Wednesday 27 May 2015

Old school mid 19th century rules?

A combination of the current 1864 tv series,my books on the period I have been leafing through and a forth coming book purchase has made my thoughts come round to gaming this period. Any suggestions for suitable rules?


  1. Ross had some mid 19th century on his blog recently. They are worth a look. I've messed around with them a bit.

  2. Enjoying the series too and toying with the idea of some small forces (1/72 or 1/32?). As for rules it has to be Little Wars really.

  3. Tradgardmastare,

    I agree with both of the previous comments ... and after taking part in a recent wargame that used Paul Wright's FUNNY LITTLE WARS rules I would be tempted to use something similar. I think that they could be easily modified for use on the tabletop (e.g. weapon ranges and movement could be reduced proportionately) as rifle fire is adjudicated with dice and not toy cannons ... and I think it might be possible to use tiddlywinks for artillery fire rather than matchsticks fired from toy cannons.

    All the best,


  4. May I suggest Neil Thomas' WARGAMING 19th CENTURY EUROPE? These rules and army lists are about the period. Of course I have recently bought all his books and have been reading them so right now I'm a little biased on other rules.

  5. Big Wars by Stuart Asquith?