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SteelViscount19 Aug 2017 6:23 p.m. PST

I've recently got my hands on a few 24-figure packs from Newline, and was wondering what rules would go best for something that size. Any suggestions?

Northern Monkey19 Aug 2017 8:42 p.m. PST

Sharp Practice are the original and very popular set. Check out their Facebook page and you'll see how popular they are.

CATenWolde Inactive Member20 Aug 2017 12:10 a.m. PST

There's a group here in Helsinki that used the Lion Rampant system (perhaps as modified by Pikeman's Lament?) to game 1808 Russo-Swedish (large-scale) skirmishes.

Big Red Supporting Member of TMP20 Aug 2017 7:06 a.m. PST

Although not in Finland, we use Pikeman's Lament for our Napoleonic skirmishes too.

CATenWolde Inactive Member20 Aug 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

I'm curious – does Pikeman's Lament give you enough to work with in terms of the differing roles of firearms vs shock, the role cavalry and possibly artillery, etc.?

SteelViscount20 Aug 2017 8:48 a.m. PST

Thanks @NorthernMonkey I've gone for Sharp Practice and hope to get a couple of games in in a week or two.

@CATenWolde I'd assume that that's where some modification comes/came in.

setsuko20 Aug 2017 10:46 a.m. PST

Seconding Sharp Practice as a nice alternative for 50-100ish men per side games.

cae5ar20 Aug 2017 3:09 p.m. PST

We've used The Pikeman's Lament to give a decent, albeit vanilla game of Napoleonics. Ironically, after trying this I was inspired to play The Pikeman's Lament for the period it was intended, with pikes and trotter cavalry:


I'd like to compare it with a trial game of The Men Who Would Be Kings.

Hitman20 Aug 2017 7:57 p.m. PST

Go to:

Scroll down to: Green Jackets and Voltigeurs

This game is extremely popular at the H-Con convention. Always sold out and the game master always brings extra figures in case others want to join in on the fun.

contact: battlefield_designs{at}rogers{dot}com


Jcfrog Supporting Member of TMP21 Aug 2017 12:38 a.m. PST

Sharp practice2 is a must. Flexible and with its companion. Campaign system, unequalled .
24 figs = 3 close order groups , mostly in one unit representing easily a company, or 4 skirmisher groups. 2-3 on each side and you have a very good, fzst, immensely redoable, realistic in size, petite guerre fight.
Convoys, foraging, recon, raids, sk screens….

adymac265021 Aug 2017 4:56 a.m. PST

Forager a fast and fun Napoleonic skirmish game on kickstarter now has funded in 72 hours

boy wundyr x Inactive Member21 Aug 2017 8:13 a.m. PST

If you want to go a level smaller than SP2 (which is my choice for company-sized games), Songs of Drums and Shakos by Ganesha is fun. For 8-15 figures per side, double that as a four-player game.

EricThe Shed01 Sep 2017 5:08 a.m. PST

I am thinking that a version of Muskets and Tomahawks might be the answer….

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