Wargaming, as well as being a recreational pastime, has been used as a military tool for planning and training since the late 1700s. These days, when most people think of wargames, it's usually associated with Space Marines or high fantasy races doing battle, but there is still a huge community and a booming industry around more historical wargaming as well. This month sees the final weeks of an incredibly successful Kickstarter, Blood and Plunder Raise the Black from Firelock Games, and also the release of the fantasy nautical wargame, based in Mantic's Kings of War setting, Kings of War Armada. But there are also several other sea-based wargames already in production, along with many existing wargames with nautical factions. So we thought we would celebrate this with a Nautical Wargame theme week, where we'll look at loads of existing sea-based wargames and board games, talk to the companies and developers behind them and also look at loads of other products with sea themes. So prepare to set sail, and join us on this journey on the high seas.

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Old Salt

Preview

We set sail with a prototype preview of Old Salt, an upcoming naval war board game hitting Kickstarter in August.

Dystopian Wars Tempelhof Battlefleet Set.

Preview

We take a look at the Tempelhof Battlefleet Set for the nautical tabletop wargame, Dystopian Wars.

Dystopian Wars Borodino Battlefleet.

Preview

We take a look at the Borodino Battlefleet Set for the nautical tabletop wargame, Dystopian Wars.

Kings of War Armada

Guide

Find out everything you need to know about the Empire of Dust ships for Mantic's nautical wargame in our Kings of War Armada Empire of Dust Guide.

Kings of War Armada.

Guide

Find out everything you need to know about the Dwarf ships for Mantic's nautical wargame in our Kings of War Armada Dwarf Guide.

Kings of War Armada.

Guide

Find out everything you need to know about the Orc ships for Mantic's nautical wargame in our Kings of War Armada Orc Guide.

Kings of War Armada

Guide

Find out everything you need to know about the Basilean ships for Mantic's nautical wargame in our Kings of War Armada Basilean Guide.

Aquatica

Review

See how Aquatica provides a deep strategy feel in an insanely simple package in our review.

Flying Colors Deluxe 3rd Printing

Feature

In our first Sea to Shelf article, we take a look at the Flying Colors Deluxe 3rd Printing and talk to its designer Mike Nagel about capturing the

Dystopian Wars: Hunt for the Prometheus

Preview

We preview the new nautical wargame Dystopian Wars: Hunt for the Prometheus 2-player starter set.

Nautical Tabletop Month

Blog

Well. That was a thing that happened.

ASoIaF T MG Greyjoy

Interview

With House Gryjoy recently announced for A Song of Ice and Fire Tabletop Miniatures Game, we wanted to know more about how the nautical faction would

Kings of War Armada.

Review

Kings of War Armada is a ship wargame by Mantic Games, set in their fantasy Kings of War setting in the world of Pannithor.

Kings of War Armada

Interview

One of the inspirations behind our Nautical Tabletop Season is the newly released Kings of War Armada from Mantic Games.

Bushido Jung Pirates Starter Set

Preview

The Jung Pirates just received the biggest miniature in Bushido to add to their force, so we take a look at the Jung Pirates starter-set and also

Malifaux Brine and Bones

Preview

We take a look at Brine and Bones, the nightmare edition of the Molly crew for Malifaux, and talk to the development team about capturing the theme.

Blood and Plunder

Preview

Blood and Plunder from Firelock Games is a wargame set in the 17th-Century, with an upcoming expansion that moves the timeline to the 18th-Century.

Blood and Plunder

Review

Blood and Plunder from Firelock Games started life as a successful Kickstarter and has since had 2 expansions, including the most recent successful

Blood and Plunder

Interview

Blood and Plunder was an incredibly successful Kickstarter for Firelock Games (and our review is coming tomorrow).

Dystopian Wars

Interview

The 3rd Edition of Dystopian Wars was initially planned for this year after Warcradle acquired the property. But the current global situation has

Lost World Exodus Wrath of the Nautilus

Preview

Lost World Exodus an upcoming wargame from Warcradle, that while it has a very different setting, is entirely compatible with their other popular

Merchant and Marauders: Broadsides

Review

Merchants and Marauders: Broadsides is a 2-player standalone game, set in the world of Merchants and Maraud

world of warships virtual fleet week

Feature

Veteran's Day came and went, and one can safely say it was a bit quieter this year.

Oak & Iron Expansion Sets

Preview

Oak & Iron is a ship tabletop wargame that lets you recreate fierce battles in the age of sail.

Oak & Iron Core Set

Review

Oak & Iron is a tabletop wargame set in the age of fighting sail, 1650 to 1750. In this article, we're going to look at the starter set, the Oak

Verge of War Space Pirates

Preview

We take to the infinite sea of space as part of a crew of the Space Pirates in Verge of War, a wargame with a living storyline.

Trafalgar

Interview

If you've been following our Nautical Tabletop Season, then our next interviewee's name and work has come up a lot throughout the season.

Deep-Cut Studios Sea Mats

Feature

Deep-Cut Studios produce a range of incredible gaming mats and as part of our Nautical Tabletop Season, we wanted to showcase some of the sea mat

Pirates of the White Sea

Interview

Raging Heroes recently started up a 3D printing Patreon, and their first month was so successful, they've since released them as miniatures available

Merchants and Marauders

Review

Merchants and Marauders is an open-world board game, where play and exploration is completely open and players can try to achieve victory as they

Victory at Sea Battle for the Pacific

Review

Victory at Sea from Warlord Games is a tabletop wargame that lets players fight sea battles during World War 2, 1939 to 1945.

Abyssoul

Interview

Abyssoul's range of miniatures caught our eye for their unique character. Each sculpt is filled with incredible detail, even before you look into the

The Drowned and the Damned.

Interview

The Drowned and the Damned is an upcoming fantasy ship wargame from the creators of Pirates of the Dread Sea.

U-Boot

Review

U-Boot is described as an app-driven board game, but it is more of an immersive experience.

Feldherr FSLB150.

Feature

Wargaming ships are notorious for having delicate parts that stick out, and Feldherr has the perfect solution for travel and storage protection.

Sails of Glory

Interview

Following up on our Sails of Glory review, we caught up with the games' designer Andrea Angiolino and Andrea Mainini, and

Sails of Glory

Review

Sails of Glory does for nautical wargames what X-Wing does for space combat wargames and provides an awesome easy access game with pre-painted

Black Seas

Interview

Following up on our Black Seas review, we caught up with the games' designer Gabrio Tolentino for a chat about designing

The Army Painter

Feature

With all these awesome ship miniatures, you'll want to get them assembled and painted. The Army Painter has your back with their awesome starter sets

Forgotten Waters

Review

If you came here for thematic pirates, then you’re in the right place. Forgotten Waters is an app-driven narrative board game.

Doom Pig Miniatures

Interview

Doom Pig miniatures is a brand new endeavor from Jon Webb, a hobby veteran and professional painter who's worked across the wargaming industry.

Man O War

Interview

To start our celebration of all things tabletop and nautical, we decided to speak to a wargaming legend, Andy Jones.

Black Seas Master and Commander

Review

Black Seas from Warlord Games is a tabletop wargame that lets players fight sea battles during the Golden Age of Sail, 1770 to 1830.