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Von Trinkenessen21 Jun 2017 3:40 a.m. PST

I'm after some suggestions for a set of skirmish rules to use for the intimate fights etc for the Von Trinkenessen Chronicles ,got the battles sorted.
Initially I thought about using Mordheim empire ablaze but would welcome any suggestions for a set of fairly fast playing fun rules.
The only ones I've got is an old set that creaks along at a pre 1990 pace too many actions in a minute…..

Deserter21 Jun 2017 4:19 a.m. PST

Flashing Steel by Ganesha Games are fun fast rules for Renaissance Skirmish, written for Pirates but usable for Italian Wars I think…

surdu2005 Sponsoring Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 4:32 a.m. PST

Blood and Swash / Thunder and Plunder were also written for pirate skirmish actions and could be used for Italian Wars skirmishes.

GASLIGHT was written for Victorian Science Fiction, but I've seen it used for skirmishes from the ancient period to the present.

Howard Whitehouse's Battle Troll could also be used for this period, I think.

I'm sure that Ed at Two Hour Wargames has a set of rules using his chain reaction system that would work.

An oldie but a goodie is Once Upon a Time in the West Country. This was written for ECW skirmishes, but could be used for what you are doing as well.

Puster Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2017 8:24 a.m. PST

"Skirmish" still covers several different sizes.

Do you want several bands slugging it out, or individuals?

If you go for individuals, take a look at "en garde". Its easily adaptable for Renaissance, especially the Italian wars.

coopman21 Jun 2017 11:05 a.m. PST

Take a look at the "The Pikeman's Lament" rules.

Henry Martini21 Jun 2017 4:11 p.m. PST

As the Italian Wars fall between the Medieval period and the 17th century, if you have both Lion Rampant and The Pikeman's Lament' you should be able to cobble together something period-specific.

Codsticker22 Jun 2017 8:09 p.m. PST

If you are looking for a smaller number of figures, with a little more detail the have a look at Open Combat. Although designed for pre-gunpowder era skirmishes you could probably come up with something for fire arms.

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