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Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP24 Apr 2022 4:50 p.m. PST

I forgot Warlord is transferring CS to Skytrex. Should I wait to get a starter set, or is it okay to get one now? Is a starter the way to start? Thoughts on CS in general? Is there a better fast play set for newer miniature gamers? Any advice on getting into fast boat games is appreciated.

I hope I'm making sense tonight. It's been an exhausting day. :(

gunnerphil24 Apr 2022 10:58 p.m. PST

Starter set is a good place to start. Or buy rule book and buy 3d prints. CS is a fun game. If you are after historical accuracy, then not the game for you, but if after fast moving, simple to learn and fun, then it hits the mark.

Fitzovich Supporting Member of TMP25 Apr 2022 1:36 a.m. PST

CS is a decent game once you rewrite the rules.

Rhubarb 63325 Apr 2022 12:17 p.m. PST

As gunnerphil says, the starter set is a good place to begin, particularly if the the idea of having everything you need to get playing in one handy package is attractive to you. You can read my thoughts on that in more detail here:

CS is not without it's flaws. The rules for vessels turning spring to mind – but it does give a fun game.

If you decide to go down the route of buying separate rules and models then of course your options widen quite a bit. If you scroll back through my old blog posts from the link above, I recorded my thoughts on quite a few of the available rule sets for WWII coastal fast attack craft.
Its over 4 years since I wrote those thoughts and as an update to the rules mentioned on my blog, I can highly recommend Narrow Seas by David Manley if decide not to go with CS.

Hope that may be of some help.

OSCS7425 Apr 2022 5:03 p.m. PST

At the cons you can find some really good deals on CS. On E-bay the cost is outrageous.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP26 Apr 2022 3:25 a.m. PST

I like to play CS and it is a fun game but I prefer Narrow Seas by David Manley.

Personal logo Mister Tibbles Supporting Member of TMP27 Apr 2022 4:41 p.m. PST

Thanks for the advice. I was able to pick up a cheap copy of the starter, so I grabbed it. I also have one of the free sprues from WI. I'll have to check out Narrow Seas as well--it's cheap enough.

Joe Legan07 May 2022 5:45 p.m. PST

Agree with above. The ships are nice. If you want a little more historical rules I second narrow seas.


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