|I have been interested in Fantasy Naval game for a while,
but there are not many published rules system available. I got interested into
fantasy naval games because of an old Games Workshop game called Man O War
The following rules system are available to play fantasy naval
The Uncharted Seas
Uncharted Seas is a fantasy naval game by
Spartan Games and is the newest
fantasy naval game system on the market. It has its own range of miniature
ships and monsters. I have not played it but have heard good things
about it and the ships look fantastic.
Strange Tydes is a set of fantasy naval rules by
Games, design for using historical 17th and 18th century naval
miniatures that are currently available on the market. I have not
played them myself but they meant to be simple, ideal for beginners and dose
not cost much.
Man O War
Man of War is an old Games Workshop game that had its own range of
miniatures, now long out of print but still
very popular. Some people say it is the best game that Games Workshop
ever published. It is easy easy to learn and play. The Man O War rules had
two supplements, Sea of Blood and Plague Fleets to expand the game, but
because it is out of print and very collectable it can be expensive to
acquire. It can be acquired from various 2nd hand shops and auction sites
like ebay, but some sellers do over price the rules and the miniatures, so I
recommend take your time looking and you may get it at a reasonable price
(i.e., An squadron of three Imperial Galleys should not cost you no more
£10). One way to make it cheaper is too source alternative ships
or scratch build your own. I recommend you join the
Sea of Claws
news group, because its it is a great resource of information on Man O War.
More information on Man O War can be found on
Board Game Geek.
There are a number of free rules systems on-line, but they need some work
or you could write a supplement to an historical set of naval rules.
There are many company's that sell historical naval miniatures, but only
a few that sell fantasy ships. Here are a few;
Green Forest Trading Co
sells 1:1200 scale fantasy ships. About the same scale for Man O War.
Spartan Games ships are larger
than most manufactures, but could be used with other rules, other than The
There are a large number of company's that sell Historical Ships
that could be used in fantasy navel games like Strange Tydes, here is a list
of a few company's websites, but there are many more.
Outpost Wargame Services
Also you can build your own
ships. Ralf Schemmann's
website show you how to scratch build your own ships for Man O War.