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Personal logo DWilliams Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Feb 2017 7:17 a.m. PST

I'm building armies of 15mm figures with a figure ratio of around 20:1 for representing units (I like to see large numbers of figures crowding the table). I prefer simple, fast-play rules. Any advice would be appreciated.

Sharpe5203 Feb 2017 7:30 a.m. PST

We have played ECW using Baroque and I must say it's fast, simple and very fun.
I'd suggest to have a go at it.

Personal logo Pictors Studio Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 7:33 a.m. PST

Warmaster ECW. It is based on Warmaster fantasy with mods for the ECW.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 7:57 a.m. PST

We like Victory Without Quarter and its free!


Lance Flint03 Feb 2017 8:49 a.m. PST

You could try "Gott mit uns!", grid based for large battles for any basing or figure scale. Available on eBay.

Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 9:04 a.m. PST

FoG-R works for our group.

martin goddard Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 9:43 a.m. PST

You might consider "Regiment of Foote" by PP. They use the PP 6" grid , which speeds up play a lot. 4x3 foot table. I am reluctant to call them fast play as a game takes about 2 hours. ROF is a specific ECW set rather than a broader set of rules covering various stuff.
Lots of details about the ROF rules on the PP website.
Good luck in your quest.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 10:08 a.m. PST

Some good ones listed Baroque or Victory Without Quarter are good choices. You might look at Pike & Shotte as well.

mad monkey 103 Feb 2017 10:13 a.m. PST

"For God, King and Country". Card driven, easy play.

"Liber militum: Tercios". The "Kingdoms" expansion is out with army lists for the ECW and Eastern Europe.

YogiBearMinis Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

DBR is not that slow nor all that complicated, as long as you have a familiarity with the DBx family. There is also the DBA-RRR variant which uses the DBAa rules with only a few modifications, and can be used for bigger battles as can DBA, which is therefore less complicated and speedier than DBR.

Most rule sets are slow and not "fast play" when the players are unfamiliar with them, and familiarity is an often-overlooked factor. That and lots of boring morale tests using long lists of factors that have to recalculated for each and every combat.

DisasterWargamer Supporting Member of TMP03 Feb 2017 10:20 a.m. PST

Cavaliers and Roundheads

bruntonboy03 Feb 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Regimente of Foote for our group- although the original version rather than the gridded version (not that we don't like grids).

We're off to see Sir Fleming Nadger…..

Ney Ney03 Feb 2017 11:32 a.m. PST

Victory without quarter as said above. It is very good!

Fat Wally03 Feb 2017 11:36 a.m. PST

We've loved using Baroque for ECW.

Codsticker03 Feb 2017 2:12 p.m. PST

I am not sure I found Victory Without Quarter "fast play" but that may have just been us. Perfectly good rules.

Clays Russians03 Feb 2017 9:48 p.m. PST

Cavaliers and roundheads. Back when things didn't take themselves too seriously, but they were fun- and believable with a little D6 tweaking!

Timbo W04 Feb 2017 3:16 a.m. PST

I found 1644 to play quite quickly after a few runs, certainly much faster than Forlorn Hope that used to give me migraines if used for big battles (though great for smaller engagements more typical of ECW)

Son of MOOG05 Feb 2017 10:58 a.m. PST

I second the 1644 recommendation.My favorite set of ECW rules…period!

benito06 Feb 2017 12:43 a.m. PST

Dear Dwilliams,

I have just published few adaptations in order to use Hott fore English Civil War (ECW) on my blog ( link ).
This is my choice of fast play ECW.
Kind regards,

arthur181506 Feb 2017 3:44 a.m. PST

Thanks for posting those, Benoit. I like your ideas for reflecting the religious/superstitious beliefs of that era.

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