corvette in that starter set looked - but after playing around with the lists a bit, and looking at the size of the models, it became apparent that I should be able to put together a few flotillas, rather than just one. And that first game sold me on S-Boots, anyway. This is one of three projects I'm doing, each for a different nation. The Italians are the second fleet I'll be putting together, given that they're fairly new on the block, and my plans include a few blister packs...

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So, starter set recieved. Probably most of what I need for now, although a couple of CRDA 60t’ers would be nice. Probably look at getting these painted up in the immediate future and maybe expand to another Landing Craft and the CRDAs later…that should give me enough boats to do most of the scenarios.

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The Italian have one of the shortest lists in the Cruel Seas rulebook – its tied with the Russians if you consider the three Bronekater variants as one entry, and it is the shortest list (8 entries vs 10) if they’re considered separately. This makes considering lists and collecting somewhat easier than others, since you don’t have many options, but it also limits what your lists can do.

Collecting the Italians at the moment are a little easier – they only have their starter box, and that actually has some good stuff in it. The four MAS boats are comparable to early Brit Vospers and faster to boot, and the Gabbiano Corvette is the reason I liked the look of the Italians in the first place. The other items in the box are also useful additions, although the F-Lighter is going to the Germans for their use (which is somewhat ironic, since, historically, it was the other way around!).

The way I’m seeing it is that the MAS Boats will be the primary striking force of the flotilla, backed up by the CRDA 60s as a “Heavy” unit, and the MZ Moto for long range fire. I’ll also have to rely in the faster speed of the MAS Boats to keep them alive, since they’re tied as the lightest MTB in the game – I dread how the Russians will work with their slow-a** line boats.

I’m also going to have to wait until they release the CRDA 60s as separate blisters as well, and that might be a while away, which is why the Italians are my second flotilla to put together.

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