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daler240D Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member25 Oct 2016 11:54 a.m. PST

I have been using Edwardian Splendour. rules ( a free set that I enjoy) but I've been reading reviews of the Men Who Would Be Kings and other sets and I wonder if there is any sense in looking at other rules or maybe adding detailsfrom them. I'm not really interested in Colonial per se, but in Imagination(blue army vs red army) or stylized armies of the same period but for equal forces where both sides have artillery and machine guns and maybe an odd vehicle or two for the commanders. Definitley smaller armies, not necessarily "realistic" ratios of arms, but fun and a little bit of skill required with "period flavor". Any ideas? Any people have home brewed sets that are playing like this?

Nick Stern Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2016 12:31 p.m. PST

You should check out Howard Whitehouse's old school rules: A Gentlemans's War
TMP link
They are written for 40/54mm figures but they would work for other scales as well. They are perfect for Imaginations!

Jozis Tin Man25 Oct 2016 12:50 p.m. PST

You could try Niel Thomas' One Hour Wargame. There is a 19th century and early 20th century set in the book. The scenarios alone are worth it.

I was skeptical of them at first, but there is some m subtlety in the simplicity that gives a good game.

nnascati Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2016 1:25 p.m. PST

Bob Cordery's Portable Wargame rules work well with toy soldiers. Also, don't discount The Sword and the Flame. It works just fine with two regular armies fighting each other.

FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP25 Oct 2016 2:08 p.m. PST

I'll second A Gentlemen's War. I've played a few times and they provide a great game.

Black Hat Miniatures25 Oct 2016 2:33 p.m. PST

Second The Portable wargame – works perfectly for this…


Lee Brilleaux Fezian Inactive Member25 Oct 2016 3:57 p.m. PST

I understand that the author of 'A Gentleman's War' is happy to send the current incarnation of the rules to anyone who sends him the message, "Wells told me to send a telegram."

Find him at

mashrewba Inactive Member26 Oct 2016 1:56 a.m. PST

Chris Peers Ever Victorious Armies is this ball park -I like them a lot but I don't know how available they are.

pink panzer Inactive Member01 Nov 2016 4:14 a.m. PST

Funny Little Wars by Paul Wright. A most enjoyable update of Wells's original.
For sale on Amazon: link
And from the publisher: link

Queen Catherine17 Nov 2016 8:06 p.m. PST

Oh, yeah, these are old school, from the font to the concepts, but that doesn't mean that they are "dated". I plan to pillage some ideas from them:

"Over There" by Nick Yankosky

(Phil Dutre) Inactive Member18 Nov 2016 12:47 a.m. PST

There is also the recent "Tin Soldiers in Action" book. The language is a bit verbose at times (translated from German), but generally a good read. Published by Caliver.

Dobber25 Nov 2016 7:12 p.m. PST

What are you looking for from the men who would be kings? Ive been playing almost every weekend since it came out and I can answer questions

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